It is often said that science is self-correcting. Research is generally methodical and involves repetition, where the researcher does the same thing over and over again to make sure they get the same result each time, and replication, where other researchers try to reproduce your experiment to see if it holds up when performed by another set of hands. It is not unusual for a contentious and groundbreaking result to be subject to significant skepticism, scrutiny, and follow-up confirmatory study, as it should be. However, with a global pandemic showing no signs of ending, there is a major drive to get as much information out as quickly as possible, and the normal guardrails inherent to the standard scientific method might understandably be loosened. … [Read more...] about How to Best Approach COVID-19 Research
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While the participants in this study were, on average, in their seventies, the findings could be helpful for any of us in sexually active relationships regardless of our age. That is, even if we're not yet in our post-retirement years, now is as good of a time as any to consider whether we hold too-narrow definitions of sex, and whether our sexual activity could look and feel more pleasurable and more satisfying if we expanded our definitions to include more physical intimacy. … [Read more...] about The Best (Sex) Is Yet to Come?
When “Thor: Love and Thunder” was revealed to fans at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con, director Taika Waititi confirmed that Natalie Portman, who played Thor’s love interest Jane Foster, would return to the franchise and wield the powerful hammer. In the Marvel comic books, Jane took a spin as a new female Thor when the the original hero became unworthy to hold the magical hammer and own the title. … [Read more...] about Chris Hemsworth Is ‘Definitely Not’ Saying Goodbye to Marvel After ‘Thor: Love and Thunder’
These researchers cite other studies that find that those who have felt very lonely and isolated from other people, just in the past two weeks, were then three times more likely to then feel very suicidal. Other research has found that merely living alone doubles the risk of suicide for women, it also raises it in men, but not to the extent that it does for women. … [Read more...] about Study: Some May Seek to Die by Suicide from COVID-19
A chamber piece with the existential mood of Lars von Trier, as well as a trope-defying revenge thriller with a mounting sense of terror, the dismembering, blood-draining frights of “Violation” — from tense familial grudges to an awful case of sexual assault and gaslighting that leads to brutal vengeance — aren’t easy to shake or describe. Suffice it to say that among this year’s slim Midnight Madness pickings in the Toronto Film Festival line-up, “Violation” is perhaps the only film that made this virtually-attending critic crave the collective, strangely comforting sighs, screams and jumps of an anxious crowd in a packed theater, one that would perhaps notice the film’s few but decided nods to the controversial 1978 thriller “I Spit On Your Grave” through its stark differences in approach. There is, after all, safety in numbers. … [Read more...] about ‘Violation’ Review: Disturbing Rape-Revenge Thriller Subverts Genre Trappings