Phthalates: why you need to know about the chemicals in cosmetics

Also known as plasticizers, phthalates are also commonly found in food packaging and plastics. By Lauren Zanolli  @LaurenZanolliares –  Phthalates are also found in shampoo, perfume, nail polish, hairspray, sanitary pads and more. Illustration: Guardian Design/The Guardian. What are phthalates? Phthalates are a …

When Women Ran Hollywood

by Juliette Fay – Mary Pickford, best known as “America’s Sweetheart,” was the most successful and highest paid actor of her time. She was also a shrewd business woman. Hold on. When did women—who produced only 18 percent of the 100 top-grossing movies …

Quirky Messerschmitt velomobile rides again

  By Ben Coxworth – The Messerschmitt KR 25-E was unveiled at last month’s Spezi specialty bike show in Germany. (Credit: iDMOOVE). When it comes to weird little old cars, the Messerschmitt Kabinenroller was one of the delightfully weirdest. Five years ago, we …

 

 

George Mason: Lost Founder

By William G. Hyland Jr. –   America was woven together by three revered pieces of political paper: The Declaration of Independence, the Constitution, and the Bill of Rights. George Mason’s intellectual potency had a decisive role in shaping and producing all three …

Eco-friendly foam outperforms the “real thing”

By Ben Coxworth – A sample of the foam, which is made of wood pulp-derived cellulose. (Credit: Washington State University). Styrofoam is not eco-friendly stuff. It’s made from petroleum, it can’t be efficiently recycled, it’s non-biodegradable, and it creates pollution when burned. A …

Alien asteroid discovered orbiting the Sun

By Anthony Wood – Image of 2015 BZ509 captured by the Large Binocular Telescope Observatory, Arizona. (Credit: C. Veillet / Large Binocular Telescope Observatory). An international team of astronomers has discovered an asteroid orbiting the Sun at roughly the same distance as Jupiter …

Skypixel’s awe-inspiring top drone photos of the year

By Rich Haridy – Another Nominated Entry prize winner, several skiers walk the summit of Mont Blanc before skiing down the north face. (Credit: Mathias Dumas / Skypixel). Skypixel’s 2018 Aerial Storytelling Contest winners have just been revealed offering an incredible array of …

Phthalates: why you need to know about the chemicals in cosmetics

Also known as plasticizers, phthalates are also commonly found in food packaging and plastics. By Lauren Zanolli  @LaurenZanolliares –  Phthalates are also found in shampoo, perfume, nail polish, hairspray, sanitary pads and more. Illustration: Guardian Design/The Guardian. What are phthalates? Phthalates are a …