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Meet The 14-Year-Old Girl Who Developed A Low-Cost Water Purification System | FastCompany

The next generation of scientists is already hard at work solving our biggest problems. Take Deepika Kurup, a 14-year-old high school student from Nashua, New Hampshire. After seeing children in India drinking dirty water from a stagnant pool, she decided, in her words, “to find a solution to the global water crisis.” And then she actually made some progress towards that goal, developing a solar-powered water purification system.

She is the future

Ever notice how it’s always brilliant teenagers making stuff that will actually solve the world’s worst problems, like what do adults even do?

It’s because of teens like this that I never lose hope for the future.

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there is no amount of defending you can do that makes rape role play and fantasies ok its literally so trivializing to treat it like its not a bunch of disgusting adults getting off on things that ruin lives i fucking hate the internet i s2g








It’s really not of your business what consenting adults do in the privacy of their bedroom. There is nothing wrong with adults who act out rape and incest fantasies as long as thy are both consenting. Again we are not talking about actual rape and non-consensual incest. We are talking about role play and fantasy.

oh my god are you????????? serious????????????? first of all girl youre not even an adult stay in your lane with the consenting adult argument also idk how to break this to you i hate to have to be the one to say it but if youre getting off to rape/noncon fantasies you are literally trash there is nothing you can say on this that is going to justify the romanticizing of rape i never thought i’d have to explain this to someone yet here we are

You’re so wrong and you don’t even know it.

wow excuse me, marion “i support the trivialization of traumatizing events as a means to cum” mayer, i actually am very positive im absolutely 100% right and the fact that you cant see this worries me greatly i feel like i need to sit down with ur parents and have a long talk with them and also like you need to go to church this sunday

1. I’m not religious. 2. I never trivialized rape. so…?

girl!!!!! using rape fantasies and role playing as a means to get off is trivializing in one of the HIGHEST DEGREES do not fucking tell me i dont know something about two huge parts of my life

Did it even occur to you that some people might be participating in these things because they are trying to regain control and help themselves heal? As a survivor of rape, roleplaying has helped me quite a lot in dealing with what happened to me.  It gave me a safe environment with someone I trust where I could face what happened and still have control over the situation. If I started to feel even remotely triggered or hurt I’d safeword and everything would stop and we would talk about what happened and made sure I was okay. It gave me a lot of my confidence back. 

I am not the only person who has done this. There are studies that show that roleplay can be extremely helpful for survivors.  

Please stop. I understand, rape is a terrible thing, but fantasy and roleplay are not. Consent is key. 

Let me help out read this:

Also I am a consenting adult (over 21 even). I practice BDSM with my significant other. I have also never been with anyone who has treated me with such immense and kindness. I trust him completely. And we talk about everything. When it is too much all it takes is a look a sound, a word, Stop, anything and he stops. Then attends to my needs be it emotional or physical.

I have also been the victim of violent attempted rape. However, because of the intimate relationship I possess with my partner he was able to help me work through some of the “sexual” trauma. (My therapist agrees that our relationship is extremely health because of the required openness.)

If you do not like/agree with Kink in general then do not participate. This does not give you the right to slut shame/kink shame other people because you are not understanding where they come from or why they participate in more flavorful bedroom activities. Please do not be an ass hole. 

Foot in Mouth Disease.

I sometimes wish that this was still middle school and your friends would tell your boyfriend (or what ever the fuck he is supposed to be) what to do to make things better. Because it would be nice if someone would call him up and say “hey so she is having a hard time dealing with life right now and the fact that you are practically dating your best friend makes her a little crazy. you should probably try to reassure her more.”

I sometimes say mean stuff I don’t mean when my feelings are hurt, and basically that means it is time for that “Reassure me and tell me to knock it off times” But of course feelings are already hurt and they don’t want to do anything for you. 

I said sorry…kind of?


Smithsonian Scientist and Collaborators Revise Timeline of Human Origins

Many traits unique to humans were long thought to have originated in the genus Homo between 2.4 and 1.8 million years ago in Africa. Although scientists have recognized these characteristics for decades, they are reconsidering the true evolutionary factors that drove them. […]

[Smithsonian paleoanthropologist] Richard Potts developed a new climate framework for East African human evolution that depicts most of the era from 2.5 million to 1.5 million years ago as a time of strong climate instability and shifting intensity of annual wet and dry seasons. This framework, which is based on Earth’s astronomical cycles, provides the basis for some of the paper’s key findings, and it suggests that multiple coexisting species of Homo that overlapped geographically emerged in highly changing environments.

“Unstable climate conditions favored the evolution of the roots of human flexibility in our ancestors,” said Potts, curator of anthropology and director of the Human Origins Program at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. “The narrative of human evolution that arises from our analyses stresses the importance of adaptability to changing environments, rather than adaptation to any one environment, in the early success of the genus Homo.”

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