The Surprising History Of High Heels

High heels are more than just shoes: they’ve long been symbols of power, for women and men.

High Heels History

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About 72 percent of women will wear high heels at some point in their lives. While these shoes have become something of a metonym for femininity itself, you might be surprised to learn that the heel didn’t begin as a trend for women at all.

In fact, men wore the shoes first, and for hundreds of years the only women who ever wore elevated heels were courtesans. So how did the shoes eventually end up in practically every woman’s closet?

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The War On Drugs Was A Disastrous Failure, And Johns Hopkins Has A Study To Prove It

War On Drugs Failure

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It only takes one look at U.S. incarceration rates to see just how much irrational drug laws have harmed this nation. In fact, the prison population has reached its historical apex, almost entirely because offenders are facing obscene sentences based on draconian drug laws in which the punishment far outweighs the crime.

Currently, according to the Drug Policy Alliance, the U.S. is spending a staggering $51 billion each year on the war on drugs. And for all that money, 83% of the people locked up are nonviolent offenders charged only with possession.

On March 24, a global health report from The Lancet medical journal and Johns Hopkins University confirmed what many people already know: The U.S. war on drugs was a failure. The report reveals that not only did it not solve the problem, it sometimes made things worse.

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Your World This Week, Mar. 27 – Apr. 2

This week in science: What would happen if the sun generated a killer superflare, and the newly discovered fish that can walk up waterfalls.

The Fish That Can Walk Up Waterfalls

The little-known Cryptotora thamicola cavefish, found in Thailand, is just a few inches long and totally blind. But it can do something not only that no other fish can do, but also something that has upended some of our most basic assumptions about evolution and life on this planet: it can walk.

We’re talking honest-to-goodness walking. In the words of researcher Brooke Flammang, “It possesses morphological features that have previously only been attributed to tetrapods. The pelvis and vertebral column of this fish allow it to support its body weight against gravity and provide large sites for muscle attachment for walking.”

Of course, this discovery will have serious implications in determining just how Earth’s creatures went from finned to limbed, from sea to land, some 420 million years ago.

Read more at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

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Photo Of The Day: The World’s Largest Aircraft Is Almost Ready To Take Off

If 300 feet doesn’t sound like a lot to you, remember that that’s about the size of the Statue of Liberty, Big Ben, and some of the largest giant sequoias ever measured. Then imagine something that long — and a whole lot wider — flying through the air. And that’s the Airlander 10, the largest aircraft in the world, now almost ready to hit the skies.

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