She’s ‘Legally Obligated’ To Let You Know You’ll Be A Lesbian After Hearing Her. I Like This Woman.

Sabrina Jalees can serve up clever punchlines and hilarious impressions, but the fact that she has a great point to make is probably why they gave her a TED Talk. (Good call on that one, TED!)

Sabrina covers so much ground in her talk, but what she had to say about coming out of the closet is worth sharing:

"So the next step was that I wanted to come out to my extended Muslim family, but my dad was always like: 'Shh, keep it a secret. Secrets are cool, man.'

And I was like, 'Dad, I'm married now. What's your five-year plan with this secret? I keep on showing up to family things with, like, my wife best friend? She loves Ramadan. Pretty soon we've got, like, a little kid best friend? Found him in a well.'

So I finally got my father's permission to come out to them. I decided to do it in an email, and it landed in 28 inboxes and got zero replies.

[...] Coming out can be like cliff jumping. You know, you look over the edge of the cliff, you just hope the water's deep enough. And what I've learned is in the relationships that matter, eventually the water's there. Today, a year later, I am proud to say I have a relationship with a lot of the family members that initially rejected me. So this is my Oprah moment. Imagine a helicopter comes down and I get in it.

No, this is my low-budget Oprah moment. It's just to urge you to be proud of the things that make you different. To live with an open mind, and other people's minds will follow. We're all different and we're all the same. People don't want to hate, they want to love."
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Climate change is happening because the earth is warming at an accelerated rate, a significant portion of that acceleration is due to human activity, and not taking measures to mitigate it will have disastrous consequences for life as we know it.

In other words: Earth is heating up, it's kinda our fault, and if we don't fix it, we're screwed.

This is the consensus of the vast majority of the world's scientists who study such things for a living. Case closed. End of story.

How do we know this to be true? Because pretty much every reputable scientific organization on the planet has examined and endorsed these conclusions. Thousands of climate studies have been done, and multiple peer-reviewed studies have been done on those studies, showing that somewhere between 84 and 97 percent of active climate science experts support these conclusions. In fact, the majority of those studies put the consensus well above 90%.

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As a child, Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia's parents didn't ask her what she wanted to be when she grew up. Instead, her father would ask, "Are you going to be a doctor? Are you going to be an engineer? Or are you going to be an entrepreneur?"

Little did he know that she would successfully become all three: an award-winning biomedical and mechanical engineer who performs cutting-edge medical research and has started multiple companies.

Bhatia holds an M.D. from Harvard University, an M.S. in mechanical engineering from MIT, and a PhD in biomedical engineering from MIT. Bhatia, a Wilson professor of engineering at MIT, is currently serving as director of the Marble Center for Cancer Nanomedicine, where she's working on nanotechnology targeting enzymes in cancer cells. This would allow cancer screenings to be done with a simple urine test.

Bhatia owes much of her impressive career to her family. Her parents were refugees who met in graduate school in India; in fact, she says her mom was the first woman to earn an MBA in the country. The couple immigrated to the U.S. in the 1960s, started a family, and worked hard to give their two daughters the best opportunities.

"They made enormous sacrifices to pick a town with great public schools and really push us to excel the whole way," Bhatia says. "They really believed in us, but they expected excellence. The story I like to tell about my dad is like, if you brought home a 96 on a math test, the response would be, 'What'd you get wrong?'"

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I live in a family with various food intolerances. Thankfully, none of them are super serious, but we are familiar with the challenges of finding alternatives to certain foods, constantly checking labels, and asking restaurants about their ingredients.

In our family, if someone accidentally eats something they shouldn't, it's mainly a bit of inconvenient discomfort. For those with truly life-threatening food allergies, the stakes are much higher.

I can't imagine the ongoing stress of deadly allergy, especially for parents trying to keep their little ones safe.

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The first day of school can be both exciting and scary at the same time — especially if it's your first day ever, as was the case for a nervous four-year-old in Wisconsin. But with a little help from a kind bus driver, he was able to get over his fear.

Axel was "super excited" waiting for the bus in Augusta with his mom, Amy Johnson, until it came time to actually get on.

"He was all smiles when he saw me around the corner and I started to slow down and that's when you could see his face start to change," his bus driver, Isabel "Izzy" Lane, told WEAU.

The scared boy wouldn't get on the bus without help from his mom, so she picked him up and carried him aboard, trying to give him a pep talk.

"He started to cling to me and I told him, 'Buddy, you got this and will have so much fun!'" Johnson told Fox 7.

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