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Grow Your Own Genetically Engineered Stingray-Leather Sneakers

SPLICE OF LIFE You don’t have to be a genetic scientist to wrangle your own phenotype. Rayfish uses a graphical user interface for would-be Doc Moreaus to drag and drop up to nine…

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Fish Pedicures Could Cause Serious Bacterial Infections, Warns CDC

Photo by Shutterstock It’s official: Fish pedicures aren’t just a bizarre beauty ritual with shady animal-welfare considerations, they’re also downright dangerous to…

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Genuine Mink-Fur Eyelash Extensions Are Now a Thing

Photo by Shutterstock Once the province of well-heeled celebrities like Jennifer Lopez, Kim Kardashian, and Madonna, mink-fur eyelash extensions are now sweeping through both sides of…

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Lady Gaga Tweets Photo of Herself Wearing Another "Meat Dress"

Lady Gaga hammed it up at a recent concert in Tokyo wearing a second meat dress. On Monday, the controversy-courting singer tweeted a photo of herself—photographed by famed lensman…

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Copper-Infused "Anti-Aging" Shapewear is Now a Thing

Depending on how badly you want to believe, Cass & Co.’s copper-infused luxury shapewear is either an anti-aging “revolution” or more pseudoscientific…

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Chinese Textile Polluters Disregard Environmental Regulations, Says Report

Photo by China Daily/Reuters China’s polluting textile industry is being called out by its own. Nearly 50 major apparel brands, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Adidas,…

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Apparel Brands Are Still Making "Killer" Sandblasted Jeans Despite Bans

Photo by Shutterstock Despite voluntary bans by major apparel brands, sandblasting is still widely practiced in the largely unregulated overseas denim industry, according to a new…

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Calif. Regulators Find Dangerous Chemicals in "Nontoxic" Nail Polishes

Photo by Shutterstock Your so-called three-free nail polish may not be all that cracked up to be, according to California state regulators, who discovered that many polishes claiming…

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10 Bizarre Natural Beauty Treatments That Freak Us Out Big Time

SNAKE VENOM Simulated viper’s venom may be a bit of a fake out in the natural beauty stakes, but it’s by no means any less mind-boggling. “Syn-Ake” is the key…

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Adidas, Nike, Puma Accused of Exploiting Workers as Olympics Approach

The 2012 London Olympics may be looming over the horizon, but Adidas, Nike, and Puma are playing anything but fair, according to War on Want, an anti-poverty charity accusing the…

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Alexander Wang Sued for $450 Million for Running Alleged "Sweatshop" in NYC's Chinatown

A group of 30 employees is suing Alexander Wang for running an alleged sweatshop in New York City’s Chinatown. Filed last month in Queens County Supreme Court, the $450 million…

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Salons Still Offering Brazilian Blowout Despite Formaldehyde Danger

video platform video management video solutions video player Never mind repeated warnings from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Occupational Safety and Health…

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Avon, Estée Lauder, Mary Kay Resume Testing Cosmetics on Animals

As American firms jostle for a piece of China’s $15-billion-and-growing cosmetics market, Avon, Mary Kay, and Esteé Lauder have quietly turned their backs on 20 years of…

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VIDEO: Is Susan G. Komen for the Cure Guilty of Pinkwashing?

Video by Zina Saunders The backlash against Susan G. Komen for the Cure continues. The world’s largest breast-cancer organization came under fire in early February after it…

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Fur-Trapping Season Ends With Record High of Non-Target Animal Deaths

One man’s pet is another’s collateral damage, according to Born Free U.S.A, which announced on Wednesday a possible record high of non-target animal deaths as fur-trapping…

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Is This $400,000 Diamond-Encrusted T-Shirt the World's Most Expensive?

If you thought that a $300,000 T-shirt was outrageous—even if it did help UNICEF air-freight critical lifesaving supplies—you’ll want to keep your pearls at a clutch-worthy…

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Brazilian Blowout Agrees to Warn Consumers About Cancer Risks

The maker of Brazilian Blowout, a popular line of “professional-only” hair-straightening products, has agreed to warn consumers that two of its formulations emit…

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Chanel Builds Life-Size Plane for Spring 2012 Paris Couture Week Show

Photo by Olivier Saillant for Chanel As if fashion wasn’t already synonymous with environmental excess. Karl Lagerfeld commisioned a life-size aircraft to house Chanel’s…

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