James is a queer and transgender writer on a mission to watch every horror movie ever made. They are a Scripps alum and former small-town general assignment reporter, and now write about pop culture, general geekery, LGBT interests, and fat positivity. They own a small tan velociraptor.

I Meditated In Virtual Reality & It Literally Took Me To Another Place

For me, meditation is like power-walking. I usually put a lot of work into preparing myself, mind and body, for both, but though I start out excited, I usually end up coming out of doing what I set out to do feeling like I didn't actually get…
By James Loke Hale

7 Ways Your Dog Might Be Messing With Your Sleep

My pit bull, Jack, is an absolute dream when it comes to snoozing. If I stay up too late, she guilts me into bed with her sad, sad puppydog eyes. And once we're in bed, she zonks out over my legs like the world's warmest weighted blanket. But not…
By James Loke Hale

Disney Just Made A Major Step For Sustainability At Nearly All Of Its Parks

It's official: Disney is the latest in a string of major companies to announce its plans to phase out plastic straws and other single-use plastic items from nearly all of its locations. In a post on the Disney Parks Blog, the company stated that it…
By James Loke Hale

Here's The Reason Traces Of Radioactive Material Are Showing Up In Some California Wines

In 2011, the Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Fukushima suffered a critical failure in one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. Now, a new study has shown that traces of nuclear material from Fukushima crossed the Pacific Ocean and are showing…
By James Loke Hale

Scientists Found Actual Liquid Water On Mars & It’s Kind Of A Big Deal

The news cycle has been full of Liquid News (yes, capitalization necessary) lately, from the mysterious sarcophagus goop to new research showing the moon may be wetter than previously expected to the most exciting news of all: It looks like there's…
By James Loke Hale

Here's How This Weekend's DOUBLE Astrological Events Will Impact Your Sign

Considering we're all still recovering from the hot mess that was last December's Mercury retrograde, the fact that we're hurtling headlong into the century's longest total lunar eclipse literally a day after Mercury goes back into retrograde may…
By James Loke Hale

Here's Why We've Seen So Many Food Recalls Involving Salmonella This Summer

If you feel like you've seen lots of recalls related to salmonella lately, you're not alone. Virtually no section of your local grocery store has been left untouched by this summer's many salmonella-linked recalls, which have affected foods…
By James Loke Hale

This Is How To Support A Friend Who’s In Recovery, According To Experts

Fans and fellow celebrities alike are showing singer Demi Lovato lots of love after she was hospitalized for a reported overdose. Thankfully, Lovato appears to be okay and stable, per a statement from her representative. While it's important to…
By James Loke Hale

This Is What Your Body’s Trying To Tell You When You Can’t Fall Asleep

As a chronic insomnia sufferer, I know what triggers periods of having a hard time getting to sleep. You probably know the common ones, too: some are in our control, like too much caffeine, and some are often out of our control, like a thrown-off…
By James Loke Hale

A New Study Shows A Link Between Climate Change And Suicide

A new study has found that warming temperatures due to climate change may be linked to an increase in suicide rates similar to the increase caused by economic depressions, according to a report on the study published in the journal Nature Climate…
By James Loke Hale

9 Things To Put On Your Desk That Can Help You Focus Better

Even if you don't have ADHD (like I do), learning how to keep yourself focused at your desk — at work or at home — can be a frustrating process, full of trial and error. What can be especially frustrating is that there's no one-size-fits-all…
By James Loke Hale

Wayfair Is Having A Massive Sale All Weekend & The Deals Are Too Good To Pass Up

Attention, friends: Wayfair may possibly be having the sale of the summer. As a millennial perpetually paying off my student loans, I love deals. However, like any other person with (very rational, IMO) fears of being crushed by rabid dealseekers…
By James Loke Hale

A New Study Found A Major Increase In Liver Disease Deaths — Especially For Young People

Here's something you likely already know: Drinking to excess is harmful to your health. But a new study suggests that an increase in deaths from liver disease, especially in young people, may be linked with binge drinking. Researchers working on the…
By James Loke Hale

7 Cult-Fave Vegan Products You Can Get At Trader Joe’s

Whether you're planning on going full-on vegetarian or vegan, or you're just looking to mix more plant-based foods into your diet, it can sometimes be tough to find replacements for dietary staples, especially if you're looking at giving up some of…
By James Loke Hale

Eating Hot Dogs & Other Processed Meat May Be Linked To Mania, A New Study Suggests

A new study out of Johns Hopkins Medicine has determined there may be a link between mania and eating processed meats cured with nitrates. But before you throw out the rasher of bacon in your fridge or opt out of having beef jerky on your next…
By James Loke Hale

Your Brain Probably Made Up Your First Memory, A New Study Shows

My very first memory is from when I was three years old — a picture-perfect snapshot of the layout of my family's Disney World hotel room. My mother can corroborate this snapshot, which makes me part of the 61.4 percent of people whose first memory…
By James Loke Hale

The Scary Way Climate Change Could Impact Your WiFi Connection

It's a hallmark of modern apocalypse movies: Someone tries their cellphone, and when they (gasp!) have no reception, they try the internet. That's when the real horror hits, because the internet isn't working, and not even memes can save them now.…
By James Loke Hale

Science Says This Super Simple Hack Will Help You Actually Like Working Out

Haters of exercise, fellow denizens of the couch and despisers of the treadmill, I have some good news for you: According to a new study, mind over matter can make exercising a little less excruciating. If you've ever had to break through the mental…
By James Loke Hale

6 Apps That Will Help You Remember To Drink More Water

I suck at drinking water. It wasn't until I went to the hospital for migraines when I was younger that my family realized I have a habit of just not drinking water at all — and not surprisingly, that was contributing to my near-daily migraines. Ever…
By James Loke Hale

The Way Your Office Is Set Up Could Make You Way Less Productive, A New Study Shows

If, over the past few years, you've worked in an office, been anywhere near an office, or been remotely close to anyone who works in an office, you probably know open office layouts have been the hot topic in corporate office design. Proponents of…
By James Loke Hale