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  • Top of the Morning: Spotify Now Has A Birthing Playlist!

    Plus, Big Hero 6 will grace the smalls screen, DepEd vows to educate kids on Martial Law, and more!
  • 1. Spotify now has a birthing playlist

    According to a report cited by the music streaming company Spotify, more than 90,000 users have made a birthing playlist to help them push their baby out. The "push playlists" are the product of studies that link music with therapeutic effects. "Labor is a really tough thing, and it goes on for a long time, so we try to find things that are comfortable and soothing," said Dr. Jacques Moritz, an OB/GYN in New York City who even teamed up with Spotify to create the ultimate push playlist, which he now uses if patients don't come in with their own tunes. "Music can be very soothing. It's like having a familiar friend singing to you," she adds. (today.com)

    2. Big Hero 6 will move to television
    Disney had recently announced that the Big Hero 6 animated television series for kids and tweens will premiere in Disney XD in 2017. It will focus on, who else, but 14-year-old Hiro and Baymax! Hiro is now some sort of a legend at the San Fransokyo Institute of Technology. and yet he's facing "daunting academic challenges and the social trials of being the little man on campus." The gang--Wasabi, Honey Lemon, Fred, and Go--will also return as "they must protect their city from an array of scientifically enhanced villains." (ew.com)

    3. DepEd to Educates Students on Martial Law
    Amidst discussions to distort history, the Department of Education (DepEd) released a statement reiterating its commitment to educate the youth on the Martial Law period and incorporating an in-depth enriched discussion on the subject. Starting academic year 2016-2017, curriculum guides for Araling Panlipunan in Grade 5 and 6 will include an in-depth and more enriched discussion on Martial Law. "We shall continue to enable our learners to remember and understand the country’s history and the impact of Martial Law to the lives of Filipinos today. The Department shall continue to deepen the discussion on this significant historical event, its statement said.  (gmanetwork.com)

    4. Lab grown sperm for infertile men?
    Chinese scientists have announced that it has successfully grown sperm cell in the lab which could help infertile men have their own biological babies. The scientists coaxed embryonic mice stem cells into sperm cells and then implanted into eggs--from which healthy little mice were born. The medical community is calling it a scientific breakthrough. Almost 15 percent of couples are infertile and a third of them have traced the problem in the men. Some men do not produce any sperm and thus, resort to getting a sperm donor. With this new procedure, if proven safe for human, could be the best possible cure. (telegraph.co.uk)

    5. QC passed the pro-LGBT ordinance
    The newly approved and aptly dubbed "Gender-Fair City" Ordinance in Quezon City seeks to protect lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights in the workplace and at school. Councilor Lena Marie "Mayen" Juico expanded the city's 2003 ordinance which prohibited discrimination against homosexuals in the workplace. The ordinance witll pave the way to creating a Quezon City Pride Council (QCPC) which whill serve as the implementing committee. Some proposed projects for the QCPC are adding gender options for sexual orientation or genders in forms, putting up unisex lavatories in workplaces, conducting gender-sensitivity training, disseminating anti-discrimination materials in schools, and workplaces and communities. (inquirer.net)

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