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On March 6, 1857, the US Supreme Court made one of the worst rulings in history, known as the Dred Scott Decision. Basically, the court ruled that people of African descent were not US citizens and had no rights under the US Constitution, whether they were a slave or free.

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  1. In one of the comments to the Google Glass article, someone claims that people can be unjustly pilloried and their reputations savaged merely for innocently asking someone to join them for a cup of coffee in an elevator. Fortunately, someone named Indigo did a fantastic job of setting the record straight, It’s amazing how many people pontificate about this who have obviously never devoted the 20 seconds necessary to watch the original video. Argh!!!

    The first story about the incredibly courageous 4 year old who grew up to be a physicist, musician and creative inventor (amongst many other accomplishments) is awesome.

    And I could probably never pass the Finkbeiner Test writing about Vera Rubin because I would be forced to brag about being in the same Astronomy class as her daughter and how amazingly cool it was to have a friend whose parent had discovered most of the Universe. :-)

    And Mary, having read “Packing for Mars”, how can you complain about the fingernail clippings? They pale in comparison. (BTW, Mary Roach has a new book coming out called “A Voyage Down the Alimentary Canal”, or something like that. Jes’ sayin’.)

    • Yes, true, fingernails aren’t the grossest part about space travel, but I wouldn’t want to be the astronaut in charge of vacuuming this guy’s air vents. “Dude, clip your fingernails on Tuesday so I don’t have to see them in the vent all week!”

  2. What will be the experience of the people who have to deal with others who wear Google Glass?

    I don’t know about everyone else, but my experience is going to be me saying ‘Take those fucking things off when you’re talking to me’ a lot.

  3. I agree with the sentiment behind the Finkbeiner test, but I disagree with two of the listed items, as they are sometimes appropriate:
    Her husband’s job: Sometimes married couples are also a scientific team. Could you fully discuss Marie Sk?odowska-Curie without talking about Pierre?
    How she nurtures her underlings: Underling nurture is good practice, whatever your gender. I do agree that this can be talked about in a sexist way, however.
    I prefer the simpler alternative suggested in the article like an afterthought: would a given statement equally make sense in an article about a male scientist?

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