Study: You can’t change antivaxxer’s minds – The study used four pro-vaccine messages, modeled on what the CDC uses. “Not a single one of the messages was successful when it came to increasing parents’ professed intent to vaccinate their children. And in several cases the messages actually backfired, either increasing the ill-founded belief that vaccines cause autism or even, in one case, apparently reducing parents’ intent to vaccinate.”
The Indian sanitary pad revolution – “A school dropout from a poor family in southern India has revolutionised menstrual health for rural women in developing countries by inventing a simple machine they can use to make cheap sanitary pads.” From Janina.
Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.