Quickies

Quickies: Starbucks and Race Relations, Amy Schumer’s Feminism, and the Mars One Scam

  • 15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Farts – “Admit it. You’ve always wanted to know whether farts can carry germs.” I mean, probably half of the reason I became a scientist was to learn gross facts, and this article delivers.
  • Here’s What People Are Saying About Starbucks’ ‘Race Together’ Campaign – “If your name isn’t traditionally white-sounding, chances are a coffeehouse barista has misspelled it on your cup. It’s awkward when that happens, but is it the perfect time to engage in a dialogue about race and ethnicity? Starbucks says yes.”
  • “I wanna get it tattooed on my c**t”: Amy Schumer’s plan to make audiences understand feminism – “Amy Schumer’s press tour for her upcoming film “Trainwreck” has been anything but shy about feminism. Unlike celebrities who try to distance themselves from the word or say downright inaccurate things about what the label implies, Schumer has been enthusiastic about self-identifying as a feminist — and she would really, really like to give other people the tools to feel similarly thrilled about gender equality.” From Courtney.
  • ‘Mars One’ finalist breaks silence, claims organization is a total scam – “Remember that mini-documentary that The Guardian put together last month? Those ‘finalists’ featured in the piece are simply the people that had generated the most money for the Mars One organization.”
  • Lean back, Eric Schmidt! How interrupting men & unconscious bias are killing women’s careers – “It seems that the crowd noticed that Schmidt was regularly interrupting Smith to share his own views about diversity, so someone in the audience brought it up during the question and answer period. According to a report from Karissa Bell at Mashable, the questioner asked, ‘Given that unconscious bias research tells us that women are interrupted a lot more than men, I’m wondering if you are aware that you have interrupted Megan many more times.’ “

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Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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2 Comments

  1. 16. If there were any truth to what “Doctor” Gillian McKeith says about how eating chlorophyll (i.e., leaf vegetables) oxygenates you, you would explode from the combustion reaction CH4 + 2O2 -> CO2 + 2H2O.

  2. Mary,

    You wrote,

    “Remember that mini-documentary that The Guardian put together last month? Those ‘finalists’ featured in the piece are simply the people that had generated the most money for the Mars One organization.”

    I didn’t see it, but its still really disappointing. I was hoping that the organization and its contest would be able to help us with Mars exploration and maybe even eventually colonize the red planet.

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