Quickies: The Damage of Fake Medicines, Catcalling, and Why People Misunderstand Each Other

  • This is Who You Are When You’re Catcalling – “Then the light bulb moment — he realizes that this is not an interview about how best to catcall women but rather about how much women dislike catcalling, to which he replies, “Get the fuck outta here, I don’t believe…” He’s just been told that women don’t like it and he’s in such a state of disbelief and anger that he couldn’t even finish his sentences.”
  • Solving Crimes With Pollen, One Grain Of Evidence At A Time – “A single pollen grain from a sample tells you nothing. But together, all the pollen grains in a sample — their composition and concentration — can reveal a lot. Still, we’re talking about pollen grains, their details invisible to the naked eye.”
  • Bruce Jenner, Transgender American – “During the interview, Sawyer made a conspicuous point of discussing broadly unfamiliar ideas about gender and sexuality to its audience. It didn’t always go smoothly; her questions occasionally came off as awkward and tone-deaf. But she showed no lack of empathy.”
  • What It’s Like to Be a Girl in America’s Juvenile Justice System  – ” ‘We say, “It’s better than having them on the streets.” But that doesn’t address the issue of why their neighborhoods aren’t better places to live. Just by the zip codes they’re in. It’s more likely these kids will go to jail than college. The kid hasn’t failed; we’ve failed,’ he said.”
  • Mixed Signals: Why People Misunderstand Each Other – Explaining the gulf between how you see yourself versus how others see you.
  • Fake Medicines Do Real Damage: Thousands Die, Superbugs Get Stronger – “When patients unknowingly take bad drugs, they don’t just fail to get better. If a drug contains just a little but not enough of the active ingredient, it can also help breed superbugs that become more resistant to the real stuff.”

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Mary Brock is a scientist who works on drugs you've hopefully never heard of. She enjoys cooking to Blue Grass music, messing with her cats, and hosting the Boston Skeptics' Book Club. She was born in the South but loves living in New England (despite the lack of chocolate chip pizza). Mary does not use Twitter and don't even try to follow her, because she is always looking over her shoulder.

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