Quickies: Galapagos volcano erupts, another all male panel, and cliteracy


Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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  1. Honey to cure pollen allergies seems to be homeopathy. Honey is made from nectar. Nectar comes from flowers. Pollen also comes from flowers. Therefore honey cures pollen allergies.

    “Threatening species Darwin studied” sounds almost poetic, until you remember that noticing how the Yagán were sweltering when the crew of the Beagle were shivering was also influential on the theory of natural selection. The Yagán are also facing extinction.

  2. The clitoris article is missing certain physicians (Remondino, Kellogg) advocating its excision, or worse.

    “The clitoris has two to three times more nerve endings than the penis.”

    Is that with or without foreskin? Ethnocentric assumptions lead to people looking very foolish.

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