Quickies

Quickies: Queen Bee Syndrome, Rachel Dolezal, and Breakthroughs in Bioengineering

  • ‘Queen Bee syndrome’: the myth that keeps working women in their little box – “The idea popularised by Heathers and The Devil Wears Prada, that successful women connive to keep other women down, bears no relation to reality. A new survey by Columbia Business School has swatted that theory away.”
  • Making Sense Of Rachel Dolezal, The Alleged White Woman Who Passed As Black – “Predictably, this story has blown up all over the Internet as people try to make sense of it all: Why did she do it? Didn’t anyone suspect? What’s up with that hair? We gathered a few thoughtful attempts to understand the broader context of this story.”
  • Every Time an Orange Is the New Black Actor Was on Law & Order – “If you’re a fan of both Orange Is the New Black and Law & Order, you may have noticed that nearly every major character on the former is played by an actor who has appeared, at least once, on the latter—or one of its spinoffs. This has been noted multiple times, but we wanted to see what, exactly, our beloved OITNB thespians did on L & O, SVU, and L & O: CI. Hence the video below.”
  • The man who was caged in a zoo – “In 1904, Ota Benga was kidnapped from Congo and taken to the US, where he was exhibited with monkeys. His appalling story reveals the roots of a racial prejudice that still haunts us.”
  • In Massachusetts Lab, Scientists Grow An Artificial Rat Limb – “A team of scientists at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston made news earlier this month when they published research in the journal Biomaterials describing how they’d created the world’s first bioartificial limb in the laboratory.”
  • Waiting for the Conservative Jon Stewart – “A unified theory of why political satire is biased toward, and talk radio is biased against, liberals in America.”

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