Quickies: Victim blaming, WWII chemical experiments, and synthetic rhino horn
- How victim blaming led to the rape kit backlog – “Investigators’ unwillingness to push past the superficial appearance of a “he said, she said” case has also frustrated federal lawmakers who have appropriated more than $1 billion trying to reduce rape kit backlogs. Additionally, researchers say that police attitudes toward sexual assault are lagging social and scientific understanding of evidence in sexual assault cases.”
- John Oliver: Internet threats on women are out of control – “I’m talking about the kind of direct threats that can make people fear for their safety. And if you’re thinking, well come on, that doesn’t seem like that big a problem, well, congratulations on your white penis.” (Bonus video about women appearing on US money.) From Arturo.
- Secret WWII chemical experiments tested troops by race – “All of the World War II experiments with mustard gas were done in secret and weren’t recorded on the subjects’ official military records. Most do not have proof of what they went through. They received no follow-up health care or monitoring of any kind.” From Ray.
- Biotech firm creates fake rhino horn to reduce poaching – “Pembient, based in San Francisco uses keratin — a type of fibrous protein — and rhino DNA to produce a dried powder which is then 3D printed into synthetic rhino horns which is genetically and spectrographically similar to original rhino horns.”