Quickies

Quickies: Cat Purr Generator, Discrimination Against Pregnant Women, and Girls Going to School

  • Furry Friend, A Relaxing Online Purr Generator For Those Lonely Times When a Cat Isn’t Around – Just go ahead and bookmark this. On a related note, I think it’s funny to use those “cat meow” soundboards and see my cats freak out when they can’t find where the “new cat” is hiding.
  • Why Is It So Hard for Unmarried Women in China to Go See a Gynecologist? – “Essentially, reproductive rights are a challenge for all women in the country. But, as evidenced by their difficulty with gynecological visits, unmarried women in China experience a more onerous set of challenges.”
  • The Enduring Myth of Black Criminality – “In his upcoming October cover story, Ta-Nehisi Coates explores how mass incarceration has affected African American families.”
  • A new play explores science, faith and medical ethics – “Her new off Broadway play, ‘Informed Consent’ takes as its inspiration a real court case, in which the Native American Havasupai tribe sued researchers from Arizona State University after those researchers conducted unauthorized studies using Havasupai blood samples. The researchers had attempted to unlock the secret of the tribe’s high rate of diabetes. What the tribe members didn’t know is that the researchers were also looking for other kinds of information having to do with mental health and their tribe’s origins. The court battle that followed transformed medical ethics.”
  • Most Holidays Are Fake, and Here’s Why – “It’s not just your imagination — there really are more unofficial holidays than ever before. And yes, most of them have been started by advertising firms who are just trying to sell you stuff. But contrary to popular belief, fake holidays didn’t start with the internet era. We have to go back much further, plumbing the depths of American consumer culture in the second half of the 19th century.”
  • Matahara: When pregnant women, new moms are harassed at work – In Japan, it’s illegal for employers to discriminate against pregnant employees–but it’s still socially acceptable to do so. These mothers fought back against their harassment and the courts are on their side (finally).
  • A Pregnancy Souvenir: Cells That Are Not Your Own – “Fetal microchimerism has been found in a number of mammal species, including dogs, mice and cows. It’s likely that fetal cells have been a part of maternal life for tens of millions of years.”
  • These Girls Complain If They Can’t Go To School – “So parents make a decision. They decide it’s worth sacrificing to send a son to school because he seems to have better job prospects than an educated girl would have — he could travel safely to a city for work, for example. When Cotton told the aid groups what she had learned, they didn’t want to listen. ‘I was told almost uniformly that I was misguided, that the community told me what I wanted to hear,’ she says. Aid groups didn’t want to admit that they could be mistaken.”
  • She saw herself in the face of a Syrian girl driven from her home – “Sometimes a single kind act in one country sparks another a world away, in a chain that alters lives across generations. Ask Anna Dushime. She’s a Berlin resident, and a survivor of Rwanda’s 1994 genocide.”

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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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