Quickies

Quickies: Beauty Tips from the Victorians, Teaching Creationism in School, and Curing Cancer

  • The Poisonous Beauty Advice Columns of Victorian England – “Glass and tin bottles hide snug in a case, waiting for a woman’s daily ritual. She reaches for a bottle of ammonia and washes it over her face, careful to replace the delicate glass stopper. Next, she dips her fingertips into the creams and powders of her toilet table, gravitating toward a bright white paint, filled with lead, which she delicately paints over her features. It’s important to avoid smiling; the paint will set, and any emotion will make it unattractively crack.”
  • The Evolution of Teaching Creationism in Public Schools – “A new study shows that anti-evolution lessons have become more stealthily integrated into curricula.”
  • Are we close to curing cancer? – “Just months ago, former President Jimmy Carter announced he had melanoma that had spread to his brain. Recently, however, he made the shocking announcement that he was cancer-free. He owes his condition to a new cancer immunotherapy drug known as Keytruda that is giving researchers, cancer patients and doctors new hope in the war on cancer.”
  • We Need to Make Room For This Gingerbread Darth Vader in the Smithsonian

BONUS: If you’re looking for a wonderful cookie recipe to try out over the holidays, I highly recommend these potato chip cookies!

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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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  1. December 23, 2015 at 2:21 pm —

    Mary,

    The ultimate irony with any aspect of creationism evolving, is that if creationism was true, nothing would evolve. Creationists only accepted “micro evolution” out of desperation, so they could at least appear like they had the facts on their side.

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