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Quickies: Sexual Harassment at CalTech, the Secret of Award-Winning Black Movies, and Potatoes on Mars

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  • A tale of two Tyras – “Tyra Patterson says she was an innocent teenage bystander who ran away from a murder. Prosecutors say she was party to a killing. In the first chapter of a Guardian special report, explore how a young woman from poverty-stricken Ohio fell victim to America’s addiction to incarceration – and what might still set her free.”
  • He Fell In Love With His Grad Student — Then Fired Her For It – “Christian Ott, a young astrophysics professor at the California Institute of Technology, fell in love with one of his graduate students and then fired her because of his feelings, according to a recent university investigation. Twenty-one months of intimate online chats, obtained by BuzzFeed News, confirm that he confessed his actions to another female graduate student.”
  • 100 Percent Is Overrated – “People labeled ‘smart’ at a young age don’t deal well with being wrong. Life grows stagnant.”
  • Standing Up To Sexual Harassment And Assault In L.A.’s Comedy Scene – “The exclusive story of how female comedians decided to take matters into their own hands and kick alleged assaulters and harassers out of their community — and the scandal that followed.”
  • The Martian was right. NASA Is studying Peruvian potatoes for farming on Mars. – “During the first stage, nine varieties of potato have been chosen and will be grown in the desert soil, and the Martian atmosphere will be simulated in a controlled environment to see how it affects the tuber’s growth. This in order to learn how viable farming could be on the Red Planet.”
  • The Daily Show Revealed the Not-So-Secret Recipe for Award-Winning Black Movies – “Still, as The Daily Show’s Trevor Noah and Roy Wood Jr. note above, said films’ snubbing can be very easily explained: They all lacked the few vital ingredients the Academy looks for when recognizing black art. For instance: a Negro spiritual. Or: a mention of slavery. Or, best of all, moving sequences that reinforce just how badly blacks suffered in America forty, fifty, and a hundred years ago.”

BONUS: SNL has finally put up clips of David Bowie’s otherworldly performance from 1979. I absolutely love this! Especially the fact that Klaus Nomi is a background singer.

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