Quickies: Ancient Dentistry, the Economics of Star Trek, and the Effect of Space Travel on the Human Body

  • South Dakota Governor Vetoes Bill Stipulating Transgender Students’ Bathroom Use – “Gov. Dennis Daugaard has vetoed a bill that would have required transgender students in South Dakota’s public schools to use bathrooms, locker rooms and other facilities based on their gender at birth.” From Courtney.
  • Watch Samantha Bee embarrass a Texas lawmaker who doesn’t know how abortion works – ” ‘I’m not a doctor, I don’t know,’ Flynn said after that. ‘But I listened to many doctors tell me about the procedures that happen when you do an invasive surgery.’ ‘You don’t seem to know anything specifically about abortion, really at all,’ Bee countered. ‘And yet you did all this with building regulations.’ “
  • How our ancestors drilled rotten teeth – I’m fascinated learning all about ancient dental drills and anesthesia. It might be a painful subject, but it’s still interesting.
  • Teen Girls And Social Media: A Story Of ‘Secret Lives’ And Misogyny – “In the 2 1/2 years she spent researching her book, Sales interviewed more than 200 teenage girls around the country about their social media and Internet usage. She says girls face enormous pressures to post ‘hot’ or sexualized photos of themselves online, and she adds that this pressure can make the Internet an unwelcoming environment.”
  • What One Year of Space Travel Does to the Human Body – “The goal of the yearlong expedition is to better understand how the human body reacts to microgravity for long durations. Researchers say they hope the data acquired in this mission will help them figure out how to send humans on even longer missions, like one to Mars, which would take two-and-a-half years, roundtrip.”
  • ‘Labrie’s Life Is Also in Shambles’: Vanity Fair Also Doesn’t Know How to Cover Sexual Assault – “The lede echoes tropes from so many male-authored deep dives into rape investigations: he was the star, she was the confused child who ruined his life.”
  • Why Jean-Luc Picard Never Carried a Wallet – “In author Manu Saadia’s forthcoming book, Trekonomics, he suggests that the values of Gene Roddenberry’s utopian vision of the future may be the thing to aspire to if we ever want to achieve a world of peace and abundance. And it’s not just about the technology, either.” Yeah I’ll take all my payments in the form of holodeck credits and replicator meals.

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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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