Quickies: Superbugs, appreciating without appropriating, and giant sperm
- The superbug that doctors have been dreading just reached the US – “For the first time, researchers have found a person in the United States carrying bacteria resistant to antibiotics of last resort, an alarming development that the top U.S. public health official says could mean “the end of the road” for antibiotics.” From Amy.
- Fully appreciating culture without appropriation: A guide in 15 steps – “There are many people confused about cultural appropriation and the difference between appreciation and appropriation. They are also baffled by the idea that a dance, music style, fashion or hair style can be specific to a certain group and therefore one should look into embracing that activity with care.” From Ray.
- Welcome to Disturbia: Why mid-century Americans believed the suburbs were making them sick – “The Gordons contended that the nation’s new communities were a “Disturbia” of restless and troubled young strivers, a lopsided society that lacked the balance of older, “integrated” towns (integrated by age and class, that is, not race). As suburbia’s men rushed to get ahead, the Gordons claimed, they would be vulnerable to developing early heart disease, especially if they had risen from a lower social class.”
- This fly’s sperm is 1000 times longer than human sperm – “If a man produced sperm that big, it would stretch diagonally across a basketball court.”
- Cute Animal Friday! Teenage mutant ninja kittens. And a bat squeaking with delight at getting tickles and skritches from Nowoo.