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Quickies: Cuteness as a Curse, an Ode to Little Brown Girls Everywhere, and Mouse Utopias

  • ‘Being cute just made me miserable’: Mara Wilson on growing up in Hollywood – “She was the adorable little girl in Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire… then the phone stopped ringing. The former child star lifts the lid on hitting puberty in the public eye.”
  • In ‘Soy Yo’ Video, Bomba Estéreo Pays Tribute To ‘What’s Inside Of You’ – “Since the music video dropped last week for Bomba Estéreo’s 2015 hit, “Soy Yo,” the video has drawn attention — and plaudits — across the world. It’s been called an ode to little brown girls everywhere. A swaggier Little Miss Sunshine. An empowerment anthem.” I LOVE this video!
  • The Doomed Mouse Utopia That Inspired the ‘Rats of NIMH’ – “Intrigued, Calhoun built another, slightly bigger rat metropolis—this time in a barn, with ramps connecting several different rooms. Then he built another and another, hopping between patrons that supported his research, and framing his work in terms of population: How many individuals could a rodent city hold without losing its collective mind? By 1954, he was working under the auspices of the National Institute of Mental Health, which gave him whole rooms to build his mousetopias. “
  • Cancer Immunotherapy At A Crossroads – “Oncologists and scientists are now faced with determining why some patients respond and others don’t, and also how to better predict which treatments are best for which patients. Equally important is understanding how the new treatments should be used with surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation; and whether or not, at least in some cases, immunotherapies can replace these more established options altogether.”

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