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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 …

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Quickies: Essays on human biology, feminists of Wakanda, gymnastics, and Neanderthals

New book of essays on human biology has exactly ZERO contributions from women – “Yes, a book with 23 different contributors to 18 different essays on the wondrous diversity and …

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Quickies: Genes are overrated, gendered baby clothes have got to go, and the Babel fish

Genes are overrated – “Their discovery wasn’t predestined, nor do they dictate our destinies—and current ideas about them may die.” From Will. Texas Republicans accidentally call the majority of Texans …

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Quickies: Critiquing skepticism, the start of the Satanic panic, and the Nebula awards

Dear “skeptics,” bash homeopathy and Big Foot less, mammography and war more – “When people like this get together, they become tribal. They pat each other on the back and …

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Quickies: The most successful female Everest climber, tuberculosis, and an upskirt ad

The most successful female Everest climber of all time is a housekeeper in Hartford, Connecticut – Via. How tuberculosis shaped Victorian fashion – The trailing skirt of death! A Black …

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Quickies: Promoting diversity, femojis, and picky eating

The only people who aren’t penalized for promoting diversity at work are white men – “First, no one gets a pat on the back for promoting diversity at work. No …

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Quickies: The myth of the “perfect” body, how media portrays science, and praying potholes away

Lindy West on the lie of the “perfect body” – An excerpt from her new book Shrill. John Oliver exposes how the media turns scientific studies into “morning show gossip” …

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Quickies: OxyContin, the best PAC, and a “wellness” advocate facing legal action

OxyContin’s 12 hour problem – “But OxyContin’s stunning success masked a fundamental problem: The drug wears off hours early in many people, a Los Angeles Times investigation found. OxyContin is …

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