Chlamydia-infected human epithelial cell
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Quickies: Chlamydia outbreak, newts, and slut-shaming Black Widow

Nice guy just trying to chat slashes woman when she laughs at him – Think of this before telling a woman to laugh off gross and creepy behavior. From Mary. …

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Beard competition
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Quickies: Leaving alt med, Satanists and abortion, and mis-reporting of feces in beards

An alternative medicine believer’s journey back to science – “The Laidlers are doctors, and their sons, Ben and David, had been diagnosed with autism. For several years, on the advice …

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Bombardier beetle spraying
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Quickies: Bombardier beetles, race in America, and Oprah dumps Dr. Oz

How this beetle creates 500 explosions per second with its bum – “There are few defences more extreme than that of the bombardier beetles. These insects deliberately engineer explosive chemical …

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Banned books
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Quickies: Banned books, gender in politics, and Science Babe

The most banned and challenged books of 2014 – The ALA notes, “attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color …

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Food Babe
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Quickies: Science reporting ethics, Zoe Quinn attends Congressional briefing, and Karlie Kloss’ coding scholarship

How should journalists cover quacks like Dr Oz or the Food Babe? – “How do you communicate to a popular and deeply flawed messenger of health concerns, such as a …

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Pills
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Quickies: Health disparities, conflicts of interest at the FDA, and mystery radio signals

Genes don’t cause racial-health disparities, society does – “Researchers are looking in the wrong place: White people live longer not because of their DNA but because of inequality.” From Will. …

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pizza
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Quickies: Dude social fallacies, pizza and intersectionality, and “religious liberty”

Dude social fallacies – “It started out in reference to the Geek Social Fallacies, but apparently the idea of Dude Social Fallacies hit a bit of a sore spot for …

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Sea Turtle
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Quickies: New alternative to antibiotics, anti-abortion group plan backfires, and the Hugo Awards

Turtle therapy may help develop alternative to antibiotic treatments for humans – “Sick or injured turtles were usually given a course of antibiotics, but researchers found the antibiotics killed off …

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