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Quickies: Edison’s Creepy Talking Dolls, Scientific American’s Past Predictions, and the Decline of Pseudoscience

Ghostly Voices From Thomas Edison’s Dolls Can Now Be Heard – “Though Robin and Joan Rolfs owned two rare talking dolls manufactured by Thomas Edison’s phonograph company in 1890, they …

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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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Quickies: Religious Language and Diets, Goodbye to Samantha Bee, and Redface in Adam Sandler’s Movie

Purity Through Food: How Religious Ideas Sell Diets – “Levinovitz recounts a confrontation at a farmer’s market, where he asked a vendor whether her juice was processed. She impressed upon …

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Global Quickies: Holy Monkeys in Latvia, Giant T-Rex Statues in Turkey, and a Museum of Poop in Italy

CHILE Ash from volcanic eruption in Chile covers town 18 miles away – “Chile on alert for a fresh eruption after Calbuco volcano burst into life for the first time …

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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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Quickies: Corporate Christian America, Stories from Baltimore, and Blatant Sexism from a Scientific Journal

Sexist peer review elicits furious Twitter response, PLOS apology – “A peer reviewer’s suggestion that two female researchers find ‘one or two male biologists’ to co-author and help them strengthen …

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Quickies: Misunderstanding What Healthy Means, Nickel Rides and Freddie Gray, and Carl Sagan and the NAS

The Myth of Working Your Way Through College – “Once upon a time, a summer spent scooping ice cream could pay for a year of college. Today, the average student’s …

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Global Quickies: Racist Jewelry, Racist Columnist, and Volcanoes

PAKISTAN “The progressive activist and organizer who ran Pakistan’s first-ever hackathon and led a human rights and a peace-focused nonprofit known as The Second Floor (T2F) was shot dead today …

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