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Quickies: Self-tracking apps, hair dye, and e-books

  • How self-tracking apps exclude women – “If sex-tracking apps are a caricature of what straight white men think sex is, then fertility-tracking apps are a caricature of what straight white men think about periods.” From Mindy.
  • Color to dye for – “The basic chemistry of hair dyes has changed little over the last century, but what do we know about the risks of colouring our hair, and why do we do it?” From Ray.
  • E-book legal restrictions are screwing over blind people – “For more than a decade, the visually-impaired have been locked in an excruciatingly slow and circuitous battle against US copyright laws. And it’s left the visually-impaired with few options but to hack their way around digital barriers—just for the simple pleasure of reading a book.”
  • Aisha Tyler speaks out about harassment and women in gaming culture – ““The moral of my story is that everyone should play more video games all the time!” she laughed. “That’s a way in. So don’t discourage your child from playing games, because it makes them naturally curious about computer science.””
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Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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