Quickies: Tim Hunt, Conversion Therapy Ban, and Honey Badgers
- You Can Thank Genetic Engineering For Your Delicious Cheese – “By any measure, the use of GMOs in the production of cheese is among the greatest feats of modern food science. But today, that achievement is often ignored, disowned, and overlooked. At a time when “GMO” is, to many people, a four-letter word, companies like Chipotle are endeavoring to distance themselves from the technology, which they paradoxically depend on.”
- Sexist Scientist: I Was Being ‘Honest’ – “I do have sympathy for anyone caught in the leading edge of a media storm. But if we are ever to effect change, sometimes we need the winds to howl, to blow us out of our comfort zones. Because the real point here isn’t about individuals, isn’t about Tim Hunt or me.” From Courtney.
- 11 ways white America avoids taking responsibility for its racism – “White people are all too quick to cite their good intentions. Unconsciously, they aim to preserve white supremacy.”
- ‘Conversion Therapy’ Banned for Children in Ontario – “Ontario, Canada, prohibited ‘conversion therapy’ – attempting to change one’s sexual orientation from gay to heterosexual – for children younger than 18.” From Radium.
- Biology Finally Explains Why Honey Badger Don’t Care – “With this blood, the scientists figured out, for the first time, how the honey badger defends itself on the molecular level against its venomous prey. The blood also revealed clues of an evolutionary arms race. And it might help us design better antivenoms for humans bitten by venomous snakes.”
- How Mexico Quietly Legalized Same-Sex Marriage – “In the U.S., the Supreme Court’s widely anticipated ruling on same-sex marriage has been the focus of nonstop speculation and debate. In Mexico, meanwhile, the highest court effectively legalized same-sex unions this month with a decision that was so low key many failed to notice.”