This Transgender Third-Grader, Life As A Boy Is Liberating – “Allanbrook learned students should be allowed to use the bathroom of their gender identity. That’s backed up by guidelines on transgender students that New York City issued last year. Not all schools in the city follow them; this one does. The school also tried to follow the lead of Q’s parents, who recognize that Q’s gender identity is not a whim. They say he began questioning gender going back to age 3 or 4.”
How Math Can Defeat Bullies – “Mathematician John Allen Paulos marvels at his field’s counterintuitive proofs. Yet his earliest intellectual thrill was the discovery that numeracy could empower even a child.” From Donna.
Where the Bridges are Grown – “The Khasi tribe of Cherrapuni, India, however, found a rather brilliant solution. Instead of working against the environment, the Khasi built their bridge so that it will not only survive the weather but grow stronger over time. Using the roots of the local rubber fig tree, they grow their bridges. These living root bridges can be up to 100 feet long and support the weight of over 50 people.”
The Hunter, The Hoaxer, And The Battle Over Bigfoot – “Jeffrey Meldrum is a respected anthropologist risking his reputation to prove Sasquatch is real; Rick Dyer is a self-described “entertainer” unapologetically capitalizing off it. Their rivalry represents two sides of the fractious but booming subculture.”