Quickies: The difficulty of diagnosing autism in girls, how not to spread breast cancer awareness, and the way chimps walk

  • Why it’s so difficult to diagnose autism in girls – “Consistently recognizing autism in girls can be challenging, however. This is not only because girls with autism are as diverse as any other group of individuals with the disorder but also because most autism screening and diagnostic tools were developed based primarily on observations of behaviors in boys.” From Cerberus40
  • Massachusetts police department spreads breast cancer awareness with pink handcuffs – Uhhhhhhh…
  • Science Ambassador Scholarship – “The Science Ambassador Scholarship is a full tuition scholarship for a woman seeking an undergraduate degree in science, engineering, or math, funded by Cards Against Humanity.” To fund this, Cards Against Humanity is releasing an expansion pack co-authored with Zach Weinersmith and Phil Plait.
  • Walking chimps move in surprisingly similar ways to humans – “…researchers had long assumed that our closest relatives lack the counter-rotations characteristic of human motion. Following this logic, scientists also concluded that human ancestors prior to Homo erectus—whose morphology shares commonalities with chimps—likely walked that way, too.Until now, however, no one ever verified that assumption. And as it turns out, it is not correct.”
  • Cute Animal Friday! From Ray, this piglet loooooves his pool.


Amanda works in healthcare, is a loudmouthed feminist, and proud supporter of the Oxford comma.

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  1. I think it’s high time Law Enforcement got pinkwashed. Yes, they are part of the problem – prisons rarely offer sufficient medical care and the level of compassion that they show to the few women that manage to get treatment is pretty disgusting too. Not to mention the effects of deliberately impoverishing millions of people. Their actions not only made breast cancer more deadly, the way the system affects people for the rest of their lives brings them in contact with other things that cause cancer.

    There should be a pair of pink handcuffs next to the pink cosmetics, pink chicken bucket, and that giant pink fracking drill bit in the pink hall of shame.

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