Happy Friday, all!
I don’t know about you, but this is a very special Friday for me. Grades are due at noon tomorrow, so this is the very last full day of the teaching semester for me. I love teaching. I love my students! But I also like a few months to clear my head, clean my office, get some research done, and prep for the next year.
On to the news!
- I feel like I can’t ignore this story, but I also have nothing to say about it at this moment other than incoherent screams of rage: Georgia just criminalized abortion.
- Is science broken? Probably not. But there are certainly things that can be improved, according to this National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report with regards to the “reproducibility crisis.” They highlight one important method for those seeking answers: to look at the whole body of evidence on a subject and not just a single study. That’s where review articles come in handy.
- All the outfits from the Met Gala where the theme was “Camp: Notes on Fashion.” Billy Porter stole the show, but my personal favorite is the pinstripe suit worn by Lena Waithe that said “Black Drag Queens Inventend Camp.” Keep zooming in, and you find buttons that honor queer icons and pinstripes made up of song lyrics. WOW.
- Brain scans reveal a “Pokémon region” in the brain: “In experienced players, a specific region responded more to the pokémon than to these other images. For novices, this region — which is called the occipitotemporal sulcus and often processes animal images — didn’t show a preference for pokémon.” So for all you long time Pokémon players, they seem to fit right into the “cute animal” category as far as your brain is concerned. The methodology is quite inspired, as well.
- Watch this baby duckie get brushed with an old mascara wand! The Appalachian Wildlife Refuge explains how your used mascara wands can help rehabilitate injured and orphaned wild animals.
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