Since I don’t have a great deal of time today, I’m just going to urge you to visit Discovery News and check out this awesome article!
This roundup is made up of news that Kitsu can’t believe someone had to report. Not because of ridiculousness, but rather because it’s happening at all.
- How Cocaine and Controversy Mixed With Soda – FEB 4, 2013 08:44 AM ET // BY ROSSELLA LORENZI
I didn’t watch the superbowl commercials, but apparently their were accusations of discrimination based entirely on a story-based decision, and no one seemed to consider beforehand that there would be a story-based reason in the final commercial for why you couldn’t just vote whatever way you wanted all willy-nilly. Way to assume the worst, people.
- Women in Paris Can Now Wear Pants – FEB 4, 2013 01:30 PM ET // BY AMANDA ONION
It’s mindblowing in the modern world that this law, while invalidated by other laws and accepted cultural changes, is still on the books at all. And this news story does not report the removal of the law, only a public statement that the law has been invalidated. Or rather “the implicit abrogation of the order”, because plain language isn’t french enough, apprently.
- What Causes Early Puberty in Girls? – FEB 8, 2013 09:00 AM ET // BY SHEILA M. ELDRED
First off, how did I not catch something before now that the new ages for early onset puberty is 6-7 (variation is based on race)? And, how did I miss the story about the nine year old who got raped and ended up giving birth. Just… Holy crap. As if the idea of being a parent wasn’t scary enough… Now you have to worry about pregnant pre-teens?
And down here are a few bonus stories that are too cool to just delete from my feeds, but are edging towards out of date:
Due to some time constraints right now, I’m doing quick Newsdump posts that will help keep things from getting buried in my box. Expect special posts on both Giant Squids and Bigfoot soon.
- Beer as Medicine? – JAN 31, 2013 09:54 AM ET // BY SHEILA M. ELDRED
- Priceless Timbuktu Manuscripts Escape Burning – JAN 30, 2013 06:42 PM ET // BY ROSSELLA LORENZI
- What Fish Think About – JAN 31, 2013 12:00 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS
- Most Pigeons Came From Escaped Racing Birds – JAN 31, 2013 02:04 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS
- How to Potty Train Your 3-Month Old – JAN 31, 2013 03:33 PM ET // BY SHEILA M. ELDRED
- The History of Cheerleading: Photos – FEB 1, 2013 07:40 AM ET // BY EMILY SOHN
Here again, and it’s more Critters, because this week tons of Critter News rolled down the pipes. This one is longer than normal (5 stories instead of 3), but I didn’t want to skip talking about any of these, so I’m not going to. Roundups will now be 3-5 stories with comments (dumps will be 6+ stories without comments, or with very short comments).
- Apes Get iPads at National Zoo – JAN 23, 2013 03:00 AM ET // DISCOVERY NEWS
It already freaks me out that little kids can work an iPad while I had to learn to use them through trial, error and the internet. Now apes are doing it. Even more freaky. And they probably figured it all out way faster than me, to boot.
- Dogs First Drawn to Humans for Food (Surprise!) – JAN 23, 2013 01:00 PM ET // BY JENNIFER VIEGAS
It’s actually more complicated than “wolves were hungry and made friends”. There is genetic studies that show one of the differences between dogs and wolves is the ability to digest starch. So it wasn’t just wolves that were hungry, it’s that they were learning to live in our shadows, and eat our food. Probably… There’s other theories in the article.
- Injured Dolphin Seeks Help from Diver – JAN 23, 2013 07:50 PM ET // BY TRACY STAEDTER
Animals are pretty damn smart. This proves it.
- Chimp Research Curtailed: Will Science Suffer? – JAN 23, 2013 03:00 PM ET // BY SHEILA M. ELDRED
Chimp research is over. This article is a discussion about how this might or might not harm scientific advancement. Only time will tell, so we’ll have to wait and see.
- Lost Cat Travels Two Months, 200 Miles Home – JAN 24, 2013 08:52 AM ET // BY TRACY STAEDTER
It sucks when domestic animals spent less time lost than I do.