My Favorite Bit this week was about raising a feminist son with advice for encouraging empathy, compassion, helpfulness, and remembering that “sissy” or “being like a girl” is never an insult.
In a look at how women are baselessly discriminated against and belittled by society, you can review the legal and social arguments for going topless and why these laws need to end.
Continuing to legal news with a (2015) article about a perverse incentive structure in Chinese personal injury compensation law. If a driver in China strikes a pedestrian and maims, but does not kill them, they are obliged to pay for that person’s care for life; if the pedestrian dies, instead, then the fine is usually a much smaller lump sum. This has caused for some horrific traffic conduct include the murder of children!
On a more positive note, when Giselle Burgess became homeless last August, she noticed that the kids in her shelter didn’t have the opportunity to join a Girls Scout troop so she started one for them. Her Troop 6000 has been so successful that it has received funding from the New York City government to expand to more shelters and reach 500 young women!
Turning to education, there is another case of schools not using the best techniques, this time when it comes to helping kids with autism learn in the most effective ways.
In the world of health a couple of promising discoveries including one holistic theory on mental illness which proposes a common cause underlying mental illnesses from obsessions to addictions to suicide. Other scientists have figured out how to send tiny robots into living organisms to fight infections and again on a darker note, organ trafficking is a much bigger market than you may have realized with purchased organs traveling from China and Brazil to the hospitals of New York City and around the developed world.
Filed under science you might have missed, researchers have been looking at some of water’s odder properties and have discovered liquid water exists in two densities that alternate at high speeds.
With some business news, Yelp’s CEO continues his crusade against Google’s search monopoly and how the unfair advantage it provides in other markets. His case rests on the fact that Google can arbitrarily privilege it’s own Google For Business reviews over Yelp’s in its search results which makes it exceedingly difficult for Yelp to expand their market share – classic monopoly behavior to be fair to Jeremy Stoppelman.
In geeky tech news, you can take a look at one of the original internet games, Zork. The game was first designed on MIT’s DARPA server (the Department of Defense-funded predecessor to the internet we know today). Back then, you could only interact with the computer through written text commands, but the game was so detailed a player could navigate its world just by describing where you wanted to go.
In terms of the coolest thing your priest or rabbi has been doing lately, some scientists have been asking some religious leaders to take psychedelic mushrooms. Initial reports indicate that the religious leaders develop a “deeper appreciation for their own religious heritage.”
Finishing off your week in review is a fascinating photo collection of prisons around the world from the U.S. to Uganda.
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