The Organic Effect

Want to know what happens in your body when you switch from eating conventional food to organic? Watch this!

The study was conducted by the Swedish Environmental Research Institute IVL, and the full report is available here: https://www.coop.se/organiceffect

Athletes Show That Sex and Gender Are Not Easily Defined | Care2 Causes

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It’s not easy being a female athlete. Being feminine and being sporty don’t always go hand-in-hand, and we’re socially conditioned to prioritize one (hint: femininity) over the other. Seriously. There was a push before the London Olympics to force female boxes to wear miniskirts so the audience could more easily tell the men from the women. Because you have just got to be able to tell which athletes are worth watching and which ones aren’t, am I right?

This itself is eye-rollingly stupid, but as technology and medicine improve, we’ve also started enforcing gender conformity on the molecular level.

Indian sprinter Dutee Chand was disqualified days before she was scheduled to compete in the 2014 Commonwealth Games. Not for doping or other types of cheating, but because she has excess testosterone in her body. Excess for her sex, that is. Apparently, the Sports Authority of India (SAI) started getting suspicious of Chand when she beat her personal best in the 200-meter earlier this year. She won two gold medals at last month’s Asian Junior Championship, which prompted the SAI to test Chand for “female hyperandrogenism.”

 

Athletes Show That Sex and Gender Are Not Easily Defined | Care2 Causes.

Homosexual Necrophilia Among Ducks

Now that I have your attention let me assure you this is a real, scientifically documented phenomenon.  We just got a brace of ducks (which, unlike chickens are not specifically banned where we live in Highland Park, IL) and were a bit concerned about drake rape  but this research takes avian kink to a whole new level.

Female hyenas are bigger, more muscular, more aggressive and secrete more testosterone than the males.  That’s worth a diorama!

Chicago’s Field Museum is turning to a crowdfunding website to raise money to build its first classic animal diorama in more than 20 years about hyenas.

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The Field Museum announced its Indiegogo campaign on Monday as it tries to raise $170,000 in 30 days. The money will be used to create a diorama featuring striped hyenas in the museum’s Hall of Asian Mammals.

The hyenas were originally made by pioneering taxidermist Carl Akeley. They came to the museum after an expedition in 1896 and were mounted and displayed. They’ve been living in the museum’s Reptile Hall for decades. Museum officials say the new diorama will give them new surrounding with other mammals.

The museum is offering different perks for donations at different donation levels on the crowdfunding website.

http://go.shr.lc/1FxrtNB

Highland Park comedian tackles the humor in science

twotoneFor the first time in his long career as a comedian, Aaron Freeman’s jokes are being fact-checked.

“I’ve never had anyone fact-check my jokes,” says the Highland Park resident. “It adds an extra degree of difficulty.”

An extra degree of difficulty, however, comes with the territory in Freeman’s new role as artist-in-residence for the Chicago Council on Science & Technology, a regional consortium on science and technology education and policy.

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I Went to the Launch Party for the World’s First Pot CSA. Here’s What I Can Remember | Mother Jones

Swami Chaitanya, who was sporting a white tunic, white beanie, and chest-length white beard, and carrying a pink woolen shoulder bag decorated with a mandala. “I take my seeds and I put them on the lap of the goddess of cannabis for a moon cycle,” he began. “And I say blessings and mantras. And then when I plant the seeds, I put Ganges water, a drop on each seed.”

“From the Ganges?” I asked.

“From the Ganges.”

http://m.motherjones.com/politics/2015/03/flowkana-launch-party-csa-uber-pot-emerald-triangle

Sex biology redefined: Genes don’t indicate binary sexes

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The simple scenario many of us learned in school is that two X chromosomes make someone female, and an X and a Y chromosome make someone male. These are simplistic ways of thinking about what is scientifically very complex. Anatomy, hormones, cells, and chromosomes (not to mention personal identity convictions) are actually not usually aligned with one binary classification.

The Nature feature collects research that has changed the way biologists understand sex. New technologies in DNA sequencing and cell biology are revealing that chromosomal sex is a process, not an assignation.

As quoted in the article, Eric Vilain, MD, PhD, director of the Center for Gender-Based Biology at UCLA, explains that sex determination is a contest between two opposing networks of gene activity. Changes in the activity or amounts of molecules in the networks can sway the embryo towards or away from the sex seemingly spelled out by the chromosomes. “It has been, in a sense, a philosophical change in our way of looking at sex; that it’s a balance

http://news360.com/article/280253009