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Are Cat Breeders Sexist?

16 Jun 2022

Black, white, and orange – the signature colours of a calico cat. Subtract the white and you’ve got tortoise shell colouring. But there is gender colour discrimination at play: calico and tortoise...

The Word “Cisgender” Has Scientific Roots

13 Nov 2021

In 2015, the Oxford English Dictionary added the word “cisgender” to its ever-evolving listing. It defines the adjective as “designating a person whose sense of personal identity and gender...

Are You Left-Handed? Science Still Yearns to Know Why

17 Sep 2021

Being left-handed can be devilishly hard. In 1937, an educational psychologist whose work was later discredited wrote of many left-handers that “they squint, they stammer, they shuffle and shamble,...

Evidence That the Coronavirus Can Mess With Our DNA Is Far From Convincing

14 May 2021

Science is hard. This is not meant to dissuade anyone from going into the sciences. It’s just a statement of fact with which all scientists would probably agree, and it’s a sort of mantra we can...

Identical Twins Are Not Identical

21 Jan 2021

There is a common parental misunderstanding that arises when the term “identical twins” is paraded around. Identical twins are known scientifically as “monozygotic twins.” This Scrabble winner of a...

Direct-to-Consumer 2: Epigenetic Boogaloo

13 Aug 2020

Cutting-edge science can be used to fashion mirages. We are led to believe there is value in the product, a drink to quench our thirst for knowledge. But when we have spent our money, we are stuck...

We Are All Mutants and So Is the Coronavirus

16 Apr 2020

The word “mutant” suggests aberrations. Whether we think of Jeff Goldblum’s stomach-churning physical deterioration in The Fly or even the unwarranted demonization of the X-Men by non-mutants, that...

How Long Can a Virus “Live” Outside the Body?

8 Apr 2020

One of the frequently asked questions about the SARS-CoV-2 virus is how long the virus can live outside the body. “Live” is not exactly the appropriate term, as viruses are not really "alive"...

How Do We Rapidly Test for COVID-19?

12 Mar 2020

There’s a lot of talk about testing for the new coronavirus and how testing kits are in short supply in certain areas. But what few people explain is what is inside this mystery box. How are...

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