[Senator Fulbright] is a revolving son of a bitch. You know what a revolving son of a bitch is, don’t you? That’s a son of a bitch any way you look at him.
According to data from the National Abortion Federation, nearly 70 percent of medical students in the United States have received less than 30 minutes of class training about abortion by the time they finish medical school. This disregard for reproductive health education is an experience Dr. Nancy Stanwood, associate professor and section chief of Family Planning at the Yale School of Medicine and board chair of Physicians for Reproductive Health, remembers well. “We spent literally an hour and a half learning about birth control in two years of lectures,” she says. “We spent more time on cochlear implants — an important, but far less common, procedure.”
The problem with this kind of uneven training is that a lack of early exposure to reproductive health issues not only hurts a student’s ability to become, as Stanwood notes, “informed physician citizens,” it also shapes their career choices. It’s far less likely for students to choose a specialization in reproductive health care if it’s not something they’re hearing about during their training.
Social stigma around abortion may drive the marginalization of this training in medical school curricula, but the scarcity of students being trained to perform the procedure is also directly connected to the proliferation of GOP-backed state-level restrictions — on funding, on clinics and on physicians themselves.
Bargain hunters, West Hastings, ca. 1927
Outside W. Woolworth’s 5-10-15 Cent Store, West Hastings between Homer and Hamilton.
Source: Photo by WJ Moore (cropped), City of Vancouver Archives #Bu N62
In a paper in the journal Nature, scientists reported Wednesday that they had retrieved ancient human DNA from a fossil dating back about 400,000 years, shattering the previous record of 100,000 years.
The fossil, a thigh bone found in Spain, had previously seemed to many experts to belong to a forerunner of Neanderthals. But its DNA tells a very different story. It most closely resembles DNA from an enigmatic lineage of humans known as Denisovans. Until now, Denisovans were known only from DNA retrieved from 80,000-year-old remains in Siberia, 4,000 miles east of where the new DNA was found.
The mismatch between the anatomical and genetic evidence surprised the scientists, who are now rethinking human evolution over the past few hundred thousand years. It is possible, for example, that there are many extinct human populations that scientists have yet to discover. They might have interbred, swapping DNA. Scientists hope that further studies of extremely ancient human DNA will clarify the mystery.
“Right now, we’ve basically generated a big question mark,” said Matthias Meyer, a geneticist at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, and a co-author of the new study.
Hints at new hidden complexities in the human story came from a 400,000-year-old femur found in a cave in Spain called Sima de los Huesos (“the pit of bones” in Spanish). The scientific team used new methods to extract the ancient DNA from the fossil.
See also the further discussion of the discovery at Carl Zimmer’s blog.
Western Grebe (Aechmophorus occidentalis).
Inhabitants of lakes and marshes for nearly 80 million years, grebes require long takeoff runs across water to become airborne. Having relatively small wings in proportion to their body weight, they must build up sufficient speed to rise and take flight.
During migration, grebes can mistake wet roads or parking lots for rivers, land on them, and become stranded. Due to the far back positioning of their legs, even just standing on land is incredibly awkward.
If you happen to find a grounded grebe in need, please call your local wildlife authorities!
This buzzard looks like it’s given up flying as it goes for a short stroll in pursuit of worms. Only very rarely seen on the ground, let alone walking, the photgraph was taken near Liverpool by wildlife photographer Steve Ward, who had to set up at 6am in his own hide about 25 yards from where he had seen the birds before near Ince Woods, Thornton. They were attracted by digging and posts set up to mark out a new road. Picture: Steve Ward/NATIONAL (via Pictures of the day: 21 November 2013 - Telegraph)
Forty years ago today, Pioneer 10 made its closest approach to Jupiter and sent back these images. It was the first spacecraft to venture beyond the asteroid belt and get close-ups of Jupiter.
Can we just talk about how awesome this image is? Pioneer 10 had an artsy streak. I would totes hang on my wall.
(image via NASA)
It doesn’t really matter whether he slept with her or not. He could have. After all, he owned her. She was subject to his exploitations in every conceivable way. It was he who brought her to Paris. It was he who sent her home from Paris. He had complete control of her destiny and he might have fathered the several children…Many people who deny that Jefferson fathered any mulatto children say that it was done by his nephews or by some other relatives. They seem to have scientific proof for that, without having any scientific proof for his not having slept with Sally Hemings or some other slaves. The important point to make is that throughout the land in the 18th and 19th centuries, blacks were the victims, the subjects, the exploited people of their owners and of those whites who didn’t own them. And that we lived in such immorality, such irregularity…that these things were part of the natural landscape in Virginia, and Mr. Jefferson was as likely as any others to have done this because it’s in character with the times — and, indeed, with him, who believed in exploiting these people that he controlled completely.
John Hope Franklin, on whether Thomas Jefferson fathered children with one of his slaves, Sally Hemings
Originally William B. Cronyn House. An extraordinary remnant of pre-brownstone Brooklyn: a freestanding French Second Empire stucco house crowned with a cupola, slate mansard roof, and cast-iron crests against the sly. India ink, that intense black fluid so misnamed (it should be Chinese ink), was made here for draftsmen, designers, artists, and calligraphers. / 271 9th St, Brooklyn, NY 11215