Links 2/28/12

Links for you. Science:

Vaginal pH Redux: Acidic Tampons, Coming to a Store Near You
The Intended Consequences of Fake Science
A young leaf-footed bug (Coreidae).
Is Sugar Fattening?
What’s living on your smartphone? (also see “Microbial Biodiversity of Cell Phones and Shoes“)


Employees Need Birth Control Coverage Mandate (must-read)
Fighting the mansplaining anti-sex police
Is The ‘Right To Be Forgotten’ The ‘Biggest Threat To Free Speech On The Internet’?
The Oscars’ growing sequel problem
Spinning Necessity as a Virtue: Families to Stand in for Fragmenting Social Safety Nets
At Mardi Gras parade, autistic girl jeered by drunken reveler (thankfully, there are people who are willing to be kind, but there are assholes who walk among us who only feel strong when they tear down other people)
Climate conspiracy, meet Occam’s razor
Ross McKitrick: Gas price up, but how about a $2.30 tax? (I’ve never understood how behavioral modification is supposed to work when the only option is driving)
Public Money for Public Purpose: Toward the End of Plutocracy and the Triumph of Democracy
Banker Leaves 1% Tip On $133 Lunch Bill In Defiance of ‘The 99%’
Stephen Colbert Has Giant…Crackers
Breitbart’s “Rape” Concerns Don’t Extend to Female Staffer
This post isn’t really about Rick Santorum

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