Weekly Pulse: DADT, Vampire Bees, and Other Health Hazards

The latest edition of the Media Consortium's Weekly Pulse features:

-An op/ed by doctor who specializes in treating STIs in a military town. Some of Dr. Kenneth Katz's military patients say they won't follow up when they ship overseas bcause they're afraid their personal medical information will be used against them under Don't Ask Don't Tell. The truth is that doctor-patient communications are exempt from DADT, but most patients don't know (or trust) the rule.

-The vampire bees of Brooklyn. They've been gorging on the run-off from a maraschino cherry factory. They overindulgent ones turn bright red and so does their honey. Sounds like an awesome mixture of high and low culture, right? Well, don't expect a Momofuku Milk Bar soft serve flavor for Red Hook maraschino honey. The stuff tastes like crap. The color is Red Dye #40 and the sweetener is corn syrup, not nectar.

-A blistering attack on the Hyde Amendment as an assault on the constitutional rights of poor women, women of color, female servicemembers, and other vulnerable populations who depend upon public programs for health care.

-And more...

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Swipe right to make the connections that could change your career.

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China's Chang'e 4 biosphere experiment marks a first for humankind.

Image source: CNSA
Surprising Science
  • China's Chang'e 4 lunar lander touched down on the far side of the moon on January 3.
  • In addition to a lunar rover, the lander carried a biosphere experiment that contains five sets of plants and some insects.
  • The experiment is designed to test how astronauts might someday grow plants in space to sustain long-term settlements.
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A world map of Virgin Mary apparitions

She met mere mortals with and without the Vatican's approval.

Strange Maps
  • For centuries, the Virgin Mary has appeared to the faithful, requesting devotion and promising comfort.
  • These maps show the geography of Marian apparitions – the handful approved by the Vatican, and many others.
  • Historically, Europe is where most apparitions have been reported, but the U.S. is pretty fertile ground too.
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Love in a time of migrants: on rethinking arranged marriages

Arranged marriages and Western romantic practices have more in common than we might think.

Culture & Religion

In his book In Praise of Love (2009), the French communist philosopher Alain Badiou attacks the notion of 'risk-free love', which he sees written in the commercial language of dating services that promise their customers 'love, without falling in love'.

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