Smoking weed linked with higher sperm counts, says Harvard

The counterintuitive findings bode well for stoners, but more research is needed.

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  • Marijuana research in the past has found that using the drug is linked to lower testicular health.
  • New research from Harvard, however, suggests the opposite: Marijuana users have more and better quality sperm.
  • These unexpected findings highlight how poorly we understand marijuana's effect on the human body.
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Jordan Peterson accepts bitcoin after leaving Patreon

The Canadian professor takes issue with blocking free speech, but is he part of the problem?

CAMBRIDGE, CAMBRIDGESHIRE - NOVEMBER 02: Jordan Peterson addresses students at The Cambridge Union on November 02, 2018 in Cambridge, Cambridgeshire. (Photo by Chris Williamson/Getty Images)
  • Alongside Dave Rubin, Jordan Peterson left Patreon over "free speech" issues to launch their own platform.
  • In the interim, Peterson is accepting bitcoin, which might hint at the "extra features" their platform will include.
  • They point to anti-feminist Youtuber, Sargon of Akkad, as the impetus for leaving Patreon — ironic, considering how often Peterson points to identity politics as a problem.
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  • Our gender bias may run so deep that we may misattribute the severity of someone else's pain.
  • In a recent study, close to 100 adults mislabeled the gender of a child and exaggerated the amount of pain the child was experiencing.
  • One way you can tackle gender health inequality: hold federal agencies accountable.
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Women won’t ask a man for more pay – but they will ask a woman

Gender differences arise only in negotiations between a man and a woman where the woman is in the weak position, but not when the woman is the empowered party.

The figure of 78 cents to a man's dollar is familiar to many of us. It's how the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics has quantified the gender gap among full-time workers: for each dollar that men earn, women earn 78 cents.

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As the climate warms, there may be a slight increase in male newborns

"Slight," applied to large populations, could still mean thousands of more boys.

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  • Scientists have long theorized that temperature has some effect on the sex ratios of populations.
  • Recent research shows links between rising temperatures and increases in the ratio of male newborns.
  • Nobody can say exactly whether temperature causes changes in sex ratio, however it's likely that climate change will force humans to adapt in ways we can't yet anticipate.
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