“Pansy” Pokemon | Vol. 3 / No. 51.5

At some point in my education as a gender studies scholar, I learned that one of the (many) reasons that the purveyors of television, books, and movies feature predominantly male protagonists is that boys and men are reluctant to identify with female protagonists, while girls and women are willing and able to identify with male protagonists. So by featuring a male lead, studios and publishers hedge their bets: men will identify with the character, and women probably will as well. Whereas if they allow women to be represented in media, then they risk losing that sweet, sweet male consumer cash. So it becomes a self-perpetuating cycle—boys and men are never asked to identify with girls and women, so they never learn to identify with girls and women, and so then in the next generation we continue to feature primarily male protagonists, and value predominantly masculine characteristics. Because why risk positive social change if it could cost some money? Not in capitalism, thank you very much.
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Tesla recharging / Photo: Flickr user Windell Oskay, CC BY 2.0

Electric Cars Could Really Hurt The Oil Industry | Vol. 3 / No. 50.4

With Tesla set to sell hundreds of thousands of cars over the next few years, Chevy Bolt sales expected to hit 30,000 just next year, Germany passing a nonbinding resolution to ban internal combustion engine vehicle sales by 2030, and Bloomberg reporting that the unsubsidized lifetime cost of electric cars is likely to fall below that of gas-powered ones by 2022, it’s really starting to look like the clock is ticking for oil companies, or at least for their profits.
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A ghost in the machine |  Image: medithIT, CC BY 2.0

ExoMars Arrives, The Great Barrier Reef Survives, and Dennis Ritchie Dies Five Years Late | Vol. 3 / No. 51

This week’s news covers a Mars mission you might not have heard about that’s arriving today (!), the greatly-exaggerated reports of the demise of the Great Barrier Reef, and the second death of the legendary programmer Dennis Ritchie. Add to that our weekly In Case You Missed It and Best of the Rest segments, and you’ve got the This Week In Tomorrow news roundup for Sunday, October 16, 2016!
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Okay, I’m Officially Scared | Vol. 3 / No. 50.5

Have you ever had one of those weeks where basically nothing goes to plan? Guess what this past week has been for me. On Thursday, I was certain I knew what I wanted to talk about for Feminist Friday this week. I was so pleased, because it was going to be a positive story, one about the increasing representation of queer female characters in comics. (I’m still going to write that one soon, because it makes me happy.)

Then Friday happened.

The Tape happened. ‡

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Even “Clean” Coal Isn’t Really | Vol. 3 / No. 50.3

Regardless of what you may think about the state of politics in the United States of America these days (I for one think of it as a raging dumpster fire we try to put out for four long years until some people inevitably destroy all the nearby fire extinguishers and hydrants before relighting the darn thing again) one thing that was said at the debate Sunday night made me feel as though I needed to write a post. That’s because he-who-shall-remain-nameless mentioned “clean coal.”
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The Pink Salt Taste Test | Vol. 3 / No. 50.2

Alright, so after some comments on last week’s post about “Himalayan salt” flavoured potato chips, I decided to do a little taste test. I’m a big fan of iodized salt because I don’t eat a ton of fish and I’m lactose intolerant and so iodized salt is the easiest place to get iodine (and because nobody’s a fan of goiters). Now, I can tell you for certain that there aren’t any health benefits to pink salt over not-pink salt, and that anyone who tells you pink salt is better for you is either lying to you or just plain old run-of-the-mill wrong.


People say there are differences in the taste of different salts. I was skeptical, but willing to see for myself, so here we go: a barely exploratory mostly unscientific n=1 one-subject single-blind (technically single blindfold) taste test of three kinds of salt.

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