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Cleaning a Dirty Sponge Only Helps Its Worst Bacteria, Study Says
To quote a researcher cited on bacterial levels in sponges: "That’s the same density of bacteria you can find in human stool samples ... There are probably no other places on earth with such high bacterial densities."
Do They Stay or Do They Go? The Switching Decisions of Individuals Who Enter Gender Atypical College Majors
"Men who enter a female-dominated major are significantly more likely to switch majors than their male peers in other majors. By contrast, women in male-dominated fields are not more likely to switch fields compared to their female peers in other fields."
Science editor-in-chief sounds alarm over falling public trust (article is from approximately a year ago)
"policy issues should be informed by science, but they are separate questions"