Cows produce milk with the properties of human breast milk, telenovelas turn serious, a new HIV vaccine is set to go into trials and Arizona passes a new race-based law ... this time about abortion. These discoveries and more after the jump.
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Cows That Produce “Human” Milk
Scientists in China have genetically modified dairy cows to produce milk that has the same properties as human breast milk.
Slut Shame: Attacking Women for Their Sex Lives
On Jan. 26, Loren Feldman wrote an open letter to media personality Julia Allison’s father, alleging to her expertise at oral sex and her promiscuity. The post, which has since been removed, is a prime example of the ease with which the accusation of being a slut is still hurled at women as a way to shame and degrade them.
How the Telenovela Is Beating the Networks
Two new telenovelas, both from Telemundo Studios, turn the genre on its head. La Reina del Sur (“Queen of the South”) is about a narco-trafficker and RPM Miami explores the underground world of drag racing.
The GOP Path to Prosperity
Our budget cuts $6.2 trillion in spending from the president’s budget over the next 10 years and puts the nation on track to pay off our national debt.
A Perfect Storm in Undergraduate Education
College teacher Thomas H. Benton speculates on why students (and, to a lesser extent, their parents) are not making choices that support educational success. What could they possibly be thinking?