Weekly News Roundup: Bad Headlines, Martian moons, and Rotating Houses

By Brett Israel | December 11, 2009 4:41 pm

roundup-pic-web• Worst science headline of the week? Switching a gene in adult mice easily transforms females into males. Yeah, it’s a little more complicated than that.

• Exposed! Martian moons Phobos and Deimos have been caught on camera together for the very first time.

• Want to track your data consumption? There’s an app for that.

• Not sure what to get that Sri Lankan farmer in your life this holiday season? Send them a package of poo… seriously.

• Australian family lives in an electric motor-powered rotating house that guarantees a different view every time they wake up.

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  • Carter

    That Independent.co.uk article is nearly unreadable. The journalist clearly has little decent background on the science of sex and gender. Sex, of course, is a biological phenomenon and can range gradually from female to male. Of course, for most organisms to reproduce, the organism must be at one end of the spectrum or the other and find a mate of the opposite. Sex is determined by genes, as I needn’t explain. Gender is a social construct that pigeonholes (not accurately, in the infrequent case of an individual somewhere in the middle of the sex spectrum) the individual into either male or female roles with attached expectations. Transgender people are those whom society classified at birth as belonging to one gender, but these people may act as the opposite gender or feel that they belong to the opposite.

    Educations!

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