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Friday, December 07, 2012

Science News!

Robert Krulwich (whom I adore for all of his years on Radiolab) just posted something that perfectly explains whyI hate shopping at Costco, and how I've been able to overcome that hatred in recent years, thanks to my iPhone. In the past, I've desperately wished that Costco would have a 3 items or less lane, because the checkout there can take soooooo looooooong. And it's torture. I've walked all over the giant warehouse to get the two things I need, and now I have to wait behind someone who is buying $600 worth of crap. Gah! The one time I got stuck behind the dude buying like 30 pairs of blue jeans, I just set my stuff down and left. But sometimes, the thing you need is really best found at Costco - broccoli salad or a big thing of potato salad or what have you. But since I got my iPhone a few years ago, my frosty relationship with Costco has thawed, because now, I get in the line, and I read email, catch up on Facebook, play games, heck even get some work done sometimes. The wait time isn't  just wasted time. So now, I cheerfully volunteered to go get tickets to the Mythbusters exhibit for friends last weekend, even though it'd been only a few days since I was in there myself. This is a radical departure from years past. What's different? Occupied time.

Now some may see this next bit as political, but it's not really, other than some overly religious twits think that their religion should be imposed on everyone in the form of legislation. Ahem. Anyway, someone finally did a comprehensive study on what happens to women who are denied an abortion. Turns out, it's not good news.
"We have found that there are no mental health consequences of abortion compared to carrying an unwanted pregnancy to term. There are other interesting findings: even later abortion is safer than childbirth and women who carried an unwanted pregnancy to term are three times more likely than women who receive an abortion to be below the poverty level two years later.
Now, as someone who had a totally normal, healthy pregnancy and delivery, I can honestly say that that's the single worst thing that's ever happened to my body. The baby is awesome, but the process is a hell I'm only now beginning to feel fully recovered from. And I *wanted* this to happen. I can't imagine what it would've been like if this had not been something I chose. It makes me a little sick to think that anyone feels that someone should be forced into bearing a child. It's a brutal, debilitating process, and I'm glad I had the good fortune to make it through my youth without having to do it or make difficult choices to avoid it.

And finally, some have questioned whether carbonated water is inherently bad for you. Turns out, not so much. It's not worse for you than still water, and may actually have some benefits for stomach upset. Now, that doesn't mean that a Coca-cola is healthy. That's another ball of wax, and a pretty unhealthy one at that, but the carbonation itself isn't the issue. Yay!


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