Friday coffee break: The saddest of Barbies, the nastiest of penguins, and the murdering-est of house pets

Yemen Mocha for the fall

From Sarah: Grad School Barbie is probably not this year’s hot toy. And your lack of confidence with mathematics is probably not due to your genes.

From Jeremy: Dolphins and penguins and otters are actually not all that cute to each other. And a new review considers how human food waste distorts natural population dynamics.

For National Cat Day (which was Tuesday), CJ reminds us all that outdoor-living cats are really bad for outdoor-living wildlife.

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2 comments on “Friday coffee break: The saddest of Barbies, the nastiest of penguins, and the murdering-est of house pets

  1. Dragnfli says:

    I guess you aren’t familiar with Dyscalculia. I am not bad at math because I just didn’t try hard enough. I actually enjoyed algebra and geometry because of the logic and progression of it. But I would mess up because I couldn’t work the numbers right. Saying I just didn’t try hard enough is like telling a Dyslexic there’s no reason they should have trouble reading or spelling anything. My brain is just not wired for numbers. I’m good at other things, just not anything that makes me do the math.

    • The article is, of course, discussing the general range of mathematical ability—the sense that the difference between getting, say, an A and a C in a general math course, or between taking AP calc or not, is due to genetics. More specific difficulties like dyscalculia are another issue altogether.

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