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Lady Gaga Gets A Gender-Bending Fern Species Named After Her

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When Dr. Kathleen Pryer and her team at Duke University’s herbarium discovered a new species of fern that produces spores that grow into male, female, or bisexual plants, their minds turned to–who else?–Lady Gaga. “We wanted to name this genus for Lady Gaga because of her fervent defense of equality and individual expression,” said Pryer. “And as we started to consider it, the ferns themselves gave us more reasons why it was a good choice.” One of those reasons was in the plant’s genetic code: when a graduate student discovered the sequence “GAGA” in the fern’s base pairs, it seemed only obvious that the plants would be named “Gaga germanotta” (Gaga’s real name is Stefani Germanotta) and “Gaga monstraparva” (translation: “Little monster”). “‘Born this Way’ is enormously empowering,” adds Dr. Pryer, “especially for disenfranchised people and communities like LGBT, ethnic groups, women — and scientists who study odd ferns!”

I’d just like to say that my new life goal is to have a “Born This Way” dance party at the Duke herbarium. Botanists know how to party. [Rolling Stone]

Study Determines The Top Ten Most Annoying Sounds, Like You Don’t Already Know What They Are

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Knowing is half the battle, right? And I know I have misophonia — which is when you are insanely irritated by particular sounds — like chewing, or crinkling bags, or typing or mouth-breathing or whatever. I have it, and bad. And that’s why I seriously visibly cringed when I heard that scientists had determined the 10 most annoying sounds in the world. Want to know what they are? Get ready to want to die… Keep reading »

Please Yield To The Space Shuttle

This weekend, the streets of Los Angeles were graced with a sight much more spectacular than the usual gridlock as the Space Shuttle Endeavor was moved to its new home at the California Science Center. As breathtaking as it is to see a space shuttle rounding a corner next to a Sizzler, my palms are sweating on behalf of whoever had to steer that thing. Seriously, look at the tiny amount of clearance between the wings and those light poles! So stressful. Check out more amazing shots of the move over at NASA’s Flickr page. [NASA]

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Be My Pet: Fanged Dwarf Porcupine Dinosaur

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Ladies and gentlemen, meet Pegomastax africanus, a newly discovered dinosaur about the size of a house cat, with self-sharpening fangs and porcupine-like quills. It looks vicious, but scientists believe Pego (that’s its nickname from now on, OK?) was an herbivore who used those fearsome teeth for nothing more than foraging yummy plants and defending its adorable little self. Another bombshell? Paul Sereno, a paleontologist at the University of Chicago, insists that if this long-extinct creature were still around today, “it would be a nice pet—if you could train it not to nip you.” Well fancy that. I’ve been wanting to get a Pomeranian, but suddenly I want a Pegomastax instead. Amelia, would you and Lucca care to join us for a walk? [National Geographic]

“Edit-a-thon” On Wikipedia Targets Crappy Entries About Women In Science

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  • The Royal Society, a prestigious science group in the UK, will host a Wikipedia “edit-a-thon” on October 19 and encourages smart peeps to contribute to Wiki pages about women in the sciences. A Royal Society Fellow proposed the idea after learning that the average person who edits Wikipedia is a 26-year-old man. [Daily Dot]
  • A foundation has purchased the Wichita, Kansas, building in which Dr. George Tiller — who as murdered by an anti-abortion extremist in May 2009 — provided abortions. The Trust Women Foundation says it plans to re-establish abortion providers within the clinic. The clinic has been closed since June 2009 following the murder. [Kansas.com]
  • Out lesbian Nena Cook is running for the Oregon Supreme Court. (That means you should read this story, Winona and other Portland-ers!) [Just Out] Keep reading »

Women In Science Screwed By Sexism

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  • Men applying to science positions at research universities were deemed more competent than women applicants, according to a new study. Or as blogger Kay Steiger put it, “Science documents discrimination against women in science.” I know we have a bunch of Frisky readers who’ve studied or are currently studying science. Care to weigh in with your thoughts in the comments? [Inside Higher Ed, Kay Steiger] Keep reading »
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