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Hi - I'm Sasha and moved to Twitter about a year ago. See: twitter.com/wait_sasha I'm interested in alternatives to G+ generally.

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I find this pretty convincing.
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Horrifying. Infuriating. How many lives are still being ruined?
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Quote: The question of who exactly counts as intersex isn’t a simple one. Like Adams, a small number of infants — often estimated at 1 in 2,000 — are born with noticeably atypical genitals. But under the most expansive definition, intersex people constitute up to 1.7 percent of the population. This larger number includes many intersex traits that go undiscovered until puberty fails to occur in adolescence, or until infertility raises questions in adulthood. And it accounts for the fact that some intersex people are never diagnosed. (The 1.7 figure also includes groups that are frequently labeled as intersex but would prefer not to be: One organization for parents of kids with congenital adrenal hyperplasia — a potentially life-threatening disorder in which the adrenal glands don’t produce the right balance of hormones that regulate the body — argues that CAH shouldn’t be classified with other intersex conditions at all.)
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I'm constantly reminded of our closesness to all life on Earth. It's great to see this closeness entering public awareness as well.

Partly funded by an Indiegogo campaign: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/captive-by-jo-anne-mcarthur-animals-photography

Via +Stevan Harnad​​

Quote: In recent years, the role of zoos and aquaria as centers for conservation, education, and entertainment has been placed under scrutiny. From the controversy surrounding the confinement of orcas at SeaWorld to the killing of Harambe the gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, questions have been asked about the place, if any, of zoos and aquaria in a world where so many animals need resources and protection in the wild and many other means of learning about the natural world exist.

For more than a decade, Canadian photojournalist Jo-Anne McArthur has turned her forensic and sympathetic camera on those animals whom we’ve placed in zoos and we animals who look at them. As with her first book, We Animals (Lantern, 2013), McArthur’s aim is to invite us to reflect on how we observe or ignore one another through the bars, across the moat, or on either side of the glass. Captive is a book that will challenge our preconceptions about zoos and aquaria, animal welfare, and just what or who it is we think we see when we face the animal.
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A little ray of sunshine. Quote: Last December, New York City issued its first birth certificate with an “Intersex” designation. And in late August, I received notification from the city that my application to correct my birth certificate was approved, possibly making me the third person in the United States to be acknowledged as intersex on a birth certificate. Although I have both male and female characteristics, I am now officially neither.
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With the aftermath of the tragedy in Las Vegas still unfolding many are wondering if gun deaths are part of what it means to be an American. Should the government regulate gun ownership? Are guns an essential aspect of individual freedom?
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Quote: “I call on everyone without exception to embrace the leadership, reconciliation and national unity, and to put our national interest above all narrow party considerations and interests,” Hamdallah told a press conference while speaking on a small and overcrowded stage, squeezed between Palestinian officials and a security detail.
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Quote: Lt. Gen. Jeffrey S. Buchanan, the Department of Defense's primary military liaison with FEMA, toured the damage in Puerto Rico for the first time Saturday during a helicopter ride from San Juan to Ceiba. After landing at a hangar in Ceiba with no power, internet or cellular service, Buchanan spoke with the PBS NewsHour's Monica Villamizar.

"Sometimes we don't know what's going to happen until the storm actually hits, and this is the worst I've ever seen," Buchanan said.
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From the editors of Science. Quote: Can you talk to reporters about your preprint?

The answer is "no" for some high-impact journals that promote papers to the media. These journals discourage authors who have papers in press, and even those who simply plan to submit, from discussing the preprint version with the media. (Sciencewarns authors that "the editors may also take into account comprehensive media coverage while on preprint when considering the novelty of the paper," a journal spokesperson says.) Many journalists will report on a preprint regardless of whether its authors are free to talk, however. The result is news stories that quote other scientists about the work, but not the authors.
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