Learning! Roundup: Stop kissing babies, less rich sperm, and whatever happened to the Canaanites?

Science Says: Kissing babies is BAD!
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No More Kissing Babies

Apparently kissing newborn babies is super bad because all the germs in our mouths. I almost didn't share this because I loooove kissing babies! How else are you supposed to get close enough to smell that sweet newborn baby smell?

Will the 1% Shrink?

A meta-analysis of 185 studies shows that sperm count is dropping in the richer countries. Buh-bye rich kids! (Oh wait, if you're reading this, then you are probably in that category, because you probably live in a rich country and are probably a holder of extreme wealth when measured on a global scale. Soooooo... buh-bye to us having kids!)

Smartness and Stereotypes

We generally like to say that stereotypes can be eradicated with more education, but it turns out that the smarter someone is the easier they will observe and learn a stereotype. So... that backfired.

What Happened to the Canaanites

The Bible tells stories of the total destruction of the Canaanites, but a discovery of DNA from the bronze age shows that Canaanite DNA is present in modern-day Lebanese people. So they lived on! That's nice.

Sexual Violence and Women

There is a pervasive image of women as the victims of sexual violence, but new research analysis by the UCLA School of Law shows that female perpetrators of sexual violence is quite common, but that female offenders are less frequently convicted and have lighter sentences when they are convicted. This study used legal records, so there are of course issues with reporting to consider, but it's still meaningful to consider.

The Fastest Growing Religion

It's not Christianity, nor is it Islam. The fastest growing religion is non-religion.\


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