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Underwire Under Fire: How The Pandemic Changed The Bra

In contrast to underwire bras, bralettes are usually simple and unstructured — made more for the wearer’s comfort rather than the gaze of others. Their rise in popularity coincides with the body positivity movement and the start of the COVID-19 pandemic; there’s now less pressure from society to look a certain way. Staying cooped up in their homes allowed women to put comfort first and embrace their natural looks; the unstructured nature of the bralette makes it conform to the body rather than the other way around. Read full article here

The Politics Of Bones

Forensic anthropology is the study of murder victims’ remains to find clues about their identities by determining markers such as ethnicity, sex, and age. However, Elizabeth Weiss posits that politics stifle this field. For example, she finds the call for forensic anthropologists to stop making ethnic distinctions in fear of influencing police’s efforts to be detrimental to their goals. By not making these distinctions, it becomes difficult to match remains to missing person reports because it reduces the means by which forensic anthropologists can identify murder victims. Read full article here

Animals In The Soil Make Noises. Biologists Are Listening.

White grubs — root-feeding beetle larvae — are one of the many contributors to an underground cacophony of noises. While it isn’t absolutely clear why these grubs stridulate (sing), they’ve been observed to sing quite frequently in the presence of other grubs but rarely when they’re alone. It’s speculated that they may have evolved to do this to keep other individuals away because they will cannibalise each other if there are too many of them in a small area. Read full article here

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