Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Bacteria-based batteries, a new armored dinosaur, India's forest bridges and more from around the web

A Battery Powered by Bacteria and Sweat Researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst have engineered a bacteria-based battery that can produce power from human sweat. The key to their innovation is bacterium Geobacter sulfurreducens, a bacteria that can produce electricity and has been used to explore microbial batteries. However, its need to be fed a constant diet has limited its functionality. To get around …

Study Discredits “Social Contagion” Among Trans Kids

As legislative efforts to strip trans people of life-affirming healthcare continue, bolstered by disinformation, researchers have found that the theory of “social contagion” causing gender dysphoria in trans kids is not credible. The study—led by Boston-based Fenway Institute—was published in the journal Pediatrics and disproves the concept of “rapid-onset gender dysphoria” (not a formal mental health term or diagnosis) and explains that kids coming out …

“Abortion is Healthcare” Shirt

Made from GOTS-certified organic cotton, this pale pink shirt rightly and defiantly proclaims “Abortion is Healthcare” across the front, while the back features a uterus giving the finger. CHNGE will donate 50% of the proceeds from the cheeky top to three organizations: SisterSong, which advocates for the reproductive justice of Indigenous women and people of color; The National Network of Abortion Funds, which removes financial and …