A couple who died of bubonic plague were mocked online. Then, a biologist showed up to shut it down with cold, hard science.

Earlier this year, a couple from Mongolia died of bubonic plague after consuming the organs of raw marmot. They believed the action would bring them good health. While that may sound strange, according to the World Health Organization, the eating of rodent meat is considered a folk remedy in the region. The loss of two lives is tragic. But it got worse. Soon after news of the couple’s demise broke out, people began mocking them on social media. After one Tumblr user decided to turn the conversation into a discussion of how the deceased should have just adopted a vegan diet, another used showed up to explain exactly why the post was wrong, rude, and ethnocentric. All images in this …

BYU’s valedictorian gave a powerful speech on being gay and religious. Mayor Pete just responded.

Recently, Matty Easton, a political science major at Brigham Young University, came out of the closet during his graduation speech. BYU is owned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, informally known as Mormons, and has a strict honor code that has resulted in the punishment of LGBTQ students. Historically, the church has forbid same-sex marriage and those who practice homosexual activity are denied access to the temple. “It was in these quiet moments of pain and confusion that I felt another triumph, that of coming to terms, not with who I thought I should be, but who the Lord has made me,” Easton told fellow graduates. “As such, I stand before my family, friends and graduating class …

The things men actually believe about women’s bodies is exactly why men shouldn’t legislate women’s healthcare.

There’s a reason primarily male legislatures shouldn’t be making decisions about women’s bodies. Not all men are woefully ignorant about how female bodies work, but far too many are. It’s not necessarily their fault—our sex education programs definitely need a rehaul—but there’s a basic level of biology that needs to be understood before you open your mouth about women’s healthcare. Or about women’s bodies at all. When men outnumber women by vast margins in state legislatures—85% to 15% in Alabama, for example—there’s a problem, especially when said legislatures are making laws about female bodies. Especially especially when we’ve had actual male legislators actually say things like “If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut …

George Clooney made a hilarious PSA about anti-science dumb-#$%^;*

Hello, friend! Are you ready for your weekly reminder that the world is going up in flames? Well, I’m sorry to be the one to break the news to you (again), but aren’t you glad that at least you’re hearing it from someone who already considers you a pal/confidante? The UN has reported that we are in the middle of the fastest extinction cycle this big ol’ rock we call home has ever seen. Animals are disappearing at alarming rate, in fact, there are hundreds upon hundreds of animals that we won’t ever get to see again. “You mean like from the dinosaur era?” you ask. No, like from 1500 on. Things are grim. But there’s something that might make …