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Since reading a book about the New Horizons mission to Pluto I have found everything about the little guy of our solar system just fascinating. But this especially:

 

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How can a planet with so little gravity and only the most tenuous of atmospheres have enough gas density in that atmosphere to actually move the methane and nitrogen ice on it's surface enough to form dunes?

 

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I found this write up fascinating: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/pluto-has-dunes-but-theyre-not-made-of-sand/

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Miss America pageants are dropping the swim suit competition: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/miss-america-scrapping-swimsuit-competition-longer-judge-based/story?id=55638426

 

This first thing i thought when I read this was "Miss America pageants are still going on?"

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Miss America pageants are dropping the swim suit competition: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/Culture/miss-america-scrapping-swimsuit-competition-longer-judge-based/story?id=55638426

 

This first thing i thought when I read this was "Miss America pageants are still going on?"

 

MY first thought when I saw that they were scrapping swimsuits 'does that mean they're going to be naked?' LOL XD Terrible joke of course.

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I think 'who cares' is precisely the reasoning at this point; according to them, people who still tune in (and I think ratings have been down for years) are primarily tuning in for the talent portion, not the swimsuit and evening wear competitions.  So they're maximizing the reality show like aspects of the program (personality and talent) and scrapping the rest to try and reinvent the program for a modern audience (and scrapping the Pageant name, its now the Miss America Competition).

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Just as an aside, the whole pageant circuit is also a scholarship program for women. My wife was able to cover a couple semesters of school by participating in them.

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Old article

 

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/moscows-metro-dogs

 

 

 

Rather than chasing the dogs away, metro workers fed them. Riders, too, were kind: if a tired dog fell asleep in the middle of a marble station, people walked around the animal to avoid waking him. The dogs have learned to recognize stations from the announcers’ voices—though Neuronov added that he doubts the oft-repeated assertion that, like humans, the commuting dogs occasionally fall asleep and miss their stops. “There are three models of metro dogs,” he explained: dogs who live in the subway but do not travel, dogs who use the subway to travel short distances instead of walking, and entrepreneurial dogs who spend the day riding back and forth, busking. This last type of dog takes long trips, working the crowd for treats and emotional contact. (On trains, dogs “seeking tenderness” are particularly inclined to approach women over forty who are carrying large shopping bags.) And, according to the results of a study Neuronov conducted of the Red Line, some dogs hop on the train for purely recreational reasons. “Like in human society,” he said, “there are dogs who are inclined to see new places.”
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Old article

 

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/moscows-metro-dogs

 

 

 

Rather than chasing the dogs away, metro workers fed them. Riders, too, were kind: if a tired dog fell asleep in the middle of a marble station, people walked around the animal to avoid waking him. The dogs have learned to recognize stations from the announcers’ voices—though Neuronov added that he doubts the oft-repeated assertion that, like humans, the commuting dogs occasionally fall asleep and miss their stops. “There are three models of metro dogs,” he explained: dogs who live in the subway but do not travel, dogs who use the subway to travel short distances instead of walking, and entrepreneurial dogs who spend the day riding back and forth, busking. This last type of dog takes long trips, working the crowd for treats and emotional contact. (On trains, dogs “seeking tenderness” are particularly inclined to approach women over forty who are carrying large shopping bags.) And, according to the results of a study Neuronov conducted of the Red Line, some dogs hop on the train for purely recreational reasons. “Like in human society,” he said, “there are dogs who are inclined to see new places.”

 

 

I approve of traveling dogs. Or, well, dogs in general.

 

Dogs are awesome.

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Old article

 

https://www.newyorker.com/culture/culture-desk/moscows-metro-dogs

 

 

 

Rather than chasing the dogs away, metro workers fed them. Riders, too, were kind: if a tired dog fell asleep in the middle of a marble station, people walked around the animal to avoid waking him. The dogs have learned to recognize stations from the announcers’ voices—though Neuronov added that he doubts the oft-repeated assertion that, like humans, the commuting dogs occasionally fall asleep and miss their stops. “There are three models of metro dogs,” he explained: dogs who live in the subway but do not travel, dogs who use the subway to travel short distances instead of walking, and entrepreneurial dogs who spend the day riding back and forth, busking. This last type of dog takes long trips, working the crowd for treats and emotional contact. (On trains, dogs “seeking tenderness” are particularly inclined to approach women over forty who are carrying large shopping bags.) And, according to the results of a study Neuronov conducted of the Red Line, some dogs hop on the train for purely recreational reasons. “Like in human society,” he said, “there are dogs who are inclined to see new places.”

 

 

I approve of traveling dogs. Or, well, dogs in general.

 

Dogs are awesome.

 

 

I'm more of a cat person myself, but I've warmed up to dogs.

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I've read through part of this and still can't figure out if it's a hoax or not. It's hardly unheard to to write a completely bogus study that "sounds right" and appeals to certain biases just to see if it could get published. It is the exact thing you'd expect, pseudo-intellectual junk science that passes for legitimate studies. It's long but the gist of it is a study of the "Rape culture" and "homosexual" activities of dogs in dog parks and human reactions to them. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/0966369X.2018.1475346?journalCode=cgpc20&

 

The thing that makes me thing this is a hoax is it essentially assigns human motivations and desires to explain the activity of dogs. Anyone who has spent more than 5 minutes in the company of a dog knows that does not work. Hey, the are sweet, lovable, smart (in their way) but they are not humans. They can't learn to think like humans. But humans CAN learn to understand them.

 

Of course the whole thing is not really about the dogs as it is about the human reaction to them. Which presumes dog owners don't really understand their furry friends. And for the most part I don't think that's true at all.

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It certainly sounds completely unscientific as it's trying to apply 'black feminist categories' to the dogs and whether they feel oppressed. It may be interesting as far as studying animal behavior goes, but they're doing it wrong by applying human behavior to it.

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