What are we reading? November 19, 2020

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Each week, BIV staff will share with you some of the interesting stories we have found from around the web


 

Timothy Renshaw, managing editor:

Old rat, no brain provides insights into how other beings might get through life without much in their heads or, as A.A. Milne noted, “No brain at all, some of them [people], only grey fluff that's blown into their heads by mistake, and they don't Think.” – Mind Matters News

https://mindmatters.ai/2020/11/an-old-rat-with-no-brain-raises-some-very-interesting-questions/

 

Reader warning: reproductive organ anomalies ahead. – Smithsonian Magazine

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/science-nature/nine-weirdest-penises-animal-kingdom-180976274/

Mark Falkenberg, deputy managing editor:

Some helpful advice on beating the COVID-19 winter blues. Some of the tips, such as getting outside and exercising as much as possible, might seem obvious but bear repeating anyway.  – Georgia Straight

https://www.straight.com/covid-19-pandemic/tips-on-how-to-survive-pandemic-fatigue

 

The Canadian Medical Association wraps up consultations today (November 19) on a review of guidelines for how doctors interact with representatives of the pharmaceutical industry. This piece argues the CMA needs stricter enforcement of those guidelines, which are aimed at preventing conflicts of interest. – The Conversation

https://theconversation.com/guidelines-governing-canadian-doctors-relationships-with-pharma-companies-under-review-149519