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



Reader warning: reproductive organ anomalies ahead. – Smithsonian Magazine


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



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