Quitting Mosquitoes: Of the 3,000 species of mosquitoes in this world, about 70 transmit malaria. Others carry Zika or yellow fever. At best, they cause annoying itches. So what would happen if mosquito populations were eliminated from an ecosystem? This ambitious four-year study will try to find out.
Thirty years ago, the night before Deborah Copaken’s college graduation, she was date-raped, she writes. Copaken didn’t report the incident; she didn’t tell her parents.
But there has been an upside to the Kavanaugh circus and Trump’s presidency. For one, it has galvanized women and the men who love us. For another, like so many rape survivors in this country living through this particular moment in history, having to relive our assaults daily—even hourly—with every new allegation of rape, I have been so brought to my knees by this latest allegation that I, too, was inspired to speak out.
Directly. To my rapist.
I wrote him a letter, 30 years after the night in question, reminding him of what he’d done and how hard it has been to overcome.
And do you know what this man did, less than half an hour later? He called me on the phone and said, “Oh, Deb. Oh my god. I’m so sorry. I had no idea. I’m filled with shame.”
2. In 1862, Abraham Lincoln signed the ____________ Act, granting land to states that could be sold to fund a university, and paving the way for institutions such as West Virginia University, Texas A&M, and Cornell.
3. As the popularity of yoga has grown at K–12 schools in America, so has pushback against the activity. In 2016, parents objected to its implementation at an elementary school in Georgia, successfully compelling the district to remove which Sanskrit phrase from the program?
Every week, the psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb answers readers’ questions in the Dear Therapist column. An anonymous reader writes in about his “inadvertent asshole” best friend, whom he loves, but whom his wife hates:
To put it another way: I have known people who are nice, polite, and thoughtful, but who have not been there when I truly needed them. This friend, on the other hand, can come off as a prick, but if you call him at 2 o’clock in the morning for literally anything, he’ll be there, no hesitation. He’s always been there for me, and I love him like a brother.
Here’s the problem: My wife can’t stand him. Never could. And since he got married, it’s only gotten worse. When he was single, I could always see if he wanted to get drinks or grab a bite to eat, just the two of us. But now he always wants to include our wives. They invite us to dinner, drinks, concerts, and wine tastings, but every time my wife flatly declines, and I end up making excuses. This has been going on for a couple years now, and I think they are starting to get the hint.