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Why Women Should Buy Cars Online: How virtual negotiations reverse biasPhoto by Jeff Carson

Why Women Should Buy Cars Online: How virtual negotiations reverse bias

Given how unpleasant the car-shopping experience is for women, who find walking into a dealership to be like landing on an all-male, vaguely hostile planet, buying online is something tantamount to a feminist act.

“Who’s Sarah Palin?” Following the potential presidential candidate to the only spot in America where people don’t recognize her.Sarah Palin

“Who’s Sarah Palin?” Following the potential presidential candidate to the only spot in America where people don’t recognize her.

Of all the places where Sarah Palin—former governor of Alaska, former Republican vice-presidential nominee, possible presidential hopeful—might find a natural constituency, New York City’s Liberty Island is not one. “I’ve heard of Michael Palin,” he says.

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)Photo by Triker-Sticks

Introducing the Urban Super-Raccoon — Nimble, Quick and Getting Smarter Every Day (Slate)

The animals have adjusted remarkably well to living alongside human beings—perhaps because when they live with us, they seem to learn from us.

Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?Photo by George Ruiz

Get This Woman Some Laughing Gas! Other countries use nitrous oxide in the delivery room. Why don’t we?

Nitrous oxide has a lot going for it. It merely blunts pain, but it also lets a laboring woman walk, perch on a birthing ball, whatever. It’s comparatively cheap, and it’s fast-acting, offering relief in less than a minute. Perhaps most key from midwives’ point of view, it is easily administered by the laboring woman herself. She grabs the mask when she knows a contraction is coming. She stops as the contraction ends. In other words, she is empowered to manage her own pain.