Weekly Roundup

Is Coke’s business success over Pepsi the result of good marketing, or do we prefer more sweetness in samples than in full-sized soft drinks? Slate’s Matthew Yglesias dives into the science behind the Pepsi challenge.

Don’t pour your grease down the drain: London sewer workers discovered a 15-ton “fatberg” in Kingston upon Thames.

The new edition of the Accelerated Christian Education, Inc. textbook Biology 1099 has removed the now-famous passage citing the Loch Ness Monster as evidence that dinosaurs are alive today. Last year controversy erupted over a taxpayer-supported Westlake, Louisiana private school’s use of the Creationist textbook. A reference to a dinosaur caught by Japanese whalers appears to not have been removed.

Caitlin Shetterly’s recent first-person account of the allergen dangers of GM corn for Elle magazine is misleading and misrepresents the scientists and doctors quoted therein, according to Slate’s Jon Entine.

It’s been a busy week for baby journalism: Pregnancies can naturally vary in length by as many as five weeks, according to a recent article in Human Reproduction. To some, these findings complicate the standard procedure of inducing overdue babies, although the study’s authors do not make any clinical recommendations. Time magazine’s recent cover story on The Childfree Life has prompted much commentary and criticism. And controversial evolutionary psychologist (& fired Psychology Today blogger) Satoshi Kanazawa is at it again, admonishing intelligent women for failing to follow their biological imperative to have children in a new book.…