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Chuck and Josh Make It Through Female Puberty

In part two of the SYSK puberty saga, Josh and Chuck venture into new territory as they explore all of the amazing changes girls face when they come of age.

The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Each week Josh and Chuck read tons of articles, plenty of the good. Here are the best of the bunch for your reading enjoyment.

Altruistic Ants and Poor, Childless Humans Share Depressing Commonality of Dying Alone

I was researching an article from the BBC about a curious phenomenon, ants leaving the nest when they sense they're nearing death. Two Germans researchers infected one lab-raised ant colony with a fatal fungus and gassed another with CO2 (artificially decreasing the ants' lifespan, as the article euphemistically put it). The majority of the ants that died from the fungal infection or who succumbed to the artificially reduced lifespan gassing left their colonies. The researchers concluded that the ants were indeed presenting behavior of something generally considered to be exclusive to higher mammals -- altruism.