January 05, 2015

4:14 AM | yearinreview: New and Notable Blogs of 2014 - Part 2 In no...
yearinreview: New and Notable Blogs of 2014 - Part 2 In no particular order. Remix The Museum Major League Soccer Beyonce Voters Compound Interest Print All Over Me Arrested Development Fan Art Slittens Drake’s Emoji Tattoos Office Snack Hacks The Space Rotten Tomatoes Comic Cartography Elections Night 2014 Griddle Me This University of California Science Today Drag Queens Trying To Use Straws Cats On Synthesizers In Space Reasons My Kid Is Smiling Lady Scientists on Tumblr Without […]
3:23 AM | New Student to Archaeology or Anthropology?
New Student to Archaeology or Anthropology?: allthingsaafs: If you’re wondering what the best literature and textbooks are for these subjects we have a page full of our suggestions that we’ve gathered for you! Here are a few of the most useful textbooks to have: Archaeology: Theories, Methods and Practice (UK/Europe Link)…
3:22 AM | Science to a Student: What exactly is a student of science?
Science to a Student: What exactly is a student of science?: sweetteascience: sciencetoastudent: Back in May 2013, I started the Tumblr blog Science, to a Student.  My initial thought when I created that title was to symbolize what science is to this particular biology student (myself).  The blog itself was nothing more than a home for all things relating to science, authored by yours truly (and because of that author, there is a strong emphasis on dinosaurs and […]
3:21 AM | sweetteascience: eternalacademic: Great video about one of my...
sweetteascience: eternalacademic: Great video about one of my best friends working on experimental evolution in Rich Lenski’s lab at Michigan State University!  I adore this video and wished that universities would put together videos like this for ALL of their graduate students. What a great way to share research and a unique way to pull back the curtain, as it were, for others to see what life is like for grad students. 

January 04, 2015

6:25 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Mary, Queen of the Jurassic, Pinteresting New Years, and Finding a Job in Academia
Categories: Meta StuffTags: #blackedoutpoetryacademiaEthical Societyfeminismgrounded parentsInternet Meme Demolition Derbyjob searchMad Art LabMary AnningPaleontologyParentingphysicsReligionschool of doubtTeen Skepchickwomen in scienceTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 125: Timmy Fell Down the Potential Well Mindy tip-toes into the world of molecular energy. Godly Marriage and Other Christian Cruelties Elizabeth explains how ...(Read more...)
6:01 AM | Does Penis Size Matter? (video)
Read our articles about penis size here and here.
5:29 AM | brains-and-bodies replied to your post “I’m so glad you guys are posting again! I missed all...
brains-and-bodies replied to your post “I’m so glad you guys are posting again! I missed all your posts!!!” I had no idea that two of my favorite bloggers were behind scientific-women. This just gets more and more exciting. Well, gosh! :)
5:27 AM | engrprof: brinconvenient: feminist-space: darxx: writingrainb...
engrprof: brinconvenient: feminist-space: darxx: writingrainbow: One of these things is not like the other.  RIP Leelah Alcorn This is so fucked up. This makes me so angry. She dishonors Leelah’s identify and memory even in death, pulls attention to herself as the grieving parent, and clearly still doesn’t get that it is her actions and treatments that pushed Leelah to take that step. RIP Leelah Alcorn. God dammit! OK, listen up, my dear trans babies. I know that […]
5:23 AM | thejunglenook: cacajao: biologysamazingworld: Etymological...
thejunglenook: cacajao: biologysamazingworld: Etymological Maps Of The Brain source What about the Arbor Vitae of the cerebellum?It means “Tree of Life”. Don’t forget your spider-like mother and tender mother!(Arachnoid mater and Pia mater)

January 03, 2015

8:00 PM | Articles About Beer You Should Stop Reading Immediately
Categories: Featured SkepticismTags: beercraft beerfdafood additivesfood safetygmoHFCSveganA list of eight beers “you should stop drinking immediately” went around earlier last year and even ended up in my inbox a few times, but I didn’t imagine something ...(Read more...)
4:00 PM | Global Quickies: Hunting Spiders, Anti-racism Campaigns, and Crop Circles by Drunk Chupacabras
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismMEXICO “Thousands of people have flocked to a Mexican city where crop circles spanning seven-hectares appeared on Christmas Eve.” Because of their terrible-made design, they have been called “crap circles”, ...(Read more...)
8:33 AM | Resolving Your Way out of a Rut
I wonder how many of my readers have already broken their New Year’s resolutions, assuming they even bothered to dream them up in the first place. Daily visits to the gym and a diet excluding chocolate sound all very well … Continue reading →
6:01 AM | The Power of a Text in Long-Distance Relationships
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January 01, 2015

9:58 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: New Years Linked to Autism
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: autismbad chart thursdayNew YearRoundupShocking news from the unironically named website The Mind Unleashed: “MIT Researcher’s New Warning: At Today’s Rate, Half Of All U.S. Children Will Be Autistic By 2025.”* Autism: a fate ...(Read more...)
1:30 PM | Quickies: Women in STEM, hopes for the new year, and The Economist ignores women
Categories: QuickiesWelcome to 2015 everyone! I hope it’s off to a good start for you all and that it will only get awesomer. Women in STEM: 2014 in review – From ...(Read more...)

December 31, 2014

9:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #1 - Making Difficult Dating Decisions
Relationships frequently fall apart due to irreconcilable incompatibilities. Sometimes these incompatibilities are so large that they seem like they should have been obvious from the start (e.g., one person wants children, the other partner doesn’t; one person is deeply religious, the other isn't). Why don’t such dealbreakers prevent relationships from getting off the ground in the first place? Why do people so frequently wind up with incompatible romantic partners? Some […]
7:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #2 - How I Met Your Mother's Cheerleader Effect
You gotta love when pop culture inspires scientific research. Motivated by one of my favorite TV shows, How I Met Your Mother, the authors of a recent paper published in Psychological Science1 investigated Barney Stinson’s claim that people appear more attractive when surrounded by others in a group relative to when they are viewed by themselves. He calls this the “Cheerleader Effect,” inspired by the stereotype that cheerleader groups seem very attractive because of how […]

December 30, 2014

1:41 PM | Quickies: Living in space, nerd entitlement, and the inaccuracies of Exodus
Categories: Quickies5200 days in space – “An exploration of life aboard the International Space Station, and the surprising reasons the mission is still worthwhile.” On nerd entitlement – “Hi there, shy, ...(Read more...)
10:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #3 - Feeling Like a Doormat
Forgiveness can be really good for our relationships. To name just a few benefits, forgiving a transgression reduces blood pressure for both victims and their wrongdoing partners,1 and increases the victim’s life satisfaction and positive mood.2 Researchers are also beginning to understand what it takes to forgive; for example, we are more likely to forgive our partners when they apologize (i.e., make amends) for bad behavior. But what happens when we forgive someone who hasn’t […]
7:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #4 - How Your Attachment Influences Relationship Quality
  Quick—think of someone you know who’s in a relationship (or has been in the past). This person can be a friend, a family member, your own past or current relationship partner, or even yourself. Which one of these statements best describes something that the person you thought of might say? A) I feel comfortable depending on romantic partners. B) My desire to be very close sometimes scares people away. C) I don't feel comfortable opening up to romantic partners. These […]

December 29, 2014

3:55 PM | Losing a Mentor
There are usually only a handful of people in anyone’s life who can honestly be said to have had a radical impact on how that life turns out. Yesterday I learned of the death of one of my key mentors, … Continue reading →
3:19 PM | Quickies: Making Abortion Clinics Beautiful, a Tribute to the Last “Radium Girl,” and LGBTQ Rights in Europe
Categories: QuickiesMae Keane, The Last ‘Radium Girl,’ Dies At 107 – “In the 1920s, a young working-class woman could land a job working with the miracle substance. Radium wristwatches were manufactured ...(Read more...)
10:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #5 - When Parents Use Kids as Pawns
  Parental alienation involves one parent spoiling the relationship between a child and the other parent in the absence of actual abuse or neglect. In both my personal and professional lives, I have seen many parents actively turn their children against the other parent in an effort to “keep them (the child) close,” and to undermine their child’s loving bond with the other parent. Although research has demonstrated that parental alienation has very negative effects […]
7:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #6 - Miley's Destructive Approach to Relationships
  Dear Miley, you’re doing it wrong. No, I’m obviously not referring to the music world, as you seem to have that figured out. I’m not even referring to the physical act of writhing around on a metal wrecking ball, although that does bring up some hygienic concerns. Rather, as a relationship scientist, I’m referring to your love life. The lyrics of your song, Wrecking Ball, have been rolling around my head since you released it last year. And now, after […]

December 28, 2014

6:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! WISE MEN, Active Learning, Other December Celebrations, and Skipping Santa
Categories: Meta StuffTags: active learningchristmasco-parentingconsentdeathDecember 25 celebrationsdivorceEscepticagrounded parentsParentingphysicssantaschool of doubtteachingTeen SkepchickWISE MENSunday Funny: Turn the other cheek. (via Cyanide and Happiness) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 124: Exploding Potatoes and Equations of State Mindy explains how an exploding potato relates ...(Read more...)
10:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #7 - The Power of Pillow Talk
We know that the frequency of sexual activity, the quality of communication during sex, and partners’ reasons for having sex can all influence relationship satisfaction. So while it’s good to embrace the throes of passion and be vocal about it, does what you say after sex matter? 
7:00 AM | 2014 Editors' Choice Awards: #8 - Don't Let Fear of Rejection Hold You Back
Bob is interested in dating Anne and thinks that they could really click, but he is unsure whether Anne feels the same way. As a result, Bob is afraid to make a move on Anne because he doesn’t want to be rejected. So Bob plays it cool, thinking that his interest is obvious to Anne, and waits to see if Anne will ask him out. Anne, who is interested in Bob, is also worried about being rejected, and so she also plays it cool and waits to see if Bob will ask her out. They are both […]
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