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February 07, 2015

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5:01 AM | A Feminist Valentine
In my previous relationships, more than one partner on more than one occasion spat out the following emotional expletive at me:   “Your feminism has ruined you!” I have explicitly self-identified as a feminist since my undergraduate days and enacted this feminism in my social and personal relationships. My strong feminist identification led me to to political activism and vocal critiques of women’s place in society.1 This created some tense situations in my twenties when […]

February 06, 2015

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11:01 PM | Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby
Rule No. 1 for Female Academics: Don’t Have a Baby: In 2000, I greeted the first entering graduate-student class at Berkeley where the women outnumbered the men. I was the first female dean of the graduate division. As a ’70s feminist I cautiously thought, “Is the revolution over? Have we won?” Hardly. 
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7:51 PM | SkepchickCon 2015 and Boutique Academia
Categories: Activism Events Meta Stuff Science SkepticismIt’s a new year, and that means it’s time to start getting excited about another SkepchickCon! As you’ll remember, last year was pretty sweet, what with our Science Salons, our ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum
Neuroscience Proves What We've Known All Along: Gender Exists on a Spectrum: Ever wonder about the brain’s white matter microstructure diffusivity? Don’t know what the hell we’re talking about? Well, start paying attention… because it may be important in determining our gender identity.
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1:30 PM | Quickies: A robot octopus, drugs & pee, and bitchface
Categories: QuickiesOctopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion – “Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy
Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy: biodiverseed:onceuponawildflower: Non-genetically modified farming is not organic. It’s a whole lot cheaper and essentially uses conventional farming techniques. But some consumers think they’re the same thing. Definitely a worthy read. I think this is why it’s important for people involved in agricultural or food activism to understand there is very little proof that GMO products are harmful to human health. There are many […]
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6:00 AM | Chinese Valentine’s Day: A Sign of China’s Rising Love Culture
Wanna talk about your love life? People in China do. For the past year, I’ve been living in Shenzhen and working on a collection of true stories about love and marriage experiences since the rise of Communist China. Far from being viewed positively, romantic love often generates suspicion among the older generations and confusion among the young. This brief Valentine’s Day story, told to me by a charming twenty-two year old Buddhist woman, illuminates the clash of old and new ideas […]
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5:01 AM | Here’s One Valentine’s Day Gift You Can’t Possibly Go Wrong With
Every year around Valentine’s Day people start agonizing about finding the “perfect” gift for their partner, and some spend extraordinary amounts of money on it too. But no matter the effort or financial cost incurred, many of us quickly discover that our gifts provided only fleeting happiness and were quickly forgotten. In order to avoid this outcome, I recommend giving your partner something much more personal this year: touch. It will be much easier on your wallet, and it […]
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12:09 AM | Bad Chart Thursday: The TRUTH about Bad Measles Charts the Mainstream Media Is Suppressing
Categories: Anti-Science Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayBystrianykHumphriesmeaslesvaccinationRoman Bystrianyk and Suzanne Humphries have a cherry to pick with proponents of vaccination. Their article on the measles vaccine was recently published on Health Impact News’s Vaccine Impact website ...(Read more...)

February 05, 2015

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6:00 PM | Throwback Thursday: An Evidence-Based Guide for Convincing Parents to Vaccinate
Categories: ActivismTags: anti-vaccinevaccineswomen thinking incThrowback Thursday is a series we sometimes do at Skepchick wherein we re-post old Skepchick pieces that have updates, are relevant again, or that we just really want to re-share. The U.S. is currently in the ...(Read more...)
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3:45 PM | Why We’ll March Against March Against Monsanto, Part 1
Categories: Events Science SkepticismTags: #MAMAMgmoMonsantoScienceI’ll get right to it. I’ve grown weary of the antics of March Against Monsanto. Along with two of my friends, I’ve started a movement to oppose the misinformation this ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Cats in boxes, Twitter abuse, and creationists angry at cruise line
Categories: QuickiesWhat’s up with cats and boxes? – Including a discussion of the “If I fits, I sits” principle. Utah Republican pretty sure you can’t rape your wife – Is spousal ...(Read more...)
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8:25 AM | Style Matters
I was reading a reference recently and I noticed a sentence containing the word ‘responsible’ twice in the same sentence. I stopped reading and reached for the metaphorical red pen. It mattered not a whit in this context, but it … Continue reading →
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5:05 AM | Survey Says: How Do People Prefer to Receive Valentine's Day Gifts
One of the reasons people indicated that they hate Valentine’s Day is because it’s too commercial. The vast majority of our survey respondents indicated that some form of gift is expected (88%). So we wanted to know (a) how people prefer to receive their gifts and (b) what types of gifts they prefer. Below, I address the first question. Stay tuned for a breakdown of gift preferences in subsequent posts. How do people prefer to receive gifts? Do people want to flaunt their […]
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5:04 AM | The Perfect Valentine’s Day Date: Keep it Warm and Heavy
There is a lot of pressure to impress your romantic partner with a fabulous Valentine’s Day date (I should know – Valentine’s Day is also my wife’s birthday!). If you decide to go to a fancy restaurant, how do you know which cuisine to choose? Should you go with spicy Thai or cold sushi? If you’re going to buy your partner a gift, do you choose something practical and imminently useful but unromantic (the Science of Relationships book?) or should you instead go […]

February 04, 2015

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11:01 PM | scienceyoucanlove: blackhistoryalbum:BROTHERS IN SPACE TOP:...
Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. (U.S. Air Force) Leland D. Melvin Col. Benjamin Alvin Drew, Jr. (U.S. Air Force) Maj. Gen. Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (U.S. Marines) Capt. Robert L. Curbeam Jr. (U.S. Navy) obert Lee Satcher, Jr. MD, PHD Capt. Winston E. Scott (U.S. Navy) Lt. Col. Michael Phillip Anderson (US Air Force) Ronald E. McNair, Ph.D.scienceyoucanlove: blackhistoryalbum:BROTHERS IN SPACE TOP: Col. Guion S. Bluford Jr. (US Air Force)  First African American Astronaut in Space1st ROW […]
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7:30 PM | Scientists Lawrence Krauss & Robert Trivers Defend Admitted Pedophile
Categories: Feminism SkepticismYou may recall that back in 2008, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein got a sweetheart deal in which he served just 13 months in prison for raping girls as young as 13. ...(Read more...)
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7:00 PM | "Survey Says": The Valentine's Day Breakup
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5:02 PM | dead-men-talking:Hey folks, so I’m on ResearchGate now!  Message me if you’d like to follow.  I’ve...
dead-men-talking:Hey folks, so I’m on ResearchGate now!  Message me if you’d like to follow.  I’ve uploaded my thesis and a shorter excerpt as a work-in-progress technical note.
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5:00 PM | Guest Post: Skeptics Have a PR Problem
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: echo chamberengaging with other peopleskepticismEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post, from Jenny Splitter, is a good reminder to step out of your comfortable echo chamber and engage with people instead of lecturing at them.  **** ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Misleading Supplement Ingredients, Anti-Vax Stuff, and Daria
Categories: QuickiesNew York Attorney General Targets Supplements at Major Retailers – “The authorities said they had conducted tests on top-selling store brands of herbal supplements at four national retailers — GNC, ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | whenindoubtapplymoreglitter: 100% of the women of color interviewed in STEM study experienced gender...
whenindoubtapplymoreglitter: 100% of the women of color interviewed in STEM study experienced gender bias In a recent report, 100% of women of color reported experiencing gender bias. Being a woman in STEM research is tough, but it’s significantly worse for women of color. According to a recent report conducted by the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, a whopping 100% of women of color interviewed in the study said they’ve experienced gender […]
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6:00 AM | Valentines Approaching Middle Age*
*Wikipedia defines “middle age” as 41 – 60, so it must be true.  Everyone in a long-term romantic relationship has a story. Each of our stories is unique. Our story begins when we were 21 (Charlotte) and 25 (Patrick). We were both coming off other long-term, serious (or so we thought) relationships, and we really didn’t know what we wanted out of a relationship or what we could offer a partner. Now, 17 years and 2 kids later, we both feel pretty lucky that things […]

February 03, 2015

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11:01 PM | Born This Way? Why an evidence-based stance on sex and gender is good for science and for feminism
Born This Way? Why an evidence-based stance on sex and gender is good for science and for feminism: Hello! A friend of mine shared this article (on Facebook of all places haa) and it reminded me of your blog. I thought the author Cathleen O’Grady made some really excellent points about the over-simplification of the whole “Nature vs. Nurture” argument, and how favoring one approach over the other is hindering scientific research. Coming from a cultural anthropology background, […]
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9:59 PM | Field Museum Women in Science Lecture: "Supportive Environments for Female Development in the Womb and at Work"
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 9 @ 12PM The February 2015 Field Museum Women in Science speaker will be: Dr. Julienne Rutherford (@JNRutherford), a biological anthropologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Women, Children and Family Health Science at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research revolves around the dynamic intrauterine interplay between mother and fetus in humans and nonhuman primates, with a specific focus on the placenta. She is also engaged in research on the […]
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9:19 PM | FYI: GOOGLE EARTH PRO IS FREE RIGHT NOW
thejunglenook: hyacynthus:CLICK HERE TO GET IT. SCIENTISTS ON TUMBLR, SPREAD THE LOVE! Read about the fun extras (like advanced measurements, movie-maker, pro data layers, etc) on CNET. 
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7:15 PM | Queereka Looking for Writers!
Categories: Meta StuffQueereka is looking for more writers! The gig requires with some commitment and provides zero monetary pay, but what it lacks in generating coin is made up for with friendship and ...(Read more...)
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