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February 24, 2015

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6:22 PM | The Bold Plan to Send 24 Business School Graduates to Mars to Die on TV
Categories: ScienceSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: From more than 202,000 applicants, the Mars One project has chosen 100 people who have made it to the next round ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | profeminist:"I don’t look like an electrical engineer, but I’m...
profeminist:"I don’t look like an electrical engineer, but I’m in charge of power continuity in Manhattan. Don’t get me wrong— I have a boss. But I’m the only black woman who is the shift manager of a control room. So when it’s my shift, I’m running shit. And I’m proud of that." Source
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4:00 PM | Los Angeles Learn How To Lobby State Officials!
Categories: Events FeminismTags: atheist womenLAWAAGHelllllooooooo godless ladies and gents of Los Angeles! If you are in or near the City of Angels on Tuesday, March 3rd why not come to a free meet-up with ...(Read more...)
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3:00 PM | Cross Post: Guns Don’t Kill People, Toddlers Kill People
Categories: ParentingTags: concealed carrygunstragedyEditor’s note:  This cross post from Grounded Parents was written by Erich Bacher two weeks after Veronica Rutledge was shot in the head by her 2-year-old son. Click through the ...(Read more...)
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2:41 PM | Vocal Cues of Fertility: Bachelor 19’s Whitney Bischoff May Be the Ultimate Prize
Full disclosure: Watching The Bachelor/ette is a huge guilty pleasure of mine. It’s fascinating not just for the entertaining drama, but also as a unique case study of relationship dynamics. If you’re unfamiliar, The Bachelor is a reality TV show in which 25-30 beautiful and presumably single women contend for the attention, love, and marriage proposal of one eligible gent over the course of about two months of filming. Every season is chock-a-block with romantic and often […]
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2:27 PM | Quickies: New Ichthyosaur discovered, bacteria is everywhere, and straight talk for white men
Categories: QuickiesMuseum discovers new species from fossil they thought was fake – And name it after a female scientist! Your soap has bacteria in it but it still gets you clean ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | dead-men-talking:jangojips: socimages:Physiognomy: Faces,...
dead-men-talking:jangojips: socimages:Physiognomy: Faces, bodies, and the “science” of human character.By Gwen Sharp, PhDReader Lindsey H. sent me a copy of a book called Vaught’s Practical Character Reader, apparently published in 1902 and revised in 1907 by Emily H. Vaught. Also available onAmazon. The book can best be described as an application of the theory of physiognomy, which is the idea that you can tell all kinds of things about a “person’s character or […]

February 23, 2015

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11:01 PM | Dear god, THANK YOU for your GMO posts. I don't know if you're any better at talking people down from their paranoia - this is such a deep-seated fear in so many people, and I just do not get it. I suppose no one trusts scientists. Ugh. Anyway, keep it up!
I’m glad you appreciate them! As to your points: I think some of the pushback is overtly anti-science: there is a huge overlap between the more extreme/vocal anti-GMO activists and anti-vaxxers (I have some examples archived under the #autism tag).The other part of it, however, is coming from a legitimate fear of some of the firms involved (some of them have been chemical weapons manufacturers, and a number of them use intellectual property/user agreements to stymie objective scientific […]
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9:24 PM | New Video! Dogs Know When We’re Happy. THANKS SCIENCE!
Categories: ScienceSupport more videos like at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: Scientists have discovered that dogs can tell if you’re happy or angry just by looking at your face! Every single dog owner ...(Read more...)
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7:19 PM | Women’s Sports Just Aren’t Exciting
Categories: SkepticismI’ve recently become a fan of pro basketball. I watch it often with my boyfriend and a couple of our other friends (all male). And more often than not, I’m ...(Read more...)
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6:04 PM | dead-men-talking: valdanderthal: Heading to Orlando to present...
dead-men-talking: valdanderthal: Heading to Orlando to present a poster! Advanced ProgramProceedings And then, HARRY POTTER WORLD This lady was a total rockstar last week!(And yes, we did go to Harry Potter World on Saturday. It was pretty awesome.)
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5:57 PM | dead-men-talking: I’m taking it as a huge compliment that an important prof called me a nerd. My...
dead-men-talking: I’m taking it as a huge compliment that an important prof called me a nerd. My week at the American Academy of Forensic Sciences was a huge success! Hoping to have some big news to report soon…
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4:48 PM | Black Inventors Day 9
minn2x:Dr. Joycelyn Harrison - was born in 1964.  She received her B.S. in chemistry from Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia in 1987. She then went on later that year to earn her B.S. in chemical engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.  Harrison remained at Georgia Tech as a graduate student and completed her M.S. in chemical engineering in 1989 and her Ph.D. in 1993.  She completed her dissertation on the “Structure-Dielectric Property Relationships in An Epoxy […]
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3:21 PM | Hi there! Fellow science gal here. I am currently in an evolution course that's asking us to make a presentation on a topic in human evolution - very open-ended. I was wondering if in your work if you have found any particularly odd or unexpected topics in human evolution concerning anthropology or otherwise? I want to pick a really good topic and need some help! Thanks!
Hi!  Unfortunately I’m not the best person to ask about evolution as my knowledge is very limited.  There’s lots of other folks on here who could help though, like drkrislynn.  Good luck!
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3:19 PM | eastberlin replied to your post:The last post that was reblogged completely…this one, the Kate...
eastberlin replied to your post:The last post that was reblogged completely…this one, the Kate Bush Nash quote: scientific-women.tumblr…Oy, I’m sorry guys.  Thank you for telling me.  As soon as I saw it again I was mortified. :/  I’ve deleted it and will be much more careful in the future.
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3:17 PM | Maybe anon means the "feminism is not a dirty word" image post? The second quote uses the word "dyke" as an example of a slur used against feminists, without acknowledging that it's a slur used against lesbians (1/2)
And that the association with queerness is what charges it as an insult against feminism. It has that “you must be gay AND THAT IS WRONG ” “Um, no, not gay!! [silence on the coding of queer = bad]” structure around it. Does that make sense? (2/2)Yes, it makes perfect sense, and I’m pretty ashamed that I didn’t catch that as I’ve railed against that notion before.  Thank you for pointing it out.  Not that it’s an excuse, but I was queuing […]
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2:57 PM | markscherz:entoderek: hyaenabee:Science Side, Show Us Your...
markscherz:entoderek: hyaenabee:Science Side, Show Us Your Desk!I was tagged by entoderek to show a picture of my workspace! Here you see my laptop and notebook (always close at hand). On my board are lots of pictures of my friends, family, and dog; long-term to-do list with post-it note additions; the amazing salamander-themed poster my labmate got me for my birthday, and assorted other things friends have given me to make my space feel more homey. In addition, entoderek​  I ALSO […]
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2:50 PM | Hey! I've already followed you, and I was wondering if you could check out a side blog I'm running called importantwomensbirthdays. It's basically what it sounds like: every day, I make a post about an important woman whose birthday falls on that day. Some female scientists I've covered in the past include Katharine Burr Blodgett, Roberta Bondar and Florence B Seibert. Would you mind taking a look? Thanks!
That sounds awesome, I’ll take a look at importantwomensbirthdays!  (Sorry for the delay, I just got back from Orlando late last night.)
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2:50 PM | The last post that was reblogged completely uncritically using lesbophobic slurs is alienating as hell. Guess "equal representation" is only for those heteros.
I’m sorry, I don’t know the post you’re referring to - I set up a pretty huge queue while I was in Orlando.  And I’m sorry I posted something upsetting!  As I’ve said, I am completely open to learning from mistakes and constructive criticism, and unlearning my white, cis, hetero privilege.  I don’t expect you to teach me, but it would be super helpful to know which post you’re talking about so I can understand and not repeat the mistake. […]
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Mansplaining to Marilyn vos Savant, Fairy Tales, and Legalizing Raw Milk
Categories: QuickiesThe Time Everyone “Corrected” the World’s Smartest Woman – “When vos Savant politely responded to a reader’s inquiry on the Monty Hall Problem, a then-relatively-unknown probability puzzle, she never could’ve ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Biodynamic Wine: My Favorite Pseudoscience
Categories: SkepticismTags: astrologyHomeopathynatural wineorganicsulfiteswineIt seems every one of my skeptic-leaning friends has a pseudoscience for which they have the teeniest bit of sympathy. Whether it’s because they used to believe it, because they ...(Read more...)
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11:01 AM | scienceyoucanlove: Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist...
scienceyoucanlove: Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist and her daughter Irene, 1925.SCALA/Heritage Image Librarysource 
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5:01 AM | Expressing Your Insecurities to Your Partner Can Actually Create More Insecurities. Here’s Why.
Insecurities: we’ve all got a few. They’re those intrusive thoughts people have about mistakes they might have made, flaws they might have, and negative opinions that others might have about them. Insecurities can be frustratingly persistent, and they can really interfere with close relationships1,2 (“You looked at that girl, I saw you looking!”). It’s not realistic to expect people to simply ignore these insecurities. So the question becomes: what is […]
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3:19 AM | Patricia Arquette’s Awesome Feminist Shout-out at #Oscars2015
Categories: FeminismYou guys: Boyhood star Patricia Arquette just became the winner of the Best Supporting Actress Oscar and she concluded her speech by calling for equal pay for women. Here’s how ...(Read more...)

February 22, 2015

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10:03 PM | Internet Witches are Coming for our Unborn Children!
Categories: ReligionTo support more videos like this, go to patreon.com/rebecca! Sort-of transcript: Do you post photos on social media? Have you or a friend ever posted photos of your growing fetus ...(Read more...)
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8:20 PM | Contemplating Education Matters
This past week it was announced that I would be assuming the Presidency of the British Science Association (the BSA, formerly simply the British Association or the BA). It is a great honour to be asked to follow in the … Continue reading →
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6:45 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Hairsticks as Weapons, the Origins of Ash Wednesday, Homophobia in the Middle East, and Parenting Trans* Kids
Categories: Meta StuffTags: artAsh WednesdayBisexualityEscepticafeminismgrounded parentshomophobiaMad Art LabmetalworkMiddle EastParentingphysicspopeQueerekaseashellsTeen Skepchicktrans* kidsSunday Funny: Vapor Ware (via Tree Lobsters) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 130: It’s Just a Phase Mindy has fun with phase diagrams. Mad Art Lab Blacksmithing, Hair Sticks ...(Read more...)
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5:02 PM | scigrrrl: http://www.upworthy.com/as-soon-as-i-heard-them-sing-i...
scigrrrl: http://www.upworthy.com/as-soon-as-i-heard-them-sing-i-knew-these-girls-are-the-future?c=hpstreamHouston, we have a situation. We need more women to enter — and stick with — science and math fields.Why?There’s a pretty big gender gap in the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) fields.Closing that gap will create more equality and help close the larger wage gap, but it will also mean that women are more represented in the technology and discoveries that […]
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11:01 AM | brains-and-bodies: A cross section of a bundle of nerve...
brains-and-bodies: A cross section of a bundle of nerve fibers"Axons (orange) are wrapped in myelin (purple); an extension of the membrane of glial cells. Myelin has high lipid content, and acts to insulate the axons, causing them to transmit nerve impulses much faster."From Daily Anatomy
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