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April 21, 2015

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7:52 PM | The Myth of the ‘Myth of Women in Science’
If you skimmed through some articles about women in science recently, you’d be forgiven for thinking ‘problem solved’. A recent study by Cecil and Williams, published in no less august a publication than PNAS, claimed women actually had a 2:1 … Continue reading →
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4:02 PM | trowelblazers: Jane Colwell-Danis was the first female...
trowelblazers: Jane Colwell-Danis was the first female vertebrate palaeontologist in Canada to be formally trained the subject, and she’s still going strong at the Royal Tyrell Museum! She had an eye for the smaller things in life - like the tiny fossils of small mammals - that are often overshadowed by attention-grabbing dinosaurs….…that’s not to say she hasn’t also had her fair share of dinosaur digs & discoveries! Read more about Jane in our NEW […]
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3:00 PM | Is It Moral to Steal Betta Fish?
Categories: SkepticismThe other day, I tweeted this heartwarming (though sad at first) series of photos showing a person rescuing a betta (sometimes known as Siamese Fighting Fish) that was near death, ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Scientology Spies, the School-to-Prison Pipeline, and Inspiring Women
Categories: QuickiesReport: Scientology spy pretending to be a Time reporter tries to interview Paul Haggis – “When Haggis’ staff began to research Webber, it became apparent that there was no Time ...(Read more...)
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10:01 AM | “Under 30% of the physicists, engineers and computer scientists...
“Under 30% of the physicists, engineers and computer scientists in the world’s knowledge based economies are women. Only about 12% of science-decision-making positions in universities and the private sector in the world’s knowledge-based economies are held by women.”
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12:05 AM | What Do People Do on Facebook When They Are Breaking Up?
Most young adults use some form of social network, and among those platforms, Facebook is one of the most popular with nearly 1.4 billion monthly users and approximately 890 million users who login each day.1 And while many aspects of people’s lives play out on Facebook, their relationships are a particularly central part of their profiles.2 And although Facebook can be used to display new or happy3 relationships, people have to manage the end of their relationships on […]

April 20, 2015

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10:01 PM | anthropologistconfessions: Mod note:  We know we give Bones...
anthropologistconfessions: Mod note:  We know we give Bones lovers a hard time, but there is this undeniable upside.  We’re happy to have you!  I actually asked a professor whether the show has brought more people to the major.  She said no, but more non-majors are taking forensic anthro - which is a win to me!And, you know, plenty of us watch this show, especially when Dr. Kristina Killgrove gives us a play-by-play!
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7:24 PM | Blarg does anyone have any mnemonics for (human) skeletal muscles and cranial nerves???
Blarg does anyone have any mnemonics for (human) skeletal muscles and cranial nerves???
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6:45 PM | Ad Hominem Fallacy: A Lesson for Sea World
Categories: SkepticismSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: As someone who has spent the past decade advocating for people to think critically, which includes being able to identify and ...(Read more...)
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6:29 PM | huffingtonpost:Karlie Kloss Announces #KodeWithKarlie...
huffingtonpost:Karlie Kloss Announces #KodeWithKarlie Scholarship So Teen Girls Can Learn To CodeCoding classes have made such an impact on Karlie Kloss’ life that now she wants teen girls to have the chance to take them, too. Thanks to her latest project, a handful of them will get that chance without worrying about the cost. For more on how to apply to Kloss’ scholarship go here. 
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5:52 PM | My income barely pays for daycare, but I won’t stop working
My income barely pays for daycare, but I won’t stop working: sweetteascience: Wouldn’t it make more sense to give up working altogether and be a full-time stay-at-home mom?An interesting read for those of us considering (maybe, one day?) having kiddos.  
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4:02 PM | humanoidhistory:April 6, 1998 – Astronaut Janet Kavandi...
humanoidhistory:April 6, 1998 – Astronaut Janet Kavandi undergoes emergency bailout training at the Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. (NASA)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Trash Food and the Language of Classism, Childfree People, and Checking the Wrong Privilege
Categories: QuickiesAustralia’s LGBT-Only Island – “Marriage equality discrimination led a group of Australian activists to set their rainbow flag on Cato Island. This ‘homeland’ even has a Gloria Gaynor anthem.” Trash ...(Read more...)
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10:01 AM | Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 22)
Who needs an osteologist? (Installment 22): drkillgrove:As Roberto Cighetti helpfully pointed out to me on Twitter, Polish archaeologists working at the site of Kamien Pomorski need an osteologist:Inside my head: “Oh, alright, it’s a so-called vampire burial.  Fine.  But it’s weirdly on a platter because they… Waaaaaiiit… Are those humeri and radii all upside down…?”Out loud: “Oh, FFS.  The humeri are upside down, the right […]
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3:01 AM | Skepchick Book Club: Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church
Categories: Book ClubTags: banishedlauren drainWestboro Baptist ChurchWelcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read Banished: Surviving My Years in the Westboro Baptist Church by Lauren Drain, whose father is currently the head of the ...(Read more...)

April 19, 2015

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10:01 PM | jangojips: scishow:Know Your Scientists! Archaeology or...
jangojips: scishow:Know Your Scientists! Archaeology or Paleontology?How do you make an archaeologist really mad, really fast? Ask her if she’s found any dinosaurs. SciShow helps you Know Your Scientists by explaining the many differences between archaeology and paleontology, and how they’re each awesome in their own ways. clarification brought up in video that is important: not *all* paleontologists study dinosaurs either. I know many paleobotanists…
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5:04 PM | Sundaylies with Mars One, Viking Artifacts, Coffee in Space, Hillary for President, Star Trek, Opting Out and Issues of Great Importance
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Skepchick SundayliesGood afternoon dear readers! It’s the Sundaylies!   Your Skepchick Network recap that you can fold up like an origami crane in your mind. It’s like and old-school newspaper but better ...(Read more...)
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4:02 PM | sweetteascience: My #CohortChums making use of all the pretty...
sweetteascience: My #CohortChums making use of all the pretty markers I liberated from the supply room! Justin looks like just divined the joint density from the beyond. #StatsStud (at Penn State)
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10:01 AM | thejunglenook: Pretty sure my blood is actually 92% tea…(take...
thejunglenook: Pretty sure my blood is actually 92% tea…(take that Water Facts)

April 18, 2015

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10:01 PM | "Yesterday, a teacher at my daughter’s preschool told me that she saw two boys and a girl spinning..."
“Yesterday, a teacher at my daughter’s preschool told me that she saw two boys and a girl spinning the knobs of a play oven. Boy #1 says: “I’m a pilot! I’m flying a plane.’ Boy #2 says: “Me too!” The girl is quiet, so the teacher says to her: “What about you, are you a pilot?” The 3 year old girl replies: “I can’t be a pilot. I’m a pilot’s wife.” So what do you think has happened in this little […]
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4:02 PM | foodieallen:This is Munira Khalif, a Minnesotan high school...
foodieallen:This is Munira Khalif, a Minnesotan high school senior at Mounds Park Academy (MPA), and she was just accepted to all 8 ivy league schools!! According to KARE 11, “in addition to a stellar academic record and a sky-high ACT score, Munira is a state speech champion and founder of MPA’s Social Consciousness Club. She is a tireless advocate to make education accessible for East African Youth, especially girls.” Definitely an awesome lady to look out for in the […]
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Exsorcisms, Measels on a Plane, and the Threats of Atheism
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionMEDITERRANEAN SEA “Muslims who were among migrants trying to get from Libya to Italy in a boat this week threw 12 fellow passengers overboard — killing them — because the ...(Read more...)
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10:01 AM | thenotquitedoctor: lifealamed:satoori:thenotquitedoctor:lifealam...
thenotquitedoctor: lifealamed:satoori:thenotquitedoctor:lifealamed: There are currently Three of us in med school… Though one is more of a hitchhiker till early October… Hoping for another future pathologist :P This is just too darn cute. Congrats! pls someone tell me… HOW ARE YOU AN EXPECTANT MOTHER IN MED SCHOOL!?!?!?! Hi! Well aside from the birds and the bees answer which I’m assuming you’re not looking for ;) …..I spoke to lots of attendings […]

April 17, 2015

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10:02 PM | donlifted:It would be a crime against melanin if I didn’t post...
donlifted:It would be a crime against melanin if I didn’t post my queen! She’s graduating nursing school next month. Show her some love! BLACKOUT!
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6:38 PM | Men vs Women: Who Would Murder Hitler with a Time Machine?
Categories: ScienceSupport more videos like this at patreon.com/rebecca! Sorta transcript: If you had a time machine, would you use it to go back to when Hitler was a young artist so ...(Read more...)
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4:09 PM | Pop Psychology, Personality Types, And Thick Skin
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: internet dialoguesensitive peopleIf people love anything, they love pop psychology, especially if they get to take a little test that tells them what kind of person they are. Of course many of ...(Read more...)
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4:02 PM | dead-men-talking: Post-sheep brain dissection goggles face.
dead-men-talking: Post-sheep brain dissection goggles face.
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Banned books, gender in politics, and Science Babe
Categories: QuickiesThe most banned and challenged books of 2014 – The ALA notes, “attempts to remove books by authors of color and books with themes about issues concerning communities of color ...(Read more...)
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10:01 AM | Tagged by tjwock
jangojips: 7 People I Wanna Get to Know BetterName: Jangojips aka Jango aka KassieAverage Hours of Sleep: 8-9The Last Thing You Googled: ThisNicknames: All of my names are actually nicknames, but some of the more creative ones: Don, Nag’nor the Terrible, Wizard…Birthday: March!Sexual Orientation:  I am happily married to a man.Height: 5′5″Favorite Color: Teal. Green. Red. One Place That Makes You Happy: Snuggled up in my bed.How Many Blankets Do You Sleep […]

April 16, 2015

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10:48 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Nielsen’s Pretty . . . Useless Charts
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayinfographicsmarketingnielsenIf you’ve ever seen a Nielsen report or article, you’ve seen the company’s charts. In fact, the reports often read more like brochures, as though marketing their market research is ...(Read more...)
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