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December 06, 2014

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2:00 PM | Global Quickies: Fertilizer in Africa, Innovative Baby Necklaces in India, and a Women’s Revolution in Saudi Arabia
Categories: QuickiesAFRICA Costly fertiliser holds back a green revolution in Africa – “In contrast with their counterparts in the global north and Asia, many farmers in sub-Saharan Africa rely on manure ...(Read more...)

December 05, 2014

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6:46 PM | Rolling Stone Retracts Sexual Assault Allegations Suddenly Rape No Longer Exists
Categories: FeminismRolling Stone magazine just released the following statement that will prove to be devastating to survivors and victims of sexual assault. You think women were scared to report before? Watch how many ...(Read more...)
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4:30 PM | Clove oil in your sexual lubricant?
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: chemistryclove oilcloveslubricantmarijuanaSciencesexI am a big fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) personal care products. Body scrubs, hair conditioners, face masks – just a few things I’ve whipped up at home on the cheap. ...(Read more...)
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3:30 PM | Cop Cameras Are a Band-Aid Fix for a Centuries-Old Wound
Categories: Activism SkepticismAmadou Diallo. John Crawford. Sean Bell. Yvette Smith. Aiyana Jones. Tamir Rice. Michael Brown. Eric Garner. These names represent a mere fraction of an ever-growing list of unarmed black men, ...(Read more...)
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1:30 PM | Quickies: Heroic scientists, #CrimingWhileWhite, and chimpanzee rights
Categories: QuickiesOn heroic scientists and hagiography – “In well-intentioned pastiches of the past, scientific women emerge as cardboard cutouts – the selfless helpmate, the source of inspiration, the dedicated assistant who ...(Read more...)
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4:55 AM | Not All Cops.
Categories: Activism FeaturedTags: equalityFergusonlaw enforcementpolicepolice brutalityracismsocial justiceYesterday a grand jury decided that the only person indicted in the killing of Eric Garner, an unarmed Black man choked to death in broad daylight in New York City, ...(Read more...)

December 04, 2014

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11:43 PM | How Sweet Food Affects Our Romantic Interests: Relationship Matters Podcast 39
A new edition of SAGE’s “Relationship Matters” podcast is out! In this installment, hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, Dongning Ren (Purdue University) discusses her fascinating research on how the taste of food affects romantic perceptions. People commonly refer to those with whom they are romantically involved as “sweetie”, “honey”, or “sugar.” It’s a nice sentiment, but could there be more underlying such […]
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2:51 PM | Quickies: Satanic holiday display, girls love bugs too, and bat brains
Categories: QuickiesFlorida allows Satanic temple to erect “Angel in Hellfire” holiday display – I desperately want a job making Satanic dioramas. From cerberus40. Publisher changes titles after 7 year-old-girl’s complaint – ...(Read more...)

December 03, 2014

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5:42 PM | Shia LaBeouf: Still Weird, Still Worth Compassion
Categories: SkepticismTags: consentrapeshia labeoufI don’t really get Shia LaBeouf. I’m not entirely sure that anyone “gets” Shia LaBeouf, as his behavior is often self-aggrandizing, sometimes bizarre, and repeatedly unethical (plagiarizing an apology for ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Twitter Targets Trolls, SCOTUS to Hear Pregnancy Discrimination Case, and Rape Culture
Categories: QuickiesWoman pens amazing newspaper retraction in support of transgender son  – “In 1995, Yolanda Bogert took out a classified ad to announce the birth of her daughter, Elizabeth Anne. Nineteen ...(Read more...)

December 02, 2014

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6:57 PM | Playing With Privilege
Categories: FeminismA video based on an article titled, “Playing with privilege: the invisible benefits of gaming while male” and written by Tropes vs Women in Video Games producer, Jonathan McIntosh was ...(Read more...)
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4:00 PM | The More Men Hate on a Woman, The More I’ll Probably Love Her
Categories: Activism Feminism SkepticismTags: celebritiesgamergatewomen in mediaMen hating on famous women is a pastime as old as fame itself. From the vilification of Eve (as if Adam didn’t eat the apple of his own free will) ...(Read more...)
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3:41 PM | Quickies: Physicists and pasta, Nature free to view, and Terry Crews on modern masculinity
Categories: QuickiesPhysicists invent most annoying shape of pasta to demonstrate new state of matter – “To illustrate how ring-shaped polymers can intertwine in complicated ways, they’ve created anelloni, AKA the most ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | Love or Lust?: Follow the Eyes
What can you learn from a person’s gaze? Apparently, a lot. Researchers asked male and female participants to look at photos of couples or opposite-sex individuals and indicate whether the photos elicited lust (i.e., sexual desire) or love. Eye tracking software determined exactly what parts of the photos participants focused on when making their lust vs. love judgments. When deciding whether a given photo portrayed love, male and female participants focused on the faces depicted in the […]
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12:31 AM | Online Harassers Prove My Point Yet Again
Categories: Activism Events Feminism SkepticismTags: harassmentskepticonThis post and the video within contains NSFW language and discussion of online harassment and rape and death threats. Because of course it does! Can you even believe it? I ...(Read more...)

December 01, 2014

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2:00 PM | Quickies: Free Speech and Online Death Threats, Peer-Review Scams, and Graphic Novels
Categories: QuickiesA New Dawn for the Podcast – ” ‘Have you been listening to Serial?’ Yup. But more than anything else I’ve been listening to people talking about Serial. Don’t worry ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Interview with Dr. Miriam Rengel: Identify professional and personal goals, monitor them and work hard to reach them!
Dr. Miriam Rengel is an astrophysicist with a wide range of topical interests. She studies solar system objects at the far-IR and submm wavelengths (planetary atmospheres and small bodies), protostars and young stellar objects. She also conducts space based observations and related science on instruments onboard the Herschel Space Observatory, and sub-millimeter ground-based observations. She […]

November 30, 2014

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6:15 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! PUA Name–Dropping, Quantum Healing, Facts and Education, and Putting People with Food Allergies at Risk
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Escepticafood allergiesgrounded parentsknowlege synthesisphysicspickup artistspregnancypseudosciencequantum healingschool of doubtteachingtechnologyTeen Skepchickthe gameSunday Funny: Optimist vs. Pessimist vs. Opportunist (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills Mindy only briefly confuses mole the animal with mole ...(Read more...)
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8:21 AM | The Choices Not Taken
It is all too easy to think our lives are determined by the choices we make, and of course to a large extent that is true. But it is equally true that our lives are determined by what we actively … Continue reading →

November 29, 2014

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4:00 PM | Global Quickies: Bad PSAs, Sham Healer Jailed, and a School for Husbands
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismPAKISTAN “The actor Veena Malik has expressed anger at a 26-year jail term handed down by a Pakistani court after she acted in a scene loosely based on the marriage ...(Read more...)
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2:42 AM | skulls-and-tea: "14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman,...
skulls-and-tea: "14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.   So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School senior Ima Christian, and Gwinnett School of Math, Science, and Technology sophomore, Asha […]
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2:30 AM | Hello I'm currently in my last year of high school and I would like to study a science course relating to the environment but my problem is I don't really see a lot of career opportunities that pay well in that field so I'm discouraged by my family to study it,just wanted to know if you know of any promising career opportunities relating to environmental sciences
Hello, first I want to apologise for not replying for so long and being such a flake. Sometimes I get stressed out and overwhelmed by running Women Rock Science, we don’t have any funding and I have to juggle it with my work and it just gets the better of me.Okay, back to your query, woaaaah, there are soooo many careers and employment opportunities in environmental work. Every year more and more environmental legislation gets passed so there are more and more sectors and specialisms […]
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2:10 AM | I did a BIG Q&A with plotr where I talk about schools, race,...
I did a BIG Q&A with plotr where I talk about schools, race, science, the future and what it’s really like to be a girl.

November 28, 2014

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4:42 PM | Quickies: Girls and science, the right to restrooms, and no one wants Julien Blanc in their country
Categories: QuickiesOn getting girls interested in science – “Here’s the big misconception: girls don’t need help getting interested in science, the scientific fields need help retaining girls in science. We are ...(Read more...)

November 27, 2014

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2:10 AM | Meet Ranavalona I of Madagascar- the deliciously wicked queen and torture master seen as a supervillan by European rulers
This post is with thanks to Rejected Princesses who did all the hard research and translations to tell us about this remarkable woman. If you’ve always identified with Ursula over Ariel, thought Maleficent was really not that bad or would actually really like to see Yzma on the throne then Queen Ranavalona is really the woman for you. This woman started life as a peasant and became supreme ruler and Queen. She fought off colonial rule, started one of the first industrial […]

November 26, 2014

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7:01 PM | This ridiculously addicting game is supposed to find us all careers
Me when people ask me WTH I’m doing with my life Have you ever wondered how you can combine your love of cats with your passion for retail and love of stats? Or maybe you like working with numbers and wonder how you can combine that with your feminist activism and turn it into a career? Well this totally addictive Plotr Careers game is claiming to have all the answers!!! I have to say I’ve been playing it for the last hour and I think it’s kind of awesome, […]
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5:00 PM | [Guest Post] The Mystery That Isn’t: Jill Lepore’s “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”
Categories: SkepticismTags: history of wonder womanjill leporeWonder WomanEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Dale DeBakcsy, who also blogs over at Mad Art Lab. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Wonder Woman, check out the Bitch ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Ferguson Link Roundup, HBO’s Scientology Movie, and Canned Food Drive Advice
Categories: SkepticismMerck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine – “The NewLink vaccine is a based on a harmless virus that has been genetically engineered to incorporate bits ...(Read more...)
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3:25 AM | onceuponatown: Science class, 1899.
onceuponatown: Science class, 1899.

November 25, 2014

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4:40 PM | The Post I Was Going To Write
Categories: SkepticismI was going to write something else today. I was going to write a post that was snarky and funny, but hopefully perceptive. I was going to write a post ...(Read more...)
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