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January 25, 2015

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5:39 PM | Conference Announcement: Planetary Systems – A Synergistic View
Hi All, I had a request to post this conference call, and since sounds quite interesting and is not one of the annual conferences, just helping spread the word :). CALL FOR ABSTRACTS PLANETARY SYSTEMS: A SYNERGISTIC VIEW International Center for Interdisciplinary Science Education Quy Nhon, Vietnam 19-25 July 2015 http://rencontresduvietnam.org/conferences/2015/planetary-systems/ ABSTRACT DEADLINE: 20 FEBRUAY 2015  With […]

January 24, 2015

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8:16 PM | News Flash: Join 3 Skepchick Network Contributors Today at 3 PST
Categories: Activism Events Random AsidesAll this weekend our friends at Freethought Blogs are having their yearly online conference. And today at 3pm PST join lil ol’ me, Dr Ray Burks and Lauren Lane from ...(Read more...)
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4:00 PM | Global Quickies: Discrimination in Soccer, Doctor Performs Exorcism, and Gay Rights
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismUK “A Christian GP took a mentally ill patient to his church to perform an exorcism, and told her she would be cursed if she reported him, a medical tribunal ...(Read more...)
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5:19 AM | what is engineering about?what if i'm taking it up but don't really know about it?
I’m not exactly sure what you’re asking.  Do you mean you feel you’ve started a career in engineering and aren’t sure it’s really for you?   What drew you to it in the first place?  From an outsider’s perspective, engineering seems like a beautifully creative discipline.  It’s knowing how things work - mechanically, electronically, naturally - and applying it in a way to make new things. I don’t know if I’ve answered your […]

January 23, 2015

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3:07 PM | Quickies: New atheists wrong about Islam, Bill Maher’s wrongness, and religious home-schooling
Categories: QuickiesNew atheists are wrong about Islam. Here’s how data proves it – “New empirical evidence shows anti-Islam crusaders misunderstand Muslim countries, a political scientist tells Salon.” From mrmisconception. Five times ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | When What’s Good for Me, Isn’t Good for Us
Often, we find ourselves doggedly pursuing a personal goal like career advancement or a fitness goal. Could these single-minded pursuits make us less interested in working to improve and maintain our relationships?  Normally when we are deciding if we should pursue a goal, we process information about that goal in a deliberative mindset. For example, if you’re deciding whether or not you should take a new job, you will carefully consider the pros and cons of that decision. […]
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3:29 AM | Stress and Resolving Disagreements Immediately: Relationship Matters Podcast 42
In this first installment of the Winter/Spring 2015 season of SAGE's “Relationship Matters” podcast, hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College), Dr. Kira Birditt (University of Michigan) discusses how resolving disagreements (or not) affects individuals’ daily stress hormone production. Briefly, cortisol -- popularly referred to as the “stress hormone” -- helps regulate our daily sleep-wake cycles and also helps us react appropriately to stressful […]

January 22, 2015

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11:45 PM | miss-magnolia replied to your post “There’s so many old white men in my Evolution textbook,...
miss-magnolia replied to your post “There’s so many old white men in my Evolution textbook, but I thought…” Mary Anning! She didn’t do research per se, but she did find a lot of important English fossils. Oh yes!  Mary Anning was an 18th-19th century paleontologist - in the same way that people were archaeologists back then, they basically just collected cool stuff.  As a woman she was particularly restrained from participating in scientific […]
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11:21 PM | theolduvaigorge: Seriously Amazing Women: Dr. Briana...
theolduvaigorge: Seriously Amazing Women: Dr. Briana Pobiner This article is part of the Seriously Amazing Women series of interviews with women curators and scientists in the Department of Anthropology of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History. The interviews were conducted during March 2014 in honor of Women’s History Month (#WomensHistoryMonth on Twitter).  interview by Meghan Mulkerin (Collections Specialist and Research Contractor) with Dr. Briana […]
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11:12 PM | International Women's Health and Human Rights
women-in-science: Hello! I’m reaching out to different communities on Tumblr for a signal boost, but if you feel that this is not relevant to your blog or your followers, I apologize and please ignore! I’m a TA for a free online class from Stanford University on international women’s health and human rights. The course focuses on critical issues, namely those that may mean life or death to a woman, depending on whether she can exercise her human rights. These critical issues […]
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11:12 PM | IAM : FATU KEKULA
IAM : FATU KEKULA: women-in-science: 22 year old Fatu made headlines when she successfully nursed her father,mother and sister back to health from Ebola without getting infected. Her protective gear? Garbage bags. "While in itself a miraculous feat, Ms. Kekula’s capacity and ability to attend to her relatives were a direct result of skills and experience gained over three years in training as a nursing student at Liberia’ Cuttington University, home to the  country’s […]
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11:11 PM | atomstargazer: Science enthusiasm in kids and teenagers, more...
atomstargazer: Science enthusiasm in kids and teenagers, more two stories of year 2012 | Picture edited via Sci-Tech 10-Year-Old Accidentally Creates New Molecule in Science Class Clara Lazen is the discoverer of tetranitratoxycarbon, a molecule constructed of, obviously, oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon. It’s got some interesting possible properties, ranging from use as an explosive to energy storage. Lazen is listed as the co-author of a recent paper on the molecule. But that’s not […]
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11:04 PM | populationpensive: Because for some reason I always forget...
populationpensive: Because for some reason I always forget this. Seriously.
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11:01 PM | I'm a girl who's really into physics but I feel like it's such a male dominated field and I don't even know which part of physics I want to go into. Any thoughts?
I am also a girl who is really into physics. Hello! I’m not going to lie to you, there is a lot of dicks* going on in the field of Physics. But there are girls, and more than ever each year. One of the paradoxes of being discouraged from a field because of gender/cultural dominance is there is then no chance at all for diversity. Someone has to blaze the trail. In my class of 30 there were 6 girls. Not much, but enough that the only friends I still keep in touch with from my graduating […]
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10:59 PM | engineeringhistory: Margaret D. Foster, 1919. Foster worked for...
engineeringhistory: Margaret D. Foster, 1919. Foster worked for the United States Geological Survey as a chemist and during World War II was employed by the Manhattan Project studying uranium and thorium.
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10:59 PM | engineeringhistory: Lucia McCollock, Nellie A. Brown, Mary K....
engineeringhistory: Lucia McCollock, Nellie A. Brown, Mary K. Bryan, and Florence Hedges examining cultures of parasites, circa 1910s.
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10:58 PM | "Even if women did uptalk more than men, we’ve all heard enough uptalk to know that its rising..."
“Even if women did uptalk more than men, we’ve all heard enough uptalk to know that its rising intonation doesn’t indicate a question. No one’s actually confused. So why should anyone have a problem with it? The thing is, this pastime of critiquing women’s speech is not limited to American English speakers. It’s easy to find these attitudes in any culture that devalues femininity and women. In Belfast English, stereotypical women’s speech falls at the […]
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10:54 PM | xiphoidprocess: anthrocentric: Infectious disease, behavioural...
xiphoidprocess: anthrocentric: Infectious disease, behavioural flexibility and the evolution of culture in primates Abstract: Culturally transmitted traits are observed in a wide array of animal species, yet we understand little about the costs of the behavioural patterns that underlie culture, such as innovation and social learning. We propose that infectious diseases are a significant cost associated with cultural transmission. We investigated two hypotheses that may explain such a […]
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10:21 PM | wefuckinglovescience: DNA results suggest Kennewick man was...
wefuckinglovescience: DNA results suggest Kennewick man was Native American. Learn more: http://bit.ly/1yRAnFU
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10:20 PM | thebrainscoop: The Brain Scoop: Ask Emily #10 We took a break...
thebrainscoop: The Brain Scoop: Ask Emily #10 We took a break from editing Peru footage to answer some of your questions and reassure you that I’m not dead!  Some FAQ’s answered in this episode:  MORE DISSECTIONS PLZ?!?!!!  What are museums doing wrong?  Is a Brain Scoop theme park in the works for the next 5 years?  Huge thanks to tumblr users propitlikeithot,  lauvtrekin dredreidel, mlarents, and magicondragonback for your questions!
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10:18 PM | Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America's Medical Schools
Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America's Medical Schools: strangeremains: Check out my new article on Atlas Obscura: Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America’s Medical Schools Many people know about the resurrection men in the UK who robbed graves to sell corpses to medical schools, but few are aware that American medical schools also paid body snatchers to supply cadavers for their anatomy laboratories from the 18th to the 20th centuries. […]
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10:13 PM | There's so many old white men in my Evolution textbook, but I thought I saw a post here some time ago about women involved in early research on that topic. Help?
Oh absolutely!  The first who comes to mind is Mary Leakey, who helped discover many a premodern hominid, including Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis).  I’ll go back and see if I can find the post you’re referencing and reblog it.  If I can’t, I’ll write one up for you. :)
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8:36 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: #SOTU Edition
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdaynuclear TwisterSOTUState of the UnionThe State of the Union now comes with full-color illustrations, which is nice for the kids, Powerpoint addicts, and anyone who wants to add another layer to the SOTU drinking ...(Read more...)
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8:35 PM | Am I a Lady?
I am of a generation that was brought up with (though most certainly not to laugh at) the joke ‘That’s no lady, that’s my wife’. Classist overtones? Undoubtedly, as well as inherent sexism: the word ‘lady’ to me is not … Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | Quickies: Gaming organizer ousted, Larry Willmore, and the biodiversity of Disney
Categories: QuickiesProminent gaming organizer ousted following sexual harassment allegations – From Will. An investigation of the biodiversity of Disney sidekicks – “The ecology of Disney is a strange and unknowable realm, ...(Read more...)
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12:00 AM | KPFK Feminist Magazine Radio Show
Categories: Feminism ReligionTags: KPFK feminist radioYesterday, I was invited to participate in a radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles. The show is a one hour talk show run by a coalition of (brilliant) feminist ...(Read more...)

January 21, 2015

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6:10 PM | Kavin is a Skepchick Now
Categories: Random Asides ScienceTags: atheismgenomicsGMOsParentingHi readers! I’ve just joined the ranks of some of the most brilliant feminist critical-thinkers on Earth, so I’d like to introduce myself. Some of you won’t have heard of ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Non-GMO Labels, Environmental Whistleblower Tyrone Hayes, and Losing the Middle Class
Categories: QuickiesHow Your Food Gets The ‘Non-GMO’ Label – “To receive the label, a product has to be certified as containing ingredients with less than 1 percent genetic modification. Westgate says ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | An Unexpected Key To Kids’ Popularity
To better understand what makes kids popular, researchers measured 144 3rd through 8th grade students’ prosocial behaviors (i.e., doing good things for others) and physical/verbal aggression. As you’d expect, kids nominated as popular were more likely to exhibit prosocial behaviors. But, unexpectedly, the popular kids were also more aggressive. Even kids who displayed high levels of verbal and physical aggression (e.g., mean name-calling, pushing/shoving) were popular if they also […]

January 20, 2015

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7:48 PM | What Makes Groups Smart? Women, According to MIT Study
What Makes Groups Smart? Women, According to MIT Study: Women are better than men at knowing what other people are thinking, and that carries huge advantages in team settings
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