April 18, 2014

1:23 AM | equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret...
equalityforher: Women’s History Month - Margaret Chan Margaret Chan is known throughout the world for her efforts to increase global health. During her 9 years as Director of Health in Hong Kong she implemented new services to combat the spread of disease. Margaret Chan gained recognition for handling many different health issues including the avian influenza outbreak in Hong Kong in 1997 and the SARs outbreak in 2003. Chan is the World Health Organization’s current Director […]

April 17, 2014

10:46 PM | Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production...
Meet Elsie MacGill, a legend in aircraft design and production and the first female aircraft designer in the world. In 1938 she became Chief Aeronautical Engineer at Canadian Car and Foundry where she led the production and redesign of several planes including the Hawker Hurricane – the plane responsible for the most British victories in WWII. Most of the employees in the factory were women and by the wars end they had produced 1,400 aircraft, a massive feat. Elsie had forged new […]
8:57 PM | Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace...
Rocket Girls: A Five day series into legends of aerospace engineering
8:37 PM | The Confidence Gap – Excellent Summary
In the last few years the number of research articles/books/popular articles about women in traditionally male dominated fields (science, leadership in large companies, etc.) has been on the rise – it has become a hot topic! Every journal and magazine seems to want to publish on this topic.  Some pieces are more sensational or more anecdotal than […]
8:37 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Stand Your Ground
Categories: Meta Stuff Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayFloridaReutersStand Your Ground lawBy now, I’m sure you’ve all seen the Worst Chart in the Universe, created by Christine Chan of Reuters, depicting the number of gun deaths (or murders?) committed using firearms in Florida, with emphasis on the 2005 enactment of the state’s Stand Your Ground law. Here it is for those who haven’t seen it being snickered across Twitter or in Pharyngula.   On […]
7:00 PM | Sex LifeHacks for Parents
Categories: Parenting SkepticismTags: grounded parentslife hackssexRecently, on the Grounded Parents backchannel, we got to discussing sex. And how much we have it. How parenting makes sex near impossible… and I happened to drop in, a little concerned that maybe I’m parenting wrong because I have a TON of sex. Average more than once a day… usually at least 2-3 times and sometimes with people who aren’t even my husband. Other bloggers stared at their email, mouths […]
5:15 PM | Under 30: The Young Scientists And Entrepreneurs Discovering Our Future - Luhan Yang, 28
Under 30: The Young Scientists And Entrepreneurs Discovering Our Future - Luhan Yang, 28: The amazing Luhan Yang is the young cofounder behind Egenesis, a biotech company working to engineer personalized organs for drug screening and transplantation. Her company is using genome engineering technology based on Cas9, the genetic engineering tool she studied while getting her Ph.D. at Harvard.
4:00 PM | Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: hpvhpv vaccine for adultsthrowback thursdayvaccinesWe read your emails but it has been brought to our attention that you fine readers have not read every single thing we ever have written on this blog. This is not acceptable. Especially considering we have published some very informative posts. Posts that one might say are skeptical in thought. To prove this to you, and to highlight some of the fun and fascinating articles that you may have missed, from here […]
12:20 PM | Quickies: Hot maggots, mental milkshakes, and Klingon astronauts
Categories: QuickiesMaggots bring the heat – I it when Bug Girl talks forensics. Judge overturns tough North Dakota abortion law – The law had banned abortion after a fetal heartbeat was detectable. Mind over milkshake: How your thoughts fool your stomach – From Will. Astronaut wears Firefly and Star Trek shirts in space – A supporter of the Klingon empire, even.(Read more...)
11:41 AM | A Spoonful of Sugar Helps the Prejudice Go Down
I wasn’t really paying attention to the radio. I was busy cooking, but it sounded to me as if the question Clive Anderson asked the film-maker Andrea Calderwood on Saturday’s episode of Loose Ends amounted to ‘how come a nice … Continue reading →

April 16, 2014

7:11 PM | Grabby Cabbies, Street Harassers, and Ferengi: About Last Weekend
Categories: FeminismSeveral years ago, I was living on my own in Boston (well, the ridiculously nicer town of Brookline, to be honest). I left a Somerville bar after the subway had stopped running, so I hopped in a cab for the fairly quick trip home. I love cab drivers, and when I’m in the mood, I like talking to them because so many are from places I’ve never been and have interesting stories. That night, my driver was Muhammad from Morocco, a place I’ve always wanted to […]
4:00 PM | Live Below the Line Challenge with Claire Knowlton
Categories: ActivismTags: Do Better Challengelive below the linepovertyI meet a lot of inspiring people and sometimes when I’m really lucky they come over to my art studio, eat vegan cake with me and let me photograph them. This was one of those times. My friend Carrie Poppy introduced me to a really cool woman by the name of Claire Knowlton. Claire does a lot of activism and she has thought deeply on where to put her efforts. During the last week of April she is participating in The Live […]
4:01 AM | Do Men or Women Say “I Love You” First in Relationships?
If you ask 100 people at the mall whether men or women fall in love more quickly, most would predict women. That’s the stereotype, right?  In a survey of 171 people, researchers confirmed that most (over 70%) believe women fall in love first and are quicker to say “I love you” compared to men. However, the survey also found that the stereotype is WRONG. In reality, men fell in love more quickly than women and were also the first to say “I love you.” […]

April 15, 2014

7:32 PM | Fundraising Auction: Handmade Beer and/or Dildo Cozy
Categories: Events Meta StuffCross-posted with Skepchick Events. The SkepchickCon fundraising auctions are back this week with another one-of-a-kind handmade item, a bottle (or large dildo) cozy that Jodi Thibeault crocheted during the Godless Fiends Fabric Arts Hour, part of Freethought Blogs Conscience 2, the online freethought con. You can see the video here, where Jodi not only creates this BEFORE OUR VERY EYES but also dedicates it to SkepchickCon (near the end of the video). The bidding […]
6:00 PM | GoDaddy Released My Personal Information to a Spammer Troll
Categories: FeminismYesterday, I learned that GoDaddy released personally identifiable information about me to a spammer troll. You see, it all started way back in August of 2011 when I got a dodgy-looking email from someone I didn’t recognize that said only “Transcendental Argument for the existence of God (17:36)” and a link to a website that I did not click on for fear it would download all sorts of creepy crawlies on my computer. The email went to me and a bunch of other […]
2:30 PM | 4 Myths about Taxes
Categories: SkepticismTags: public policytax daytaxesIf you’re living and working in the U.S. then you know today is that most infamous of “holidays,” Tax Day. You are either rushing to finish your taxes and get it to the post office before they close or are smugly sitting back and relaxing because you finished your taxes ahead of time to avoid the last-minute rush. As one of the latter who already received and spent most of my refund weeks ago on new clothes and buying the […]
1:26 PM | Quickies: Homeless Jesus, stereotypes, and voodoo dolls
Categories: QuickiesStatue of a homeless Jesus startles wealthy community – Somebody called the cops on Jesus. The Representation Project: Rewrite the story – Strict gender stereotypes harm us all. Someone finally notices that John Scalzi wrote a book with a 50/50 male/female character split – “I didn’t make a huge deal about it when I was writing THD; I just reminded myself to write women characters. I also didn’t generally talk about making an effort at […]

April 14, 2014

6:47 PM | Help Without Heaven
Categories: ActivismTags: atheismatheistDo Better Challengefacebookmental healthsupport groupsAs part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people out there doing great things. Miri Mogilevsky and Courtney Caldwell are two very inspirational women […]
4:00 PM | How 100 Days of Anti-Dieting Changed My Life
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: anti-dietingdietinghealth and fitnesshealth at every sizehealthy weight lossintuitive eatingEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is about how one woman, Shaunta Grimes, is currently breaking through the cycle of yo-yo dieting and she offers tips on how you can do it too.  *** I’ve struggled with disordered eating for thirty years, and I’ve been an advocate for Health at Every Size (HAES) for three years. I believe that intuitive eating, […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Jenny McCarthy Backpedals, the Heroin Epidemic, and Homeless Jesus
Categories: QuickiesToday is April 14th, and I just want to take a minute to remind you that if you’re up really late tonight (or rather, early tomorrow), you might see the lunar eclipse! Is anyone planning on watching for it? Jenny McCarthy: “I’m Not ‘Anti-Vaccine’” – Phil Plait (and everyone else) disagrees with Jenny McCarthy on her latest position on vaccines. The New Face of Heroin – “The explosion of drugs like OxyContin has given way […]
1:00 PM | Yaítza Luna-Cruz: I am Borinqueña and an Atmospheric Physicist
Borinqueña emphasizes the contribution of Puerto Rican and Hispanic women in science and technology and provides a space to discuss topics of interest about the empowerment of women. In “I am Borinqueña” we will be interviewing women scientists that are role models for future generations. Learn about their stories and paths to success. Use #borinqueña to spread the word. […]
4:01 AM | Childfree and Carefree? It Depends on Your Nationality
“The next time you’re opening presents will be at your baby shower.” My mother-in-law (MIL) spoke these words to me the day after my wife and I were married and we were opening wedding gifts. Admittedly, my experience is not unique; I know of others who felt pressured to have kids soon after getting hitched (and in many cases prior to that). My MIL’s comment reflects her (and many others’) strong pronatalism, or the belief that adults should have and raise […]

April 13, 2014

11:00 PM | Skeptical Wine-ing, Part IV: Twist and Shout
Categories: SkepticismTags: environmentalismwineThe squeaky anticipation that comes with uncorking a bottle of wine is akin to the tactile sensation of placing a needle on a spinning record: romantic, nostalgic, exciting, evocative, and above all, a vestige of a bygone era. But with every snap-crackle-pop murmur to life as a record player finds its groove, that needle is slowly destroying your record, and while corks aren’t always bad for wine, they have distinct disadvantages that can […]
5:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Computer Gamer, Silent Spring, and Doodling Dongs
Categories: Meta StuffTags: aspergersbook reviewbulliescarl saganCommon Corecomputer scienceCrazy StoneDemon-Haunted WorldeducationEscepticagame designGogrounded parentsinternet memesMad Art LabRachel Carsonschool of doubtScienceSciFri Science Clubsilent springsocial justicesocial mediaSunday FunniesTeen SkepchickwavesWorld Homeopathy DaySunday Funnies: Adventures of Not-All-Man! (via Please Listen to Me); Girl Pants (via Sociological Images and Dumbing of Age) Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Go […]

April 12, 2014

3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Ice Cream, Birth Control, and Teapots
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionAFGHANISTAN (From Mary) Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus was shot to death by an Afghan policeman while covering the national election. She covered conflicts for more than 20 years, and earned a Pulitzer Prize in 2005. RWANDA (From Mary) How Rwanda’s Only Ice Cream Shop Challenges Cultural Taboos: in a culture where it’s highly unseemly to eat anything in the street, eating ice cream in public might bring Rwandans in touch with […]
8:03 AM | The Stuff of Brains
That migraine I was waiting for finally struck this week. Amazingly it didn’t throw my life into disarray, because it hit me during a week I was supposed to be having ‘off’. Consequently it only spoiled a day of relaxation, … Continue reading →
4:01 AM | It's Not You...It's How I React to You
Read more about breakup here. From pdlcomics.tumblr.com.

April 11, 2014

4:12 PM | Bias in Science: Further Thoughts from Skeptech
Categories: SkepticismThis weekend at Skeptech there were many great talks, but one in particular stood out to me as something that could use a bit of fleshing out.”The Other Scientific Method” looked at ways that bias can influence science. The panel itself focused on things like discrimination in science and the personal experiences of those on the panel. These are incredibly important topics, but it missed one important thing: the conclusions that we reach through the scientific […]
3:06 PM | Quickies: Placebos, lab-made vaginas, new Goldieblox commercial
Categories: QuickiesPlacebo pills made for kids – What do you think of this? From Sarah. Laboratory-grown vaginas implanted in patients – The top comment has a great explanation. From Rebecca. Brazil’s government gives money to women because “they’re more reliable” – “The thinking here, like in other countries that offer cash transfers and microloans primarily to women, is that mothers are more likely to use the money to help their children, while […]
3:00 PM | Captain Janeway, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?
Categories: Anti-Science FeminismI believe that our resident astronomer Nicole will soon be posting about the new geocentric documentary, “The Principle,” but in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of a rant about that, plus our expectations of actors and how Kate Mulgrew is anti-abortion and that makes me even sadder. Close-enough transcript follows! PS: If you like these videos, why not become a Patreon supporter maybe? NO PRESSURE Captain Janeway narrates documentary about how the […]
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