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October 10, 2014

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1:14 PM | Congratulations to both of them. At aged 17 Malala is the...
Congratulations to both of them. At aged 17 Malala is the youngest Nobel Prize winner ever.
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Dark energy, cave paintings discovered, and “abrasive” women
Categories: QuickiesOn working with dark energy – “I was drawn to my project because I think it is outrageous – we are using a novel instrument technique to measure dark energy, ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | Date Night Done Right: How To Maximize the Effects of Spending Time Together
There’s a lot of evidence from research over the past 20 years that supports the conclusion that engaging in new and fun activities with one’s romantic partner enhances relationship quality. Recent work by researchers in New Zealand has identified when shared activities are most beneficial.1  Across two studies of more than 350 people in long-term romantic relationships, the researchers found that spending time doing “shared relationship activities” (for […]

October 09, 2014

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10:58 PM | Factually Accurate Mockery
Categories: SkepticismA few nights ago I was chilling with my friends and my boyfriend, eating dinner and talking about nothing in particular. I live with a pile of atheist/feminist/heathen types who ...(Read more...)
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6:00 PM | Guerrilla Feminism Founder Takes On Victim-Blaming Campus Police in Madison
Categories: FeminismTags: collegecollege sexual assaultfeminismraperape culturesexual assaultTW: Sexual assault Lachrista Greco, founder of the organization Guerrilla Feminism, experienced rape culture firsthand when she was sexually assaulted on the UW-Madison campus in her hometown of Madison, Wisconsin, ten ...(Read more...)
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5:31 PM | Announcing The 2nd Annual SPSP Sexuality Pre-Conference!
I have attended a lot of psychology conferences over the years and, after many of them, I often thought to myself: “What would have made this conference even better? More sex talks!” I'm far from the only one who has had this thought, though. Several of my colleagues have noticed that many of our major conferences are lacking when it comes to sexuality programming, so we took matters into our own hands and, earlier this year, we put on the first ever Sexuality Pre-Conference prior […]
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Nerd dating, Lovecraft, and bird hats
Categories: QuickiesHow to correct a date on nerd knowledge – It’s a choose your own adventure comic, even. GoDaddy CEO: Why women are turned off by the tech industry – From ...(Read more...)
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2:52 AM | Dr. Lori Glaze: It’s the science that gets me up in the morning!
Interview conducted by Dr. Lynnae Quick   Dr. Lori Glaze is the Deputy Director of the Solar System Exploration Division at NASA-Goddard Space Flight Center.  Her research interests include physical processes in terrestrial and planetary volcanology, atmospheric transport and diffusion processes, and geologic mass movements. Her work focuses on data analysis and theoretical modeling of […]

October 08, 2014

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1:00 PM | Quickies: The Sassiness of Justice Sotomayor, Women in Science, and Clueless White Dudes
Categories: QuickiesJennifer Lawrence Calls Photo Hacking a “Sex Crime” – It would be nice if the headline was more like, “Everyone Else Calls a Blatant Sex Crime a “Photo Leak.” Anita ...(Read more...)
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11:43 AM | From a New Viewpoint
I have moved a mere mile or two from my previous home to my new abode at Churchill College, and yet it feels as if everything has shifted: my centre of gravity is this crucial mile further west and everything … Continue reading →
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4:01 AM | Two Key Ways That Stress Undermines Your Relationship
You experience stress nearly every day of your life. Stress can come from your job, your coworkers, fellow commuters, and generally from having too much to do without enough time to do it. And anyone in a relationship knows how easy it for that “external” stress to find its way into their romantic relationship. Researchers followed 80 couples’ over 4 years and found that when couple members reported more stress outside of their relationship, they also reported feeling less […]

October 07, 2014

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3:49 PM | Quickies: Street harassment map, women pioneers of programming, and the Womansplainer
Categories: Quickies2.5 blocks of street harassment – A map of all of the street harassment that a woman received during 4 days of walking her 2.5 block commute on crutches. The ...(Read more...)
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3:45 PM | Aziz Ansari is a Feminist
Categories: FeminismOh, I’m sorry, did you think you could not possibly love Aziz Ansari any more? Did you?? THEN YOU ARE A FOOL. Enjoy his bit on Letterman about how he’s ...(Read more...)

October 06, 2014

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10:29 PM | How to Be StarLord/StarLady for Halloween, Cosplay, or Because It’s Monday!
Categories: Random AsidesTags: chris prattcosplayDIYfoamguardians of the galaxyhelmetpapercraftpepakurapeter quillA few months ago, I saw Guardians of the Galaxy and immediately decided that I had to cosplay as StarLord at DragonCon. I’ve dressed up for a few previous cons, ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: The Broken Criminal Justice System, Catcalling, and Sexism in Hollywood
Categories: SkepticismBefore the Law – “A boy was accused of taking a backpack. The courts took the next three years of his life.” The Daily Show Has Finally Solved Catcalling – ...(Read more...)
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4:02 AM | His New iPhone May Signal He’s Single and Looking to Hook-Up
Expensive smartphones are more desirable to men who are single and seeking a hook up, according to researchers from Germany.1 When the iPhone 6 hit the market last month, it made headline news. That’s not unusual, as every iteration of Apple’s popular smartphone has fanboys lining up around the block. But not even the casual consumer has been deterred by the rumor that the iPhone 6 Plus is so slim and streamlined that, after 30 minutes stuffed in the pocket of your skinny jeans, […]

October 05, 2014

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5:00 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Werewolves, Gay Wizards, Problematic Music, and Disability as a Feminist Issue
Categories: Meta StuffTags: 5 second ruleacademic deadlinesaffirmative actionbiologyDBTdepressiondisabilityDungeons and DragonsemailEscepticafeminismgrounded parentsLGBT inclusivityLughmental illnessmusicParentingphysicsQueerekareligion and spiritualityRPGschool of doubtself careSkeptabilityteachingTeen Skepchickwerewolveswork-life balanceYes Means YesSunday Funny: Broadside Ballads (via Hark! A Vagrant) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 116: Relativistic Doppler Shift Mindy’s […]

October 04, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Zombies, Evil Atheists, and Discriminated Virgos
Categories: Activism Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismMALDIVES The government is trying to “reduce adverse effects on society that could be caused by published literature” by introducing new regulations to ensure “that the works published in the ...(Read more...)

October 03, 2014

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9:56 PM | Minnesota You Are Failing
Categories: SkepticismJust recently I posted about the Somali community in Minneapolis working to get funding for a halal food shelf and the utter fail of the atheist community in response to ...(Read more...)
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7:05 PM | Kids vs. Attractive Alternative Partners: Which Do New Dads Prefer and Why?
(Editors' note: We're rerunning today's post with an alternate title. Apparently Facebook decided that our original title, which included the phrase "scantily clad women", was just too hot to handle and would upset the masses. Never deterred, we have revised the title in hopes it will not trip up the Facebook censors). We’ve written previously that fatherhood is associated with decreased levels of testosterone in dads (except for when a testosterone boost might come in handy). For the […]
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12:30 PM | Quickies: Why are women more religious, monarch butterflies, and healthy eating
Categories: QuickiesWhy are women more religious than men? – “Those are basically your two choices as a woman: Become a feminist and accept the bleak fact that your hard work can ...(Read more...)
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11:09 AM | Getting the Most out of Panel Discussions
When I set out as a young researcher, conferences had a pretty monolithic structure. There were longer talks and there were shorter talks, but that was it. I don’t even think the first conferences I attended had poster sessions. Talks … Continue reading →
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4:01 AM | Kids vs. Scantily Clad Women: Which Do New Dads Prefer and Why?
We’ve written previously that fatherhood is associated with decreased levels of testosterone in dads (except for when a testosterone boost might come in handy). For the most part, the general belief has been that the dads’ lower testosterone limits their impulses to mate (presumably not with their baby-momma), thus keeping them invested in their children. Some recent research from Emory University, however, suggests another, or additional, possibility.1 Specifically, the […]

October 02, 2014

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7:30 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Big Cider
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdayconspiracyhard ciderWhen I first saw the headline “The fastest-growing alcoholic beverage in the US isn’t a beer, wine, or spirit,” I immediately assumed the simplest, most obvious interpretation—that some kind of ...(Read more...)
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12:29 PM | Quickies: Inherent misogyny, mansplaining, and nail polish
Categories: SkepticismBlinded by my privilege – From the Women in Astronomy blog, a personal story of how to become aware of one’s privilege. Evolutionary anthropologist: “Misogyny is not an inherent human ...(Read more...)

October 01, 2014

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8:17 PM | The Ada Initiative and Ally Skills
Categories: Activism Feminism SkepticismThere is a wonderful organization called the Ada Initiative. Oh what? You aren’t familiar with the Ada Initiative? You should be. They were one of the very few groups who ...(Read more...)
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Rumor Tracker, Gabby Giffords Refuses to be Pitied, and the Health Effects of Leaving Religion
Categories: QuickiesFinally, the Useful New Website That Debunks Silly Internet Rumors in Real Time – “The ‘real-time rumor tracker,’ which is part of a journalism research project at Columbia University, launched ...(Read more...)
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4:01 AM | Parental Alienation and the Fight for Children’s Hearts and Minds
Parental alienation involves one parent spoiling the relationship between a child and the other parent in the absence of actual abuse or neglect. In both my personal and professional lives, I have seen many parents actively turn their children against the other parent in an effort to “keep them (the child) close,” and to undermine their child’s loving bond with the other parent. Although research has demonstrated that parental alienation has very negative effects on children […]
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3:22 AM | Why are men such dicks? (2014)
‘This macho advantage of speed, strength and fierceness can be exaggerated by females’ tastes. As half of a female’s fate is tied up in her sons, she may have evolved to prefer males who are stronger, faster and who have a greater appetite for risk, since they will be more likely to father sons with […]
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3:21 AM | Empowering the Next Generation of Latinas in STEM Through Making
Foto / Photo: Luz Rivas, DIY GirlsDuring National Hispanic Heritage Month, Ciencia Puerto Rico and Borinqueña are celebrating the work of organizations inspiring, supporting and empowering Latinas in STEM fields. You can read this profile in Spanish here.   We all have the ability to create. To innovate. To make. The organization DIY (“Do-It-Yourself”) Girls is helping Latina girls embrace their inner […]
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