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July 05, 2014

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5:01 AM | Three Day Weekends Necessitate Playdates
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July 04, 2014

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6:36 PM | Metrics, Fulfilment and Career Trajectories
“More effort should be done on understanding people paths. We are too much focused on processes and structures.” JP Bourguignon #esof2014 I was struck by this quote I saw on Twitter from the ERC President Jean-Pierre Bourguignon, because of course … Continue reading →
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5:01 AM | Marriage: Not All Battles Are Bad
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July 03, 2014

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6:00 PM | A Superfluous (and Late!) Hobby Lobby Post
Categories: ReligionTags: gender and the lawhobby Lobbylegal analysisreligion and the lawscotussupreme courtI’m trying desperately to purge my life of legal analysis, but the glob damn Supreme Court just keeps pulling me back in. Jamie wrote a very good summery of what happened, but I didn’t spend three years in law school for nothing! I’d like to try to explain exactly how, in my opinion, this case went off the rails. I read Burwell v. Hobby Lobby expecting (hoping?) to have […]
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4:25 PM | Award Winners: Women in Planetary Science
Amelia Earhart Fellowship (Zonta) Congratulations to Tanya Harrison! She is just one of 35 women, and the only planetary scientist this year, to be selected as a 2014 Zonta International Amelia Earhart Fellow.  Tonya is a graduate student at the University of Western Ontario and studies mass movement processes – landslides – on Earth and […]
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12:30 PM | Quickies: 12 year old scientist’s lionfish research, sexist leadership camp, and Bigfoot hair analyzed
Categories: Skepticism12 year old girl credited with breakthrough in lionfish research – “Her research showing that venomous, highly invasive lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water was ultimately replicated and expanded upon by ecologists, who cited her in their published, peer-reviewed study on the topic.” From Sarah. Robin Thicke publicity stunt goes horribly wrong – Or horribly right, depending on how you look at it. From Petr. Leadership convention for teen boys […]

July 02, 2014

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4:00 PM | World Cup Ad Contest: The Worst Is Here
Categories: FeminismTags: sexismWorld CupAs we had expected, lots of World Cup commercials have shown us that some publicists / companies / FIFA refuse to join the rest of humanity in the 21st century, using sexism and outdated gender stereotypes to sell us beer, TVs, and the event itself. Knowing this would happen, we asked you guys to send us any horribly sexist World Cup ads you came across to have them compete in our own World Cup of Shame. With the help of everyone who sent in their […]
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2:00 PM | The Takedown of the NYT Chart on Student Loan Debt Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be
Categories: SkepticismTags: new york timesstatisticsstudent loansIt’s no secret that I’m a sucker for articles pointing out why some giant study being reported on in the media is actually bunk. In fact, that’s pretty much the only thing I ever write about here at Skepchick. So, this week when I saw everyone on my facebook feed sharing an article from the Awl entitled “Gaslighting Millenials: That Big Study About How the Student Debt Nightmare Is in Your Head? It’s […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: #AskThicke Q&A Session Goes Unforseeably Bad, Gender Neutral Bathroom Signs, and a 1930′s Escort Service for Single Ladies
Categories: QuickiesGentlemen for Rent – In the 1930′s, it was taboo for women to walk around NYC (or any city) unaccompanied by a man. So one entrepreneur came up with an escort service for single women. Read this article for an interesting slice of history. Robin Thicke publicity stunt goes horribly wrong – How did he not see this coming? From Petr. A Woman Wrestles With A Disturbing Family Memento – From NPR’s The Race Card Project, “this story is about […]
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12:00 PM | Science Doesn’t Hate Relfies and You Shouldn’t Either
You know you might be on to something if Jezebel.com writes about it. That’s what happened to the term “relfie,” which we coined in an article last week. We don’t mind that they weren’t fond of the term, but we do take offense to them misreporting the findings of the study. They say that (in addition to hating the term), “…you can hate are the people who use them [relfies] too much, that is to say, happy couples who post a lot of selfies […]

July 01, 2014

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11:51 PM | Coding Bootcamp Scholarships for Women
thinkfulfilled: There are many coding bootcamps out there that provide scholarships for women to cover all or part of tuition and living expenses. Coding bootcamps are eager to have women apply so that more women can get into the tech field. There are lot of people in tech who are passionate about changing the ratio of men to women in tech! In fact, if you are a particularly outstanding candidate some bootcamps will look at applicants on a case by case basis for additional financial aid so do […]
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11:17 PM | The Top 8 Reasons Why Relfies Are Good For You & Your Relationships
It isn’t every day that you get to invent a cool new word. But that is exactly what we at Science Of Relationships did by coining the term “relfie” in an article about how people present their relationships on Facebook. As something new and cool related to the Internet, Jezebel.com wrote about our new invention. They say they don’t hate it (“Relfie isn't hate-worthy”), but do think it is redundant with a selfie. As the originators of the term, we politely […]
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8:27 PM | Join Amy Tonight in Los Angeles for LAWAAG
Categories: Activism EventsTags: LAWAAGAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Tonight at 7pm at The Center for Inquiry in Los Angeles, LAWAAG is having it’s first meet-up. If you are in the Los Angeles area and primarily identify as a woman, come on down and say hello. We will have drinks and snacks and make new friends. We will also talk about the activist art project we already have planned for the month of September and we will discuss what issues the group may tackle […]
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4:50 PM | Get Your Quiz-o-Tron Tickets! #cvg2014
Categories: EventsTags: Bill CorbettBryant Lake BowlJill BernardJoseph ScrimshawMolly GloverQuiz-o-Tronrebecca watsonSharon StitelerAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Hey, Twin Cities people and CONvergence goers, don’t forget to get your tickets to Quiz-o-Tron for tomorrow night (Wednesday). Starring CONvergence favorites Bill Corbett, Molly Glover, Joseph Scrimshaw, Sharon Stiteler, Jill Bernard, and your host, Rebecca Watson. Where: Bryant Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St., […]
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2:00 PM | Some Questions about the SCOTUS Hobby Lobby Decision Explained
Categories: Feminism ReligionTags: hobby Lobbyreligious rightreproductive rightsscotuswar on womenAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Yesterday when the SCOTUS decision came down siding with Hobby Lobby in their case to be allowed to opt-out of the ACA contraception mandate based on their sincerely held religious beliefs, I was just as dumbfounded as the rest of you. Like others, I worried about the breadth of the decision. Does this mean that any corporation could opt-out of […]
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12:47 PM | Quickies: Pelvic exams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and saving the world with cat videos
Categories: SkepticismAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Doctors are examining your genitals for no reason – A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that annual exams have “no established medical justification” for being performed annually. From nowoo and Dr Rubidium. The 8 best lines from Ginsburg’s dissent on the Hobby Lobby contraception decision – I love RBG. How cat videos will save the world – In case you needed an […]

June 30, 2014

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10:51 PM | Girl, 12, from Palm Beach County, credited for breakthrough in lionfish research
Girl, 12, from Palm Beach County, credited for breakthrough in lionfish research: Lauren Arrington just wanted to top the other kids’ science fair projects. But she ended up making a breakthrough that surprised even seasoned, Ph.D.-holding scientists. Her research showing that venomous, highly invasive lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water was ultimately replicated and expanded upon by ecologists, who cited her in their published, peer-reviewed study on the topic. Not bad for […]
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9:46 PM | Skepchick Space Lab Schedule at CONvergence
Categories: SkepticismAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 CONvergence is this weekend! Which means we are going to SCIENCE. In addition to hosting several panels and workshops as part of SkepchickCON, the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, we are also hosting activities and salons in the Skepchick Space Lab. CONvergence is a sci-fi/fantasy conference at the Doubletree Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 3-July 6. The Skepchick Space Lab is in Cabana Room 227, and […]
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8:58 PM | Did Luis Suarez’s Biting Break His Fast?: A World Cup / Ramadan Update
Categories: ReligionTags: FastingIslamLuis SuarezMuslimsramadanWorld CupAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 It’s a World Cup Ramadan, the first one since the 1980s. It’s like a White Christmas? Kind of? Except Ramadan is more like Lent than Christmas. Never mind. Today marks the third day of Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting. This weekend, concerns over the Muslim World Cup players made their way across the internets. I happened across posts of the Vox and […]
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5:30 PM | Hobby Lobby Wins SCOTUS Approval to Take Away Women’s Health Care
Categories: Feminism ReligionTags: health carehobby Lobbyreproductive rightsscotuswar against womenAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 on Monday that the Christian owned craft store, Hobby Lobby has the right to deny contraception and related women’s reproductive health care coverage to its employes based on it’s religious beliefs. That’s right, forget crafting, Hobby Lobby believes that God wants all women to be baby makers […]
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4:12 PM | Moving on from Tokenism
Last week much was made of the fact that, finally, all the UK’s FTSE100 companies have at least one female Board member with Glencore, the last to make the grade, appointing the Canadian Patrice Merrin as a non-executive director. Vince … Continue reading →
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3:48 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: Do I Want To Stop Working?
Visitors who have stumbled upon this website through a Google search for retirement information may be flummoxed at the question posed in the title of this post. Is she kidding? Who doesn't want to stop working? Well, the answer is: those people who love their work. And scientists often adore doing their research—thinking of an important question, designing a rigorous experiment to answer it, meticulously conducting the study, poring over the data, and putting it all together in a […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Astrology is Not So Harmless, Documentary About Sexism, and Women “Destroying” Sci-Fi
Categories: QuickiesAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 What Happens to Liquid Nitrogen Inside a Vacuum Chamber – I love cool science videos like this. Blurred Lines: The New Battle of the Sexes (BBC Documentary 2014) – “From bomb threats sent to campaigners for more females on banknotes to sexually explicit pop videos. From extreme laddism at universities to rape jokes in the school yard… Kirsty Wark explores whether there’s a new culture abroad […]
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5:01 AM | Afraid to Ask Someone Out? Read This.
Bob is interested in dating Anne and thinks that they could really click, but he is unsure whether Anne feels the same way. As a result, Bob is afraid to make a move on Anne because he doesn’t want to be rejected. So Bob plays it cool, thinking that his interest is obvious to Anne, and waits to see if Anne will ask him out. Anne, who is interested in Bob, is also worried about being rejected, and so she also plays it cool and waits to see if Bob will ask her out. They are both holding […]

June 29, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Coconut Bacon, Pride Celebrations, Tenure, Natural Parenting, and ADHD
Categories: Meta StuffTags: ADHDbook reviewscollegeComeniuscritical thinkingdiscriminationeducationEscepticafeminismfoodgrounded parentsLGBT rightsliteratureMad Art Labmusicnatural parentingorgan transplantsParentingpeople with disabilitiesphysicsprideQueerekaschool of doubtSkeptabilitySovereign EroticsteachingTeen SkepchicktenureuniversityveganAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Sunday Funny: Throwing Rocks (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 103: Of Nodes […]
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5:01 AM | Me Love Me Long Time
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June 28, 2014

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10:43 PM | Facebook’s Unethical Research Project
Categories: ScienceTags: belmont reportethicsfacebookinformed consentirbresearch ethicsAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Facebook has apparently conducted a “massive” psychological experiment and published the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The study sought to manipulate the emotional responses of 689,000 Facebook users by controlling the types of content that appeared on their feeds in order to see whether or not emotional […]
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: No Dancing, No Birth Control, No Abandoning a Faith
Categories: Feminism Quickies ReligionAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 IRAN The Iranian government arrested two 23-year-olds for appearing in a music video singing and dancing in support of the Iranian soccer team in the World Cup. SUDAN Meriam Ibrahim, the Sudanese woman freed from death row was detained at the airport for allegedly trying to leave the country with fake documents. She’s now been freed again. JAPAN (From Angelina) Some language schools in Japan are […]
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5:01 AM | Relationship Science Goes Down Under
For three days in July (July 10-13th) the International Association for Relationship Research will be meeting in Melbourne, Australia! There will be speakers from many disciplines (e.g., psychology, sociology, communication, and anthropology), all of whom will be talking about the newest advances in relationship science. For example, Dr. Garth Fletcher will be talking about how love helps solve the mystery of human evolution, and Dr. Judith Feeney will discuss how our attachment styles affect […]

June 27, 2014

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12:41 PM | Quickies: Abortion clinic buffer zones struck down, boys’ emotional toolboxes, and lightning strikes
Categories: QuickiesAds by Project Wonderful! Your ad here, right now: $0 Supreme Court strikes down buffer zones around abortion clinics – “According to the National Abortion Federation (NAF), which closely tracks threats and violence against abortion providers across the country, buffer zones have had a measurable impact in the areas where they’re in place.” Giving boys a bigger emotional toolbox – “Is America’s dominant “man up” ethos a […]
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