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July 11, 2014

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5:01 AM | Are “Rebound Relationships” Bad? Relationship Matters Podcast 36
In the 36th installment of Relationship Matters, the podcast of the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships produced by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, Dr. Claudia Brumbaugh (Queens College, City University […]
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12:16 AM | Bad Chart Thursday: Attack of the Hospital Elevator Buttons
Categories: Science SkepticismTags: bacteriabad chart thursdayelevator buttonsgermsI came across this article in my feed, titled “Why you should never, ever touch that hospital elevator button.” I already knew, based on the title, why I probably shouldn’t touch hospital (and other) elevator buttons: GERMS. But I clicked through anyway, because I’m a sucker for clickbait headlines, and sure enough, this is an article about bacteria. What I didn’t expect, […]

July 10, 2014

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12:47 PM | Quickies: Hedy Lamarr, the extinction of guinea worms, and bicycle face
Categories: QuickiesDocs slam rumors that migrants carry disease – “Doctors say they are concerned about false rumors and “hysteria” that the unaccompanied children coming across the border from Mexico into Texas are carrying diseases such as Ebola and dengue fever.” From Michael. Hedy Lamarr: Actor, inventor, amateur engineer – An episode of the Australian radio show The Science Show. From Robert. Guinea worm on the verge of extinction – “Back in […]

July 09, 2014

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1:00 PM | Quickies: Making Coffee in Space, Forensic Science, and Avoiding Eden Foods
Categories: QuickiesLet’s Stop Neutralizing Men – An article about how we normalize men’s sports into just “sports.” “The male position is not the neutral position. It has a point of view, the male point of view, which not everyone shares, and which is not always superior. Either clarify everyone or clarify no one, otherwise it sends that message that one group is the norm and the other is a deviation, even when “the other” is more successful in […]
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7:01 AM | Opting Out of Parenthood: How Couples Navigate the Decision to Not Have Children
You likely heard this song at some point in your childhood (though likely with different names, depending on who was being teased that day): “John and Jane sitting in a tree, K-I-S-S-I-N-G, first comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in the baby carriage.” These types of songs reflect the social pressure couples experience as their relationships develop. Even if society doesn’t assume that babies naturally come after marriage, a couple’s family members may […]

July 08, 2014

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12:41 PM | Quickies: Judge says rapist is not a “classic rapist”, male clinic escorts, and a field experiment on gender stereotypes and video game interactions
Categories: QuickiesJudge says man who raped a sleeping woman is not a “classic rapist” – ““This was a case where you just lost control of normal restraint,” Judge Michael Mettyear continued in his assessment of Setford. ”She was a pretty girl who you fancied. You simply could not resist. You had sex with her.”” From Sarah. What it’s really like outside an abortion clinic – An interview with two male clinic escorts. From Alyssa. […]

July 07, 2014

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6:24 PM | Retirement of a Scientist: When Should I Retire?
We are talking about retirement in this series of posts. Once your contemporaries begin retiring, you will begin wondering if it's time for you too to put down the pipette and hang up the lab coat (or whatever the equivalent is in your specialty). In the last post, I covered how to determine if you are ready to stop working. In this post, let's explore the factors that determine when you should retire.Deciding exactly when to retire is partly dependent on one's finances, as discussed in a […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Hobby Lobby Decision Just Got Worse, Astrobiology, and Banal Nationalism
Categories: QuickiesQuick Change Justice - “While you were sleeping, Hobby Lobby just got so much worse.” Remember the good ol’ days of just last week? The Hunt for Life Beyond Earth – “One of the oldest questions may be answered in our lifetimes. Are we alone?” An excellent long article, from Sarah. Banal Nationalism – “In his book by the same name, Michael Billig coined the term ‘banal nationalism’ to draw attention to the ways […]
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5:01 AM | Is Your Partner Drinking Your Relationship to Death? Drinking Problems and Relationship Problems
Consuming alcohol can both benefit and harm romantic relationships. For example, drinking can be a way for couple members to connect—perhaps over a bottle of wine—and share their week. However, if someone believes their partner drinks too much, it can strain the relationship. Some recent research1 explored how perceiving one’s partner as having a drinking problem might be associated with relationship quality among college students. In addition, the researchers examined the use […]

July 06, 2014

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5:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Managing Emotions, Caveman Genes, Going with Your Gut, Body-Shaming, and ZOMG Chemicals!
Categories: Meta StuffTags: allergiesbody shamingcartooncavemanchemicalschild sexual developmentchildren's moviescoming of ageDenisovansdialectical behavior therapydisabilityemtional well-beingEscepticafeminismgeneticsgrounded parentsMad Art LabMary Somervillemathematicsmental healthMexicasmythologynaturalistic fallacyphysicspovertyQueerekarationalityschool of doubtScienceself-regulationSkeptabilityskepticismTeen Skepchicktrans* issueswooSunday Funny: Man Gum (via chainsawsuit) Teen Skepchick […]
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5:01 AM | Meow......
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July 05, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies Religion ScienceNIGERIA The Nigerian man committed to a hospital psychiatric ward because he did not believe in god has been was released because of a doctors’ strike which has seen many patients discharged. UK The BBC Trust published a progress report about the corporation’s science coverage, which was criticized in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. BBC journalists are being sent on courses […]
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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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