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April 07, 2014

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4:01 AM | Time Flies When Your Partner Is Cute…At Least for a While
Have you ever had a lunch date that just seemed to fly by? Or a coffee date where you were counting the minutes until you could make an excuse and leave? You might guess that conversing with someone attractive can make a difference in whether or not time seems to drag. However, attractiveness may not play the role you expect! Researchers tested the role of attractiveness in time-perception with a series of experiments.1 In one of the experiments, strangers were asked to converse freely […]

April 06, 2014

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11:11 PM | The wrong trousers (1985)
“Women cannot complain about men any more until they start getting better taste in them.” Bill Maher There’s one episode from my distant past that I’ve put off sharing, partly because most of the details are blurry, and partly because … Continue reading →
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6:38 PM | Science and Nerves at the BBC
Last week you would have found three professors gathered nervously together in the depths of (Old) Broadcasting House waiting for the studio to be ready to air the week’s broadcast of In Our Time. Three professors who had never met … Continue reading →
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5:10 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies: Cool Science Ladies, a Mammoth Comeback, and Sitcoms vs. Women
Categories: Meta StuffTags: biolgoycell biologyde-extinctionDivergentEscepticaextinctionfeminismJocelyn Bell BurnellMad Art Labmusicrosalind franklinsitcomsSkepchick SundayliesTeen SkepchicktelevisionYA fictionyoung adult fictionyoung adult literatureWelcome to Skepchick Sundaylies, formerly ICYMI! Surly Amy realized that, hey, you guys are busy people. You’re out there building robots and saving the world every weekday. You don’t have time to read all the goodness that is the […]

April 05, 2014

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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion SkepticismAFGHANISTAN (from Michael) A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president. UKRAINE (From Mary) What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Simpsons in Ukrainian. SAUDI ARABIA Saudi Arabia […]
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4:01 AM | Attractive Girl and a Rich Guy: A Fair Trade or Not?
It feels like something you've seen a thousand times before: a younger attractive woman with an older, wealthy man. But check out the response a woman gets when asking a dating forum how to find a rich guy (click here).  It is a nice example of evolutionary theory, which you can read more about here.

April 04, 2014

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4:08 PM | Quickies: Genetic tests, tattoos vs. babies, Neanderthal sex, and women in tech
Categories: QuickiesOn what all those genetic tests actually mean – I swear I’m not just including this for the glowing bunny gif. Why you should never ever get a tattoo (but having a baby is fine) – And the similarities between the two. From Miserlyoldman. Why does it matter if Homo sapiens and sex with Neanderthals? – From Criticaldragon1177. The gender balance in tech, in New York and beyond – From Arturo. Cute Animal Friday! From nowoo, some amazingly talented […]
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4:01 AM | Which Couples Can Fight Intensely and Still Reach Satisfying Resolutions? Relationship Matters Podcast #31
In the 31st installment of SAGE’s Relationship Matters podcast, produced and hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, Dr. Keith Sanford (Baylor University) discusses his recent research on how relationship conflict intensity affects whether or not the couple resolves the topic of that conflict. The researchers asked 734 couples to focus on a recent conflict and answer questions regarding the types of negative behaviors they engaged in, the intensity of the fight, as well as […]

April 03, 2014

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8:02 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Healthcare Spin
Categories: Random AsidesTags: ACAbad chart thursdayfox newsObamacareYou know what would make this feature easy to write? Just basically reprinting every chart Fox News creates on any topic ever. Our own DrRubidium recently shared the latest, originally reported on Media Matters: the VAST GULF between predicted enrollees in Obamacare and actual enrollees as of March 27. Holy hell, would you look at the huge difference in size between those bars?! We clearly need to repeal the Affordable Care […]
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11:49 AM | Quickies: Being a female gamer, the Moon’s age, microbe accelerated Permian extinction
Categories: QuickiesFloat like a butterfly, sting like a Peach: On being a female gamer – “Just as no one ever told me a girl couldn’t be a gamer, no one had said that a game’s main character couldn’t be female…but to actually see it happen and to play it was a revelation.” Moon’s age revealed and a lunar mystery may be solved – From Michael. A new microbe might have accelerated the Great Dying – “The end-Permian extinction has […]

April 02, 2014

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6:18 PM | A Guide to Responsible Critiques of Antidepressants
Categories: SkepticismAntidepressants are not cure alls. Duh. They are not perfect. Also duh. They have side effects. The duh-est of the duh. So why is it that when anyone starts telling another person not to take anti-depressants everyone gets all huffy and says they should fuck off? People are just trying to be helpful and warn them of the evils of anti-depressants, right? You may be catching some sarcasm here. Good job for picking up on that. Recently, Greta Christina has written a series of […]
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5:41 PM | Americans Ignorant of Their Own Religious Beliefs and History
Categories: ReligionIt’s a new YouTube video! Enjoy. Close-enough transcript follows. Reminder: this video was brought to you by viewers like you, who support me over on Patreon! Pew Research has just released the results of a new survey testing US Religious Knowledge and guess what? A lot of people know jack shit about religion. Their own religion. 51% of white mainline and black protestants think “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” is one of the 10 […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Font Nerdery, Creationists Fight a Child Over a Fossil, and Hobby Lobby’s Investments in Contraception
Categories: QuickiesIt’s April 2! Which means that it’s officially not April Fools’ Day anymore! Honestly, I don’t like April 1 because I’m too easily pranked. (It took me a second to realize that “Rotisserie Chicken” movie on Netflix was a prank.) Did you get through the day unscathed? Why Garamond Won’t Save The Government $467 Million A Year – “A 14-year-old’s plan to save the U.S. Government almost half a billion a year is […]
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4:01 AM | The Tall and Short of It: Does Height Matter in Dating?
When it comes to heterosexual dating preferences, does partner height matter? Data from online personal ads and a survey indicated that more women than men think height matters (57% to 40%, respectively), and tall women and short men were especially concerned with partners’ heights. Both men and women noted height differences could make physical intimacy difficult, it “felt weird or awkward” being with someone much shorter or taller, and that they had specific ranges for […]

April 01, 2014

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7:13 PM | I got a shout-out from SNL! Sort of…
Categories: SkepticismTags: chemistrySNLzombiesLast week, the American Chemical Society‘s Reactions podcast released a video called ‘Zombie Apocalypse Survival Chemistry‘, which featured yours truly talking about two of my favorite topics – chemistry and zombies. Because everybody loves chemistry and zombies, or because The Walking Dead was wrapping up its season, this video got a bit of media attention last week. Even the folks at Saturday Night Live (SNL) mentioned […]
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6:29 PM | On Saying No
The comments on my last post have prompted me finally to write this one, one that I have had in mind for a few weeks. In fact, ever since I gave a talk at Merton College, Oxford, when an audience … Continue reading →
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3:30 PM | Sexual Assault Awareness, an interview with Red My Lips Founder, Danielle Tansino
Categories: Feminism SkepticismTags: assaultharassmentrape cultureRed My Lipssexsexual assaultsexual assault awarenessApril is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. And all month I will be participating in Red My Lips, a campaign against sexual violence. I learned about the campaign just a couple of days ago on Twitter. A friend of mine, Miranda Radik, posted on her blog about Portland State University’s “Stop Sexual Assault” campaign advising students on staying safe. I got angry […]
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3:00 PM | Guest Post: Gender Inequality in Chess
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: chessgender inequalityjudit polgarsusan polgarwomen in chessEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is about the history of women in the world of chess. Honestly, even though I don’t know anything about chess (I don’t have the patience to play), I found this article to be very interesting, especially the part about the badass Polgar sisters.  […]
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11:56 AM | Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth
Categories: QuickiesAwareness of female scientists is so bad that 12% of people asked to name one picked a dude instead – And though asked to name a living scientist, 68% responded with Marie Curie. Victory for atheist denied parole for not attending religious substance abuse program – From Criticaldragon1177. Female circumcision on the rise in the US – From Michael. Beauty myths: Vitamin E and scarring – “Despite the damning evidence that you probably should not […]
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7:01 AM | Relationship Science Will Miss HIMYM
How I Met Your Mother has inspired some of our most popular articles over the last few years. In celebration of last night's HIMYM series finale, here's a recap:  Mere Exposure and the "Mermaid Theory" The "Cheerleader Effect" (Yes, It Exists) Chemistry + Timing = Relationship Success Why People Have Sex (“The Naked Man” Redux) The Attractiveness Stereotype and Barney’s “Crazy-Hot” Scale  

March 31, 2014

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5:37 PM | Louis CK on Why Men Are Awful to Women
Categories: FeminismLouis CK: you know who he is, you know he’s often hilarious and that he’s at his best when he’s talking about privilege in a way that can hit home even for clueless dipshits. He hosted Saturday Night Live this past weekend, and his opening monologue was packed full of awesome commentary about the poor, women, and religion. Those of you in the US can check it out on Hulu: Here are some choice quotes for those of you who can’t watch the video: “I […]
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3:00 PM | ICYMI: Ann Freud, Quack of the Month, Science Demonstrations, and Attachment Parenting
Categories: Meta StuffTags: activismAnna Freudattachment parentingchild psychologyeducationEscpeticafeminismgrounded parentsIndian cultureMad Art LabNewton's Third Lawonline petitionsphysicspre-natal vitaminsschool of doubtSciencescience demonstrationssex educationslackivismstudentsTeen SkepchickvotingTeen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow Mindy takes on Bernoulli’s equation and lives to tell the tale. Mad Art Lab Understanding the Lost Children: The Life and […]
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2:35 PM | From need to invention: Alanys, a Borinqueña sowing seeds of success
Alanys Henry TorresBorinqueña emphasizes on 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 'Seeds of Success' we will share stories about young Borinqueñas that want to pursue a career in STEM, and will describe their achievements and goals to succeed.     "Try new things and you will be […]
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1:00 PM | Quickies: Untested Rape Kits, the Postdocalypse, and Flying Through Space
Categories: QuickiesOn March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public. If you’re a knowledge junkie like me, read more about the origin story here. Man Who Raised Money For Organ And Tissue Donation Dies, Is Rejected As Donor Because He Was Gay – From CriticalDragon1177. What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time? – A fun piece of science to start your day with. Being Raped In A Bankrupt City – A rapist in Detroit was recently […]
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4:01 AM | What’s a Parent To Do?: Raising Teens to Having Healthy Relationships
One of the more alarming trends in the adolescent and young adult dating world over the past few decades is the increase in reports of dating violence. Specifically, more than 50% of adolescents with dating experience report some past dating violence, whether as perpetrator or victim.1 Moreover, today’s adolescent dating violence, which often results from conflicts that get out of hand, generally shows no gender bias: both young women and young men are equally likely to perpetrate (and be […]

March 30, 2014

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3:48 PM | The death of romance (2014)
This blog isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. True, it’s impossible to produce something that will be universally loved; even tea isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But I know, from a few exchanges online and one in real life, that some of … Continue reading →

March 29, 2014

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3:23 PM | Open Letter to Ellen Degeneres: Don’t Promote Theresa Caputo, the “Long Island Medium”
Categories: SkepticismTags: amazing randiellen degeneresjohnny carsonlong island mediummediumpsychictheresa caputoA new video! Close-enough transcript below. Hey Ellen. We need to talk about Theresa Caputo. She’s the “Long Island Medium” who claims to be able to talk to the dead, and you’ve had her on your show in the past and you’re planning to have her on your show again. To be fair, if Theresa Caputo can do the things she claims to do, it’s not just okay […]
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3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art
Categories: Feminism Quickies Religion Science SkepticismINDIA (From Cerberus40) Preliminary results from new research show only 1-in-24 healthcare providers in India is qualified in modern medicine. That includes alternative medicine providers and fakers, some without any medical training, posing as physicians, even in hospitals. PHILIPPINES (From Michael) Policewomen members of the Women and Children Protection Desk have been in charge of security in some refugee camps for survivors of […]
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1:51 PM | Everybody Needs a Hamster Fart in Their Life
Click here to see our articles on love. image source: cheezburger.com

March 28, 2014

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4:03 PM | Quickies: Homeopathy Recalled for Containing Medicine, Sloth Exists for 45 Years
Categories: QuickiesAmanda is busy working undercover in The Vatican, where she hopes to find out once and for all what the Pope wears under his robes. In the meanwhile, I have taken over the Quickies! Homeopathy company recalls products that may have real medicine: “In this case, however, the FDA found that the process Terra Medica used to make six of its products could introduce the antibiotic penicillin into Terra Medica liquids, tablets, capsules, ointments and […]
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