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January 22, 2015

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10:18 PM | Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America's Medical Schools
Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America's Medical Schools: strangeremains: Check out my new article on Atlas Obscura: Bodies in the Basement: The Forgotten Stolen Bones of America’s Medical Schools Many people know about the resurrection men in the UK who robbed graves to sell corpses to medical schools, but few are aware that American medical schools also paid body snatchers to supply cadavers for their anatomy laboratories from the 18th to the 20th centuries. […]
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10:13 PM | There's so many old white men in my Evolution textbook, but I thought I saw a post here some time ago about women involved in early research on that topic. Help?
Oh absolutely!  The first who comes to mind is Mary Leakey, who helped discover many a premodern hominid, including Lucy (Australopithecus afarensis).  I’ll go back and see if I can find the post you’re referencing and reblog it.  If I can’t, I’ll write one up for you. :)
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8:36 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: #SOTU Edition
Categories: Random Asides SkepticismTags: bad chart thursdaynuclear TwisterSOTUState of the UnionThe State of the Union now comes with full-color illustrations, which is nice for the kids, Powerpoint addicts, and anyone who wants to add another layer to the SOTU drinking ...(Read more...)
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8:35 PM | Am I a Lady?
I am of a generation that was brought up with (though most certainly not to laugh at) the joke ‘That’s no lady, that’s my wife’. Classist overtones? Undoubtedly, as well as inherent sexism: the word ‘lady’ to me is not … Continue reading →
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2:47 PM | Quickies: Gaming organizer ousted, Larry Willmore, and the biodiversity of Disney
Categories: QuickiesProminent gaming organizer ousted following sexual harassment allegations – From Will. An investigation of the biodiversity of Disney sidekicks – “The ecology of Disney is a strange and unknowable realm, ...(Read more...)
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12:00 AM | KPFK Feminist Magazine Radio Show
Categories: Feminism ReligionTags: KPFK feminist radioYesterday, I was invited to participate in a radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles. The show is a one hour talk show run by a coalition of (brilliant) feminist ...(Read more...)

January 21, 2015

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6:10 PM | Kavin is a Skepchick Now
Categories: Random Asides ScienceTags: atheismgenomicsGMOsParentingHi readers! I’ve just joined the ranks of some of the most brilliant feminist critical-thinkers on Earth, so I’d like to introduce myself. Some of you won’t have heard of ...(Read more...)
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Non-GMO Labels, Environmental Whistleblower Tyrone Hayes, and Losing the Middle Class
Categories: QuickiesHow Your Food Gets The ‘Non-GMO’ Label – “To receive the label, a product has to be certified as containing ingredients with less than 1 percent genetic modification. Westgate says ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | An Unexpected Key To Kids’ Popularity
To better understand what makes kids popular, researchers measured 144 3rd through 8th grade students’ prosocial behaviors (i.e., doing good things for others) and physical/verbal aggression. As you’d expect, kids nominated as popular were more likely to exhibit prosocial behaviors. But, unexpectedly, the popular kids were also more aggressive. Even kids who displayed high levels of verbal and physical aggression (e.g., mean name-calling, pushing/shoving) were popular if they also […]

January 20, 2015

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7:48 PM | What Makes Groups Smart? Women, According to MIT Study
What Makes Groups Smart? Women, According to MIT Study: Women are better than men at knowing what other people are thinking, and that carries huge advantages in team settings
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7:44 PM | thebrainscoop: MUMMIES! Anthropology conservator JP Brown...
thebrainscoop: MUMMIES! Anthropology conservator JP Brown invited us to film their team opening the coffin of this Late Period (~665 BC) individual. This is not your typical Tuesday morning: Mummies and humans remains are only touched or moved when necessary for conservation. JP’s team is working to stabilize and ready this mummy for travel in our upcoming exhibition, Mummies: Images of the Afterlife, which will discuss a variety of techniques used to peer beneath the coffins and […]
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7:42 PM | robertducunny: I’m one of the countless young women who was...
robertducunny: I’m one of the countless young women who was inspired by Dana Scully to become a scientist. But aside from the courage to pursue science, I was also struck by the compassion and integrity that distinguished this groundbreaking character.I study anthropology, and every time I hold a human skull in my hands, I think of this scene from an excellent X-Files episode called “Little Green Men.” And I remember that this is the vessel in which someone lived
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7:41 PM | circulatorylife: - Sienna Morris Where math, science and art...
circulatorylife: - Sienna Morris Where math, science and art collide. Sienna uses mathematical equations from her subject matter to create her intricately stunning drawings. For her piece “Human Heart” you’ll find equations for norepinephrine, cardiac output, stroke volume, and membrane potentials—all part of the mechanics of pumping blood. Numbers, formulas, and symbols related to these concepts are all hidden within the curves of her anatomically drawn
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7:40 PM | Caught by a hair: Quick, new identification of hair may help crime fighters
Caught by a hair: Quick, new identification of hair may help crime fighters: Crime fighters could have a new tool at their disposal. Researchers have developed a cutting-edge technique to identify human hair. Their test is quicker than DNA analysis techniques currently used by law enforcement. Early sample testing produced a 100 percent success rate. Blood samples are often used to identify gender and ethnicity, but blood can deteriorate quickly and can easily be contaminated. Hair, on the […]
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7:38 PM | thoughtsofablackgirl: Girls&WomenToKnow: The...
thoughtsofablackgirl: Girls&WomenToKnow: The Honorable Shirley Ann Jackson  Dr Jackson is the 18th president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the oldest technological research university in the United States. A theoretical physicist, inventor,as-well as the highest paid college president in the country!! Dr. Jackson has had a distinguished career that includes senior leadership positions in academia, government, industry, and research. Jackson […]
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7:38 PM | Speaking While Female...on why women stay quite at work
Speaking While Female...on why women stay quite at work: sweetteascience: When President Obama held his last news conference of 2014, he called on 8 reporters — all women. It made headlines worldwide. Had a politician given only men a chance to ask questions, it would not have been news; it would have been a regular day. I find I feel this way often at conferences, seminars, and at interlab meetings.  Luckily I have an amazing adviser and a predominately female lab, so […]
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7:38 PM | African-American Women in the Sciences
African-American Women in the Sciences : This guide lists sources documenting the contributions of African-American women in science, technology, medicine, and related disciplines.
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7:34 PM | First day of Anatomy & Physiology!
dead-men-talking: My instructor is a paleontologist, so that’s cool.  We won’t be covering nearly as much as I’d hoped since this class is technically two semesters, but I’m only taking this one :/  Oh well, I’ll get in all the muscular system, which is pretty crucial for me. But first, directional terminology!  Feel free to publicly shame me if I don’t do well on this!
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7:34 PM | Hidden hurdle for women in science
Hidden hurdle for women in science: Women shy away from fields in which talent, not hard work, is thought to be key, survey suggests. To me this goes a long way toward explaining why biological sciences attract women more than other STEM disciplines.  A lot of effort goes into memorization, but I feel math, engineering, and physics may appear to require more innate talent.  That would explain why I shied away from these things; I wasn’t immediately “good” at them […]
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3:00 PM | #AskAChemist: The LA treatment
Categories: Anti-Science Science SkepticismTags: ask a chemistchemistrychloraminechlorinewaterThis is the first installment of Ask A Chemist. Here’s a question received from LA peep @SurlyAmy… L.A. Valley is switching from chlorine to chloramine to clean up the water system (which ...(Read more...)
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2:24 PM | Quickies: Anti-harassment task force, smarter teams, and being a female engineer
Categories: QuickiesDoxing victim Zoe Quinn launches online “anti-harassment task force” – “The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from “experts in information security, ...(Read more...)
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5:01 AM | New Year, New Us: 5 Tips to Help You and Your Romantic Partner Lose Weight in 2015
On New Year's Day, couples across the globe vowed to “lose weight” and "get in shape." In the past, I’ve suggested that romantic partners work to achieve fitness and weight loss goals together, but doing so requires navigating some tricky terrain. Drawing on my own research examining romantic partners’ health and a recent interview with Sarah Varney, author of, XL Love: How the Obesity Crisis is Complicating America’s Love […]

January 19, 2015

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5:24 PM | LA! Come See Quiz-o-Tron on Friday the 13th!
Categories: EventsGood news, everyone! Quiz-o-Tron is coming to Trepany House at the Steve Allen Theater in Los Angeles on Friday, February 13! Special guests will include Jennifer Ouellete, Joseph Scrimshaw, Hal ...(Read more...)
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4:26 PM | Watch Parents Talk To Their Kids About Sex For The First Time (video)
Read our articles about sex education here.
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2:00 PM | Quickies: Fetal Attorneys, Petco’s Homeopathic/Alcoholic Supplement for Dogs, and Gut Microbes
Categories: QuickiesIs the Moon a Planet? QVC Asks, I Answer. – “The moon is NOT a planet! I believe it’s a star!” Actual quote from the QVC video. Read Phil Plait’s ...(Read more...)

January 18, 2015

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7:59 PM | Looking for a summer STEM internship??
Looking for a summer STEM internship??: girlinalabcoat: Here is a list of some opportunities open to undergrads and graduates! (This is by no means exhaustive, it’s just what I found spending a little time on google)NASA (comes in a few varieties) For work at JPL (best NASA site for robotics): …
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7:56 PM | How do you feel about the bodies exhibits? I know it's not exactly the same as personally owning human remains, and I've always wanted to go to further my own knowledge of anatomy, but the lack of consent from their former owners to display the bodies does make me kind of uncomfortable. Thoughts?
BodyWorlds says their donations are made with informed consent.  One museum I worked at had a knockoff called Our Body: The Universe Within that claims the same, but adds that they’re mostly from China.  A LOT of medical specimens come from India and China.  (Think about everything that’s wrong with that fact.)  Fact is, the history of medicine and science truly blurred the line of ethics for the sake of advancement.  Some institutions still take unclaimed […]
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7:56 PM | Victims of Nazi anatomists named
Victims of Nazi anatomists named: dead-men-talking: rararas-putin: Liane Berkowitz was just 19 years old when she was executed by the Nazis. She was arrested by the Gestapo in 1942 when they caught her putting up posters that displayed messages of protest against an exhibition of Nazi propaganda. She was pregnant at the time of her arrest, but this just led to her execution being postponed until after the birth of her child. Liane’s grim story did not end in her death; her body was one […]
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7:53 PM | When someone sends you full text articles because they know it's a topic you're interested in
xiphoidprocess: sweetteascience: thejunglenook: (Especially when it’s to a source you don’t subscribe to) Romance is not dead.  #we might need to start a Science Side Journal Club#but how would we decide what to read?! SCIENCE SIDE JOURNAL CLUB. You have no idea how I’m salivating at the idea of a cross-disciplinary journal club. there is so much stuff I don’t know! and different perspectives bring such interesting questions! What if we saw how many people […]
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6:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! PUAs, Student Comprehension, ENIAC Bartik, and a Mother’s Intuition
Categories: Meta StuffTags: biographyDBTEscepticagrounded parentsgunsJean Jennings Bartikmother's intuitionprogrammingPUAsschool of doubtskepticismteaching methodsTeen Skepchickthe gametoddlersSunday Funny: Location Sharing (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick DBT Skills: Radical Acceptance Olivia walks us through the last DBT skill. The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 8: In Which our ...(Read more...)
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