November 27, 2014

2:10 AM | Meet Ranavalona I of Madagascar- the deliciously wicked queen and torture master seen as a supervillan by European rulers
This post is with thanks to Rejected Princesses who did all the hard research and translations to tell us about this remarkable woman. If you’ve always identified with Ursula over Ariel, thought Maleficent was really not that bad or would actually really like to see Yzma on the throne then Queen Ranavalona is really the woman for you. This woman started life as a peasant and became supreme ruler and Queen. She fought off colonial rule, started one of the first industrial […]

November 26, 2014

7:01 PM | This ridiculously addicting game is supposed to find us all careers
Me when people ask me WTH I’m doing with my life Have you ever wondered how you can combine your love of cats with your passion for retail and love of stats? Or maybe you like working with numbers and wonder how you can combine that with your feminist activism and turn it into a career? Well this totally addictive Plotr Careers game is claiming to have all the answers!!! I have to say I’ve been playing it for the last hour and I think it’s kind of awesome, […]
5:00 PM | [Guest Post] The Mystery That Isn’t: Jill Lepore’s “The Secret History of Wonder Woman”
Categories: SkepticismTags: history of wonder womanjill leporeWonder WomanEditor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Dale DeBakcsy, who also blogs over at Mad Art Lab. If you aren’t familiar with the history of Wonder Woman, check out the Bitch ...(Read more...)
2:00 PM | Quickies: Ferguson Link Roundup, HBO’s Scientology Movie, and Canned Food Drive Advice
Categories: SkepticismMerck Partners With NewLink To Speed Up Work On Ebola Vaccine – “The NewLink vaccine is a based on a harmless virus that has been genetically engineered to incorporate bits ...(Read more...)
3:25 AM | onceuponatown: Science class, 1899.
onceuponatown: Science class, 1899.

November 25, 2014

4:40 PM | The Post I Was Going To Write
Categories: SkepticismI was going to write something else today. I was going to write a post that was snarky and funny, but hopefully perceptive. I was going to write a post ...(Read more...)
1:30 PM | Quickies: Abortion doctors, speculum design, and Tasmanian devils
Categories: SkepticismUS abortion doctors speak out – “Curtis and Glenna Boyd have worked in US abortion clinics ever since Roe v Wade made the practice legal in 1973. Forty years on, ...(Read more...)
5:01 AM | Four Things You Need to Consider When Deciding to Get Married
In a survey of over 1200 adolescents, 95% of them said that they would get married some day.1 But, I’m willing to bet that they weren’t ready to get married at the time they answered that question. Why? Likely because they’re young, and when you’re young it feels like you have a million things to take into account before you make a major life decision like getting married. In this post I discuss four things that people take into consideration when deciding whether or not […]
3:00 AM | Humanists Must Unite To Show That Black Lives Matter
Categories: ActivismThe Darren Wilson grand jury decision was made this afternoon and announced this evening, 108 days after Michael Brown was shot and killed in the street by Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson. ...(Read more...)
1:43 AM | What If Drivers Ed Was Taught Like Sex Ed?
Read our articles about sex education here.

November 24, 2014

2:00 PM | Dr. Christina Viviano-Beck: “Be nice to people, and conduct yourself professionally and your science responsibly – it matters”.
Interview conducted by Dr. Lynnae Quick: Dr. Christina Viviano-Beck is a Staff Scientist in the Planetary Exploration Group at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory (APL).  I first met Dr. Christina Viviano-Beck while finishing up my dissertation at APL (she was gracious enough to share an office with a then-grad student! :).  She works on […]
2:00 PM | Quickies: Brundibar, Terrence Howard and Domestic Violence, and Turning Chickens into Dinosaurs
Categories: QuickiesQ&A With Emily Graslie – “Emily Graslie’s had a pretty big week. On Wednesday, the art-student-turned-star-science-communicator celebrated the release of the 100th episode of her popular YouTube series, “The Brain ...(Read more...)

November 23, 2014

6:30 PM | Skepchick Sundaylies! Christian Love, Bathing in the Ganges, and SAHPs
Categories: Meta StuffTags: Anna Dorothea TherbuschartcometsDBTEscepticaGangesGMO Awareness Daygrounded parentsloveMad Art LabmentorsParentingphysicspuppetsReligionRosetta missionSandrine Hazanschool of doubtstay-at-home-parentsstudent-centered learningteachingTeen Skepchickwomen in scienceSunday Funny: “You can calculate the area of my annulus and goddamn kiss it!” (via SMBC) Teen Skepchick Depending on What You Mean by Love Elizabeth realizes that her family ...(Read more...)
12:17 PM | Why do I Always come away from Meetings Feeling a Fool?
That was the plaintive question I saw recently on Twitter (actually not from anyone I knew). There is of course the possibility the person is a fool, but my guess is that they were simply feeling that they weren’t doing … Continue reading →

November 22, 2014

2:00 PM | Global Quickies: The Reaction to White “Saviors” in Africa, “Hunger Games”-Inspired Activism in Thailand, and Warnings for Teachers in China
Categories: QuickiesAFRICA In pictures: A male feminist’s view on African women – “Photographer, blogger and poet Nana Kofi Acquah uses his travels around Africa to chronicle the lives of women at ...(Read more...)

November 21, 2014

1:50 PM | Opportunity to participate in the NSF Grad Forum
Calling all graduate students! You are invited to participate in the new NSF Grad Forum, which is soliciting experiences and opinions of grad students regarding the improvement of STEM education in the U.S. There are several separate threads, including “Diversity and Broadening Participation”, which would greatly benefit from the voices of non-majority groups. Please see and […]

November 20, 2014

5:02 AM | Social Influence and Teen Sex: What Matters and What Doesn’t
American parents often worry that their adolescent children are susceptible to their friends’ influence and will be pressured into having sex before they are ready to do so. Are these worries justified?  Past research has found that social influence is associated with behaviors such as smoking and alcohol use among teenagers. A recent study extended this work and investigated whether three types of social influence predict adolescent sexual behavior...
12:09 AM | Outliers (2014)
Some of my fondest childhood memories are of muggy Saturday nights on Hungerford Common. Year after year, most summer weekends, my auntie and uncle would drive me, my grandma and my two cousins to a pub just outside Hungerford. The grown-ups would sip shandies on the trestle table, while Jeff, Rich and I would charge […]
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