April 11, 2014

3:06 PM | Quickies: Placebos, lab-made vaginas, new Goldieblox commercial
Categories: QuickiesPlacebo pills made for kids – What do you think of this? From Sarah. Laboratory-grown vaginas implanted in patients – The top comment has a great explanation. From Rebecca. Brazil’s government gives money to women because “they’re more reliable” – “The thinking here, like in other countries that offer cash transfers and microloans primarily to women, is that mothers are more likely to use the money to help their children, while […]
3:00 PM | Captain Janeway, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Us?
Categories: Anti-Science FeminismI believe that our resident astronomer Nicole will soon be posting about the new geocentric documentary, “The Principle,” but in the meanwhile, here’s a bit of a rant about that, plus our expectations of actors and how Kate Mulgrew is anti-abortion and that makes me even sadder. Close-enough transcript follows! PS: If you like these videos, why not become a Patreon supporter maybe? NO PRESSURE Captain Janeway narrates documentary about how the […]
2:55 PM | Planetary Meeting Travel Grants (PhD students)
Uwinga will award 10-15 travel grants, up to $1500 each, to graduate students studying planetary science and/or exoplanets and completing their PhDs in 2014. Applications are due no later than  April 30, 2014, and you can find the application form here. Filed under: planetary science Tagged: conference travel, grants
11:03 AM | Being Adrian Mole (1983 – present)
I attempted a pastiche of Adrian Mole in one of my early posts. But as tributes go, it’s pretty lame, so I thought I’d tell this story instead.  Christmas, 1983. I’m still just young enough to feel that full-body thrill, … Continue reading →
4:01 AM | Your Partner’s Friends: A Threat to Your Relationship?
Others who could replace you in your relationship typically provoke jealousy. However, your partners’ same-sex friends can also illicit jealousy. Across two studies with over 200 participants, researchers found that partner-friend jealousy was greater for those who: (a) considered their romantic relationships more important to their lives, (b) were less close to their own friends, and (c) perceived their partner was less committed to the relationship. Perhaps for their own benefit, those […]

April 10, 2014

8:47 PM | Bad Chart Thursday: Bra Cancer
Categories: Anti-Science Random AsidesTags: bad chart thursdaybrasBreast CancerHey, ladies. Maybe you’ve heard that “scientists” want you to stop wearing a bra. And by “scientists,” I mean this guy. Apparently, wearing a bra gives you breast cancer, according to breaking news from an intrepid reporter. And by breaking news, I mean studies that don’t actually show this, some that are 20 years old, and by intrepid reporter, I mean ^ that guy. It all started […]
2:00 PM | Hey Man, You Have IQ All Over Your Face
Categories: ScienceA study released this month by Czech researchers proves that you can tell the intelligence of a man just by looking at him, but women are a closed book. This probably happens because of all the man hormones telling the ladies what good baby-makers they would be. Or something. At least that is what all the articles written about the study seem to suggest. The truth is a bit more complicated. The researchers for the study, which is available for free on PubMed, took the photos […]
12:00 PM | Quickies: The harm of psychics, female scientists, and why we don’t read
Categories: QuickiesPsychics and mediums: What’s the harm? – Great post by Rebecca Hensler, founder of the Grief Beyond Belief group. Why are there so few female scientists? – Another post in The Toast’s series Gal Science. National Health and Medical Research Council says Australians ‘wasting money’ on homeopathy – From Jack99. Serious reading takes a hit from online scanning and skimming – From Sarah.(Read more...)

April 09, 2014

8:44 PM | Three Reasons Art Should Matter to Atheism
Categories: ReligionTags: artatheismDoes art matter to atheism? This is actually an interesting question that I don’t think movement atheist thinks much about. I have dedicated my life to making art and so I would say that art matters to everything, but let me tell you why I specifically think it matters to atheism as a social change movement. Movement atheism often focuses on why religion is wrong and why religion is damaging to society and to people, both in groups and as individuals. […]
5:00 PM | Top 4 Myths About Being a Skepchick
Categories: Meta Stuff4. We get paid to be Skepchicks. There are many, many benefits to being a Skepchick that I can’t name here: brand recognition, a platform with a built-in audience, a private and public support system of cool people, the opportunity to attend conferences as a speaker even when you’re starting out as a nobody with a big mouth, and so on. We do earn some ad revenue (thanks, Rebecca!) but there is no secret fund from which some sort of Skepchick salary is drawn. […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads
Categories: QuickiesOn April 9, 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of a human voice, using a phonautograph. (And honestly, it sounds like something you’d hear in a creepy movie.) Neither Female Nor Male - ”So what will it do to our collective minds when forced to grasp that some people are neither gender? Not male, or female, but something else either encompassing, or rejecting, or just adapting from both? Last week, […]
4:01 AM | How Your Relationships Shapes Who You Are For Better and/or Worse
You have likely heard someone in a relationship say something like “She makes me a better person.” Alternatively, you may have also heard people say things like (with apologies to Stone Temple Pilots) “I’m half the man (or woman) I used to be.” Though these statements convey feelings of overall relationship satisfaction in the former case, or dissatisfaction in the latter case, something else important is being communicated – that romantic partners are […]

April 08, 2014

8:27 PM | Get to Know Your Skepchicks: Veronica
Categories: Feminism Meta Stuff Religion Science SkepticismTags: photographyWay back in the day when Bigfoot roamed the earth and Sylvia Browne was a name that gave Skeptics™ a boner, I first became a Skepchick. And back in those fun and exciting days of yore, I used to do a feature on this here blog called, “The Skeptic Next Door.” I was young and enthusiastic and I just wanted to meet all the super-cool people who were into “debunking” and knew what […]
6:02 PM | Jenny McCarthy at DSW Tomorrow
Categories: Anti-ScienceEveryone here already knows that Jenny McCarthy is famous these days mostly for promoting the dangerous and continuously debunked idea that vaccines cause autism, as well as related misconceptions concerning both vaccines and autism. And everyone already knows that she continues to get a platform on television and in the mainstream media, regardless of how many times other people speak up about how critical it is for we as a society to marginalize people like Jenny […]
5:35 PM | Student travel funding to 8th International Conference on Mars
NASA’s Mars Program Office has announced that travel funding awards are available for ~15–20 students. Students who are U.S. citizens or legal residents, and who are engaged in Mars-related research, are eligible for this program. An application (including a submitted abstract) must be submitted by April 11 to be considered for this funding (note the abstract deadline for […]
5:00 PM | Game of Thrones Recap: Season 4, Episode 1
Categories: Featured FeminismTags: Game of ThronesContent Note: Rape, incest, homophobia, gendered insults, potential anorexia, sleep disorders Spoiler’s From Last Night’s Episode Ahead Original article by Courtney Caldwell cross posted from Mad Art Lab Fresh from last season’s crowd-surfing, white savior finale (and just as our hearts were beginning to heal after the Red Wedding), Game of Thrones is back for more action, incest, and just plain weird-ass shit. Who […]
3:30 PM | Women in Secularism: Interview with Susan Jacoby
Categories: Featured FeminismTags: susan jacobywomen in secularismPhoto Credit: Chris Ramirez Women in Secularism 3 is only five weeks away. The speakers list includes, in addition to myself, our very own Amy and Debbie as well as the previously-interviewed Lindsay Beyerstein. Today, I am honored to present my interview with Susan Jacoby. To call her an accomplished freethinking writer and journalist would be an understatement. Personally speaking, her […]
1:58 PM | Quickies: Negotiating, equal pay, and salamanders
Categories: QuickiesWhy women don’t ask for more money – We’re great at negotiating, as long as it’s not for ourselves. From Mary. Obama to sign executive orders on equal pay – From Sarah. Black children and autism – “African-American children with autism are being diagnosed almost two years later than children of any other ethnic group, holding up their treatment, and in turn, their quality of life, according to research.” From Sarah. An […]

April 07, 2014

4:33 PM | When Corporations Attempt “Autism Awareness”
Categories: Activism Anti-Science ParentingThis post by Chelsea K originally appeared on Grounded Parents, where you can read the entire article, including updates, and leave a comment. It’s the weekend. You want to go out to eat. You don’t want takeout. You want to sit down and feel fancy, dammit, even if your kids are climbing on you with food smeared on their faces. Maybe you’re thinking about going to Chili’s. If you’re a supporter of science and autistic […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Inspiring Digital Feminist Campaigns, Why Doctors Need Anthropologists, and the Incoming Robot Army
Categories: QuickiesOn April 7, 1827, John Walker sold one of his inventions, the first match that was able to be lighted with friction (which you should be familiar with today). 23 Inspiring Feminist Digital Campaigns That Changed the World – A nice, uplifting story on how you can make a difference through grassroots campaigns. From Sarah. Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team – “Before the World Health Organization and Doctors Without Borders started bringing in […]
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

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 →
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 →
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

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 […]
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

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 […]
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

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 […]
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 […]
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