March 27, 2014

3:00 PM | Guest Post: Stop Judging Me for Being on Welfare
Categories: Guest BloggersTags: government assistancejudgmentpovertywelfareEditor’s Note: In media and popular culture, the myth of the “welfare queen” is still present. Obviously, this stereotype does not reflect the reality of people who need government assistance. Today’s guest post is from a single mother on welfare and how she constantly feels judged by society for getting a “free ride” when it’s anything but.  […]
12:00 PM | Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands
Categories: QuickiesStem cells shed light on treatments for bipolar disorder – “In a first-of-its-kind procedure, researchers from the University of Michigan have created stem cells from the skin of people with bipolar disorder, and then coaxed the cells into neurons. This has allowed scientists, for the first time, to directly measure cellular differences between people with bipolar disorder and people without.” From Amy. Autism “begins long before birth” – […]
1:02 AM | Compassionate Investigation: An Interview With the Minds Behind “Oh No, Ross & Carrie!”
Categories: Guest Bloggers Random Asides Reviews SkepticismTags: carrie poppyoh no ross and carriepodcastRoss BlocherThis post was originally posted on Mad Art Lab and was written by Courtney Caldwell. I added in some extra photos to this post version that I took of Ross and Carrie cuz they rock. Who rocks, you ask? They all rock. Ross, Carrie, the photos and Courtney. So enjoy the interview and the new podcast you are going to be hooked on! Take it away Courtney… ____________________ […]

March 26, 2014

5:01 PM | Fatphobia and Body Dissatisfaction: Different Conversations
Categories: SkepticismAuthor’s note: when I mention thin people speaking about weight stigma, I am not referring to thin people butting in to a conversation among and between fat people about their experiences of being fat. I am referring to someone telling their own story in their own context about their relationship with their body. In most social justice circles the common wisdom is that if you are not part of the group that is affected by a certain kind of stigma or oppression, then […]
4:43 PM | Living on the Edge of Equilibrium
Last week my bike got a puncture. So what, you might ask. In itself this is totally trivial, but it also represents the way the trivial gets in the way of everything else. A puncture for me represents potential disaster. … Continue reading →
2:41 PM | Borinqueña celebrates Women's History Month-Part I
Borinqueña emphasizes 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 this Women’s History Month we present Borinqueña Global. In this section we will highlight successful women scientists that can offer their experience of the impact of science on a worldwide scale.    Is Women's […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)
Categories: QuickiesOn March 26, 1484, William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. I was obsessed with reading these as a kid, and one of my favorites was The Fox and the Stork. Did you have a favorite fable? VA Christian school bans 8-year-old girl because her tomboy looks aren’t ‘biblical’ – The real question here is: does the school tolerate students who wear cotton/wool blends? From CriticalDragon1177. The Surprising Failures of 12 Steps […]
4:01 AM | The Grass Is Greener on the Internet: Pornography, Alternatives, and Infidelity
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for that last 20 years, you likely know that the internet is full of pornography. But does exposure to porn hurt your relationships? Although there are conflicting results and plenty of questionable science on this topic (see here for an example), a new study suggests that watching porn may indeed impact certain aspects of relationship quality.1 Specifically, the researchers examined whether exposure to pornographic videos (i.e., the kind of thing […]

March 25, 2014

7:30 PM | Doctors vs Orgasms
Categories: Feminism SkepticismTags: depressionequalitygettin' bangedmedicinemental illnesssexsexual equalitysexualityDoctors, hey, can I talk to you for a minute? As a patient? Because I think it’s time we had a chat. See, docs (is it okay if I call you “docs”? I’d like to think we’re all friends here.), I’ve been having some trouble with one of your own. I mean, overall she’s great, but on this one thing, not so much. In November, I walked into her […]
7:21 PM | Interesting AAAS Webinar on April 8th – Finding a Fulfilling Non-Research Career
Is there life beyond the lab? Yes! There are now more non-research jobs for STEM professionals than ever before-in private industry, government, nonprofit, journalism, grants management, analytics, and a host of emerging career paths. Learn the mix of skills and experience you need to launch a satisfying non-research career in this AAAS webinar, “Thinking Outside […]
6:08 PM | Auction: Custom Cocktail by Mixologist Anne Sauer
Categories: Events SkepticismTags: auctionsCONvergencecustom cocktailscience educationscience outreachSkepchickCONCross-posted with Skepchick Events. Anne Sauer’s custom cocktail is back! This very popular item already has bids, so get yours in or put it on your watch list for Sunday, March 30, 9:00pm EDT, when the auction ends. For those not familiar with this bit of personalized deliciousness, the auction itself is for a customized drink recipe made just for you based on your taste […]
4:36 PM | Give Blood and the Week of Action
Categories: ActivismTags: Do Better Challengegive bloodweek of actionHey friends! I’m back with another inspirational tale of the people out there, hitting the streets and doing good stuff for their communities. So take a cyber walk with me, out past the skeptic forums, beyond the YouTube videos and far, far past the last remains of the Reddit comment threads. Forget, for just a moment, all about the horrible people on the internet, and focus on the few, the proud, the people doing […]
1:08 PM | Quickies: Wonder Woman, Ebola outbreaks, and gardening
Categories: QuickiesSexuality & race: One DC comics creator’s take on Wonder Woman – “I think sex is part and parcel of Wonder Woman’s creation. I think she and the Amazons were very much intended to explore all sorts of themes surrounding love and sex, sex and gender, and sex and power. The tragedy, of course, is that over the decades, this aspect of her character has been minimized considerably…” What Hemant wouldn’t print – Stephanie […]

March 24, 2014

4:53 PM | Rule #34: Keep the death cologne handy
Categories: ScienceTags: chemistryzombiesRule #1 for surviving the zombie apocalypse is cardio, but chemistry offers a less strenuous option. For more Eau de Death details, see my post Chemistry for the zombie apocalypse ___________ featured image from Zombielandrules.com(Read more...)
3:00 PM | ICYMI: Biometric Secrurity, Ms. Marvel, Climate Change Denial, and Life as a Gamer
Categories: Meta StuffTags: #banbossybiometricscalorie countingclimate change denialcomicscomprehensive sex educationcosmoscupcakesdietsEscepticaevolutionFirst AmendmentfoodFreedom of Speechgamesgnssgrammargrounded parentsInternational Table Top Daykitchen lablive tweetMad Art Labms. marvelNext Generation Science Standardsphysicsschool of doubtScienceTeen Skepchickuniversity lifeTeen Skepchick Science Sunday: Biometric Security and the Impermanence of Fingerprints Some things, like fingerprints […]
2:00 PM | Queereka Looking for Writers!
Categories: Meta StuffQueereka is looking for more writers! The gig requires with some commitment and provides zero monetary pay, but what it lacks in dollar bills it makes up for with friendship and love! So what are we looking for? At a minimum, applicants should self-identify as queer (by which we mean any non-normative sex, gender, or sexuality) and be knowledgeable about skepticism and feminism. We are particularly interested in writers who identify as trans* and asexual, and are […]
1:00 PM | Quickies: Art on the Moon, a Look at Women’s History Month, and Caffeine
Categories: QuickiesOn March 24, 1993, the comet Shoemaker-Levy 9 was discovered. Later in 1994 the comet crashed into Jupiter, providing astronomers with a glimpse of the materials that make up Jupiter’s atmosphere. ‘College of Curiosity’ shares rarities – Check out Jeff Wagg’s latest project! From Jamie. The Sculpture on the Moon – “Scandals and conflicts obscured one of the most extraordinary achievements of the Space Age.” Federal Judge […]
10:58 AM | Letter to my Young Borinqueña
Borinqueña emphasizes 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 ‘What’s up Borinqueña?’ we share a variety of experiences and perspectives from different women and men that are committed to advancing equality for women in science.       To my curious […]
4:01 AM | The Nose Knows: Detecting Sickness by Scent
image source: myteespot.com/images/Images_d/DSCF8661.jpgResearchers injected 8 volunteers with lipopolysaccharide (LPS), a molecule found on bacteria that induces a strong “internal” immune response similar to the one that occurs when people are sick (e.g., increases in body temperature and immune cells). The volunteers wore t-shirts to collect their body odor (and also provided t-shirts worn after saline administration, which served as a control condition). A separate group of […]

March 23, 2014

7:59 PM | Skepchick Book Club: The Poisoner’s Handbook
Categories: Book ClubTags: the poisoner's handbookNote: information for next month’s book is at the end of this post. Also, there’s a super tasty vegan recipe! Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we read The Poisoner’s Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York. The book was pretty much exactly what the title says, a look back on how the field of forensics was made respectable by the New York City Chief Medical Examiner […]
10:03 AM | Black women in the United States Army Nurse Corps were assigned...
Black women in the United States Army Nurse Corps were assigned to Tuskegee Army Air Field Hospital (C. 1943) to assist pilots and cadets with physical and psychological problems. Part of their training included ground school instruction.
4:02 AM | Your First Sexual Experience Happens in a GIF
See "34 GIFs That Sum Up Your First Sexual Experience" here (buzzfeed.com). Read more about first sexual experiences here.

March 22, 2014

3:00 PM | Global Quickies: Outbreaks, Sects, and All You Can Eat Buffets
Categories: Anti-Science Feminism Quickies ReligionWORLD Cool (and depressing) interactive map that visually plots global outbreaks of measles, mumps, whooping cough, polio, rubella, and other diseases that are easily preventable by inexpensive and effective vaccines. MALAYSIA (from Kok Sen Wai) After the publication of recent statutory rape statistics, a politician implied that non-Muslims are more tolerant of child rape, hence do not report it as much. This article takes a look at those […]
4:01 AM | What Makes Men Good Dancers? (video)
Read the original research paper here.
**PARTICLE FEVER**: womenrockscience: Dr Fabiola Gianotti is the co leader of the team behind the Atlas Experiment at CERN - the experiment that proved the existence of the Higgs-Boson particle. The amazing Particle physicist and professional pianist started working at CERN in 1987, she is just ending her 4 year term as…read more So a couple of weeks ago little ole me was invited to speak at an event featuring the inspiring Dr Gianotti at NYU. Unfortunately I was given short notice, […]

March 21, 2014

7:59 PM | Take A Walk
Categories: ActivismTags: charityDo Better Challengeexercisemake a wish foundationwalkingSurly Amy here with some simple advice. Life got ya down? Feeling blue? Bored? No car? Sick of the internet? Nothing on TV? Just beat that video game? Hate all the people around you? The solution to all of those problems might be a simple as taking a walk. I know exercise is hard and not all of us can run marathons like our pal Elyse can, but sometimes just taking that first step is all you need to change […]
4:18 PM | This Week in Miracles: Sharks, Babies, Sports
Categories: ReligionWhat has the Lord brought us to show his loving power? Let’s check my Google alert mailbag for this week. This baby who was born prematurely with a hole in his heart, had a heart attack, multiple infections, and bleeding in his brain. This 10-year old girl who was attacked by a shark. This guy becoming a bishop. This hockey team beating another hockey team. This baby whose mother died in a car crash. This 11-year old who has had severe brain damage since birth. This […]
12:54 PM | Quickies: Marie Curie, social injustice in games, and Hobby Lobby
Categories: QuickiesLet us now praise Marie Curie – On Marie Curie as more than just the female paragon of what it is to be a scientist. Mass Effect developer makes emotional plea to eliminate social injustice in games – Anybody else in love with Papers, Please? A scientific method for my generation – I feel kind of bad for laughing at this, but laugh I did. From Rhiannon. Hobby Lobby anti-contraception SCOTUS case even worse than it seems – That headline made me go, […]
4:01 AM | Can We Keep Passion Alive? Relationship Matters Podcast #30
Kicking off the new season, the 30th installment of SAGE’s Relationship Matters podcast, produced and hosted by Dr. Bjarne Holmes of Champlain College, brings you the latest science from the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, translated into practical and applicable knowledge that you can apply to your own relationships. In this season’s premier, Dr. Virgil Sheets (Indiana State University) discusses his recent research on how to keep passionate love alive (and well) in […]

March 20, 2014

11:21 PM | plannedparenthood: Joycelyn Elders was the first African...
plannedparenthood: Joycelyn Elders was the first African American and second woman appointed as Surgeon General of the United States. She was removed from her position because she was an outspoken advocate for contraception and sex ed and believed that masturbation should be promoted as an alternative to sex. Joycelyn  really is amazing. She grew up impoverished in segregated Arkansas where she had to pick cotton on the fields, cook, clean, look after her younger siblings and attend […]
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