Quickies

Quickies: Creationism ban, teen sexting, and superfluid spacetime

  • Teaching creationism now banned in all UK public schools – “In what’s being heralded as a secular triumph, the UK government has banned the teaching of creationism as science in all existing and future academies and free schools.” From criticaldragon1177.
  • Free speech is a bad excuse for online creeps to threaten rape and murder – “The US supreme court announced on Monday that it will hear arguments in a case – Elonis v United States – about whether threats made on social media are protected by free speech. It is a watershed moment for anyone like me who believes that online harassment is often scarier than in-life harassment.”
  • Girls are called sluts if they sext, prudes if they don’t – “Teen sexting is one of those things that gets many adults into full-blown the-world-is-going-to-hell mode, but a new paper published by University of Michigan researchers Julia Lippman and Scott Campbell in the Journal of Children and Media suggests that the main problem with sexting isn’t the new technology but the old sexist traps that have ensnared women and girls forever.”
  • If spacetime were a superfluid would it unify physics? – “Physicists have been considering this possibility since the 1990s in an attempt to reconcile the dominant theory of gravity on a large scale—general relativity—with the theory governing the very smallest bits of the universe—quantum mechanics.”

Amanda

Amanda is a science grad student in Boston whose favorite pastimes are having friendly debates and running amok.

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