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Skepchick Sundaylies! Tofu Turkey, FDA Blood Ban, Atheist Hanukkah, and a Tribute to Stella Young

Sunday Funny: The limits of blind trials. (via xkcd)

Teen Skepchick

The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!
Mindy explores the ways in which energy is transferred as heat.

Suspension of Disbelief: The Imitation Game
Elizabeth reviews the Alan Turing bio-pic.

DBT Skills: Use Some Logic
Holidays can be stressful. Olivia provides some tools for getting through holiday distress.

Mad Art Lab

Feed this From-Scratch Tofu Turkey to Your Favorite Omnivores
Move over turkey. There’s a new main dish in town.

Queen of Carbon: The Ongoing Materials Science Legacy Of Mildred Dresselhaus (Women In Science 27)
Learn about Mildred Dresselhaus, who unlocked the secretes of carbon.

Queereka

Still Waiting After All These Years: FDA and Gay Blood Donation
Vince writes about the ongoing FDA ban on blood donations from gay men in the US.

Bigot of the Week: Wedding Cake Fight
Jac starts off a new feature, shining a spotlight on bigots each week. This week is all about anti-LGBT bakers.

The Queeriew Mirror: The Perfect Wedding
Ser reviews the 2012 movie “The Perfect Wedding” (Warning: Spoilers!).

School of Doubt

Communicating Science
Are scientists really bad communicators, or do we need to be better listeners?

Grounded Parents

Festival of Lights: Doing Holidays When You Don’t Do Religion
Kelly talks about celebrating Hanukkah with her husband and daughter. For her, the holiday is fun because it’s presents and tradition without so much mystical pretense.

Finding the Causes of Disease
Topher talks about a recent teardown of a study that claimed to link GMOs to disease. Spoiler alert: the original study was full of bad science.

Why This Mom Boycotts Organic and Will Never Shop at Whole Foods
Kavin questions the claims that organic produce is better (not just with regards to nutrition but also the environment) and how Whole Foods takes advantage of the ignorance of the general public.

Skeptability

My Tribute to Stella Young
Stella Young, a world-famous disability activist, writer, and comedian passed away recently. She touched many people’s lives and helped many come to terms with their own disabilities. You can read about her legacy here.

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Mindy is an attorney and Managing Editor of Teen Skepchick. She hates the law and loves stars. You can follow her on Twitter and on Google+.

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  1. My wife (jewish) and I (atheist) have created a good ritual for ourselves at Hannukah. We light candles, she recites prayers, and then I read something meaningful I’ve found on the web. I’ve collected a bunch of stories over the years – the story of a menorah rescued during the holocaust, a funny poem about jewish folk heading out for Chinese food on Christmas, the story of a human encounter when a woman lit a menorah in the parking lot of a Grateful Dead show.

    As an ex-Catholic, I’ve had enough dead rituals to last a lifetime. But I appreciate when people make an effort to create their own, human rituals that are meaningful to them.

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