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Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth

Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth

Awareness of female scientists is so bad that 12% of people asked to name one picked a dude instead – And though asked to name a living scientist, 68% responded with Marie Curie. Victory for atheist denied parole for not attending religious substance abuse program – From Criticaldragon1177. Female circumcision on the rise in the US – From Michael. Beauty myths: Vitamin E and scar... »

Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands

Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands

Stem 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 w... »

Quickies: Wonder Woman, Ebola outbreaks, and gardening

Quickies: Wonder Woman, Ebola outbreaks, and gardening

Sexuality & 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 considerabl... »

Quickies: Marie Curie, social injustice in games, and Hobby Lobby

Quickies: Marie Curie, social injustice in games, and Hobby Lobby

Let 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-contracep... »

Quickies: Smart isn’t beautiful, Kevin Trudeau’s estate sale, the Alan Turing Institute, and medical conspiracy theories

Quickies: Smart isn’t beautiful, Kevin Trudeau’s estate sale, the Alan Turing Institute, and medical conspiracy theories

Smart isn’t beautiful – “We shouldn’t have to reassure girls that smarts won’t make them ugly. It’s an absurd idea, but it also implicitly prioritizes looks over books, as though our advice would be different if, in fact, studying did make girls ugly.” From Daniela. Not a saint: How I bought con man Kevin Trudeau’s belongings – An entertaining article by Carrie ... »

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Quickies: The inflating universe, AVN loses charity status, consent, and humanism explained

Evidence of inflation: Astronomers detect gravitational waves from the early universe – “Astronomers have announced that they have seen, for the first time, direct evidence of “inflation” in the extremely early Universe, unlocking an entire chapter in the history of the cosmos. It also ties together relativity and quantum mechanics in a deep and profound way, which has never been done ... »

Quickies: Buffer zones, rape myths, trans* military service, and resilient women

Quickies: Buffer zones, rape myths, trans* military service, and resilient women

The truth about buffer zones and the harassers who hate them – They are not all sweet, little old women who “just want to talk” with women seeking abortion services. They aren’t there to persuade, they are there to intimidate. The “but what were you wearing” rape myth – From Donna. Transgender military service backed by study – “The Obama admin... »

Quickies: Plane crash and Disney conspiracy theories, backlogged rape kits, and the Navy’s unqualified sexual assault counselors

Quickies: Plane crash and Disney conspiracy theories, backlogged rape kits, and the Navy’s unqualified sexual assault counselors

Cutting through the bullshit surrounding Flight MH370 – On the current conspiracies focused on this disaster. From Sarah. There are 400,000 unprocessed rape kits in the US, how can this be? – “Anti-rape activists are quick to point out that, although one-third of women experience sexual violence in their lifetimes, only 3 in 100 rapists will ever spend a single day in jail.”... »

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