Fairy penguins
Quickies

Quickies: A robot octopus, drugs & pee, and bitchface

Octopus robot makes waves with ultra-fast propulsion – “Scientists have developed an octopus-like robot, which can zoom through water with ultra-fast propulsion and acceleration never before seen in man-made underwater …

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Quickies: Cats in boxes, Twitter abuse, and creationists angry at cruise line

What’s up with cats and boxes? – Including a discussion of the “If I fits, I sits” principle. Utah Republican pretty sure you can’t rape your wife – Is spousal …

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Quickies: Spiderman, scientific literacy, sorority sisters, and Binding of Isaac

What would Spiderman have to eat for breakfast in order to swing around New York? – “In order for a spider’s body to produce silk, it needs protein; so Lorch …

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Professor
Skepticism

Quickies: Stop evaluating women professors’ attire, anti-vaxxers, and satire

Rutgers Law dean tells students to stop evaluating female professors’ attire – “If you have any doubts that posterity will somehow muddle through without the benefit of your fashion advice, …

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Kamala Khan
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Quickies: Sexism makes women sick, Kamala Khan, and outing adulterous “family values” lawmakers

Sexism is making women sick – “A study published this month in the journal Sex Roles reveals that some of the sexism women face – from catcalling and sexual harassment …

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Great Horned Owl
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Quickies: New atheists wrong about Islam, Bill Maher’s wrongness, and religious home-schooling

New atheists are wrong about Islam. Here’s how data proves it – “New empirical evidence shows anti-Islam crusaders misunderstand Muslim countries, a political scientist tells Salon.” From mrmisconception. Five times …

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Quickies: Gaming organizer ousted, Larry Willmore, and the biodiversity of Disney

Prominent gaming organizer ousted following sexual harassment allegations – From Will. An investigation of the biodiversity of Disney sidekicks – “The ecology of Disney is a strange and unknowable realm, …

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Quickies: Anti-harassment task force, smarter teams, and being a female engineer

Doxing victim Zoe Quinn launches online “anti-harassment task force” – “The Crash Override site, built by Quinn and game developer Alex Lifschitz, offers free services from “experts in information security, …

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