Jen's Posts

An Afghan child receives polio drops in Jalalabad province

Skepchick Quickies, 5.30

We’ve almost finished polio eradication. But there is still work to do. MIT has developed needle-less injections. If women don’t get more interested in tech, they’re going to get left behind. Adam Savage on why we make. »


Skepchick Quickies, 5.23

Dealing with badly behaving speakers in the secular movement. Harold Camping’s doomsday followers a year later. (From Eric.) It’s not feminism that hurts men. Why I write strong female characters, from Greg Rucka. »

Brown-haired girl smiling with a tray of lollipops

Skepchick Quickies, 5.21

Has a 13-year-old girl developed a cure for hiccups? “I think we have a government that considers science an inconvenience.” The Canadian government shuts down ‘groundbreaking’ freshwater research station. (From Madfishmonger.) Transphobic feminism makes no sense. (From CriticalDragon1177.) Where did the taco come from? Just in case you wondered. »

Black Widow

Skepchick Quickies, 5.14

GeekMom takes Mayim Bialik to task over her anti-vaccination stance. Could an IUD be the best emergency contraceptive around? How seriously male critics took Black Widow’s role in The Avengers. “It’s just a boner joke. Lighten up.” Men in tech. »

MRI scan of a brain

Skepchick Quickies, 5.9

“Sharf was apparently motivated by the concern that the as-yet-undiscovered creature could face extermination in the state.” On the legalities of shooting Bigfoot in Texas. (From Brad.) Count roadkill from your bike for science. (From cerberus40.) “Are we governed by unconscious processes? Neuroscience believes so – but isn’t the human condition more complicated than that?&... »

Man holding a lightsaber

Skepchick Quickies, 5.7

The (not so) Thinking Moms’ (D)evolution’s Declaration. Are you worried you’re in a cult? Consult this handy guide. You may actually just be in a conga line. (From Andre.) Get your antifemininity out of my feminism. New “LaserSabre” is not a lightsaber and is not a toy. Not that you would think either. (From Critical Dragon1177.) »

Close-up vintage image of Rosalind Franklin

Skepchick Quickies, 5.2

Why does the woman behind the discovery of DNA’s structure still not get the recognition she deserves? Are highly religious people less motivated by compassion than non-believers? (From Ray.) Oklahoma high court strikes down personhood amendment. (From Mark.) “Gangbang interviews” and “bikini shots” – Silicon Valley’s brogrammer problem. »

Young white woman holding up a baby

Skepchick Quickies, 4.30

On women waiting to have children and the cultural as well as scientific barriers. (From Petr.) Controversy and Islamophobia surrounds a young woman’s murder in Dearborn, Michigan. (From Michael.) New research examines how pornography affects our brains. MIT makes anti-Fogging, glare-free, self-cleaning glass. »

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