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Guest Post: The Science Behind Three-Parent Babies (and Why the Name is a Little Misleading)

Guest Post: The Science Behind Three-Parent Babies (and Why the Name is a Little Misleading)

Ed’s note: The author of this post is Andrew, a Cell Biologist (more information at the bottom).  ——————————— Every so often, a discovery is made, a technology is developed, or a news item comes out that seems to be tailor-made for misleading descriptions. From evolution’s “missing link” to the metamaterials “Harry Potter invi... »

Quickies: Hezbollah Culture, New Nutrition Labels, Combating Native Stereotypes

Quickies: Hezbollah Culture, New Nutrition Labels, Combating Native Stereotypes

On March 3, 1913, thousands of women marched in a suffrage parade. The parade included “ten bands, five mounted brigades, 26 floats, and around 8000 marchers.” And Helen Keller! (If I had a time machine, I would totally travel back to the time of the suffragettes, among other destinations.) What it is like to grow up in Hezbollah culture – An ex-Muslim woman makes the case for co... »

Quickies: Civil War Revisionism, Whole Pseudoscience, and LGBT Heroes in Video Games

Quickies: Civil War Revisionism, Whole Pseudoscience, and LGBT Heroes in Video Games

On February 26, 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari premiered in Berlin, Germany. It’s considered to be one of the best horror films of the silent film era and credited with being the first film to have a twist ending. (The full movie is here.) The Daily Show Takedown of Civil War History Revisionists Is Fantastic – You really should watch this. Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudosci... »

Quickies: Mental Health Institute Abuse, Doxxing Random Women, and Check Out This Podcast

Quickies: Mental Health Institute Abuse, Doxxing Random Women, and Check Out This Podcast

February 24, 2011, was the final launch of Space Shuttle Discovery. Nowadays, the only way to get to the International Space Station is via the Soyuz (which is covered in February’s book club pick.) NSF Report Flawed; Americans Do Not Believe Astrology is Scientific – The confusion lies with the test design and people who possibly have mixed up the difference between astronomy and astr... »

Skepchick Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Skepchick Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, otherwise known as “that Canadian astronaut who made all those neat videos.” I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book, but it was a quick read. The general consensus from our in-person meeting was that the best parts were where he described what life i... »

Skepchick Quickies: Vaccine Graphs, Sadistic Internet Trolls, and Homophobic Hoaxes

Skepchick Quickies: Vaccine Graphs, Sadistic Internet Trolls, and Homophobic Hoaxes

On February 19th, 1963, Betty Friedan published The Feminine Mystique, awakening the demon Misandor, who went on to fight Patriachzilla as he stomped through Tokyo. (Only one of those things actually happened.) Legend has it that if you read aloud from the sacred feminist text, you’ll summon the ancient Yogshetoth. (Muhaha!) Meet the Woman Who Straight-Up Rocks a Beard – Despite facing... »

Skepchick Quickies: Equal Marriage Wins, Police Abuse, ADHD Medication Efficacy, and 1 in 4 Americans Need Science Classes

Skepchick Quickies: Equal Marriage Wins, Police Abuse, ADHD Medication Efficacy, and 1 in 4 Americans Need Science Classes

Happy President’s Day to my fellow Americans! Snake Bite Kills Snake Salvation Pastor – “He is now in heaven, where he can frolic across rolling hills playing with all of the snakes in God’s kingdom.” From Sarah. It’s Over: Gay Marriage Can’t Lose in the Courts – “Last night, only days after hearing oral arguments in the case, a Virginia federal judge stru... »

Skepchick Quickies: Deadly Mushrooms, Friends with Benefits, and the GoldieBlox Hype

Skepchick Quickies: Deadly Mushrooms, Friends with Benefits, and the GoldieBlox Hype

It’s February 12th–HAPPY DARWIN DAY EVERYONE! I’m celebrating with my traditional Survival of the Feastest, followed by Common Dessert. GoldieBlox Means Well But Doesn’t Live Up to the Hype – I have a background in engineering, and honestly, there are much better building toys for girls than GoldieBlox. The Most Dangerous Mushroom – Oh Death Cap, why must you be... »

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