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Quickies: Salad in Space, Atheists’ Favorite Bible Verses, and Thomas Kinkade’s Downfall

Quickies: Salad in Space, Atheists’ Favorite Bible Verses, and Thomas Kinkade’s Downfall

Bible Verses That Atheists Love – I like some Bible verses, but they’re usually the creepy ones. The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America’s Favorite Painter – “Thomas Kinkade’s death shocked his legions of fans—not only had the Painter of Light died at 54, but the cause was alcohol and Valium. How did the evangelical darling fall so far?” (Bob Ross was much b... »

Quickies: The SCA Fires Edwina Rogers, Giant Sharks, and the Turing Test

Quickies: The SCA Fires Edwina Rogers, Giant Sharks, and the Turing Test

Mystery solved: This is the monster that ate that great white shark – “According to the researchers who investigated the puzzling case, it was a ‘colossal cannibal great white shark.’ ” Ahhh! Secular Group, on Eve of Big Meeting, Fires Top Official Who Elevated Its Profile – The SCA has fired Edwina Rogers, “an experienced Republican lobbyist whose conserv... »

Skepchick Book Club: The Martian

Skepchick Book Club: The Martian

Note: Details about next month’s book are at the bottom of this post. Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month, we finally read a sci-fi book, The Martian by Andy Weir. The overall consensus from my fellow readers is that this book was a quick read (even though it was 350 pages) because it was just so hard to put down. I was biting my nails until the last page! The premise of the ... »

Quickies: Seth MacFarlane’s Humor, Down Syndrome and Becoming an Adult, and Jenny McCarthy is Still Horrible for Other Reasons. Also, Fart App.

Quickies: Seth MacFarlane’s Humor, Down Syndrome and Becoming an Adult, and Jenny McCarthy is Still Horrible for Other Reasons. Also, Fart App.

Juvenile Misogynist Seth MacFarlane Is Not Funny – “He’s the kind of guy who can invent a humorous talking baby and instantly validate an entire career of outdated sensibilities and blatant misogyny.” What’s your take on MacFarlane–are you going to see his latest film? Some Players Are Hunting Down Minorities In Watch Dogs – This article starts off talking about... »

Bad Science Journalism: “Why having ‘blonde’ genes will not make you ditzy”

Bad Science Journalism: “Why having ‘blonde’ genes will not make you ditzy”

This week, researchers at Stanford released a study about finding the genetic basis of blonde hair .in Northern Europeans. From the press release: The researchers found that the blond hair commonly seen in Northern Europeans is caused by a single change in the DNA that regulates the expression of a gene that encodes a protein called KITLG, also known as stem cell factor. This change affects how mu... »

Guest Post: What is Precision Medicine?

Guest Post: What is Precision Medicine?

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post is by Kavin Senapathy, who also blogs over at Grounded Parents. Below, she explains the role of genetics in the developing field of customized medical treatment.  *** Imagine traveling to a parallel universe and also several centuries from the future (if you read this blog, you probably daydream about this regularly.) Now let’s say you end up at a golf... »

Quickies: Slutshaming Study, Black Cowboys, and a Guide to Rape Culture

Quickies: Slutshaming Study, Black Cowboys, and a Guide to Rape Culture

There’s No Such Thing as a Slut – “A new longitudinal study examined how college students slut-shame—and found that the practice is as illogical as it is damaging.” Why I Posed Naked In Brooklyn – A large-bodied woman recreates an iconic Madonna photo for The Full Body Project. NSFW. A Gentlemen’s Guide To Rape Culture – “If you are a man, you are part of ... »

Guest Post: I Will Not Be Quiet About Calling Out Misogyny

Guest Post: I Will Not Be Quiet About Calling Out Misogyny

Editor’s Note: Today’s guest post by Samantha Merrill is one of many powerful stories that have come out since the Isla Vista shootings. #YesAllWomen.  *** Note: Edited to add a TW for Domestic Violence. I’ve been a proud, outspoken feminist for a long time now. I have no problem talking about the injustices women suffer on a daily basis. I add my voice so that maybe I can help m... »

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