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Quickies: The harm of psychics, female scientists, and why we don’t read

Quickies: The harm of psychics, female scientists, and why we don’t read

Psychics and mediums: What’s the harm? – Great post by Rebecca Hensler, founder of the Grief Beyond Belief group. Why are there so few female scientists? – Another post in The Toast’s series Gal Science. National Health and Medical Research Council says Australians ‘wasting money’ on homeopathy – From Jack99. Serious reading takes a hit from online scannin... »

Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads

Quickies: Forgotten Childhood Memories, FDA Loopholes, and Game of Thrones Attack Ads

On April 9, 1860, Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville made the oldest known recording of a human voice, using a phonautograph. (And honestly, it sounds like something you’d hear in a creepy movie.) Neither Female Nor Male - ”So what will it do to our collective minds when forced to grasp that some people are neither gender? Not male, or female, but something else either encompassing, or ... »

Quickies: Negotiating, equal pay, and salamanders

Quickies: Negotiating, equal pay, and salamanders

Why women don’t ask for more money – We’re great at negotiating, as long as it’s not for ourselves. From Mary. Obama to sign executive orders on equal pay – From Sarah. Black children and autism – “African-American children with autism are being diagnosed almost two years later than children of any other ethnic group, holding up their treatment, and in tur... »

Quickies: Inspiring Digital Feminist Campaigns, Why Doctors Need Anthropologists, and the Incoming Robot Army

Quickies: Inspiring Digital Feminist Campaigns, Why Doctors Need Anthropologists, and the Incoming Robot Army

On April 7, 1827, John Walker sold one of his inventions, the first match that was able to be lighted with friction (which you should be familiar with today). 23 Inspiring Feminist Digital Campaigns That Changed the World – A nice, uplifting story on how you can make a difference through grassroots campaigns. From Sarah. Why Anthropologists Join An Ebola Outbreak Team – “Before t... »

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

Global Quickies: Atheists as Terrorists, the Dark Side of Lego, and Bad Advice from Witch-Doctors

AFGHANISTAN (from Michael) A reporter tells the story of the changes she has seen in the situation of women in the country in the past 14 years, and the reactions to the woman running for vice-president. UKRAINE (From Mary) What The Simpsons says about Ukraine’s language divide: young people in Eastern Ukraine like being bilingual. They talk in Russian, they think in Russian they like The Si... »

Quickies: Genetic tests, tattoos vs. babies, Neanderthal sex, and women in tech

Quickies: Genetic tests, tattoos vs. babies, Neanderthal sex, and women in tech

On what all those genetic tests actually mean – I swear I’m not just including this for the glowing bunny gif. Why you should never ever get a tattoo (but having a baby is fine) – And the similarities between the two. From Miserlyoldman. Why does it matter if Homo sapiens and sex with Neanderthals? – From Criticaldragon1177. The gender balance in tech, in New York and beyon... »

Quickies: Being a female gamer, the Moon’s age, microbe accelerated Permian extinction

Quickies: Being a female gamer, the Moon’s age, microbe accelerated Permian extinction

Float like a butterfly, sting like a Peach: On being a female gamer – “Just as no one ever told me a girl couldn’t be a gamer, no one had said that a game’s main character couldn’t be female…but to actually see it happen and to play it was a revelation.” Moon’s age revealed and a lunar mystery may be solved – From Michael. A new microbe might have accelerated the Grea... »

Quickies: Font Nerdery, Creationists Fight a Child Over a Fossil, and Hobby Lobby’s Investments in Contraception

Quickies: Font Nerdery, Creationists Fight a Child Over a Fossil, and Hobby Lobby’s Investments in Contraception

It’s April 2! Which means that it’s officially not April Fools’ Day anymore! Honestly, I don’t like April 1 because I’m too easily pranked. (It took me a second to realize that “Rotisserie Chicken” movie on Netflix was a prank.) Did you get through the day unscathed? Why Garamond Won’t Save The Government $467 Million A Year – “A 14-year-... »

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