Quickies

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-... »

Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth

Quickies: Female scientists, religious substance abuse programs, and the vitamin E myth

Awareness of female scientists is so bad that 12% of people asked to name one picked a dude instead – And though asked to name a living scientist, 68% responded with Marie Curie. Victory for atheist denied parole for not attending religious substance abuse program – From Criticaldragon1177. Female circumcision on the rise in the US – From Michael. Beauty myths: Vitamin E and scar... »

Quickies: Untested Rape Kits, the Postdocalypse, and Flying Through Space

Quickies: Untested Rape Kits, the Postdocalypse, and Flying Through Space

On March 31, 1889, the Eiffel Tower was officially opened to the public. If you’re a knowledge junkie like me, read more about the origin story here. Man Who Raised Money For Organ And Tissue Donation Dies, Is Rejected As Donor Because He Was Gay – From CriticalDragon1177. What Makes This Substance Boil And Freeze At The Same Time? – A fun piece of science to start your day with.... »

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

Global Quickies: Fake Doctors, Witch Doctors, and Weird Fan Art

INDIA (From Cerberus40) Preliminary results from new research show only 1-in-24 healthcare providers in India is qualified in modern medicine. That includes alternative medicine providers and fakers, some without any medical training, posing as physicians, even in hospitals. PHILIPPINES (From Michael) Policewomen members of the Women and Children Protection Desk have been in charge of security in ... »

Quickies: Homeopathy Recalled for Containing Medicine, Sloth Exists for 45 Years

Quickies: Homeopathy Recalled for Containing Medicine, Sloth Exists for 45 Years

Amanda is busy working undercover in The Vatican, where she hopes to find out once and for all what the Pope wears under his robes. In the meanwhile, I have taken over the Quickies! Homeopathy company recalls products that may have real medicine: “In this case, however, the FDA found that the process Terra Medica used to make six of its products could introduce the antibiotic penicillin into... »

Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands

Quickies: Research on bipolar disorder and autism, “holistic” citations, and paleolithic hands

Stem cells shed light on treatments for bipolar disorder – “In a first-of-its-kind procedure, researchers from the University of Michigan have created stem cells from the skin of people with bipolar disorder, and then coaxed the cells into neurons. This has allowed scientists, for the first time, to directly measure cellular differences between people with bipolar disorder and people w... »

Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)

Quickies: Poverty Myths Busted, The Failure of the 12 Steps, and Alien Commuters (not what you think)

On March 26, 1484, William Caxton printed his translation of Aesop’s Fables. I was obsessed with reading these as a kid, and one of my favorites was The Fox and the Stork. Did you have a favorite fable? VA Christian school bans 8-year-old girl because her tomboy looks aren’t ‘biblical’ – The real question here is: does the school tolerate students who wear cotton/wool blends? From Crit... »

Quickies: Wonder Woman, Ebola outbreaks, and gardening

Quickies: Wonder Woman, Ebola outbreaks, and gardening

Sexuality & race: One DC comics creator’s take on Wonder Woman – “I think sex is part and parcel of Wonder Woman’s creation. I think she and the Amazons were very much intended to explore all sorts of themes surrounding love and sex, sex and gender, and sex and power. The tragedy, of course, is that over the decades, this aspect of her character has been minimized considerabl... »

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