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The Economics of Our Robot Future

On Sunday morning of SkepchickCON I was one of the panelists on the faux award winning Cities of the Future panel along with Ryan Consell, Desiree Schell and Shawn Otto. We discussed a whole bunch of issues and problems that may come up in a future society such as global warming, resource constraints, and increased urbanization, but by far my favorite part was when we discussed robots. Right now w... »

The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

The Evolutionary Psychology of Promiscuity

Fellow Skepchick Mindy alerted me to this story in The Atlantic about some new evolutionary psychology research concerning promiscuity and morality. As usual, the reporting on the research uncritically reproduces all sorts of essentialist ideas about sex/gender and sexuality while reporting on the research. As usual, I am highly skeptical of any science reporting, much less science reporting on ev... »

(Cross-Post) GMO, Séralini, and March Against Monsanto: It’s Magically Misleading!

(Cross-Post) GMO, Séralini, and March Against Monsanto: It’s Magically Misleading!

If you follow my posts on GP, you know that I’ve been writing a lot about GMOs and genetic engineering. I was planning to lay off the subject for a bit, maybe write about advances in prenatal diagnostics or the wonders of sleep training and okay-to-wake clocks, but I’m compelled to write another on GMOs. Why? Monsanto. More specifically, March Against Monsanto. I don’t often get into debates on so... »

Science has an Image Problem

Science has an Image Problem

This post is written by Mad Art Lab contributor Seelix, aka Emily. Emily is a Science Communicator, Forensic Anthropologist, Costumer and QA Analyst, sometimes, but not usually, all at once. Emily can usually be found lurking in dark corners of the internet as Seelix on Twitter, on Google+ and even occasionally at her blog This View of Life.   One of the joys of being involved with one of the... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Attack of the Hospital Elevator Buttons

Bad Chart Thursday: Attack of the Hospital Elevator Buttons

I came across this article in my feed, titled “Why you should never, ever touch that hospital elevator button.” I already knew, based on the title, why I probably shouldn’t touch hospital (and other) elevator buttons: GERMS. But I clicked through anyway, because I’m a sucker for clickbait headlines, and sure enough, this is an article about bacteria. What I didn’t exp... »

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

Global Quickies: The BBC Doesn’t Want Cranks, India Doesn’t Want Vishnu Cricketers

NIGERIA The Nigerian man committed to a hospital psychiatric ward because he did not believe in god has been was released because of a doctors’ strike which has seen many patients discharged. UK The BBC Trust published a progress report about the corporation’s science coverage, which was criticized in 2012 for giving too much air-time to critics who oppose non-contentious issues. BBC journal... »

Facebook’s Unethical Research Project

Facebook’s Unethical Research Project

Facebook has apparently conducted a “massive” psychological experiment and published the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The study sought to manipulate the emotional responses of 689,000 Facebook users by controlling the types of content that appeared on their feeds in order to see whether or not emotional traits can be “transferred to others via emotional con... »

#notallsciences

#notallsciences

There’s an article over on The Curious Wavefunction blog titled “Neil DeGrasse Tyson makes an excellent point, but Larry Summers is still right.” I know we’re not supposed to judge a blog post by its title (that’s how that saying goes, right?), but I saw this and immediately thought to myself, “this couldn’t possibly be awful!” Social psychologist Chris Martin f... »

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