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Hey Man, You Have IQ All Over Your Face

A study released this month by Czech researchers proves that you can tell the intelligence of a man just by looking at him, but women are a closed book. This probably happens because of all the man hormones telling the ladies what good baby-makers they would be. Or something. At least that is what all the articles written about the study seem to suggest. The truth is a bit more complicated. The re... »

Get to Know Your Skepchicks: Veronica

Get to Know Your Skepchicks: Veronica

Way back in the day when Bigfoot roamed the earth and Sylvia Browne was a name that gave Skeptics™ a boner, I first became a Skepchick. And back in those fun and exciting days of yore, I used to do a feature on this here blog called, “The Skeptic Next Door.” I was young and enthusiastic and I just wanted to meet all the super-cool people who were into “debunking” and knew w... »

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 ... »

Rule #34: Keep the death cologne handy

Rule #34: Keep the death cologne handy

Rule #1 for surviving the zombie apocalypse is cardio, but chemistry offers a less strenuous option. For more Eau de Death details, see my post Chemistry for the zombie apocalypse ___________ featured image from Zombielandrules.com »

Is Mercury in Retrograde AGAIN?!

Is Mercury in Retrograde AGAIN?!

Computer giving you trouble? Must be Mercury in retrograde. Or at least that’s what SO many people say, jokingly or otherwise, when some piece of technology is going haywire. How did this bit of astrology make its way into our modern technological discussions? »

Auction: Hangout with an Astronomer and Group Astronomy Talk

Auction: Hangout with an Astronomer and Group Astronomy Talk

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. This week’s auctions to raise money for science education and outreach at SkepchickCon are auctions for science education and outreach. I know, it’s a bit meta, but now’s your chance to get all your astronomy questions answered by our very own Noisy Astronomer, Dr. Nicole Gugliucci, while also contributing to the science education of others. Ni... »

The Legend of Bug Girl

The Legend of Bug Girl

It was a foggy evening in May. The air seemed thick and still. Gwen stood silently on the porch. She had risen from a fretful sleep and felt inexplicably drawn to the back of the house and out into the dark of the night. Suddenly, and without warning a sound broke though the silence, deafening in its pitch, it vibrated the wooden deck. She steadied herself on the porch railing with her left hand, ... »

Vegans, Skeptics, and Biotruths

Vegans, Skeptics, and Biotruths

On last week’s episode of The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe, Steve Novella and I briefly discussed a few of the various ethical arguments surrounding veganism and vegetarianism. I’m technically a pescetarian (I very occasionally eat fish, but no other meats), but I’ve been vegetarian, and sympathize greatly with vegans. I support anyone who wants to safely change their di... »

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