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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... »

Let’s Talk About Cosmos!

Let’s Talk About Cosmos!

(If you missed the first episode and you live in the US, check it out now on Hulu!) Last night was the premiere of the Cosmos reboot starring Friend of Skepchick Neil DeGrasse Tyson in all of his glory. Well, most of his glory – I didn’t see any cowboy hats or ridiculous vests, but NDGT looked pretty damned fly walking through a lush forrest while wearing a well-tailored black-on-black suit.... »

Is there a secular argument against abortion?

Is there a secular argument against abortion?

Yesterday, an article was published about atheists at CPAC (Conservative Political Action Conference). Featured prominently in the article was Dave Silverman, president of American Atheists. In it, Dave was quoted as saying, “I will admit there is a secular argument against abortion. You can’t deny that it’s there, and it’s maybe not as clean cut as school prayer, right to die, and gay marri... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Shark Attack Risk Increases 1200% in Hawaii!

Bad Chart Thursday: Shark Attack Risk Increases 1200% in Hawaii!

According to International Shark Attack File stats, between 2008 and 2013, shark attacks increased from 1 a year to 13 in Hawaii. I know, I know, that’s still a very small number, but that is a 1200% increase, which is MASSIVE! In contrast, California, which had TWICE the number of attacks as Hawaii at the start of this period, has experienced a 50% decrease in this time frame. Yes, this means tha... »

Meet Dr Siouxsie Wiles at SkepchickCon

Meet Dr Siouxsie Wiles at SkepchickCon

SkepchickCon 2014 takes place at CONvergence a sci-fi/fantasy conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Doubletree in Bloomington, July 3-6, 2014. Skepchick is proud to help organize the science track at this event and over the coming weeks I’d like to introduce you to some of the brilliant and talented people you can meet if you attend. Today, I’d like to introduce you to microbiolo... »

The Female Athlete Triad: Not As Fun As it Sounds

The Female Athlete Triad: Not As Fun As it Sounds

Content notice: eating disorders. “Have you ever heard of the Female Athlete Triad?” I know what my new doctor’s about to say as soon as I hear the words “female athlete.” Having struggled with the ghosts of an eating disorder throughout my twelve-year running history, I get asked if I’m aware of the world’s best-named collection of ailments at least once a year by medical professionals. I’m quick... »

Tampons & Transparency

Tampons & Transparency

In November 2013, the non-profit organization Women’s Voices for Earth (WVE) issued a report titled ‘Chem Fatale‘ with a subtitle that explained the report’s contents – ‘Potential health effects of toxic chemicals in feminine care products’.  By late December 2013, Salon, Jezebel, and the Daily Mail had articles online, each with headlines basically saying... »

I love Science at SkepchickCon

I love Science at SkepchickCon

I love science and you can help others fall in love too! If you just want to donate or “add your name to the hat” scroll past all the words to the photos of the colorful I Love Science hearts! I love science. I mean it, I really do. Science teaches us about our place in the universe. Science helps us understand what medicine might help us and what might harm. Science teaches us about e... »

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