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Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

Out, damned spot! Out, I say!

In a much less dramatic fashion than Lady Macbeth, my doctor told me two spots on my face had to go.  I’ve got a lot of spots on my face, but my doctor wanted to biopsy two “irregular” spots - one on cheek and one at my hairline. Yesterday, to collect suspicious spot samples, my doctor used two different biopsy techniques – shave (cheek) and punch (hairline).  A shave biops... »

New Video! “If Evolution is True, is Rape Wrong?”

New Video! “If Evolution is True, is Rape Wrong?”

Original story found at Raw Story Support these videos on Patreon! Sort-of-transcript: Creationist Darek Isaacs went on the show “Creation Today” and said that according to his learned studies, the theory of evolution excuses rape. “You have to start asking questions: Well, if evolution is true, and it’s just all about the male propagating their DNA, we had to ask hard questions, like, well, is ra... »

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

Global Quickies: Exoskeletons, Pastafarians, and No Psychic Pandas

(Just two World Cup-related links, I promise.) BRAZIL A Brazilian paraplegic made the first kick of the World Cup using a robotic exoskeleton. It was cool, but they had promised much more.   CHINA Panda cubs at an enclosure in China have been forbidden from predicting the scores of the football World Cup.   MALAYSIA Seventeen transgender women were arrested in Malaysia for allegedly viol... »

Auctions for Science: Wonder Woman Shoes & Vintage Science Textbooks

Auctions for Science: Wonder Woman Shoes & Vintage Science Textbooks

Cross-posted with Skepchick Events. This week’s auctions feature donations from our very own DrRubidium and Will, both of whom will be at SkepchickCon July 4th weekend in Minneapolis. In addition to science activities and salons in the Skepchick Space Lab, here’s a taste of some of the panels they’ll be on: DrRubidium: Getting Away with Murder Breaking Bad Science Song of Ice and... »

No, That’s Not How Anthropologists Think Of Human Social Organization

No, That’s Not How Anthropologists Think Of Human Social Organization

There is recent a video posted on Slate that summarizes a recent study claiming to give support to the anthropological position that “hierarchical organization of human society is deeply nested in human psychology.” As I sat and watched the video, I thought surely this is a problem of science reporting and the research does not make such claims. Alas, the video is quite accurate in describing the ... »

Science is Missing Out

Science is Missing Out

In a society where sexism is so deeply ingrained in our culture, a lot of it goes by undetected and unchecked. Today I watched the 8th episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The show is excellent, don’t get me wrong, and this episode titled “Sisters of the Sun” covers the discovery of the chemical composition of the sun and other stars, a fascinating topic. Especially to me as a... »

New Video: Have Scientists Debunked the Myth of the Blonde Ditz?

New Video: Have Scientists Debunked the Myth of the Blonde Ditz?

Support these videos at Patreon.com/rebecca The actual study Mary Brock’s breakdown The bad science at the Telegraph and NY Daily News The video: The sort-of transcript: “Researchers discover that being blond does not make people ditzy,” reads a recent NY Daily News headline. That’s not actually true, but there is evidence to suggest a correlation between lack of intelligence and being a wri... »

Bad Science Journalism: “Why having ‘blonde’ genes will not make you ditzy”

Bad Science Journalism: “Why having ‘blonde’ genes will not make you ditzy”

This week, researchers at Stanford released a study about finding the genetic basis of blonde hair .in Northern Europeans. From the press release: The researchers found that the blond hair commonly seen in Northern Europeans is caused by a single change in the DNA that regulates the expression of a gene that encodes a protein called KITLG, also known as stem cell factor. This change affects how mu... »

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