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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... »

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... »

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