Science

New Video! Let’s Rename Measles “Jenny McCarthy”

New Video! Let’s Rename Measles “Jenny McCarthy”

As always, a close-enough transcript follows! The CDC has released a report blaming anti-science anti-vaccination proponents for the number of measles cases reaching a 20-year high, like for instance an outbreak currently happening in Ohio due to unvaccinated Amish missionaries going to the Philippines, catching the measles, and then bringing it back to their community. On a sidenote, it’s s... »

Video: Should Women Get “Menstrual Leave”?

Video: Should Women Get “Menstrual Leave”?

Here’s the HuffPostLive segment. Here’s the idiotic Breitbart article. Here’s a good summary of research on the benefits of paid time off. Here’s a link to Patreon, where you can support my videos. And here’s the video (close-enough transcript follows): The other day, I was invited onto HuffPost Live to talk about lady stuff, like Jill Abramson being let go from the N... »

New Video! The US Military’s Zombie Survival Plan

New Video! The US Military’s Zombie Survival Plan

Did you know the US Military believes in ZOMBIES? I hope you didn’t know that, because it’s not true. Here’s a video about it, followed by links and a sort-of-close-enough transcript! Grr, arg! Foreign Policy’s exclusive Ophiocordyceps unilateralis Support more videos like this on Patreon +++ Good news! The US Military has a contingency plan to stop the zombie apocalypse! S... »

Lady Astronomers Can’t Get a Break

Lady Astronomers Can’t Get a Break

We talk a lot about the kinds of sexist issues that women have to deal with, especially in the sciences. I’ve seen over the last few years some pretty, eh, awful treatment of women in my field. Even more so, we deal with unintentional sexism, but that’s a story for another post. But look, this isn’t new. Apparently lady astronomers have been getting crap for years. »

Of Buildings and Bras

Of Buildings and Bras

In 2010, I had the pleasure of befriending Leah McCurdy, a PhD student in archaeology at the University of Texas at San Antonio. I am always in awe of her fierce intelligence, deep inquisitiveness, outgoing personality, and drive to help others as much as she can. Leah has recently begun expanding beyond the archaeological work she does in Belize to try to help Belizeans in need. I am inspired by ... »

Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults

Throwback Thursday HPV Vaccine for Adults

We read your emails but it has been brought to our attention that you fine readers have not read every single thing we ever have written on this blog. This is not acceptable. Especially considering we have published some very informative posts. Posts that one might say are skeptical in thought. To prove this to you, and to highlight some of the fun and fascinating articles that you may have missed... »

perceived vs actual intelligence charts for men and women

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... »

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