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“This Day in Feminism” on SGU

“This Day in Feminism” on SGU

As many of you know, I co-host one of the most popular science podcasts on the web, The Skeptics’ Guide to the Universe. For the past few years, I’ve been doing a “This Day in Science and Skepticism” type of segment at the start of each show. I took the segment over from Evan (who has his hands full with the weekly puzzle Who’s That Noisey) and like Evan, I try to pic... »

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part II: My Sulfite Headache

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part II: My Sulfite Headache

“I think I’m allergic to sulfites. This wine gave me a headache.” “Well, how much did you drink?” “… a bottle?” It happened so many times during my time as a wine salesperson that it had become one of our most standard jokes, some of us even going so far as to just cut out the second line: “This wine gave me a headache.” ––“Well, you’re not supposed to drink the whole bottle!” Most of the customer... »

PETA’s Sexualized Ads Don’t Work

PETA’s Sexualized Ads Don’t Work

I’m a supporter of animal rights who eats a mostly vegetarian diet (I occasionally eat fish). I support organizations like the Humane Society and the SPCA, and I would support PETA if they didn’t make a habit of lying, misrepresenting scientific data, and using images of dehumanized scantily clad and nude women to get money and attention. Consider, for instance, this Pamela Anderson ad... »

The Adventures of Wintergreen Bottoms

The Adventures of Wintergreen Bottoms

Naked and Famous Denim’s new sratch-n-sniff jeans smell minty fresh, stay clean thanks to Teflon®, and could make designer Brandon Svarc a mint.  But… there is no mint in these bottoms.  These dungarees owe their scent to wintergreen. Though often grouped with the plants peppermint (Mentha piperita) and spearmint (Mentha spicata), wintergreen (Gaultheria procumbens) is not a member of ... »

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Does ’16 and Pregnant’ Convince Teens Not to Get Pregnant?

Yesterday, researchers from the National Bureau of Economic Research released a new paper looking at the effect of watching the MTV shows 16 and Pregnant and its spin-offs Teen Mom and Teen Mom 2 on teen birth rates. They claim they have found causal evidence to suggest that in areas in which the show is more popular, teen pregnancies are falling at a faster rate than areas in which the show is le... »

The Memory of Water

The Memory of Water

This post was originally posted over on Mad Art Lab and serves as your periodic reminder to visit the Lab to see what happens when you mix artists, critical thinkers and scientists together. (Hint: You get something awesome.) Now please enjoy my interpretation, both in text and in paint of The Memory of Water. ______________ The main premise behind the practice of homeopathy is that water has a me... »

Boiling Water Tricks!

Boiling Water Tricks!

Over the past several days, thanks to the polar vortex, America has been frozen into their houses. Blind with boredom, one of us realized that if you throw boiling water into painfully cold air, it turns into steam. AND AMERICA HAD A NEW HOBBY. So over at our sister site, Mad Art Lab, the imitable Ryan Consell made a video showing what happens with boiling water and water at other temperatures the... »

Global Quickies: 04/01/14

Global Quickies: 04/01/14

BRAZIL The ceremonial kick for the 2014 FIFA World Cup may be made by a paralyzed teenager using a mechanical exoskeleton controlled by the teen’s brain designed by the Walk Again Project. INDIA (TW for sexual violence) A 16-year-old girl was burned to death by the men who had gang-raped her twice. That same day they had threatened her with “dire consequences” if she did not withdraw her complaint... »

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