Skepticism

Quickies: Encouraging girls in math, secular addiction counseling, and the Ping Pong theory of sexism

Quickies: Encouraging girls in math, secular addiction counseling, and the Ping Pong theory of sexism

Cracking the girl code in math and science – “I remember standing at the blackboard in front of the class, unable to solve an equation, while my teacher mocked me. This happened often.” A different path to fighting addiction – On alternatives to AA, especially secular options. From Ryan. Dawkins endorses anti-Muslim Twitter account – From Criticaldragon1177. The ping ... »

Bad Chart Thursday: Attack of the Hospital Elevator Buttons

Bad Chart Thursday: Attack of the Hospital Elevator Buttons

I came across this article in my feed, titled “Why you should never, ever touch that hospital elevator button.” I already knew, based on the title, why I probably shouldn’t touch hospital (and other) elevator buttons: GERMS. But I clicked through anyway, because I’m a sucker for clickbait headlines, and sure enough, this is an article about bacteria. What I didn’t exp... »

Lionfish

Quickies: 12 year old scientist’s lionfish research, sexist leadership camp, and Bigfoot hair analyzed

12 year old girl credited with breakthrough in lionfish research – “Her research showing that venomous, highly invasive lionfish can survive in nearly fresh water was ultimately replicated and expanded upon by ecologists, who cited her in their published, peer-reviewed study on the topic.” From Sarah. Robin Thicke publicity stunt goes horribly wrong – Or horribly right, dep... »

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The Takedown of the NYT Chart on Student Loan Debt Isn’t All it’s Cracked Up to Be

It’s no secret that I’m a sucker for articles pointing out why some giant study being reported on in the media is actually bunk. In fact, that’s pretty much the only thing I ever write about here at Skepchick. So, this week when I saw everyone on my facebook feed sharing an article from the Awl entitled “Gaslighting Millenials: That Big Study About How the Student Debt Nightmare Is in Your Head? I... »

Quickies: Pelvic exams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and saving the world with cat videos

Quickies: Pelvic exams, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and saving the world with cat videos

Doctors are examining your genitals for no reason – A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine says that annual exams have “no established medical justification” for being performed annually. From nowoo and Dr Rubidium. The 8 best lines from Ginsburg’s dissent on the Hobby Lobby contraception decision – I love RBG. How cat videos will save the world – In ... »

Skepchick Space Lab Schedule at CONvergence

Skepchick Space Lab Schedule at CONvergence

CONvergence is this weekend! Which means we are going to SCIENCE. In addition to hosting several panels and workshops as part of SkepchickCON, the science and skepticism track of CONvergence, we are also hosting activities and salons in the Skepchick Space Lab. CONvergence is a sci-fi/fantasy conference at the Doubletree Hilton in Bloomington, Minnesota, July 3-July 6. The Skepchick Space Lab is i... »

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V2: To Have and To Hold

Skeptical Wine-ing, Part V2: To Have and To Hold

In Part 1 of this post, I discussed what happens as a wine ages and its unique relationship with air. In this follow-up, I’ll explain what makes certain wines age-worthy and how to keep your wines happy for however long you can wait before drinking them.  Selecting Wines for Now and Later As I mentioned in my previous post, most wines sold in your local store are meant for consumption within... »

#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... »

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