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Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO

Skepchick Sundaylies: Open Wireless, Nature vs Nurture, Urine Therapy, World Cup, and Pro-GMO

Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: With Liberty and Internet Access for All Elizabeth discusses the importance of the “open wireless” movement. DBT Skills: Mindfulness Olivia continues her series on DBT skills. Assassins Can’t Be Women? Eddy discusses the sexism behind Assassin’s Creed approach to female characters. Mad Art Lab Nature, Nuture, and Social Justice Elizabeth has thought... »

Skepchick Sundaylies: Mutant Super Rats, Slime Mold of Life, Drag Race, and “Momnesia”

Skepchick Sundaylies: Mutant Super Rats, Slime Mold of Life, Drag Race, and “Momnesia”

Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Bleeding Hearts and the Tribulations of Initializing Variables in C Elizabeth explains what went wrong with OpenSSL. Adulthood: Mourning the Past Being an adult is more than just gaining responsibility. You lose something important, too. In Defence of Giant Ravenous Mutant Super Rats The British don’t need to fear a rat infestation. Mad Art Lab Parity Girl: The... »

Meet Dr Siouxsie Wiles at SkepchickCon

Meet Dr Siouxsie Wiles at SkepchickCon

SkepchickCon 2014 takes place at CONvergence a sci-fi/fantasy conference in Minneapolis, Minnesota at the Doubletree in Bloomington, July 3-6, 2014. Skepchick is proud to help organize the science track at this event and over the coming weeks I’d like to introduce you to some of the brilliant and talented people you can meet if you attend. Today, I’d like to introduce you to microbiolo... »

ICYMI: Emmy Noether, Stay-at-Home Dads, and the War on Experts

ICYMI: Emmy Noether, Stay-at-Home Dads, and the War on Experts

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 84: My Damp Collection Mindy examines how oscillations slow to a stop. What it Means to be a Woman in Nerd Culture: The Fake Geek Girl Alice discusses one aspect of what it’s like to be a lady nerd. Mad Art Lab What Can You Tell from a Color-Coded Chromosome? Color-coded cells are beautiful, but they also help expose complicated biology. Emmy Noether... »

ICYMI: January 12 – January 18 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: January 12 – January 18 on the Skepchick Network

Teen Skepchick Danica McKellar’s Fun Little Bites of Mathy Goodness Elisheba reviews Math Bites, the new web series aimed at getting girls interested in math. Will You Be Disappointed in Me? Olivia pinpoints one of the hardest things about being a millennial. Why Skepticism Needs Social Justice, and a Call to Arms Grim argues that not only does skepticism benefit from social justice. Skeptic... »

ICYMI: November 24 – November 30 on the Skepchick Network

ICYMI: November 24 – November 30 on the Skepchick Network

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 75: Physics and Biology! Living Together! In Space! Mindy explores what apparent weightlessness is and what happens to the human body in sustained weightlessness. Suspension of Disbelief: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire Olivia reviews the second installment of the Hungar Games franchise. Mad Art Lab Sagan Day 2013 Repost – We All Live on a Tiny Blue ... »

Is Sexual Orientation a Biological Sex Trait?

Is Sexual Orientation a Biological Sex Trait?

In a recent article on Neurologica, Steven Novella made the following claim: Biologically there are three aspects of sex – primary sexual characteristics (genitalia and reproductive organs) secondary sexual characteristics (distribution of hair and body fat), and sexual orientation. This is a claim I have encountered before, so I want to take this opportunity to debunk the notion that sexual orien... »

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Why Did Almost All Answers on Quora Make My Head Explode? (Part Last)

Welcome to the final installment of “WTF is wrong with you, Slate? Why are you posting this crap?” If you haven’t already, you may want to read parts one and two. Let’s get right into the last three paragraphs of Dan’s answer. We (and I’m a passionate gender egalitarian) may want to say it was because of “those prejudiced men who kept women down!” but that’s just a bit too ... »

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