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Hello! In case you don’t know me, I’m Sarah, and I’ve been blogging for Skepchick for almost a year now. I’ve written about my disability a couple times before, and I’ve wanted to write about it more, but I’ve always worried about doing that. Will writing about it ruin my future career chances, publicly declaring that I’m disabled? Will people stop reading... »

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

Why I am Boycotting the 2014 Winter Olympics

[TW: Homophobia, violence, rape]  I’m not a particularly big fan of most sports. It’s not so much that I dislike them as that I’m indifferent to them. I live in San Antonio, Texas, and Spurs fever is pretty big around here. People are always perplexed when I have no idea that there was a Spurs game, let alone that they lost the championship. But one of the few sporting events I do get excited to w... »

Skepchick Quickies 3.1

Skepchick Quickies 3.1

Google boss: Using a smartphone is “emasculating” – But Google glasses just make you look like a bro with bad taste in shades. Read it and Weep: 19 Kids and Counting – I was asked to be a guest on Read it and Weep again and for that privilege, I had to watch 5 hours of Duggars. Please go listen to the hilarity/discomfort that ensues. LEGO for girls: Move over barbie –... »

Super Bowl Winner Predicts N. Korea’s GDP

Super Bowl Winner Predicts N. Korea’s GDP

It’s time once again for Bad Chart Thursday! This week, I was thinking a lot about the old joke that the Super Bowl winner determines whether the stock market will be bullish or bearish (is “bearish” a thing? OK) or that it predicts presidential elections. With that in mind, this week I took things to the next logical step by determining whether or not the Super Bowl winner corre... »

Ditch those Roids for Antler Spray

Ditch those Roids for Antler Spray

Yes, you read that correctly. For those of you that don’t operate in the sports universe like I do (I assume most of you), it is Super Bowl week. The media is concerned with many topics: brothers coaching against each other and how a double murder ten years ago affects a players legacy. But with any large sporting event, there is always a considerable amount of woo. Holographic bracelets and... »

Ninja Infiltrates Skepchick

Ninja Infiltrates Skepchick

Hi Everyone! My name is Jamie and way back in 2008 I sent an email to Rebecca saying I was interested in becoming a Skepchick. Needless to say, I didn’t make the cut. I spent the next five years slowly infiltrating my way into the inner circle of Skepchicks, by way of alcohol and unrestrained enthusiasm, until they finally gave in and asked me to join the team. I cannot tell you how excited I am t... »

The Great Face-Paint Debate

The Great Face-Paint Debate

Recently, the Internet (especially its feminist and feminist-flavored corners) has exploded over the topic of makeup. For many, the personal became political and vice versa. The aspect of the debate that seemed to have been missed by many in both the pro- and anti- makeup crowds is the variation in perceived cultural pressure regarding feminine conformity, including makeup. In other words, that so... »

Cool Science: DNA Origami and DNA LEGOs

Cool Science: DNA Origami and DNA LEGOs

Researchers have been taking cues from nature since its inception. Building nanostructures and and devices out of DNA is simply another example of this. DNA and RNA is a sophisticated assembly of nucleic acids that encodes genetic information. However, the hydrogen bonds and base pair stacking lead to self-assembly, which is being incorporated in materials science with greater success. Different s... »

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