Science

Skepchick Sundaylies: Computer Gamer, Silent Spring, and Doodling Dongs

Skepchick Sundaylies: Computer Gamer, Silent Spring, and Doodling Dongs

Sunday Funnies: Adventures of Not-All-Man! (via Please Listen to Me); Girl Pants (via Sociological Images and Dumbing of Age) Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Go to the Computer! Elizabeth explains why the computer Crazy Stone is playing Go so well, and why it’s so impressive. The Physics Philes, lesson 93: Do the Wave Mechanical waves! How do they work? The Cool Kids: Why To Be One Olivia opi... »

ICYMI: Ann Freud, Quack of the Month, Science Demonstrations, and Attachment Parenting

ICYMI: Ann Freud, Quack of the Month, Science Demonstrations, and Attachment Parenting

Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow Mindy takes on Bernoulli’s equation and lives to tell the tale. Mad Art Lab Understanding the Lost Children: The Life and Science of Anna Freud Dale tells the story of ground-breaking child psychologist Anna Freud. Escéptica Raising Crows: Vitamin Supplements (en español) Elara takes a look at what pre-natal vitamin supplements d... »

ICYMI: Biometric Secrurity, Ms. Marvel, Climate Change Denial, and Life as a Gamer

ICYMI: Biometric Secrurity, Ms. Marvel, Climate Change Denial, and Life as a Gamer

Teen Skepchick Science Sunday: Biometric Security and the Impermanence of Fingerprints Some things, like fingerprints and retinal patterns, aren’t as permanent as we think they are. The Physics Philes, lesson 90: Don’t Cross the Streams! Mindy discusses the nature of fluid flow. Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay? Olivia turns her skeptical eye to the efficacy of calorie counting. Mad Art La... »

Is Mercury in Retrograde AGAIN?!

Is Mercury in Retrograde AGAIN?!

Computer giving you trouble? Must be Mercury in retrograde. Or at least that’s what SO many people say, jokingly or otherwise, when some piece of technology is going haywire. How did this bit of astrology make its way into our modern technological discussions? »

The Legend of Bug Girl

The Legend of Bug Girl

It was a foggy evening in May. The air seemed thick and still. Gwen stood silently on the porch. She had risen from a fretful sleep and felt inexplicably drawn to the back of the house and out into the dark of the night. Suddenly, and without warning a sound broke though the silence, deafening in its pitch, it vibrated the wooden deck. She steadied herself on the porch railing with her left hand, ... »

ICYMI: Changing the World, Invisible Dragons, and Religious Freedom

ICYMI: Changing the World, Invisible Dragons, and Religious Freedom

Teen Skepchick Amanda Marcotte Got It Wrong Olivia argues that it’s not OK to arrest an rape victim in order to compel them to testify. Changing the World, One Small, Doable Action at a Time Elisheba finds that her Peace Corps experience translates into making the world better at home. Why We Dress How We Do Grim argues that the focus on what women wear ignores the many reasons people dress ... »

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... »

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... »

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