Skepchick Quickies 10.9

On October 9, 1604, the most recent supernova in the Milky Way was observed (and aptly named “Supernova 1604”).


Mary Brock works as an Immunology scientist by day and takes care of a pink-loving princess child by night. She likes cloudy days, crafting, cooking, and Fall weather in New England.

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  1. Mary,

    I’m glad we’re able to bring attention to Michelle Langbehn plight. I hope the Republicans end their stupid and futile shutdown soon.

  2. “Using Rituals to Push Away Bad Luck Is Effective”. They left off the last part of the title, which should read “…at making people feel in control.” There’s no evidence the rituals are actually effective at reducing “back luck”, and the authors don’t even try to show that. They just show that doing an action that involves pushing as opposed to just any action, makes people feel more in control after making a possibly “jinxing” statement. So, they found a mechanism for a placebo effect. I’m not sure why that’s important.

  3. The story is facinating but rascist.
    Not everyone who works as a servant is black or brown, not everyone who employs servants are white.
    The employers are rich and not everyone benefits from the trickle down effect some are still treated like slaves and are abused physically and emotionally.

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