Evelyn is a geologist, writer, traveler, and skeptic residing in Cape Town, South Africa with frequent trips back to the US for work. She has two adorable cats; enjoys hiking, rock climbing, and kayaking; and has a very large rock collection. You can follow her on twitter @GeoEvelyn. She also writes a geology blog called Georneys.
  • Skepticism

    Leaving Skepchick

    This is– sadly– a goodbye post to Skepchick. I have blogged on and off (mostly off, sometimes) for Skepchick for the past five years. I’ve really enjoyed my time posting here, but I’ve made the very difficult decision to leave Skepchick. I will miss posting here and being part of the Skepchick community and interacting with the readers here. I…

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  • Science

    Vote for Me in the 3 Quarks Daily Science Blogging Contest

    The nominations are in for the 3 Quarks Daily Science Blogging Contest. Now, the general public can vote for which blog posts they like best. The top twenty posts with the most votes will go on to the next round of judging. My geology blog Georneys has one post nominated for the 3 Quarks Daily prize. So, if you like…

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  • Anti-Science

    Home Births

    I was somewhat dismayed to see that there has been a significant increase in women having home births here in the US. Before I continue, let me first say that I have never been pregnant or had a child, nor am an expert in pregnancy and birth matters (perhaps some readers know more about it? Any OBGYNs out there?). However,…

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  • Anti-Science

    Earthquakes and End-of-the-World Nonsense

    Thanks to David Bressan over at the “History of Geology” blog, I have recently discovered the amazing YouTube Channel of Peter Hadfield, who has a degree in geology and who is a science journalist. Hadfield’s YouTube channel has become quite popular for his videos explaining climate change, as Hadfield explains in this Guardian blog post. I  commend Hadfield for his…

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  • Random Asides

    Happy Friday the 13th!

    Happy Friday the 13th everyone! To celebrate, at the top of this post is a totally adorable picture of my friend Sara’s “unlucky” black cat Link. I realize that being happy about Friday the 13th is just as silly and un-skeptical as being superstitious about Friday the 13th… or black cats, for that matter. However, while recognizing the silliness I…

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  • Religion

    What do you do when the person next to you on the plane is reading Deepak Chopra?

    The title of this post pretty much says it all.  I recently flew from South Africa back to the US after flying on four flights: Cape Town-Johannesburg-Dakar-Washington, DC-Boston. On the Johannesburg to Dakar leg, I was lucky enough to have the seat next to me empty, so I stretched out, enjoyed my two blankets and two pillows, and tried to…

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  • Geology Pun Contest: The Winner

    The prize: Gillian Turner’s book “North Pole South Pole.” Cross-posted on my geology blog Georneys. As I mentioned yesterday, my geology blog is now returning to its usual geological theme. I also mentioned yesterday that in the near future I will blog about the Oklo Natural Nuclear Reactor, which is a topic that I hope will appeal to both those…

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  • Activism

    Fukushima & The Mainstream Press

    This is a quick post to express my disappointment with recent mainstream press coverage of the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant disaster in Japan. As an example, on the front page of CNN there is an article titled “Radiation in water rushing into sea tests millions of times over the limit.” In my opinion, this article is a prime example…

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