• AI: Unlimited Vacation

    Some employers, mostly technology companies like Netflix, IBM, and Bazaarvoice, are offering an unlimited vacation policy. That is, each employee determines how much vacation time he will take without restrictions imposed by the company. Sounds great, right? It seems to be working Bazaarvoice, anyway. Brett Hurt, CEO of the Austin, Texas based company, claims the policy is an important element of the…

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  • Skepchick Quickies, 9.9

    Will the retraction of the original 1998 study that started the debate about vaccines causing autism end the “controversy”? Thanks to Matt. FDA takes Lipton and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group to task for exaggerating the health benefits of their products. Thanks to Jes3ica. A chaplain and an atheist learn to work together in Afghanistan, despite differing beliefs and lifestyles. Thanks to…

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  • Skepchick Quickies, 09.02.10

    Artificial ecosystem on Ascension Island may hold the key to the colonization of Mars. Thanks to Dave W. The Institute for Creation Research will not be offering a master’s degree in science education because the court upheld the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board’s 2008 decision.  The ICR will instead be offering graduate courses at their School of Biblical Apologetics. NPR offers a theory about why religious belief may have…

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  • New law requires cellular vendors to report the radiation emitted by phones

    Attention Crackberry addicts: San Francisco has tentatively approved a law requiring cellular vendors to report the amount of radiation your phone emits. The mayor, Gavin Newsom, is expected to sign it into law. Proponents of the law claim that this information is as relevant to consumers as the nutrition information on food labels. Opponents claim that the information is irrelevant because…

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  • It’s Official – Men are Smarter than Women

    In this article, Professor Richard Lynn explains that science shows, test after test, that men are smarter than women. And he’s no dummy himself. He’s a Professor who’s spent the majority of his career studying intelligence – specifically differences in intelligence between the sexes. And he’s a skeptic. A skeptic of the glass ceiling, that is. He claims it’s not…

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  • Film Review: Moon

    Bottom line: I dug it. I saw Star Trek. I saw The Watchmen. And IMO, Moon is the movie to see this year. But I can’t review it without spoilers, so only click here if you don’t mind spoilers…

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  • Six Degrees of Skepticism

    I’ve been on hiatus for a few months, finishing grad school, and jumping on the bandwagon of everyone who’s getting married right now: most notably, Sid & Rebecca (last weekend), but also my brother (June), commenter Kimbo Jones (last week, I think), and a friend of our own Sam Ogden (last weekend) who missed TAM for the first time to…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition 02.18.09

    If you use Facebook, you might have noticed a message on your homepage indicating that Facebook has revoked a change in their Terms of Service.  I don’t know about you, but honestly, I rarely (if ever) even read the Terms of Service, so I give props to those that caught the change. The change entailed the deletion of a sentence…

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