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    Getting and Giving Bad News Remotely

    Today’s post is not particularly journalism-y, but our fearless leader gave me the keys to the kingdom and told me I could write whatever I wanted. So, here’s some deeply personal stuff in the times of COVID. We’ve been socially distanced in our homes in beautiful suburban Iowa for 24 days. Maybe 25 days? I don’t even know what day…

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    Did the CDC Lie about the Effectiveness of Masks for COVID-19?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Hey friends, welcome to week 4 (ish?) of quarantine — for me, at least, because I live in a city that took COVID-19 seriously way back when it was just a baby epidemic. And before that, I was quarantining…

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    Science Experiments At Home: A Variation on the Carnation Food Dye Test

    Whether you’re stuck at home with the kids or not, this is a pretty neat experiment to try out–and a great opportunity to have your kids experience the scientific process. Science is not just about knowing how electricity works or what happens when you combine vinegar and baking soda–it’s a process by which we ask questions and figure out how…

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    Step Away From Your Z-Pack…

      Our president is going to get people killed. I don’t say this lightly. His actions today fall nothing short of reckless. Earlier today, President Trump tweeted: ….be put in use IMMEDIATELY. PEOPLE ARE DYING, MOVE FAST, and GOD BLESS EVERYONE! @US_FDA @SteveFDA @CDCgov @DHSgov — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 21, 2020 Yes, calling for the FDA to act…

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  • Photo of Dead Sea Scrolls Bought by Hobby Lobby are FAKE

    Dead Sea Scrolls Bought by Hobby Lobby are FAKE

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: The Museum of the Bible has admitted to being the victim of a massive fraud: it turns out, there is no god and the Bible is just nonsense made up by a bunch of semi-literate goat herders. Just kidding!…

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    Why I’m Just So Worried About Our Students…

    This week, more than 40 universities have announced their intent to suspend face-to-face course work and send students home to limit the spread of COVID-19 among the student population. My own university’s Board of Regents has asked our universities to prepare for the transition to online instruction as quickly as possible and our university’s hospital has admitted its first COVID-19…

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  • Photo of Is YouTube Winning the Fight Against Conspiracy Theorists?

    Is YouTube Winning the Fight Against Conspiracy Theorists?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Ah, YouTube. My blessing. My curse. The possible cause of the radicalization and dumbing down of significant number of rightwing conspiracy theorists. A new study from scientists at UC Berkeley has found that despite promises to do better, YouTube…

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    COVID-19 May Be A Public Health Crisis…

    Allow me to begin today’s post with a brief story that I think will put things into perspective. I am both an employee and patient of my university’s hospital. My primary appointment (ie, job) is in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, but I also have affiliate appointments (ie, jobs) in our children’s hospital and cancer center. I frequently…

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