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  • Quickies
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    Quickies: It’s the first Cute Animal Friday of 2020!

    Welcome to the first Friday of the new year. It’s going to take me a while to get used to it being “The Twenties.” Though sometimes, it feels like we’ve regressed to the 1920s. Horrific anti-semitic attacks are on the rise in New York and elsewhere. Here are some things you can do to be an ally against anti-semitism. A…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies! The Youth (Non)Vote, Inventer of Endocrinology, Learning about Students, and Reckless Cancer Assumptions

    Sunday Funny: Typographic Chemistry (via xkcd) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game Step 6: In Which an Opportunity for Research and Plot Development is Lost Elizabet may not have posted about this book in a while, but that doesn’t mean that things got interesting. Millennials Don’t Vote, And For Good Reason Young people didn’t vote in the midterm elections,…

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  • Science

    Go ahead, drink your Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte!

    People love Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte. A lot. This beverage has its own twitter account with nearly 78,000 followers. When Starbucks announced they would start selling this seasonal beverage early, people lost their damn minds. Quite honestly, the love some people have for the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is… troubling… but I’m not one not judge. But you know who is judge-y? Food Babe (a.k.a. Vani Hari) and Jezebel.…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: Now-overlapping Hobbysteria

    One of the things that frustrates me enormously is the lack of real science in fitness reporting…. and the overwhelming amount of non-science that all conflicts with the rest of it. Another thing that really frustrates me is the way that women’s magazines focused on fitness are really focused on looking sexy for your man. So last week, in an…

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  • Afternoon Inquisition

    AI: All we can stomach

    Last May, I had my stomach removed. Well, not all of it. There’s a small portion, smaller than a small egg, left. But the rest was taken away. Short story: I was supposed to just go in for a regular old gastric bypass but then they found a tumor and instead of bypassing the organ, my doctor removed it completely.…

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  • Skepticism

    Ask Surly Amy: Underwire Bras and Cancer

    Hi, Surly Amy. I recently went shopping with my mom and she saw that I had picked out a bra with under wire in it. She immediately began telling me that under-wire causes breast cancer and since we have a history of breast cancer, under-wired bras are a death sentence for us. I have heard a bit about the whole…

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  • Science

    Ask Surly Amy: Human Papillomavirus (HPV) Vaccine

    Dear Surly Amy, My sister wonders if she should get her daughters the Gardasil vaccine. My instinct is that she should, though I am also hesitant to recommend or take drugs that have not been around for very long. Would you know of any reputable sources that would allow my sister to make an informed choice about risk of new…

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  • Skepticism

    Ask Surly Amy: Cancer and Alt-Med

    Dear Surly Amy, I have a friend who was diagnosed with testicular cancer about a year ago. It was caught a bit late, but he still had a chance of fighting it. However, he decided to go an alt-med approach rather than using solid medical treatments. I have had him speak with an oncology nurse, who recommended that he speak…

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