• Quickies

    Short list of Quickies for the longest week yet…

    Look, I honestly don’t know what to say yet about a week like this has been for us here in the US. So anyway, here’s some stuff. Here are some resources for teachers on the days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.From June but incredibly relevant, a study of more than 15,000 protests across the US and found that…

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  • Quickies

    New Year, New Quickies

    Hello, fine readers! It is safe to say that the Fall 2020 semester absolutely kicked my ass in all the worst ways. After a bit of recovery time, I think I’m ready to take on 2021. That includes getting back to my weekly quickies here! So, in the spirit of the holiday, I’ve picked some retrospectives and big-picture items that…

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  • Anti-Sciencetwo healthcare professionals at a hospital treating a patient

    If You Only Care About the Covid-19 Death Rate, You Are Missing the Big Picture

    Frequently, when I’m browsing Facebook, I see friends post stories about the devastation of Covid-19. And then I see others posting comments like, “only 1% of people die from it” or “most of the people died from something else.” In addition to these anti-science statements being utterly heartless, they’re also missing the point. If you say something like, “most people…

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  • Science

    Covid-19 Questions: Why Exactly is the Virus More Contagious in Colder Weather?

    For months, scientists have predicted that Covid-19 cases would rise as the weather got colder. This wasn’t just speculation; rather was based on what we already know about the structure of common viruses and how exactly colder weather can make them more contagious. Interestingly enough, if you have a stick of butter in your fridge, you already know something about…

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  • Activism

    Do Not Give Away Our Shot!!

    I woke up at about 2 am to use the bathroom, as women my age are prone to do. After a profoundly unsatisfying pee, I checked Twitter. I’ve got a friend on a crazy COVID-19 sleep schedule and he’s usually up at about that time. He’s got a perfume blog that you should check out. Remember blog rolls? I miss…

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  • Anti-Science

    Florida Intimidates Scientist to Hide COVID-19 Disaster

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to! Sometimes it’s not enough for me to look at what’s happening in the United States and being extremely depressed, so because I’m in such a good mood today, let’s ruin it by talking about what’s happening in Florida. Buckle up…

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  • Podcast

    COVID-19, mRNA, FDA and Other Important Initialisms

    Rebecca chats with Mary Brock and Topher Hunter about the intricacies of the new COVID vaccines, plus what the FDA is doing during approvals. Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: Apple Podcasts | Stitcher | Blubrry | RSS

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  • ScienceA picture of coronavirus cells

    The COVID-19 Vaccine is 95% Effective. What Does That Mean? And Why is Herd Immunity via the Vaccine Better than Just Getting the Virus?

    Great news has been released in the past two weeks. There are multiple vaccines that are emerging and preliminary results (from Phase III clinical trials) show that at least two are 95% effective. But what exactly does that mean? And why is it better to get the vaccine instead of just getting COVID-19 out in the wild, besides the obvious…

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