• Quickies
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    Quickies: Gendered Grant Scores, Martian Tsunami, Ring Emergencies…

    Hey, all! It’s been a busy few weeks, so here’s a few quick stories that you might have missed… Even when reviews are blinded, women get less grant money because of communication style differences. “Women’s use of topic-specific words lowers their chance of getting a high score from reviewers compared to men.” So, be more vague? Blech. Via our own…

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  • Skepticism

    “Where Will You Spend Eternity?”: My Experience with Religion at the Doctor’s Office

    Evangelical Christians have a phenomenon known as the Conversion Story, and these stories are used to illustrate how one used to live an empty life of sin before they prayed a bunch and “found” Jesus. The more gruesome the story, the better the conversion. Similarly, I have a Skeptic Conversion Story about my experiences with religion and how I managed…

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  • New Who Tomorrow!

    The new Doctor Who actor will be announced tomorrow, and this Skepchick is rooting for Paterson Joseph. He has the right timbre and presence, is handsome and cool and authoritative with a quiet intelligence and smile around the corners of his mouth, and we can all do Barack Obama comparisons if we get stuck for superficial analogies. Let’s reconvene here…

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