• Quickies
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    Quickies: Food Lies, Gender Science, “Hurt” Thor…

    Happy Friday, y’all! Before I get into the Friday Quickies, I wanted to remind you that Mad Art Lab has re-launched! I’m a huge fangirl of that site and the writers because they take the blend of science and creativity to new heights. Want to read about werewolf telepathy? The physics of paint pouring? Getting your ass kicked in-game? Messing…

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  • Parenting

    Cross-Post: Don’t Like. Don’t Share. Don’t Comment. Don’t Pray.

    Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Deek and originally featured on Grounded Parents. A link to the whole article, where you can leave comments, is at the bottom.  ****** You may have seen it in your Facebook news feed: a picture of a mother in the NICU cradling her baby surrounded by medical equipment, a smiling child with down…

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  • Featured

    Bad Chart Thursday: Leaving Facebook Makes You as Happy as a Cleanse Makes You Healthy

    Does Facebook contribute to unhappiness, an unsatisfying social life, and envy? The Danish Happiness Research Institute recently conducted an experiment to find out. This was clearly a rigorous and serious study as evidenced by how they chose to report the results: an infographic pdf–the Internet equivalent of a picture book. The presentation doesn’t necessarily mean that it is a bad…

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  • Meta Stuff

    Skepchick Sundaylies: Numismatic Quilling, Names on Facebook, Atheist Rosh Hashanah, Life Before Disability

    Sunday Funny: Being a woman at an atheist convention. (via Medium) Teen Skepchick The Not So Beautiful Game: In Which Our Intrepid Narrator Validates his Ideological Convictions via Reality Television, Name Drops, and then Blames the Internet for Mental and Societal Ills Elizabeth isn’t even offended by this book anymore. She’s just bored. DBT Skills: Be Excellent To Yourselves Olivia…

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  • Science

    Facebook’s Unethical Research Project

    Facebook has apparently conducted a “massive” psychological experiment and published the results in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). The study sought to manipulate the emotional responses of 689,000 Facebook users by controlling the types of content that appeared on their feeds in order to see whether or not emotional traits can be “transferred to others via…

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  • Activism

    Help Without Heaven

    As part of my ongoing Do Better Challenge, I am seeking out people who are doing volunteer work and good deeds to help out in the various secular communities. We see a lot of negativity in the world and because of that, every now and then, I like to try to focus your attention on some of the good people…

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  • Skepticism

    PBJs, Nail Polish, Barrels of Crabs: The Week(s) in Startup Sexism

    There’s so much to say about startups and sexism! In the past few weeks, several items have surfaced that continue to reveal not just the deep-seated sexism in tech, but also the deep-seated denial and ignorance surrounding sexism in the industry. Don’t believe? Let’s review! First, some guy raised $6.5 million dollars to tell women what they want to read…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: June 2 – June 8 on the Skepchick Network

    Got a case of the Mondays? Check out these Skepchick Network posts. Teen Skepchick The Physics Philes, lesson 51: Pipe Dreams Mindy continues her quest for physics knowledge with an explanation of torque. Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes (to the DSM) Olivia summaries the changes to the DSM, for those who are interested. The Risk of Honesty Olivia knows that if potential employers were…

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