• Science

    Cool Science: DNA Origami and DNA LEGOs

    Researchers have been taking cues from nature since its inception. Building nanostructures and and devices out of DNA is simply another example of this. DNA and RNA is a sophisticated assembly of nucleic acids that encodes genetic information. However, the hydrogen bonds and base pair stacking lead to self-assembly, which is being incorporated in materials science with greater success. Different…

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  • Featured

    Pubic Lice are NOT going extinct

    Argh! I woke up to 20 emails asking for my opinion on pubic lice. How did your Monday Morning coffee go? Alas, this story is making the rounds again: Brazilian Bikini Waxes Make Crab Lice Endangered Species Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may…

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  • Science

    What is Evolution?

    I am a huge fan of Bird and Moon Comics, so I was super excited to see this video with illustrations used to explain evolution! Enjoy.

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  • Activism

    Will There Be More Surly Grants?

    So far, every single day since TAM, I have woken up to hate-filled messages on the internet. I have been called every nasty name in the book. I have been lied about, I have been threatened. I have been the punch-line to jokes where I don’t understand the part that is supposed to be funny. I have been called ‘poison’…

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  • Random Asides

    Ask Surly Amy and Elizabeth: Cats, Genetics and Diseases

    Message: Hi guys. I need your help to clarify a question that’s been bugging me for a while now. I’m a crazy cat lady and so is a friend of mine. We meet over coffee to discuss our “babies.” She said her cat – a beautiful Norwegian with probably the lushest coat I ever saw on a cat – was…

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  • Feminism

    Twitter Users Sad To Hear They May Be Rapists

    Trigger warning for talk of rape! Obviously. Well, I’m back from several weeks of travel in Australia and New Zealand, which followed months of weekly conference travel all over the US. Normally I’d take a break after something like that: relax, pet the cats, catch up on Walking Dead. But instead I decided to Tweet something super controversial to satisfy…

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  • Events

    EVENTS This Week—Preach-off, War on Christmas & Partying Your Axis Off

    Every week this month is chock full of parties, and this week is no exception. Pretend to be your “favorite” preacher at the Preach-off in St. Louis, or officially join the Atheist War on Christmas in the Twin Cities, where the Minnesota Atheists are doing something truly evil—donating and wrapping gifts for families at the Children’s Hospital (handlebar mustache optional).…

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  • Skepticism

    DNA Proof of Bigfoot!—X-Post

    Cross-posted from Skeptisquatch at Teen Skepchick Melba Ketchum, a veterinarian and founder of DNA Diagnostics, has put out a press release claiming to have evidence that “confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called ‘Bigfoot’ or ‘Sasquatch,’ living in North America.” Ketchum has been making claims along these lines for years, but she has yet to provide…

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