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    Sugar equals immortality

    Throwback Bad Chart Thursday: Sugar Could Make Us Immortal

    Originally published on March 20, 2014. I was casually strolling about the Internet the other day, enjoying a hot fudge doughnut M&M sundae, as I am wont to do, when I came across some SHOCKING news about US sugar consumption: By 2606, the US Diet will be 100 Percent Sugar. My first thought was that this would be only a…

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  • Featured

    The 344th Slut: A French Feminist Fights for Equality

    It’s a longstanding feminist complaint: men can do anything from yardwork to club sports with their torsos exposed, but when a woman appears topless in public it’s considered illegal and indecent. What may surprise American readers is the fact that France, a country we associate with racy films and nude beaches, shares this double standard—and just like in the United…

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  • Activism

    Food is for White Liberals What Sex Is For The Religious Right

    It occurred to me a few weeks ago after a discussion based on a pro-GMO post Kavin wrote for Grounded Parents. Bring up reproductive rights and liberals shake their heads and remark on the incredible cognitive dissonance of the Religious Right. Sure, the Right is “small government” in theory, but it’s about sex, liberals shrug. It’s about policing women’s bodies and an…

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  • Featured
    Sugar equals immortality

    Bad Chart Thursday: Sugar Could Make Us Immortal

    I was casually strolling about the Internet the other day, enjoying a hot fudge doughnut M&M sundae, as I am wont to do, when I came across some SHOCKING news about US sugar consumption: By 2606, the US Diet will be 100 Percent Sugar. My first thought was that this would be only a 5 percent increase in my current…

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  • Skepticism

    The Female Athlete Triad, part 2: The Right Stuff

    (Content notice: disordered eating.) My dietician is punching away at a calculator, as I watch her with the trepidation I might feel watching an airline employee attempting to find me a new flight in a snowstorm. “So, you’re not eating enough to begin with, and then a third of your calories are coming from alcohol or chocolate,” she says with…

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  • Science

    The Female Athlete Triad: Not As Fun As it Sounds

    Content notice: eating disorders. “Have you ever heard of the Female Athlete Triad?” I know what my new doctor’s about to say as soon as I hear the words “female athlete.” Having struggled with the ghosts of an eating disorder throughout my twelve-year running history, I get asked if I’m aware of the world’s best-named collection of ailments at least…

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  • Skepticism

    From a Former Employee: 5 Reasons #CVSQuits is a Smokescreen

    [Edited for clarity.] This morning, the Internet was all a-twitter about #CVSQuits. CVS Caremark, the company that owns the CVS Pharmacy chain, has announced that CVS stores will be phasing out the sales of tobacco products. The move is an excellent publicity stunt, but, in my view, not terribly meaningful in terms of helping people’s health. Here’s why, based on…

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  • Meta Stuff

    ICYMI: October 20 – October 26 on the Skepchick Network

    Teen Skepchick Science Genius: Hip Hop Remixes Science There’s a new pilot program using hip hop to teach science. What do you think? The Physics Philes, lesson 70: Gravity. It’s the Law! The first of many posts on gravity, undeniably the best fundamental force. The Pseudoscience of Victim Blaming: You’re Not Healthy Enough, AKA The Mike Adams Eddy argues that…

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