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    Quickies: Measles at the Movies, Indigenous Astrophysics, Hip-Hop Science…

    Hey, hey, all! It’s your friendly neighborhood astronomer. I am thrilled to bring back a Skepchick tradition, Cute Animal Friday! Amanda has brought us hundreds and HUNDREDS of adorable fauna from around the world, and I hope to do this fine tradition justice. I’m also going to be a little selfish and share my favorite cute animal, the one that…

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  • Random Asides

    Bad Chart Thursday: How Hip Hop, Heavy Metal, and My Little Pony Can Kill You

    University of Sydney researcher Dianna Theadora Kenny recently wrote an article titled “Music to die for: how genre affects popular musicians’ life expectancy,” about her research into early mortality and causes of death among popular US musicians by genre, complete with head-banging charts.* The first chart, according to Kenny, “plots genres over time (oldest to youngest genres), showing the average…

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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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  • Feminism

    A Shout-Out to LGBT & Pro-LGBT Rappers

    There are many people of color in hip-hop who have come out in favor of LGBT people: A$AP Rocky, Snoop Lion, Beyonce, T-Pain, T.I., as well as Mr. Beyonce, Russell Simmons, Will Smith, and 50 Cent (I am aware that some of them might be problematic). I consider B. Dolan to be an honorable mention because he rapped in favor of a black trans woman, which is, arguably, less career-friendly…

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