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  • Quickies
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    Quickies: Welcome your Future Dog Overlord…

    Hello from fabulous Las Vegas! I’m visiting with some lovely folks, most notably Friend of Skepchick Scott Sigler and OG Skepchick A Kovacs as they host Siglerfest2k19, a celebration of all the weird and wonderful shit that comes out of Scott’s brain. If you like horror, thrillers, sci-fi, football, science, or apocalyptic stories in any combination, you should really check…

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  • Quickies
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    Quickies: A controversial moment, a vicious proposal, a ridiculous claim, and a potty mouth

    Welcome to your Friday Quickies! Brandt Jean’s Act Of Grace Toward His Brother’s Killer Sparks A Debate Over Forgiving – NPR does a pretty good job of capturing a wide array of voices, specifically black voices, commenting on this controversial moment. You all heard how the Trump administration actually considered a gorram alligator-filled moat for a border wall, right? The…

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  • Science
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    Confessions of a Former Asshole Physicist

    As a physics professor, it’s my main job to teach my students to think about forces and fields, solve engineering problems, and understand what an image of a black hole can tell us about the nature of spacetime. As a professor at a liberal arts college, I also think it’s important to talk about science as a uniquely human endeavor…

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  • Feminism

    Prominent Astronomer Named in Sexual Harassment Case, and We’re Not Gunna Take It Anymore

    Sometime on Friday the news broke: famous astronomer and discoverer of exoplanets Geoff Marcy has been accused of sexually harassing female students for years. (See UPDATE below for how you can help!) (UPDATE 2: Geoff Marcy has resigned. See below.) This news came as a surprise to some. It was a sigh of “FINALLY!” for others. Me, I wasn’t surprised,…

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  • Feminism

    A trio of badass scientists you should know

    Want to know more about Mary Sherman Morgan? Check out her son George Morgan’s book ‘Rocket Girl‘. See ‘African-American Women Chemists‘ by Jeanette Brown, M.S. for more about Alice Ball and two dozen other pioneers – including Brown’s own tale. UNL’s very own Dr. Mark Griep, Associate Professor of Chemistry, has written an ‘Easy and Lucid Guide to a Knowledge…

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  • Feminism
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    When Doubt is a Poison

    Stories of sexual harassment in the science and skeptic communities are nothing new around here, despite the efforts of far too many people to dismiss them. To understand the impact of these instances on a particular survivor, I recommend that you read carefully a recent essay by my friend and mentor, Pamela Gay, about her own issues with harassment and…

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  • Activism

    A Sandbox of Scientist Paper Dolls

    ORIGINALLY POSTED BY BonnieBeth on Mad Art Lab. Did you miss SkepchickCON? Wish you could have been there with us? We wish you could have been there too! So we’ve brought a little piece of SkepchickCON back home to you: our Geek Art workshop, full of scientist paper dolls. The whole set is here, and we’re already plotting to make…

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  • Anti-Science

    Science Deniers Give Us Too Much Credit

    Really, have you noticed? I’m speaking in particular about climate science-deniers and a realization I had while I was at the American Geophysical Union meeting last December. Deniers give scientists too much credit. It would almost be flattering if it wasn’t so dangerous.

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