Reality Checks: GMO Mosquitoes, the Dangerous Unvaccinated, Sexism and Anxiousness, and Science Communication

Reality Checks: GMO Mosquitoes, the Dangerous Unvaccinated, Sexism and Anxiousness, and Science Communication

Let’s not freak out about “GMO mosquitoes.” (via Science Sushi) To protect his son, a father asks a school to bar unvaccinated children. (via NPR) Sexism can cause women to be more anxious. (via The Guardian) On aiming too low in science communication. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Nagesh Jayaraman via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact u... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 128: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 3

The Physics Philes, lesson 128: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 3

We’ve just got a couple more topics to talk about before we can move on from the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. So let’s get going! First, let’s talk a little more about molecular speeds. Just to jog your memory, last week we determined the average translational kinetic energy of a gas molecule and the average kinetic translational kinetic energy per mole of gas. Those e... »

Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

The first woman to earn her medical in the United States was admitted as a joke. (via Smithsonian Magazine) When the South wasn’t so gung-ho for “state’s rights.” (via Politico) A study indicates that teaching girls to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual environment may lessen the long-term effects of sexual victimization. (via Raw story) Rosetta’s comet ... »

Reality Checks: New Atheists and Islam, Creative Sex Ed, Twirling Tennis Players, and the HPV Vaccine

Reality Checks: New Atheists and Islam, Creative Sex Ed, Twirling Tennis Players, and the HPV Vaccine

“New Atheists” are wrong about Muslims. (via Salon) Mississippi finds a creative way around the limitations put on his sex ed class. (via Mother Jones) Apparently having male on-court announcers ask elite women’s tennis players to twirl is a thing. (via The Guardian) If you’re under 15, two doses of the HPV vaccine is probably enough. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: Mi... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 9: In Which Our Narrator Blames Everything on a Woman and is Horrified by Mental Illness

Remember how last step Style was explaining the tensions in the house full of internet Don Juans?  Forget all that.  “It took just one woman to bring Project Hollywood down.”  Style then describes Katya, the woman in question, though he immediately reverts to calling her a girl, as in “standard-issue party girl” and foreshadows how she is going to destroy the merry band of ... »

Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

An emphasis on “inherent brilliance” might explain some of the gender gap in STEM fields. (via Scicurious) The Theory of Everything is not a good representation of disability. (via Slate) What science says about “deflate-gate.” (via NPR) There are limits to attempts to predict terrorist attacks. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Joshua Zader via Flickr Got a ... »

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