Reality Checks: Fitting in as a Black Girl, Happy Satanist Christmas, Male Permission, Dr. Oz Quackery

Reality Checks: Fitting in as a Black Girl, Happy Satanist Christmas, Male Permission, Dr. Oz Quackery

Black girls have a harder time fitting in with their white peers when compared to black boys. (via The Atlantic) A Nativity and a Satanist Christmas display will share space on the grounds of the Michigan state capitol. (via NPR) Missouri lawmaker wants to force women to get permission from a man to get an abortion. (via Mother Jones) This should really go without saying, but don’t listen to... »

DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

Hello friends and welcome to our final DBT skills distress tolerance post before the holidays. I hope I have given you some tools to pull out if your family starts getting stressful, but if not here is one that I think the skeptics among us (hopefully all of us) will appreciate. Last week we worked on improving the moment, but sometimes the best you can do in a given situation is to not make thing... »

Reality Checks: Uptalk Shame, Vagina Beauty, Bigfoot, and Science’s Sharing Problem

Reality Checks: Uptalk Shame, Vagina Beauty, Bigfoot, and Science’s Sharing Problem

Don’t be ashamed of your uptalk! (via Slate) Six things the beauty-industrial complex says you need to do to fix your vagina. (via Mother Jones) Overall Bigfoot sightings are down. (via CityLab) Scientists have a sharing problem. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Suspension of Disbelief: The Imitation Game

Suspension of Disbelief: The Imitation Game

Cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered. Alan Turing is my hero.  He is the intellectual progenitor of my science, a war hero who never held a gun, a rallying cry for the injustices perpetrated against LGBT folk, and an all-around amazingly smart yet tragic person. Some time back, someone asked me what I thought of Benedict Cumberbatch starring in a movie about him.  I had... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!

The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!

You know, we’ve been talking a lot lately about energy transfer, aka heat. But we haven’t talked much about how that happens. Let’s fix that now. There are three ways heat can move from one place to another: conduction, convection, and radiation. First, let’s start with conduction. Say you heat one end of a metal rod. Soon, the cold part you are holding will start to heat u... »

DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

As we come up on the holiday season, distress tolerance skills will probably be very helpful. When you don’t have the opportunity to self-soothe, as we talked about last week, you might try improving the moment, which is this week’s skill. Improving the moment is for the times when you can’t necessarily change a distressing situation that’s happening around you, but you can... »

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