Science Sunday

ScienceSunday: Darwin Day!

Today, February 12, marks the 203th birthday of Charles Darwin. His landmark work, On the Origin of Species, revolutionized biology, and the scientific view of how the diversity of life that exists today came into being, by proposing the idea that, according to common legend, Thomas Henry Huxley, a contemporary of Darwin’s, …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: Beka Cooper

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. Series Title: The Legend of Beka Cooper Books:  Terrier, Bloodhound, and Mastiff Genre: Young adult fiction, Fantasy Author: Tamora Pierce

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Modern Mythology

Modern Mythology: Ace Up My Sleeve

Asexual. Defined as a person who does not experience sexual attraction. It seems like a simple enough concept, yet there are a million myths and misconceptions about asexuality, going from amusingly wrong to offensive and creepy. To help dispel some of these myths, though, it helps to understand better the …

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ScienceSunday: Finding the Higgs

The Higgs Boson. The “God particle”. This elementary particle is one of the most popular discussions of physics in the mainstream media, which is impressive, since the existence of the Higgs boson is still in question. But what exactly is the Higgs boson? Why is it called the God particle? …

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ScienceSunday: What Makes a Dinosaur?

Ask most kids, and they’ll tell you dinosaurs are some of the biggest, scariest, and coolest creatures to ever walk the planet. Most have a favorite: Tyrannosaurus, Stegosaurus, and Triceratops are among the most popular. Anyone can name a dinosaur or three, but what actually makes something a dinosaur? To understand …

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Modern Mythology: Scaly Dinosaurs

When I was growing up, my first dinosaur books had pictures like this:    Based on the scientific knowledge at that point, dinosaurs were lumbering scaly green-and-brown beasts, giant cold-blooded reptiles, with tails dragging on the ground and such a huge bulk that some of the biggest had to live …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: Coraline

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. Book/Movie: Coraline Genre: Children’s fantasy, horror Author: Neil Gaiman Director: Henry Selick (director of Nightmare Before Christmas) Rating (Book): 5 out of 5 buttons Rating (Movie):  4.5 out …

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No Shave November

I found out about No-Shave November for the first time four years ago, in my junior year of high school. At the time, I thought it was just a thing that people did, like the Pokemon profile picture month on Facebook or something. I’ve recently discovered that it’s actually for …

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