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Suspension of Disbelief: The Hunger Games Trilogy

This week’s Suspension of Disbelief is on the book trilogy The Hunger Games , by Suzanne Collins. Katie did a review of the recent movie, which you can find here. But onwards, to my expression of love of the series and my attempt to persuade everyone to read it.

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Feminism

Men Are Our Friends

I am a feminist. Most of the Teen Skepchicks are, and all are for equal rights. But I’m seeing a growing trend of misandry (the hatred of men; opposite of misogyny), especially in social networking, and it’s not okay. As women continue to battle for fully equal rights, we have …

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Religion and Spirituality

Ministers in Schools?

I live in Scotland- a country which is, nowadays, not particularly religious. I go to a secular school; one which admits pupils of all races, backgrounds and religions, and I’m proud of this. However, we have three ministers assigned to our school who speak at assemblies on a regular basis. …

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Alternative MedicineMental Health

Medical Madness: Asylums Edition

In Medical Madness, we examine some of the kooky (or downright crazy) medical practices throughout history. This week, it’s a look at insane asylums and some of the methods used to deal with the mentally ill. Admittedly, it’s a little look, because there were countless asylums and countless treatments. Nevertheless, …

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PoliticsReligion and Spirituality

Banning Burqas?

Last year, the French government passed a law which banned the wearing of burqas in their country. Burqas, first of all, are full-body coverings worn by some women in Islamic traditions to cover their bodies in public and conserve their modesty. They generally comprise of a full-body covering, plus a …

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Anti-ScienceScience

Medical Madness: Trepanning Edition

The new edition of the Medical Madness mini-feature: all about trepanning! Back in the day, people enjoyed drilling holes into the skulls of folks possessed by demons, as well as a host of other reasons. This skull-hole-drilling is the aforementioned trepanning, or trepanation. We'll examine the good, the bad and the …

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Medical Madness: Plague Cures Edition

In 1347, the Black Death began to sweep through Europe, and by 1348 it crossed the channel to the British Isles. This was the bubonic plague (eek!), so named for the massive swellings (buboes) that the victims developed in their groin and armpit areas. These oozed blood and pus, and …

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Best of… Children’s Science TV!

Some parents love television and some people hate it, but there’s no denying that it plays a large part in almost every child’s development today. However, this blog post isn’t about whether kids should watch TV or not- it’s about the sorts of programmes that are  on offer. Are there really shows out …

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