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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! They Contain the History of Life Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! They Contain the History of Life Edition

Howdy! Are you ready for your weekly dose of nerdy music? Well, you better get ready, ’cause it’s happening! This week’s song comes to use from Tom McFadden as part of his masters thesis on the impact of music in science education.The song, a parody of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” covers the California 7th grade standards on Earth & life history. There is al... »

Reality Checks: Cousin Earth, Female Penis, Pets, and Trigger Warnings

Reality Checks: Cousin Earth, Female Penis, Pets, and Trigger Warnings

We’ve discovered Earth’s cousin. (via Bad Astronomy) A new penis-like structure found in female cave-dwelling insects. (via io9) Is it good for kids to have pets? (via Scientific American) Do trigger warnings threaten academic freedom. (via Slate) Featured image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

If creationists presented Cosmos. (via Funny or Die) Captain America actor also wants a Wonder Woman movie. (via The Mary Sue) Are girls bad at chess. (via Scientific American) Lunar eclipse photos. (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: Jakub Kadlec via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

Last week we started talking about mechanical waves. Now that we have some of the essential knowledge under our belts, let’s dig in a little deeper. It’s time to start talking about periodic waves. A note: Everything you’re about to read goes for both transverse and longitudinal waves. But it’s easier to visualize, I think, by describing it in terms of transverse waves. Jus... »

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Jenny McCarthy now claims she isn’t anti-vax. Yeah, right. (via Bad Astronomy) “Homeless Jesus” sculpture causes controversy in an affluent North Carolina neighborhood. (via NPR) How – and why – chameleons change colors. (via Zoologic) Nigerian 14-year-old bride killed her 35-year-old husband with rat poison at their wedding feast. (via Raw Story) Featured image credi... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Hello! It’s Friday, so it’s time to get into that weekend mood. This week’s selection is from an artist I’d never heard of before, but she’s utterly delightful. Her name is Allie Goertz, aka Cossbysweater. She sings quiet folk music about very nerdy pop culture topics, like D&D and The Simpsons. The song I chose is about Sam from the short-lived television show Fr... »

Reality Checks: Mars Mosaics, Science Communication, and Lab-Grown Vaginas

Reality Checks: Mars Mosaics, Science Communication, and Lab-Grown Vaginas

Teenage interns are prohibited from hearing a debate on reproductive rights in Florida. (via Gawker) The woman who created Mars mosaics the hard way. (via io9) Lab-grown vaginas are functioning for patients eight years after transplant. (via Discovery News) What science communicators can learn from listening to people. (via Phys.org) Featured image credit: Fibonacci Blue Got a link you think we sh... »

Reality Checks: Pandemics, Teen Drivers, and Lobster Maps

Reality Checks: Pandemics, Teen Drivers, and Lobster Maps

Five myths about pandemics busted. (via io9) Climate change is violence. (via The Guardian) Stressed-out teens have fewer car accidents than other drivers. (via D-brief) Why scientists are mapping lobsters. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Tom Thai via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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