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Teen Skepchick Interviews: Sadiqah, Part 2

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists, skeptics, and feminists about life, the universe, and everything. This is part 2 of my interview with Sadiqah, a formerly devout Muslim woman who began questioning Islam while living in a Muslim country and, …

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Teen Skepchick Interviews: Sadiqah, Part 1

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists, skeptics, and feminists about life, the universe, and everything. Sadiqah was born in the United States but lived, worked, and started a family in a Muslim country as an initially devout Muslim …

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Science Sunday: Fools for Science

Some of the best April Fool's Day pranks and hoaxes have been based in science and math. Discover magazine fooled numerous readers with its April 1999 article by Tim Folger about the recently discovered bigon particle, which appears and disappears within millionths of a second—and is the size of a …

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Luck Is a Four-Letter Word

So where did the phrase “luck of the Irish” come from? Some say it refers specifically to bad luck. Just for starters, almost 1,000 years of domination and oppression, not to mention such events as the potato famine, hardly qualify as being particularly lucky. Another use of the phrase was …

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Science Sunday: Reading the Paper–EDITED

Researchers Hong Liu and Richard Crooks at the University of Texas–Austin developed an innovative new biomedical test that could be used in the home and in areas without easy access to laboratories, such as in developing countries. Each test is made of paper, costs about 10 cents, and has the …

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Science Sunday: Lake Vostok

A few weeks ago, Russian scientists, working for Russia’s Arctic and Antarctic Research Institute, finally broke through to Lake Vostok, a large subglacial lake in Antarctica that has been buried beneath four kilometers of ice for more than 20 million years. What does this really mean and why is it …

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Aphrodisiacs: Do They Work? Do We Want Them To?

Valentine’s Day creates a booming market for aphrodisiacs—foods, beverages, spices, powders, supplements, and even insects purported to create desire in humans. But are any of the claims true? For most, the evidence simply isn’t there, and for a few, the jury is still out. There’s a possible effect of some …

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Teen Skepchick Interviews, Old Timey Edition: Maria Mitchell

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing scientists and skeptics about life, the universe, and everything. This week, we’re traveling back in time to “talk” with Maria Mitchell (1818-1889), the first female professional astronomer in the United States. In October 1847, …

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