Scarlett Johansson as Agent Natasha Romanoff in Marvel's The Avengers
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Latrodectus: In Defense of Black Widow

Scarlett Johansson gets to reprise her role as superhero/superheroine Agent Natasha Romanoff, also known as “Black Widow”, in a quaint little independent film called Marvel’s The Avengers that made its premier in the United States a couple weeks ago.  Agent Romanoff is a reformed freelance assassin who now works for …

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Don’t Panic! Unless You’ve Forgotten Your Towel

…and why you shouldn’t need to be told. Yes, don’t panic, it’s just towel day, the yearly celebration in which the world recognizes the genius of Douglas Adams and his hilarious series of books. Yes, that series of books.

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Stories That Matter: Harry Potter & Social Justice

So there I was. Just starting my study abroad experience, feeling a very long way from home, and scrolling through a list of student associations of various stripes and wondering how the hell I was going to meet people if every!single!one! of them was either a religious group, fraternity or …

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Conspiracy Behind The Creed: Assassins, Lady Gaga & Why You’re Blind

When it comes to the use of woo in video games you really don’t have to look far to see its reaches; whether unproven notions are being used as plot devices, game-play elements or just sprinkled throughout the story it’s generally forgivable, even when a man sitting on  a bridge in Pokémon …

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Language Myths

As skeptics, we are dedicated to fighting woo and misinformation, however many educated, kind, intelligent people overlook one of the worst kinds of woo and use it to discriminate against others. What am I talking about? Language woo. Misperceptions and misunderstandings of what language is and how it works. I’m …

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Dinosaurs In Space: Why The Hell Not?

I wonder how many of you remember what the ‘advanced alien dinosaurs from space’ story was actually about. I must confess to having a slight problem with remembering what the actual science was, and with good reason, because the science of the story had absolutely nothing to do with Argonians, …

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Happy Star Wars Day!

I grew up on Star Wars. Now I could say that about any number of things: the music of Queen, a diet of coco pops and cheetos, a lack of fashion sense, an obsession with Spider-man, the awesomeness of science and so on. But there was always a special place …

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Suspension of Disbelief: Assassin’s Creed Primer

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teens. In preparation for the release of the ever-anticipated release of Ubisoft's 'Assassin's Creed III' in four or five months, it's about high time we ran through the …