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The Best Museum You Never Knew Existed is in Oklahoma City

You may have noticed a lack of Physics Philes for the past several weeks. That’s because I’ve been at the University of Oklahoma as a participant in their physics REU. REUs, or Research Experience for Undergraduates, are great and if you have the opportunity you should definitely participate in one. …

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The Evolution of Sex

Sex is confusing and not only in the figuring out what goes where and who, if indeed anyone, you want to do it with. It’s very existence is a problem that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for centuries. For all intents and purposes sex shouldn’t exist, let alone be intrinsic to …

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Cryptophile: Griffins

Here at the Skepchick network we love using magical creatures as an excuse to talk about biology. I did it at TS with Tolkien’s giant eagles, Mad Art Lab did it with dragons, and, because it was so much fun, I’ve decided to run with it and start a series …

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‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) Ladies!’ : Rosalind Franklin

It’s the end of March so after a month of fervent university work, I’m going to jump in with my first instalment of ‘All the cool historical (and sometimes modern) ladies!’. So I’m going to tell you about some wonderfully intelligent and awesome (do I say awesome too much? Probably…) …

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Science Sunday: UV Light vs Bacteria

While looking for a project for this year’s science expo (or science fair as it is called in the States), I came across the most fascinating thing. Airports use UV light hand-dryers in their restrooms.  Now admittedly I do not frequent airports as I rarely fly anywhere so I have …

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A whole-brain activity map, and the Obama administration

Last month, the Obama administration announced a plan to fund a huge, decade-long project to simultaneously map the activity of each individual neuron in the entire human brain — the Brain Activity Map (BAM). The project aims to develop new technology to visualize the activity of individual neurons in the …

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Science Sunday: Alcohol and the Adolescent Brain

Why hello there readers, and a happy St. Patty’s Day to you! I hope you all are celebrating with something green and Irish, but we here at Teen Skepchick decided that St. Patty’s day was an appropriate time to talk about a different kind of celebration, one that perhaps will …

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Science Sunday: Otter Penises & Pollution

For those who don’t pay much attention to furry things in British rivers (and really, why would you?) you might be interested to hear that the otter population in my homeland is on the way up and recovering from their rapid decline in the 1970s. Now, what seems to have …

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