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CryptozoologyScience

Cryptophile: Cerberus

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …

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Science

Requiescat in Pace: Oliver Sacks

Cross posted from Coffeefied,Operafied,Fluffified,Beglittered, and written in collaboration with (and honestly the majority by) my wonderful big sister.  Cross posted here with her gracious permission.  Oliver Sacks is dead. I owe him, through his many books, a great debt of doubt and curiosity and wonder. I constantly marvel at his vivid observations, …

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BiologyScience

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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ParanormalScience

Cryptophile: Ents

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today I’m going to discuss ents, well, talking and walking creatures that look like trees. Although the ents may be the classic example of this creature that …

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PhysicsScience

The Physics Philes, lesson 126: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 1

As promised, this week we’ll start a discussion on the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. Be warned: we’ll have to take this in chunks. Now that that’s out of the way…what is the kinetic-molecular model of idea gases? Basically, it’s a way to understand the properties of a bunch of …

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FeaturedScienceUncategorized

Cryptophile: Werewolves

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today we’re going to tackle werewolves, a group of extremely sexy men that fall in love with babies at first sight. Or, if you’re not reading Twilight, …

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PhysicsScience

The Physics Philes, lesson 115: The Doppler Shift

We’ve been talking, over the last several weeks, about sound and sound waves and how those waves interact with each other. Implicit in those discussions is the assumption that everyone is at rest relative to one another. That’s not always how it works. We know, of course, that we can …

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Modern MythologyScience

Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 1, 2011, but the movie Lucy has sadly brought this myth back into vogue. Modern Mythology is a Teen Skepchick feature in which we try to cut through the woo so you can make informed decisions. If you have any questions, …

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