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Science Sunday: The Transit of Venus

Do you remember what you were doing eight years ago on June 8th, 2004?  No?  Neither do I, but on that early day in the Northern Hemisphere’s summer, celestial bodies in our solar system were aligning.  The planet Venus’ orbit brought it directly between the Earth and the Sun and …


Female Scientists Make Great Role Models! (Except When They’re Feminine)

A couple of days ago one of the Skepchick quickies was S.E. Smith’s article ‘Get Your Antifemininity Out of My Feminism’. It’s a wonderful piece, and it expresses an idea I’ve spoken about before— that by undervaluing things that are seen as feminine, we undermine our goal of gender equality. …

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The U.K.’s Sonic Screwdriver Prototype and What It Means for You as a Person

You know what would be great?  If I could unscrew things without using my arm to apply the torque.  You know what would also be great?  If I could have some surgery done on a part that’s inside my body without doctors having to slice through the other bits of …

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Science Sunday: Jumping on Mars and Other Extreme Sports

On March 8th, 2012 Disney’s John Carter was released in theaters to the general public.  Adapted from Edgar Rice Burroughs’ 1917 pulp novel, A Princess of Mars, the movie’s plot follows the swashbuckling antics of John Carter, a disillusioned Civil War veteran who is transported to Mars after he kills …

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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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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 …


Physics, The Colour Pink, and Internalised Misogyny

You may have noticed the recent furor over the gendered science kits for kids in the last week. Pink fluffy beauty-related things for girls, and hyperlaunchers, weird slime, and chemistry & physics for boys. In blue, of course, because that is a boys colour. You know the drill. There are …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Ada Lovelace Edition

I don’t know if you’ve heard, but today is Ada Lovelace Day. Ada Lovelace is considered to be the first computer programmer, and this is a day to celebrate all women in STEM professions. Really, every day is Ada Lovelace Day here at Teen Skepchick, but I’m going to use …