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Cryptophile: Hobbits

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. In my always-timely fashion it’s only been over three months since my last post. Evidently being unemployed does not necessarily mean you have time on your hands. …

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T is for Tribulations: The Big Gendery Post

I’ve tried to write this post a bunch of times, both by hand and by keyboard but every time I try the words change. To tell you the truth, I’ve been finding that writing comes hard to me recently. There’s a barrier of fear that strikes me before I can …

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Bird’s do it, Bees do it even- Wait?! How exactly do bees do it???

Well bees or to be more exact Honeybees “do it” mid flight, in a massive swarm and several endophallus’s get blown off. Okay so that was pretty vague if intriguing and I can hear you begging for the gory details. Well unfortunately for you, exploding endophallus’s aside Honeybee mating isn’t …

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Reality Checks: Leopard Spots, Oceans of Mars, Caffeine Eating Microbes, and Fossilized Sperm

In order to not neglect Mars during all the Pluto love, Curiosity discovers a what may be a continental crust. (via The Register) Scientists discover One Weird Trick(tm)for seeing black leopard spots (turning on an infrared camera flash).  (via Gulf News)  Oldest fossilized sperm discovered in Antarctica!  (via BBC) Coffee destroying beetles …

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Reality Checks: Goldfish Continue to Ruin Everything, Obama is Going to say Something About Conversion Therapy, Grilled Cheese vs Frequency of Sexual Encounters, and the Day’s Dinosaur News

Obama is going to have conversations with lawmakers about ‘Conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth.  It’s a start.  (via NYT) Terrifyingly large goldfish are destroying ecosystems in Australia.  Don’t abandon pets.  Not only is it kind of terrible anyway, it’s bad for the environment.  (via Time) A Dating Site Reports a Positive …

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Tracts in the Mail

As Olivia taught us recently in her DBT series, sometimes there are simply no pros to outweigh the cons of saying certain things to one’s relatives.  One such situation is the way that my very Christian grandparents keep sending me tracts and handwritten notes attempting to convert me.  Fortunately, they …

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DBT Skills: Use Some Logic

Hello friends and welcome to our final DBT skills distress tolerance post before the holidays. I hope I have given you some tools to pull out if your family starts getting stressful, but if not here is one that I think the skeptics among us (hopefully all of us) will …

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DBT: Take a Sad Song and Make It Better

As we come up on the holiday season, distress tolerance skills will probably be very helpful. When you don’t have the opportunity to self-soothe, as we talked about last week, you might try improving the moment, which is this week’s skill. Improving the moment is for the times when you …

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