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Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Don’t Worry, You’ll Change Your Mind: Making Life Decisions Young

Adults really love to tell younger people about what will happen when said young people grow up. Usually it goes something like this: “I used to think that way too, but I’m older and wiser now, and I think differently. And because I know the future, I can tell you that you’ll change your mind too!” Especially when a young person comes to a conclusion about dating, marriage,... »

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

What it means to be a woman in nerd culture: The Mary Sue

As a writer I come across the term ‘Mary Sue’ often enough. Hell I come across that term as a reader and yes as an unashamed, hyperactive English lit nerd. Up until recently I had no real qualms with this term, that is until I began to analyse it’s frequent usage to critique female characters far and wide with very little light being shone on their male counter parts. For those w... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

Last week we started talking about mechanical waves. Now that we have some of the essential knowledge under our belts, let’s dig in a little deeper. It’s time to start talking about periodic waves. A note: Everything you’re about to read goes for both transverse and longitudinal waves. But it’s easier to visualize, I think, by describing it in terms of transverse waves. Jus... »

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

Calorie Counting: Yay or Nay?

CN: Diet and weight loss The best way to lose weight is to eat less calories and burn more calories, so counting calories just makes sense, right? So many people have used calorie counting, it must work. The government is demanding calorie labels on everything, so it’s probably something we should all take into account right? Well, maybe not. Many people assume that calories are simple, but ... »

Reality Checks: Renata Kallosh, Nigh Vision Contacts, and Captain America’s Shield

Reality Checks: Renata Kallosh, Nigh Vision Contacts, and Captain America’s Shield

As we’re celebrating the validation of “chaotic inflation,” let’s not forget the contributions of another theoretical physicist, Renata Kallosh, Andrei Linde’s wife. (via Medium) New sensor could pave the way for night vision contacts? (via D-brief) Fred Phelps is dead. (via NPR) Using physics to determine the weight of Captain America’s shield. (via Dot Physics... »

What Do Gravitational Waves and Towels Have in Common?

What Do Gravitational Waves and Towels Have in Common?

You’ve probably heard by now of the discovery of gravitational waves from the very early universe that lend credence to the idea that in the first fraction of a fraction of a second the universe expanded at an alarming rate. It’s kind of a big deal. Like, Higgs boson big deal. But what the heck are gravitational waves? How can gravity make waves? This video from New Scientist provides ... »

Exams, stress and expectations

Exams, stress and expectations

Content description: Discusses depression in relation to school and examinations. Briefly acknowledges an eating disorder.   I’m currently a first year undergraduate studying zoology, something I have been working towards since secondary school (high school for those in the US). Yet still I find myself hating parts of what I do,namely exams and namely what exams do to my mental health. ... »

Thanks For Proving Our Point

Thanks For Proving Our Point

In light of the recent DDoS attack, I’d like to say something, something that’s always on my mind when feminists are targeted like this. Guys, whoever you are trying to take down these sites, including this one, you’re proving our point. This goes far beyond DDoS. Every time you threaten feminists with rape, or say that they should die for speaking out, you prove our point. And t... »

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