Reality Checks: Gluten and Placebos, Interplanetary Submarine, the Bible on Slavery, and Your Brain on Magic

Reality Checks: Gluten and Placebos, Interplanetary Submarine, the Bible on Slavery, and Your Brain on Magic

Do you have gluten sensitivity, or are you just responding to the placebo effect? (via fivethirtyeight) NASA wants to send a submarine to Titan. (via Discovery News) What the Bible says about slavery. (via Raw Story) This is your brain on magic. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

50 shades of fail chapter 4 : Where friends are bad friends and stalking is somehow romantic.

50 shades of fail chapter 4 : Where friends are bad friends and stalking is somehow romantic.

Content Warning: This post has a fairly graphic description of sexual harassment within it and as usual is discussing 50 Shades of Grey which is rife with abusive behaviour including stalking. The last time I wrote I left you with the breathtakingly romantic image of Ana clutched in Grey’s arms after nearly being run over by a cyclist. In the arms of Grey, their faces inches apart and she st... »

Reality Checks: Teen Girls and IUDs, Mistaken for Janitors, Marriage Equality is Coming, and Atheism and Islamophobia

Reality Checks: Teen Girls and IUDs, Mistaken for Janitors, Marriage Equality is Coming, and Atheism and Islamophobia

Why teenage girls aren’t using IUDs. (via The Atlantic) Women of color working in STEM fields are often confused for janitors. (via Bitch Magazine) Notorious RBG thinks American are ready for marriage equality. (via Bloomberg) It’s time to atheists to confront Islamophobia in our ranks. (via Raw Story) Featured image credit: Obama-Biden Transition Project via Flickr Got a link you thin... »

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 10: In Which Critical Thinking Would be Better than Mindlessly Following Directions and Making Assumptions

The Not So Beautiful Game, Step 10: In Which Critical Thinking Would be Better than Mindlessly Following Directions and Making Assumptions

After all the foreboding of doominess in the last step, one would have thought that step 10 (Blast Last Minute Resistance–it’s a euphemism for rape) would find the den of internet libertines in their $50k/month mansion in Hollywood in a slightly different situation than the last step.  One would, however, be wrong.  Everyone is still in their mansion which, according to Style, is desce... »

Reality Checks: Teen Choice, Juice Cleanse, Agent Carter Talks Sexism, and Lady Spies

Reality Checks: Teen Choice, Juice Cleanse, Agent Carter Talks Sexism, and Lady Spies

We need to stop talking about a teen’s reproductive choice in such a paternalistic way. (via RH Reality Check) Stop that juice cleanse. (via Slate) Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays the title character in Agent Carter, talks sexism. (via HitFix) Real life female spies that deserve their own movies. (via io9) Featured image credit: bertholf via Flickr Got a link you think we should know ab... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 129: Return of Heat Capacities!

The Physics Philes, lesson 129: Return of Heat Capacities!

For the past few episodes of The Physics Philes, we’ve been trying to understand the kinetic-molecular model of idea gases. Now we need to rewind a little big and go back thinking about heat capacities. Remember way back in the day we talked about molar heat capacities, or a quantity that determines the heat required for some number n of moles to change temperature. We can express this relat... »

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