Reality Checks: Climate Change Lightning, Unicorns, Obamacare Contraception, and Feminism

Reality Checks: Climate Change Lightning, Unicorns, Obamacare Contraception, and Feminism

Another effect of climate change: more common lightning strikes. (via NPR) The un-natural history of unicorns. (via io9) A US court of appeals has said that no, religious group’s rights are not violated by the Obamacare contraception compromise. (via Reuters) Time has apologized for including “feminist” in a poll on words to be banned. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: Ro... »

Depending on What you Mean by Love

Depending on What you Mean by Love

There’s a great line in Madama Butterfly, after Pinkerton is asked if he actually loves his newly purchased (literally, for 100 yen) Japanese wife, and he replies “Well, it depends on what you mean by love.”   Of course, the point is to continue to illustrate what a truly terrible person Pinkerton is, but it’s actually a point to keep in mind.  What it means to love can var... »

Reality Checks: Comet Landing, Abortion Lies, Climate Deal, and Dirty Mattresses

Reality Checks: Comet Landing, Abortion Lies, Climate Deal, and Dirty Mattresses

Everything you need to know about the comet landing. (via Bad Astronomy) Abortion lies enshrined in law. (via Think Progress) The United States and China have reached a climate deal. Will it matter? (via Discovery News) Columbia is charging rape protestor for cleaning dirty mattresses. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: Nattu via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Man-Eating Snake, Higgs Hullabaloo, Take Back Pink, and High School Cliques

Reality Checks: Man-Eating Snake, Higgs Hullabaloo, Take Back Pink, and High School Cliques

Hey Discovery Channel, showing a man getting eaten alive by a snake doesn’t pass for science television. (via Slate) It’s possible we haven’t found the Higgs boson. (via SGU) Is it time to reappropriate pink? (via NPR) Why cliques form in some high schools and not others. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: AForestFrolic via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about?... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat

The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat

Wow. It’s been three weeks since I last wrote about physics. Three whole weeks. Life, man. You know how it is. But I have not forgotten. Let me pick up where I left off. Let’s see…*flips through notes*…aha! It’s time to talk about thermal expansion. Thermal expansion is pretty much what it sounds like. When most materials are heated, they expand. We can see this in ev... »

DBT Skills: Use That Skepticism

DBT Skills: Use That Skepticism

Ladies and gents and other fancy people of non binary genders: today we have come to a skill that I use constantly and which has seriously improved my life. Hopefully it can also be helpful to you. If you’ll recall we’ve been talking about emotion regulation, or ways to keep your emotions in a reasonable state that feels comfortable to you. Today’s skill allows you to determine i... »

Page 2 of 3941234»