Reality Checks: STEM Diversity Matters, Human-Yeast Hybrid, Discrimination Against Ex-Muslims, and Leap-Seconds

Reality Checks: STEM Diversity Matters, Human-Yeast Hybrid, Discrimination Against Ex-Muslims, and Leap-Seconds

Why STEM diversity should matter to all of us. (via Wired) Newly created fungus is part human, part yeast. (via Discovery News) Ex-Muslims face discrimination and violence. (via The Guardian) June will be one second longer this year. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: frankieleon via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here.10 »

Reality Checks: Wanted: Drag Queens as Salome, 3d Printing Human Skin, Dinosaurs in Washington (state) and the Oldest Stone Tools Yet

Reality Checks: Wanted: Drag Queens as Salome, 3d Printing Human Skin, Dinosaurs in Washington (state) and the Oldest Stone Tools Yet

L’Oreal wants to start printing human skin for testing purposes. I am contractually obligated to report all 3d printing news, as well as all dinosaur news. (via The Verge) Speaking of, First dinosaur fossil found in Washington State!  (via The ABC News) 3.3 million year old stone tools found in Kenya. (via Time) The Bavarian State Opera has put out a casting call for a drag queen to lip sync... »

Reality Checks: 3D Printed Turtle Jaws, Melting Ice Shelves, and Wyoming and Tanzania Dislike Data

Reality Checks: 3D Printed Turtle Jaws, Melting Ice Shelves, and Wyoming and Tanzania Dislike Data

A sea turtle gets a brand new jaw, thanks to 3d printers. (via The Verge) Wyoming wants to make it illegal to “enter open land to take resource data.”  Most of Wyoming’s land is publicly owned, incidentally. (via Vice) Tanzania, meanwhile, would like only government approved statistics to be mentioned. (via The East African) In terrifying news, a giant ice shelf in Antarctica is ... »

Reality Checks: Regressive Sex Ed, Finding Earth 2.0, Gender Bias in STEM, and Fired for Supporting Equality

Reality Checks: Regressive Sex Ed, Finding Earth 2.0, Gender Bias in STEM, and Fired for Supporting Equality

Students at a New Zealand high school are taught that unwed women are “cheap prostitutes” and gay sex is the road to hell. (via New Zealand Herald) How we’ll find Earth 2.0. (via Gizmodo) Sixty women of color in STEM fields are interviewed, and all of them report some kind of gender bias. (via The Mary Sue) A Catholic priest claims he was fired from Seton Hall for supporting LGBT... »

How Things Don’t Work: Dancing for a Cause Edition

How Things Don’t Work: Dancing for a Cause Edition

Cross Posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered.   There are some things that just set my teeth on edge, and one of them is charity work done both poorly and in a self-aggrandizing way.  This is why I am personally embarrassed and upset that I participated in a charitable event which was exactly both of those things. Granted I didn’t know much about it, but I really should d... »

Reality Checks: Warrantless Laptop Seizure, Dinosaurifying Chickens, and Fighting the Patriarchy with Rainbow Kittens

Reality Checks: Warrantless Laptop Seizure, Dinosaurifying Chickens, and Fighting the Patriarchy with Rainbow Kittens

Judge rules laptops cannot be seized at airports and searched without a warrant.  (via Ars Technica) There is a film about the intersection of fashion and hijabs in Turkey.  I want to see it. (via Al Jazeera) Yale paleontologists are recreating dinosaur beaks on chickens.  As if chickens weren’t scary enough.  (via Yale News) Finally, feminist Lisa Frank!  Included because six-year-old me is... »

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