Reality Checks: Origin of an Epidemic, White Men and Atheism, and Pocket Equality

Reality Checks: Origin of an Epidemic, White Men and Atheism, and Pocket Equality

Scientists have pinpointed the origin of the AIDS epidemic. (via The Guardian) A complete guide to politicians pleading ignorance on climate change. (via Think Progress) Atheism needs to appeal to more than white men or perish. (via Salon) It’s time to demand pocket equality. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: Anthony via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

How Best to Be Pleasingly Decorative to Complete Strangers: Facial Expression Edition

How Best to Be Pleasingly Decorative to Complete Strangers: Facial Expression Edition

It has come to my attention that “resting bitch face” or “bitchy resting face” is an expression and that it describes an undesirable thing.  I think, as usual, I’m behind the times on this, but I heard it for the first time only recently.  I react to it about the same way I react to the eternally infuriating directive “smile.” I think because the idea behi... »

Reality Checks: Man in the Moon, Free Birth Control, the Contagiousness of Ebola, and a Facebook Apology

Reality Checks: Man in the Moon, Free Birth Control, the Contagiousness of Ebola, and a Facebook Apology

A significant feature on the moon may not have been caused by asteroid impacts, after all. (via Bad Astronomy) In completely obvious news, when teens have access to free birth control their pregnancy rates plummet. (via Raw Story) Ebola isn’t actually very contagious. (via NPR) Facebook apologizes for its “real name” policy. (via Feministing) Featured image credit: Everton Yamamo... »

DBT Skills: Adulting!

DBT Skills: Adulting!

This week we’re going to go over one of my absolute favorite skills in DBT because it seems so straightforward but is actually amazingly effective. If you’ll recall, last week we finished up our interpersonal effectiveness skills, which are great for building a long term support network that will provide you with the support you need when you’re feeling crappy and that will gener... »

Cryptophile: Werewolves

Cryptophile: Werewolves

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. Today we’re going to tackle werewolves, a group of extremely sexy men that fall in love with babies at first sight. Or, if you’re not reading Twilight, humans that turn into wolf-like creatures, usually large and bipedal, and usually at ... »

Reality Checks: Ebola in the USA, Hobby Lobby Aftermath, Bats, and an Interview with Eula Biss

Reality Checks: Ebola in the USA, Hobby Lobby Aftermath, Bats, and an Interview with Eula Biss

Ebola is in the United States, but there’s no need to worry. (via Wired) The Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates. (via The New Yorker) Bats might mistake wind turbines for tall trees. (via Discovery News) A Q&A with Eula Biss, who wrote a new book on vaccines and the anti-vaccination movement. (via Gawker) Featured image credit: Phil Roeder via Flickr ... »

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