Reality Checks: Social Media Misogyny, Teens and Abortion, Pinkwashing, and Free College in Germany

Reality Checks: Social Media Misogyny, Teens and Abortion, Pinkwashing, and Free College in Germany

How social media turned against women. (via The Atlantic) It’s getting harder and harder for teenage girls to exercise their right to an abortion. (via Mother Jones) Breast cancer awareness finally penetrates Earth’s crust. (via Slate) Germany has gone back to free college tuition. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Brian Turner via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Conta... »

50 shades of fail Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful

50 shades of fail Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful

Off we go again. Together we can defy all reason and continue reading 50 shades of fail. Chapter 3: where creepy muffin eating occurs and the intimidation is purposeful We begin with Kate’s delight that Ana has managed to snag a photo shoot with the elusive Mr Grey.  Kate suggests that Grey’s appearance at the store has to be more than mere coincidence, maybe he came to see Ana specifi... »

Reality Checks: White Guy Tears, The Nobel Prize, The Pill, and a Futuristic Space Colony

Reality Checks: White Guy Tears, The Nobel Prize, The Pill, and a Futuristic Space Colony

White guy bemoans diversity in television. (via Jezebel) How the Nobel Prize became the biggest award on the planet. (via Wired) The birth of The Pill. (via NPR) If NASA likes space so much they should put a ring on it. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 117: Sonic…BOOOOOOOM

The Physics Philes, lesson 117: Sonic…BOOOOOOOM

Well, well, well…we’re about to wrap up this section on waves. But before we do let’s take a peak at one of the spectacular things sound waves can do, sonic booms. We can use the equations we learned about previously to show why this happens. Think about an airplane moving relative to the air at a speed vs. (It’s just the speed, so it’s always positive.) The motion of... »

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... »

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