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... »

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... »

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