Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Jenny McCarthy now claims she isn’t anti-vax. Yeah, right. (via Bad Astronomy) “Homeless Jesus” sculpture causes controversy in an affluent North Carolina neighborhood. (via NPR) How – and why – chameleons change colors. (via Zoologic) Nigerian 14-year-old bride killed her 35-year-old husband with rat poison at their wedding feast. (via Raw Story) Featured image credi... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! You’re a Good Kid but You’re Misunderstood Edition

Hello! It’s Friday, so it’s time to get into that weekend mood. This week’s selection is from an artist I’d never heard of before, but she’s utterly delightful. Her name is Allie Goertz, aka Cossbysweater. She sings quiet folk music about very nerdy pop culture topics, like D&D and The Simpsons. The song I chose is about Sam from the short-lived television show Fr... »

Reality Checks: Mars Mosaics, Science Communication, and Lab-Grown Vaginas

Reality Checks: Mars Mosaics, Science Communication, and Lab-Grown Vaginas

Teenage interns are prohibited from hearing a debate on reproductive rights in Florida. (via Gawker) The woman who created Mars mosaics the hard way. (via io9) Lab-grown vaginas are functioning for patients eight years after transplant. (via Discovery News) What science communicators can learn from listening to people. (via Phys.org) Featured image credit: Fibonacci Blue Got a link you think we sh... »

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

The Cool Kids: Why To Be One

This last weekend I was at Skeptech along with Skepchick Heina Dadabhoy and many other lovely friends of the network (as well as our fearless leader). Heina was one of the speakers this year and her talk was about becoming one of the “cool kids” online, e.g. how to get followers, become a popular blogger, get people to watch your vids, etc. She had some great tips, but when question ti... »

Reality Checks: Pandemics, Teen Drivers, and Lobster Maps

Reality Checks: Pandemics, Teen Drivers, and Lobster Maps

Five myths about pandemics busted. (via io9) Climate change is violence. (via The Guardian) Stressed-out teens have fewer car accidents than other drivers. (via D-brief) Why scientists are mapping lobsters. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Tom Thai via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 93: Do the Wave

The Physics Philes, lesson 93: Do the Wave

We’re chugging along in our journey through introductory physics. We’ve made it through a discussion of fluid mechanics. Now it’s time to start learning about mechanical waves. Before we dive in, we need to nail down the basics. A wave is a fairly familiar thing. Most of us have seen a wave at some point. In general, a wave occurs whenever a system is disturbed from equilibrium. ... »

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