Awesome Sauce Music Friday! A Glorious Dawn Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! A Glorious Dawn Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! I’m sure you have a lot of amazing plans for the weekend, but for right now let’s live in the music. This week we have a relative oldie but goodie. It’s one of the very first Symphony of Science videos, and my personal favorite. Every time I listen to it I’m just filled with wonder and awe at the universe. Sometimes, when life gets you down, that jus... »

Reality Checks: Trans* Rights, a Ferguson Investigation, Juvenile Sexual Assault, and a Mysterious Deep Sea Creature

Reality Checks: Trans* Rights, a Ferguson Investigation, Juvenile Sexual Assault, and a Mysterious Deep Sea Creature

Denmark has one of most progressive policies towards trans* people in the world, but it’s also a definite outlier. (via The Guardian) The Justice Department is launching an investigation into the Ferguson, MO police department. (via CNN) Juvenile detention centers have a serious sexual assault problem. (via Slate) A deep sea creature defies the normal classifications. (via Raw Story) Feature... »

Cryptophile: Griffins

Cryptophile: Griffins

Here at the Skepchick network we love using magical creatures as an excuse to talk about biology. I did it at TS with Tolkien’s giant eagles, Mad Art Lab did it with dragons, and, because it was so much fun, I’ve decided to run with it and start a series of posts about the biology of mythical creatures called cryptophile. Why? Because biology is awesome, and so is folklore. For the few... »

Reality Checks: Dead Sex Geckos, Circular Stonehenge, Rejected Donations, and Bacteria Fuel

Reality Checks: Dead Sex Geckos, Circular Stonehenge, Rejected Donations, and Bacteria Fuel

Oh no! The space sex geckos are dead. (via io9) Stonehenge was once a full circle. (via Discovery News) A prostate cancer foundation has rejected donations that resulted from leaked nude celebrity photos. (via Raw Story) Researchers may have figured out a way to use bacteria to create a fossil fuel alternative. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: Danny Sullivan via Flickr Got a link you think we ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 113: Don’t Interfere (Or Do)

The Physics Philes, lesson 113: Don’t Interfere (Or Do)

So far in our discussion of waves we’ve basically been working with one wave at a time. But that’s not really how waves work in real life. Waves from different sources are constantly bouncing around. Modern life is a cacophony. Physics can tell us how those waves interact. With all the waves flying around, some of those waves are going to overlap. This is called interference, and we... »

Reality Checks: Misogyny as Rational Critiques, Crises of Queer Women, LGBTQ History, and “Roid Rage”

Reality Checks: Misogyny as Rational Critiques, Crises of Queer Women, LGBTQ History, and “Roid Rage”

The misogyny that is masquerading – poorly – as a rational critique of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. (via New Statesman) When compared to their cis- and hetero- peers, queer women aren’t doing so well. (via The Atlantic) The National Museum of American History is adding some LGBTQ exhibits. (via NPR) Is “roid rage” a real thing? (via Neuroskeptic) Featured image cr... »

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