In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment

In Which Neil Gaiman Reminds Me How Nice it is To Not Fear Posthumous Judgment

Merely a quick thought here.  I was reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane, in which, toward the end, Neil Gaiman pens the line “You don’t pass or fail at being a person, dear.”  It’s a beautiful line, particularly in standing as it does against popular religions that feature afterlives.  Whether one buys into the one shot deal at passing life or suffering everlasting tor... »

Reality Checks: Anti-Feminists vs. Pop Culture, Trans* Kids, “What Every Girl Should Know,” and Sharing Science

Reality Checks: Anti-Feminists vs. Pop Culture, Trans* Kids, “What Every Girl Should Know,” and Sharing Science

Anti-feminists vs. Pop Culture. (via Raw Story) Trans* kids identify as consistently with their gender as cisgendered kids. (via Think Progress) Learn “what every girl should know” from the founder of Planned Parenthood. (via io9) Should the team that announced the discovery of gravitational waves made their results public before publication? (via The Crux) Featured image credit: Thoth... »

Reality Checks: Nonexistent Political Correctness, Steamed Vagina, Radio Neutrality, and Science v. the Public

Reality Checks: Nonexistent Political Correctness, Steamed Vagina, Radio Neutrality, and Science v. the Public

Political correctness doesn’t exist. (via Vox) Newsflash: You shouldn’t steam your vagina. (via The Daily Beast) Before net neutrality, there was radio neutrality. (via The Atlantic) Scientists and the general public disagree on a lot of science. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Johan Larsson via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: GMO Mosquitoes, the Dangerous Unvaccinated, Sexism and Anxiousness, and Science Communication

Reality Checks: GMO Mosquitoes, the Dangerous Unvaccinated, Sexism and Anxiousness, and Science Communication

Let’s not freak out about “GMO mosquitoes.” (via Science Sushi) To protect his son, a father asks a school to bar unvaccinated children. (via NPR) Sexism can cause women to be more anxious. (via The Guardian) On aiming too low in science communication. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Nagesh Jayaraman via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact u... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 128: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 3

The Physics Philes, lesson 128: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 3

We’ve just got a couple more topics to talk about before we can move on from the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. So let’s get going! First, let’s talk a little more about molecular speeds. Just to jog your memory, last week we determined the average translational kinetic energy of a gas molecule and the average kinetic translational kinetic energy per mole of gas. Those e... »

Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

The first woman to earn her medical in the United States was admitted as a joke. (via Smithsonian Magazine) When the South wasn’t so gung-ho for “state’s rights.” (via Politico) A study indicates that teaching girls to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual environment may lessen the long-term effects of sexual victimization. (via Raw story) Rosetta’s comet ... »

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