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Teen Skepchick Interviews: Diana Williams, Part 2

This post is part of the Teen Skepchick Interviews series, where TS writers talk with amazing women scientists and skeptics about life, the universe, and everything. Today’s interview is a continuation of last Thursday’s interview with Dr. Diana Williams, who researches neuroendocrine control of food intake, body weight, and metabolism (see …

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Scaring Us Into Submission: Really The Best Plan?

Drink-driving is a serious problem worldwide, especially among young people. In the UK 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured on average each year in drink drive collisions. This occurs across a wide range of ages, but particularly among young men aged 17-29. In New Zealand over 40% of all …

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The Daily Show Shows Why Critical Thinking is a Necessary Life Skill

I finally got caught up on last week’s episodes of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. (Thank you, Internet!) One segment caught my eye was entitled “Wayne’s World,” and it covered the fantasy world in which the leader of NRA Wayne LaPierre lives. Specifically, Stewart pointed out that, despite the …

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Straw Feminists

Tropes vs. Women is a fabulous series of YouTube videos produced by Anita Sarkeesian of Feminist Frequency for Bitch Magazine. I’ve posted before about The Evil Demon Seductress Trope. The latest installment of these videos is the “Straw Feminist”. I think this video is excellent, not least because it brings …

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is very serious about a Pulitzer for The Onion

For the clueless/foreigners among us, The Onion is a delightful little parody newspaper; self-proclaimed “America’s Finest News Source.” Recently, the publication has started a campaign to win a Pulitzer Prize. Here is the form letter that you, a concerned citizen, can send to the Pulitzer committee, those “ignorant, negligent swine.” …

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If You Open Your Mind Too Much…

Tim Minchin is so cool, no matter what. Awesome sceptic, awesome musician, awesome comedian. Generally… Awesome. The featured video here doesn’t have any audible swearing, but if you’re super sensitive about curse words, don’t look up his other videos. If you’re not… Do. His stuff is hilarious.

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The Evil Demon Seductress

Anita Sarkeesian from Feminist Frequency has a very good analysis of The Evil Demon Seductress trope often portrayed in movies and TV shows. Check it out! (Video and transcript after the jump)

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Autistic Teen Speaks for Herself

Autism Awareness Month tends to bring out a lot of people talking about autism who aren’t autistic—advocacy organizations, parents, celebrities, and, well, bloggers like me. Of course, parents of autistic children do need support and information. Some even discover the signs of an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in themselves when their …

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