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We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology. ~Carl Sagan
Science is wonderfully equipped to answer the question “How?” but it gets terribly confused when you ask the question “Why?” ~ Erwin Chargaff
By Orlando on October 10, 2014
There is a new and important article by Kathy Sierra available, that we should all read.
By tigtog on October 3, 2014
It’s a while since I branched out to new webcomics. Any recommendations?
By Orlando on August 27, 2014
The news has come in that the “female scientists” Lego set, produced after a huge grassroots campaign and petition from parents who wanted more variety in female minifigs, will only exist as a limited edition set. Despite selling out almost immediately, it will not be released as a standard line.
By Orlando on August 12, 2014
Here we are at Life at Nine already. How quickly they grow up! The ABC’s documentary series tracking the growth and development of a sample cross-section of Australian children only appears every two years. The two episodes of this edition are designated ‘Independence’ and ‘Creativity’.
By Mindy on July 22, 2014
A nurse-midwife with anti-contraception religious views sues a Family Planning Clinic that declined to hire her.
By tigtog on July 15, 2014
When science heroes have a documented history of treating some kinds of people badly, their glorification by science fans can be alienating for members of the groups those heroes treated badly.
[I]t is dangerous to rest your scientific outreach efforts on scientific heroes. [...] Science outreach doesn’t just deliver messages about what science knows or about the processes by which that knowledge is built. Science outreach also delivers messages about what kind of people scientists are (and about what kinds of people can be scientists).
By tigtog on July 15, 2014
Virginia Hughes analyses The Sexual Politics of Autism in her National Geographic blog; a meaty overview with lots of juicy links.
By Mindy on July 8, 2014
This is quite a radical proposal to deal with throat cancers caused by the a couple of strains of the HPV virus.
By tigtog on June 21, 2014
Happy June Solstice! Merry Yule/Litha to those who celebrate the circling of the seasons. This solstice whimsy post features an example from the hobby world of miniature gardens: behold the Teacup Stonehenge! Please share any bits and pieces you have come across recently that have surprised, delighted, intrigued or otherwise positively engaged you.
By tigtog on June 6, 2014
I love the Bad Chart Thursday posts on Skepchick, which mock various exercises in unjustifed extrapolation from datasets compromised by unacknowledged confounding factors or otherwise lacking rigor. This quote comes from the latest:
By tigtog on April 8, 2014
To add to your bookmarks, here’s Cordelia Fine in New Scientist running through some more of the scientific evidence that gendered toys are a product of socialisation rather than genetics.
By tigtog on April 4, 2014
The common-sense notion that liars betray themselves through body language appears to be little more than a cultural fiction
By tigtog on April 3, 2014
Dana Hunter thoughtfully put together a links roundup (so I didn’t have to) on the many many creationists who are very cross with astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson right now because he’s talking science on TV.
By Mindy on April 2, 2014
There was an interesting article in the Guardian a couple of days ago about the biological reasons for menopause. I have not read the studies that this story is based on, so commenters with more knowledge of this stuff please feel free to correct anything that I have misconstrued. Human females are one of three […]