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What a Strange, Strange Ride

Today I accepted a job offer after 9 months of unemployment, and you’d think I’d be ecstatic. But mostly, I feel exhausted, with a fair bit of dazed mixed in. First, a bit of context: I have three degrees, including the highest you can get in my field. And I have nearly a decade of […]

We don’t win by playing the game, we win by changing the rules: Why feminists feel the Bern

“They don’t know what’s good for them.” “They are just doing this to meet men.” “They don’t understand politics. They don’t get what is actually at stake.” “They don’t know how good they have it. They should be grateful for how hard we have worked for them.” You’d be forgiven for thinking that the statements […]

Righteousness

From WKYT: Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis told WKYT she will no longer issue marriage licenses to any couples. Her decision follows a ruling by the Supreme Court of the United States on Friday, declaring same-sex marriage legal in all 50 states. She told WKYT that “It is my deep conviction and belief that God […]

Putting Out Fire With Sound

This is so cool: With water, powder, foam and chemicals, there are already many means of dousing a flame, so it may be hard to imagine what sense it makes to add a new one. But putting out a blaze usually leaves behind a big mess — chemical residue in every cranny, or gushing water […]

Dear Sugar

I love this advice columnist! Dear Sugar, I am a son who feels lowly today. The reason why is that yesterday was my mother’s birthday, and I forgot. No card, no flowers, not even a phone call. I live 3,000 miles away from her, and haven’t seen her in almost a year, and now this. […]

Discrimination by Any Other Name…

I love this video about Indiana’s new Freedom of Religion/Freedom to Discriminate law:

Hydrophobic Materials

Very cool: Physicists in the US have created metal surfaces that repel water to the extent that droplets bounce away. They sculpted the surface of small pieces of platinum, titanium and brass using a very high-powered laser. The materials “self-clean” because water droplets gather dust particles before they slide away. If it can be scaled […]

Antibiotics

This is SUCH excellent news. From the BBC: The decades-long drought in antibiotic discovery could be over after a breakthrough by US scientists. Their novel method for growing bacteria has yielded 25 new antibiotics, with one deemed “very promising”. The last new class of antibiotics to make it to clinic was discovered nearly three decades […]

Phylicia Rashad Defends Alleged Criminals

From the BBC: The actress who played Bill Cosby’s wife in The Cosby Show has said allegations of historical sex offences against her former co-star are part of a campaign to keep him off TV. Phylicia Rashad played Clair Huxtable on the hit 1980s and ’90s sitcom. “Someone is determined to keep Bill Cosby off […]

Nature Does It Better

From the BBC: Cyphochilus beetles are whiter than paper or any artificial material produced so far. But researchers are only now starting to fully explain the beetles’ trick. Understanding the physical mechanisms could allow manufacturers to produce whiter paper, plastics and paints.

Watch an Elephant Paint An Elephant

Amazing:  

Buffer Zones

Excellent: The anti-gay Christian bigots came back, week after week, for two months. Then one of Mike’s friends had a bright idea: The name and the address of the church these people were from? It was on the literature they were handing out. And the church wasn’t that far away. It was an easy drive… […]

The Surface of Titan

Take a look!

How Your Cat Is Making You Crazy

From The Atlantic – an absolutely fascinating article. Jaroslav Flegr is no kook. And yet, for years, he suspected his mind had been taken over by parasites that had invaded his brain. So the prolific biologist took his science-fiction hunch into the lab. What he’s now discovering will startle you. Could tiny organisms carried by […]

Who Knew That…

…an optical telescope could ever do THIS?? This technology will allow the telescope to capture 15 times more light than any other optical telescope and it will create images that are 16 times sharper than even the Hubble Space Telescope, which orbits high above the Earth. Dr Verma said: “This telescope will be so powerful […]

Solar Roadways

Amazing!

A Review of the Elliot Rodger Shootings…

…and what they mean. All but one of the mass murders in the U.S. over the last 30 years has been committed by men. The fact that gender is often omitted from the story speaks to how we still see the masculine as the irreproachable and invisible standard. As Michael Kimmel notes in his extensive research on school […]

Street Harassment

Want to stop street harassment? Stop condoning it. Being a woman (cis, trans, or otherwise) means that you grow accustomed to men and sometimes women, commenting about your body on a regular basis without provocation. When I run, there’s the occasional man that feels it’s his duty to tell me, “You go, honey. You’re gonna lose […]

Plants Revived After 1500 Years of Freeze

From the BBC: British scientists have successfully revived mosses that have been frozen under the Antarctic ice for 1,500 years. The researchers thawed out the ancient vegetation and were surprised to see new shoots rapidly appear. While bacteria of a similar age have been recovered before, the scientists say these are the oldest plants to be […]

Minimum Wage

From Five Thirty-Eight: According to the survey, in 2013 more than 25 million people earned less than $10.10 an hour, which amounts to an annual salary of roughly $21,000. That’s nearly eight times the number of Americans who work for the current minimum wage of $7.25 an hour or less. Low-wage workers tend to be older […]