Posts tagged "science"

Bill Nye Explains Evolution With Emojis

Bill Nye has been on an evolution-education kick lately. First, last week, he went on Newsmax’s “MidPoint” to talk about his vehement opposition to creationism being taught in public schools, or at all, to young children. When asked if creationism is making kids less intelligent, he responded:

“Absolutely. They’re holding the kid…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 16, 2014

This Is What Happens When You Saw A Rubber Band Ball In Half

I don’t know what I expected to happen when a rubber band ball is sawed in half, but I certainly did not anticipate feeling a mixture of delight, fear and revulsion. Like, I am oddly terrified of, grossed out by and dying to touch whatever is happening on my screen right now. [IFL Science!]…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 16, 2014

A Woman Misidentified As UVA’s Jackie Is Taking Legal Action Against Chuck Johnson

A woman identified by (Living Piece Of Poop) Chuck Johnson as UVA’s Jackie isn’t Jackie, and is pressing charges. (Jezebel)
Bill Cosby Defender Whoopi Goldberg interviewed Bill Cosby Victim Beverly Johnson, and it was as ridiculous as you’d imagine on Whoopi’s part. (Death and Taxes)
Another horrifying story about a lack of…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / December 15, 2014

Dazzling Insta Pics Of The Geminid Meteor Shower From Around The World

The beautiful Geminid meteor shower, which happens annually when the earth encounters debris from the extinct comet 3200 Phaethon, lit up the sky this past weekend. It was visible to stargazers across the globe, especially those in the Northern Hemisphere. Luckily for us, plenty of talented photographers took to Instagram to share what they saw!

Claire Hannum / December 15, 2014

Life Dream Status: Bill Nye & Jessica Williams Will Help Us Explore Science

GE’s #EmojiScience campaign, which launched today conducting experiments in NYU’s science labs, provides a divine outlet for we non-Ph.D. folk who stew over burning scientific questions while wishing we had an astrophysicist on speed dial. Over the next two days, stars like Bill Nye, Jessica Williams of “The Daily Show,” Gary Vaynerchu and Baratunde Thurston will help GE…

Claire Hannum / December 10, 2014

Science ‘N’ Stuff: 10 Very Important & No Doubt Stupid Questions I Have About Our Mirror Universe

Are you ready for your minds to be BLOWN? Via PBS and Scientific American, a new theory contends that when the Big Bang occurred and the universe expanded, it did so in two directions not just one, creating a mirror universe on the other side of the Big Bang. Except instead of time moving forward…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / December 9, 2014

Black Women Are More Confident About Entering STEM Fields

A new American Psychology Association study shows that while STEM is associated with masculinity cross-culturally, black women associate STEM with men less than white women do. The study mentions that African American women also study STEM majors more frequently than white women.
The stereotypes women — as well as men, as well as teachers,…

Rebecca Vipond Brink / October 25, 2014

5 Technological Breakthroughs That Will Change The Way Men & Women Interact

Many of society’s roles and traditions that govern the male/female relationship have their roots in a single biological imperative: to procreate. We long understood that in order to keep our species from going extinct, certain rules and guidelines must be put in place to help men and women get along and keep it together long…

Tiffanie Drayton / October 21, 2014

Watch This Red Leech Swallow An Earth Worm Like It Ain’t No Thang

Happy Monday! I hope your lunch has had time to settle, bwahahahaha….

Amelia McDonell-Parry / September 29, 2014

Sex Like You’ve Never Seen It Before: Through An MRI Scan

This video from Vox shows magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans of human beings doing all kinds of nifty things, like blowing a trumpet, drinking pineapple juice, giving birth, and even having sex. Watching a penis thrust into a vagina — or what I assume was a vagina — is far less erotic than you think…

Jessica Wakeman / September 22, 2014

Study: The 20th Century Was Good For Women’s Brains

Women gain intelligence faster than men as society improves, potentially because of a need to learn more quickly in order to combat discrimination, according to a new study published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Researchers behind the study argue that in fighting extra hard to succeed in a world traditionally dominated…

Claire Hannum / July 30, 2014

Study: Women In STEM Careers Are Facing Sexual Harassment During Fieldwork

As tough as it can sometimes be to foster young women’s interest in the science, tech, engineering and math (STEM) fields, an even greater struggle awaits once they begin a career there. According to a new paper published in the journal PLOS ONE called “Survey of Academic Field Experiences (SAFE): Trainees Report Harassment and Assault,” women i…

Claire Hannum / July 17, 2014

Did The Supermoon Affect You?

Unless you were a total shut in this weekend, then you probably caught a glimpse of the lovely supermoon on last night. Scientists call it the supermoon when a full moon coincides with when the moon is closest to Earth, resulting in the it appearing bigger than its usual size. I was waiting to tur…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / July 13, 2014

Meet China’s Hands-Free Sperm Extractor Machine (For The Times When A Regular Handjob Won’t Do)

File this one under “Things I Had To Check Weren’t A Clickhole Post First”: hospitals in China have machines to extract sperm. The hands-free gizmos are used by urology departments to manually pump out semen through a “massage pipe” when extracting it the, ummm, normal way doesn’t work anymore. Apparently it is used for sperm…

Jessica Wakeman / June 25, 2014

There Are 237 Reasons People Have Sex, According To Science

I would naively assume that the main reason a person would have sex would be simply because they wanted to. As it turns out, there are a whole slew of complicated reasons why people have sex.

The University of Texas conducted a study to find out exactly what motivates people to get busy…

Claire Hannum / June 9, 2014

Storm Sexism: People Take Male-Named Hurricanes More Seriously Than Female Ones, And The Death Toll Rises Because Of It

There are a lot of places women don’t get taken seriously as seriously as men — workplaces, sci-fi conventions, the military, politics — but a new study just proved that our culture’s tendency to think of women as weak and inconsequential actually has a measurable death toll, in a surprising form: hurricanes. Weather researchers noticed…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / June 3, 2014

Finally, A Scientific Excuse For Netflix Binges: There Might Be A Couch Potato Gene

There are some people who seem to be physically incapable of sitting still, whose idea of a great Saturday morning is waking up early, running 10 miles, and pumping some iron. There are other people who seem to be physically incapable of leaving the couch, whose idea of a great Saturday is sleeping in til noo…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / May 24, 2014

Just Cause: Morgan Freeman On Helium

Morgan Freeman, in addition to being a very talented actor, is arguably the world’s greatest narrator. It’s his soothing baritone and not Tim Robbins that makes it impossible for me to shut off “The Shawshank Redemption” whenever it’s on TV. So who better to demonstrate just what happens when you suck on a balloon full…

Amelia McDonell-Parry / May 24, 2014

An Imagined Conversation Between Researchers Who Studied How Attractive Women Are When They Wear Makeup

A study by researchers in Bangor University and Aberdeen University surveyed 44 students and reported that subjects found women with makeup less attractive than the same women without makeup. They actually proved this with numbers. Numbers! Look, Mom, I scienced! The study was published by the Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology and picked up yesterday

Kale Bogdanovs / May 1, 2014

Need: Vibrating Insoles That Give You Toe-Tickling Directions While You Walk

Contrary to popular belief, “vibrotactile ticklers” is not the latest trend in sex toys, it’s the name of the high-tech motors embedded in a crazy new navigation system called SuperShoes. SuperShoes are flexible insoles that you can add to a pair of normal shoes. You plug in your destination with your smartphone, and the shoe…

Winona Dimeo-Ediger / April 27, 2014
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