I COULD Just Scream, But Instead I’ll Promote Science – XOJane Health Column On Birth Control

I don't want to do any kind of nasty, mean-spirited post about the news over on Gawker - Ranting Lady Blogger Hates Birth Control, Only Uses Plan B.Of course, it's caught the attention of a few sites you might read already (like XO Jane's Health Editor...are you playing with me? by Scicurious). The article in question is a column called "GET IT TOGETHER, GIRLS: EVERY GODDAMN PHARMACY IN NEW YORK IS OUT OF PLAN B! EVERY ONE!"What I will say is that apart from the casual attitude regarding Plan … [Read more...]

Unwell And The Links That Don’t Help Much (A Bill Cosby Drumming Interlude)

I have a cold. I've just written the Sunday post that I'll schedule for tomorrow morning... but I thought that I should write something here.Something.Oh god my head hurts. And I feel awful as I'm letting someone down about a meeting tomorrow but I don't think I should drive a car let alone be typing anything other than pls get hdache tablts thx into my phone.I could post you links to illusionist Derren Brown talking to Philosopher, author and Open University lecturer Nigel Warburton about … [Read more...]

Another Donors Choice Project Completed For Science!

My Project: Last year we did an animal research project. Every child had a different animal. As a first year teacher last year I didn't have much of any materials available in the classroom to learn about an animal of interest. I checked out books from a couple local libraries in our city and brought in stacks of books. The kids were so thrilled. For the following two weeks they couldn't wait to continue reading and continue their process in their research project. If I could have more … [Read more...]

Halloween Horror Science And Getting Inked By A Lab-Squid

I've been meaning to write about this week for a while - and since I'm now heading into the city this morning in order to do my third session of volunteering this holiday break (before starting school again on Monday), now's as good a time as any. Besides, it's the first time I've sat down and unloaded all the photographs off my camera so I actually have something to show you. SCIENCE!This is what you get up to in the CSIRO lab with a bunch of kids aged around seven to nine, when they're … [Read more...]

Politics And Anti-Abortion Efforts On BOTH Sides Of The Pond – On H.R 358

If you're a follower of #EveryThingIDo, you may have noticed that there's a Token Skeptic podcast interview with the articulate and community-minded skeptic Liz Lutgendorff, who along with Carmen D’Cruz started a counter-campaign in response to the '40 Days for Life' called 40 Days of Treats.I've submitted an article to the UK Skeptic based on the interview, so hopefully it'll be out next edition (and you can find out for yourself by subscribing to their fine publication! REALLY good bumper iss … [Read more...]

Late Thursday Links – Singh Asks Sally To Prove It And Talking Science To Kids

Late Thursday Links - Because I'm Waiting For My Pizza To Arrive And This Passes The Time And Besides, Digital Cuttlefish Needs A Kitteh And A Hug:"Oskar the Blind Kitten Versus Hair Dryer - Epic Cat Battle"Report from the Nigerian Humanist Convention - Graham writes: It was inspiring to be in the presence of so many Nigerian thinkers as the only non-Nigerian and to be the only foreigner ever to present the Humanist Day Talk. The comradeship, love, care, solidarity and support I exp … [Read more...]

The Spoon Theory, Deafness And Skepticism (I’m One-Degree-Of-Separation Most Days)

Do you know what the Spoon Theory is (pdf link)? If you don't, you can also check the following video after you read about my day.I just came in from a lovely lunch with two wonderful people who work for disability services in town. We all knew each other from different circumstances, as skeptics - and then suddenly realised over a plate of olives, cheese and mocktails that they worked in the same building and never realised it! … [Read more...]

JREF’s Sadie Crabtree – Winning Hearts And Minds For Skepticism

Sadie Crabtree - Winning Hearts and Minds for Skepticism from JREF on Vimeo. … [Read more...]

Australian Atheist? Help Out With A PhD

MUST READ FOR TODAY - Creating Ankylosaur Attack: An interview with author Daniel Loxton!!Now that I've finished being thrilled about that link, back to the subject at hand!You might be an Australian atheist......which means you should also be subscribing to The AFA's Facebook group, be a supporter of the FreeThought University Alliance, have checked out the offerings and this forthcoming lecture on the 13th October about Darwin at Melbourne's Embiggen Bookstore and getting tickets FAST f … [Read more...]

The 360 Degree Bike At SciTech!

I volunteer at this Science Museum. Because they are freaking AWESOME.Tomorrow I'm dissecting squid with some kids and I'll post about that and the Halloween Science CSIRO lab sessions from Tuesday as well. :)We've gone a bit loopy at Scitech -- literally -- and are putting the final touches together on our awesome new exhibit -- The 360 Bike. Unlike conventional bikes, this one doesn't ride on a flat surface, but a 360 degree loop. In this clip you can see our brave Science Squad Manager, … [Read more...]

To Google + Or Not To Google +?

Okay - bear with me with this one, as it's certainly dismissible as 'Well, nice to have problems of only this magnitude, sheesh...'.But do you feel the same? Is it possibly just 'a female thing', as posed by Phil Plait in a quote that follows this? Social networking is useful for getting in touch with other secular and skeptic people. I can't tell on G+ whether all the people adding me are those kinds of people. Some people I know are definitely secular/skeptical, but I don't know them well en … [Read more...]


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