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Gaming Misogyny

Star Wars conventions: one place where everyone is equal (if they hate Jar-Jar Binks). Or maybe not. As it turns out, even Star Wars has become a controversial area for discussing the place of feminism and powerful women in society. Work by sociologists CJ Pascoe and Tristan Bridges sheds more light on how sexism has […]

polls: your hillary vs. trump predictions

Note: X = 52% means X gets 52% or higher but less that 53%. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Cycling for more than five hours a week in Delhi is bad for you

The health benefits of cycling in the most polluted cities in India and Pakistan are outweighed by the effects of the pollution after only a few hours a week

Drowning in sound? The sad case of the baby beluga whales

The white whales of the Arctic are among the most vocal of all marine mammals – newborns even babble like human babies. Could this be their undoing?

Early Research on Police Body Cameras Suggests They Reduce Violence

Police brutality is a problem in US criminal justice. Police-worn body cameras are one potential “remedy” to these violent encounters, but they have both benefits and drawbacks. The cameras may increase transparency and improve police...Show More Summary

SpaceX Mars mission is a chance to hunt for life on the planet

The private space flight firm’s plan to send a lander to Mars in 2018 isn’t just ambitious – it’s our best chance yet of finding life on the planet

Studying Aging Populations

By Karen Sternheimer You might have heard the phrase "aging population" and thought, wait a minute, isn't every living thing aging? What does it mean to say that a population is aging? Demographers study the composition of populations, including its...

a theory of race and racism – more comments on an article by tanya golash-boza

Last week, we discussed an article by Tanya Golash-Boza that discusses the state of race theory. Her points are simple -despite claims to the contrary, sociology has developed a theory of race. Today, we’ll discuss the theory of race as Tanya sees it. You can read the article here. Her argument is that modern theories […]

Ex-felon Employment

As noted by Harvard sociologist Devah Pager, experimental evidence indicates that the presence of a criminal record reduces one’s application callback likelihood by 50% for whites and 64% for African Americans. To potentially mitigate...Show More Summary

Between Francis and Trump, the religious right is going to keep losing

  Neither (President?!) Trump nor Pope Francis is a liberal, despite what they or anyone else might say. Trump might have a quasi-liberal past, but he’s mostly a bigot misogynist racist with all sorts of pasts at this point, of which some, I assume, are good people. Francis is also no liberal, at least not on the social (read: sexual) issues […]

Why is the BBC Silent about Tory Electoral Fraud?

It is the biggest political story of this year in a year of big political stories. Not that you would know if you didn't watch Channel 4 News. The reporting Michael Crick and his team have done uncovering dodgy election expenses suggesting the Conservatives overspent in 26 parliamentary seats at last year's general election is dynamite. Show More Summary

When does life begin? Lab embryo advance reopens a big debate

Human embryos are surviving ever longer in labs. Any review of political limits on culturing them must fit the biological facts, says Jane Maienschein

New exoplanet trio may have been dried out by fiery young star

Three recently discovered nearby exoplanets may not be as habitable as they first looked, as their hot young star could have left them high and dry

Having an overactive immune system may prime you for depression

Blood tests could help doctors identify people who are at risk of severe depressive episodes, and enable them to tailor more effective treatments

Women are less happy than men in marriage, so why does the media insist otherwise?

To Post Secret, a project that collects personal secrets written artistically onto postcards, someone recently sent in the following bombshell: “Ever since we started getting married and buying houses,” she writes, “my girlfriends and I don’t laugh much anymore.” Her personal secret is, in fact, a national one. Show More Summary

Unexplained plume over Mars could be caused by solar outburst

Planetary scientists are struggling to figure out how a massive cloud appeared high above Mars in 2012, but now they may have an answer  

Labradors get fat thanks to gene mutation linked to hunger

Many dogs are obese, and Labradors have the highest rate of obesity – mutations in a gene linked to hunger in humans could be to blame

Syzygy exhibition squeezes cosmic wonders into everyday objects

Katie Paterson's deceptively stark new show in Manchester finds her redefining the sublime

some really bad journal experiences i have had

Rejection is never fun, but I don’t think it’s unfair. Vague and conflicting reviews aren’t fun either, but that’s life. What I do think is unfair is when editors are negligent and incompetent, which leads to enormous wasting of time and, in some cases, can end careers. In this post, I’d like to share a […]

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