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Monthly Archive: June 2010

Jun 30 2010

Nevada Tea Party candidate opposes abortion because rape is part of God’s plan

Sharron Angle is the Tea Party candidate running as a Republican in the Nevada senate race. Oh, and she’s a misogynistic godwalloping asshole: MANDERS: I too am pro-life, but I’m also pro-choice. Do you understand what I say when I mean that? ANGLE: Well, I’m pro responsible choice. There’s choice to abstain, choice to use …

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Jun 28 2010

The egg, the chicken, and evolution

A question from formspring.me: “Who came first, the egg or the chicken?!” The egg, of course! Reptiles were laying eggs before the first bird was even around. Now, if you’re specifically talking about a chicken egg, it gets a little more complicated. I was going to create my own explanation, but I think Wikipedia already …

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Jun 27 2010

Geeky quickfire!

Questions from formspring.me: Which Ninja turtle do you prefer? Donatello, of course! How could the scientist not be my favorite? I’d always choose him in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turles video game for NES. I still remember how accomplished my friend and I felt if we made it to the skateboard level (we were in …

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Jun 26 2010

Kangaroo rats!

Right now I’m about to give my talk at Evolution 2010. Don’t worry, I’m not blogging instead of practicing – I made this post a while ago. But I figured it would be appropriate to share some love for my study organism, the kangaroo rat! And what better way to do that than a David …

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Jun 26 2010

Religious accommodationism at Evolution 2010

Amongst evolutionary biologists, there are differing opinions on how to communicate science to the public and increase acceptance of evolution. One of these opinions is religious accommodationism, which attracts much ire from more outspoken activists such as PZ Myers and Jerry Coyne. While I happen to agree with them, I do understand not everyone does. …

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Jun 25 2010

The Secular Student Alliance conference is approaching!

This is a friendly reminder that the Secular Student Alliance conference is quickly approaching! It’s July 23-25 at Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. If you’re involved in high school or college secular groups (or thinking about starting one), this is a wonderful opportunity. I wish I had attended when I was first starting the …

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Jun 24 2010

Scientists discover bike riding is incredibly hard

To all the people who’ve made fun of me for never learning how to ride a bike*: Suck it. Hmmm, why do I have a feeling this will just bring me more mockery? *Yes, really. Yes, I tried. I have no sense of balance and was never interested enough to put forth the extra effort. …

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Jun 24 2010

Twitter affects brain chemistry the same as love

Why is Twitter so addictive and appealing? It seems the answer may be more scientific than one would have guessed. An experiment by an industrious blogger has found that sending a tweet increases oxytocin and decreases stress hormone levels in the brain. This is similar to the reaction a person has when being in love. …

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Jun 24 2010

Should birth control pills be available over the counter?

There’s an interesting Op-Ed over at the New York Times suggesting that it’s about time the birth control pill be available as over the counter medication. Since a prescription is the status quo, it never even dawned on me that changing that was an option. This would certainly help women who don’t have access to …

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Jun 23 2010

I am such a REBEL, YEAAAAHHH!

I get crazy email sometimes, but this person seemed to have my best interests at heart. How about I share it with you guys, and see what you all think? My name is Eric [redacted] and I have read much on what you have had to say on various subjects. Religionprochoice/prolifeGay rights You have a …

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