Scientist Bill Nye uses emojis to explain the theory of evolution in a recent YouTube video. Right wingers will no doubt continue to deny evolution's validity despite how easy Nye makes the subject to understand. Watch Nye break things down in a digestible, fun way for the rest of us AFTER THE JUMP...
Slate magazine’s Lexicon Valley podcast typically takes a deeper look at the social underpinnings of different words. This week, however, Slate’s Mike Vuolo, WNYC’s Bob Garfield, and University of Minnesota professor Benjamin Munson unpack the recent history and contemporary research of the often maligned “gay voice.”
Often dismissively attributed to an inherent affinity for femininity the gay voice, Munson explains, is rooted in a number of culturally complex social practices.
“If you think about what people thought about homosexuality in the 30s, 40s, and 50s, you know they still thought about it in very freudian terms as a state of arrested psychosocial development.
And so if you think of it as, you know, gay men are in an arrested childlike state of psychosocial development, it just stands to reason then that gay men would produce speech in a childlike way. And one of the most salient stereotypes of what children sound like is a speech error like a frontal ‘s.’”
Give this week's episode of Lexicon Valley a listen AFTER THE JUMP...
The two brilliant gentlemen behind ASAP Science take a break from educating us about quantum mechanics and bioscience to debut a lovely song about love...using science of course. Listen to "The Science Love Song," where the two sing about sharing their last electron in a covalent bond for two, whatever that means, and more AFTER THE JUMP...
Also, you can satisfy your unbeating, yet unfeeling, heart for more by purchasing the charming song on iTunes or listening to it on Bandcamp.
Recently, the Smithsonian stopped by the White House to take a 3D-printed portrait of President Obama.
The finished product will be be the highest resolution digital model of a head of state.
Take a look at an official White House video of the process, AFTER THE JUMP...
A group of researchers from the University of Portsmouth conceived a new theory that homosexuality helped humans form beneficial relationships with each other in the earliest hunter-gatherer communities to ensure survival reports City A.M. Charles Darwin's laws of natural selection state that unless a trait is passed on reproductively from generation to generation, it eventually disappears – yet the percentage of the population that is gay, whether female or male, has remained roughly the same. Diana Fleischman, head author of the report, said sexual behavior and relationships encompass much more than just the act of it.
File this under, "Good grief." A woman named Megan Fox--not Mrs. Brian Austin Green--decided to go on a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and check out its "Evolving Earth" exhibit "to audit it for bias." As her video description on YouTube notes, what she found was altogether shocking!
[Megan] found many examples of inconsistencies and the Field Museum's insistence that people support opinion as fact without proof. The Field Museum pushes certain theories as if they are absolute proven law when that is not how the scientific method works. She found enough bias to show that the people who put this exhibit together at the Field Museum pushed an agenda with quasi-religious overtones: the cult of "science" where the "scientists" are more like high priests pushing a religion instead of using the correct scientific method. Aside from having time machines, there is no way these people can be this certain about things they speculate happened millions of years ago before recorded history.
Megan's YouTube channel is devoted to exposing "subversive elements in children's books and teen literature." She proudly proclaims herself as "a homeschooling, Tea Partying, conservative mother of two (with another on the way!) out and about in the suburbs."
Let's hope that Fox's righteously enraged question, "Do you know how complex feet are?", becomes a meme.
Watch her thorough examination and debunking of the "cult of science," AFTER THE JUMP...