Friday News Bites: Sandra Bland, Egregious Deaths, SCIENCE! + More

This week’s news stories primarily regard the #BlackLivesMatter movement, science-y bits, and a splash of book news thrown in. Let’s get started, friends.

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The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

[Original publication date: Nov. 16, 2011]

In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked:

I have a science question that is very unpopular.  I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas.  So, here goes”:

Is there a genetic basis for racial differences?  Read More The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

Friday News Bites: LGBTQ Coverage, Malaysian Airline Shot Down, Obits + More

We’re on an LGBTQ bent again with this week’s newsy roundups, along with news about the Malaysian Air flight that was shot down and some recent obituaries. Let’s get to it.

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Science News: 6/18/13

Welcome to this week’s installment of science news, where we’ll figure out the origin of mysterious Martian gullies, find a lost city in Cambodia, and get the latest updates on women’s health. Plus, pretty Amazonian birds! Read More Science News: 6/18/13

Alternate Explanations and Other Considerations

From a discussion of why scotch smells like Band-aids (hint: look at the phenols!) to a very timely exploration of the bacteria living on the vagina (am I allowed to use that word here, or will some Republican politician come at me for being vulgar?), this week has shown itself to be a particularly good one for science articles. But it was not all fun and vaginas; a few articles this week highlighted the importance of really considering alternative hypotheses. Read More Alternate Explanations and Other Considerations

What I Watched Last Night, Or: Putting the Sci in Sci-Fi

Last night, my science fiction choice for marathon-ing was based on nostalgia- I watched Farscape. As a kid, Farscape was a big, beautiful show, and one that seemed so grown-up while still being full of adventure. Watching it as an adult, I found that the way I appreciated the show changed to focus more on seeing what parts of the show were inspired by actual science. (Minor contextual spoilers, but major plot spoilers are avoided.)

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The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

In response to my Ask a Nerd post, Lucia asked:

I have a science question that is very unpopular.  I do not mean to be offensive, I really do want a good scientific answer to understand these ideas.  So, here goes”¦

Is there a genetic basis for racial differences?  Read More The Science of Race: Is it Genetic or a Social Construct?

Women in Science: Just as Good as the Men, Though Less Famous

Last week, I decided to browse the New York Times science page for inspiration. They had a “Name That Scientist!” quiz, and well, I can never resist a good Internet science quiz so I clicked over. Read More Women in Science: Just as Good as the Men, Though Less Famous