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Scientists think the first Americans arrived by boat

The prevailing theory of how the Americas were settled has been than human hunters followed big game across the ice-free land bridge between North …

Anthropology

Scientists Are Finally Set to Mass-Produce The Active Compound Found in Magic Mushrooms

Psilocybin for everrrrybody!<p>For nearly 60 years scientists have known the chemical responsible for magic mushrooms' psychedelic reputation is a …

Magic Mushrooms

Psychologists surveyed hundreds of alt-right supporters. The results are unsettling.

The white supremacists marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this past weekend were not ashamed when they shouted, “Jews will not replace us.” They were not ashamed to wear Nazi symbols, to carry torches, to harass and beat counterprotesters. They wanted their beliefs on display.<p>It’s easy to treat …

Racism

Can Humans Understand Chimps?

Scientists have found a way to measure if people intuitively know what ape gestures mean.<p>In the video I’m watching, a chimpanzee reaches out and lightly grabs its partner’s mouth. “Give me that,” it might be saying. Or perhaps, “Stop it.” In another scene, two chimps are sitting in a tree and one …

Language

Random Things I Love

Printable War Horse Lesson Plan from Scholastic - Cookies & Clogs<p>See more<p>World War 1 - Daylight Savings Time gives people more daylight (thru time …

Daylight Savings Time

The Loneliness of the Female Nihilist

In 1926, a twenty-year-old girl held in the women’s branch of Tokyo’s Utsunomiya Prison asked if she could help weave a length of rope. The girl, …

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View the Eclipse With This Simple Homemade Gadget

You've surely heard by now that the moon will pass between Earth and the sun on August 21, creating a total solar eclipse that will cast a shadow …

Astronomy

The Best ‘Twin Peaks’ Fan Art That Captures Everything Wonderful and Strange About the Revived Series

A lot has happened since the return of David Lynch’s <i>Twin Peaks</i>; doppelgängers, supernatural twists, and bizarre comedic elements prove the show is …

TV

Damore’s Pseudoscientific Google manifesto is a better evidence for sexism than it is for intellectual sex differences

Pseudoscience is effective. If it weren’t, people wouldn’t generate so much of it to try to justify opinions not supported by the bulk of the …

Psychology

Stanford: Scientist searches for answer to his son’s devastating condition

As a renowned Stanford scientist, Ron Davis has a deep appreciation for the power of modern medicine.<p>And yet an explanation for the disease …

Fibromyalgia

Tatiana Maslany Says Goodbye to 'Orphan Black'

Now that the cult-favorite show has come to a close, its Emmy-winning star is shedding her myriad characters and leaving just one: herself.<p><b>This story contains spoilers about the series finale.</b><p>It was all of two-and-a-half minutes into the premiere of BBC America's <i>Orphan Black</i> when viewers realized …

TV

"Orphan Black" Season Five, "To Right the Wrongs of Many": Real Men

<i>This is the last in a series of episode-by-episode reflections on</i> Orphan Black <i>season 5 (</i><i>preview</i><i>;</i> <i>episode 1</i> <i>;</i> <i>episode 2</i><i>;</i> <i>episode 3</i><i>;</i> <i>episode 4</i><i>;</i> <i>episode 5</i><i>;</i></i> …

Orphan Black Was Never About Cloning

This article contains spoilers about the series finale of Orphan Black. After five seasons of clone cabals, the BBC America/Space series Orphan Black …

Tech’s Damaging Myth of the Loner Genius Nerd

The Google engineer who was fired last week over his memo wrote that most women were biologically unsuited to working in tech because they were more focused on “feelings and aesthetics than ideas” and had “a stronger interest in people rather than things.”<p>Many scientists have said he got the …

Silicon Valley

The Charlottesville protests are white fragility in action

Here’s why white men are acting like the victims in Charlottesville.<p>A lot of white men are marching in Charlottesville, Virginia, this weekend, chanting slogans like “white lives matter” and “you will not replace us.” The rally suggests that white men are the real victims of the American political …

Racism

We're Losing 'Orphan Black' Right When We Need It the Most

It’d be easy to write off <i>Orphan Black</i> as just another sci-fi series—albeit one with a rather unique setup, given its lead actress plays roughly 90 percent of the characters. To do so, though, would be ignoring the reality: It's so much more than that.<p>Over the past five seasons, we’ve gotten to know …

TV

The Lost History of an American Coup D’État

Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are locked in a battle over which party inherits the shame of Jim Crow.<p>By the time the fire started, Alexander Manly had vanished. That didn’t stop the mob of 400 people who’d reached his newsroom from making good on their promise. The crowd, led by a …

Republican Party

A Brief History of Women in Computing

Women invented the field. Then men pushed them out of it.In this week’s mashup episode of <i>Scandal: Silicon Valley</i>, James Damore, a newly-fired Google …

Evolutionary Psychology

I'm a woman in computer science. Let me ladysplain the Google memo to you.

I’m a lecturer in computer science at Stanford. I’ve taught at least four different programming languages, including assembly. I’ve had a single-digit employee number in a startup. Yes, I’m a woman in tech.<p>I have known, worked for, and taught countless men who could have written the now-infamous …

Computer Science

Outraged By the Google Diversity Memo? I Want You to Think About It - Facts So Romantic

That leaked internal memo from James Damore at Google? The one that says one shouldn’t expect employees in all professions to reflect the …

Diversity

Thick As A Rain of Blows

A year or so ago there was a spate of explainer articles asking: “is Donald Trump a fascist”? The answers ranged from scholarly equivocations to …

Fascism

We’ve studied gender and STEM for 25 years. The science doesn’t support the Google memo.

These are some issues that males simply do not have to face. The “anxiety gap” exists for a reason, and it is not about biology.<p>A Google engineer who was fired for posting an online claim that women’s biology makes them less able than men to work in technology jobs has charged that he is being …

Gender

How the tech industry wrote women out of history

From the second world war to the 1960s, women were a critical part of the computing sector. Would tech culture today be less sexist if they hadn’t been sidelined?<p>Susie the computer: sophisticated but cheap. Susie and her computer friend Sadie appeared in 1960s adverts to promote a now defunct UK …

U.S. Dept. of Labor

Intolerable

I really should know better than to 386 myself, but thismanifestofrom a (former) Googler has me furious.Oh, first of all, let me just get past any …

Behavior

Do Companies Need to Shake Up the Way They Find Tech Talent?

<i>OZY and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have partnered to bring you an inside look at how entrepreneurs are coming up with innovative methods to help the</i> …

JPMorgan Chase & Co

An Oral History of ORPHAN BLACK from the Women Who Brought It to Life

<i>Orphan Black</i> was no TV Themyscira, having been brought to life like most things in show business: with two guys at the helm and a smattering of women …

TV

The 22 Best New Twin Peaks Characters

It’s been both wonderful and depressing catching up with favorite <i>Twin Peaks</i> characters after 25 years. (Like, what the hell, Audrey?) But <i>Twin Peaks:</i> …

TV

Netflix lands the Coen Brothers’ Western TV series

Netflix is going to be home to the first television show created by the Coen Brothers, the directing duo that’s behind <i>The Big Lebowski, Fargo, True Grit</i> and many more films. The show is called The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and is described as a “Western anthology” that will follow six stories about …

Netflix

Decoding the ancient logic of the Google Bro

Testosterone is the most effective solvent for human brain tissue. Just a drop or two can render a perfectly functional human cortex completely stupid. As evidence, I offer all of human history.<p>This is a bold statement. I also believe it to be true. (I am currently struggling with my own …

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