This Week’s Scishimi: Rock, Paper, Sexism and More

By Christie Wilcox | July 22, 2011 8:13 am

I hate to admit this, but I’m not perfect. Stuff happens, even sciencey stuff, and I don’t write about it. It’s not that I don’t want to write about all this cool science-y stuff, but the sad fact is I’m only human, and even I need to eat, sleep and somehow get a PhD at the same time. So, instead of trying and failing to be a one-stop shop for all that is science, “Scishimi” is going to be my weekly round-up of my favorite weird, nerdy, cool and somewhat science-related articles and blog posts. Enjoy!

First up, Ed Yong reveals how to excel at Rock, Paper, Scissors – which I almost always lose at, BTW (I tend to start with rock).

In an unintended tag-team, Eric Michael Johnson explains the evolutionary drivers of sexism, then a few of the commenters on Jennifer Ouellette’s amazing post on sexism in science demonstrate exactly the kind of thing he’s talking about.

Is Google making us forget things? Hold on, I know I was going somewhere with that…

Apparently, taller people are at a higher risk of getting cancer. Take that, supermodels! A WIN for 5’4″ little ‘ole me!

FYI: Breakfast alters your brain structure. As Scicurious explains, it’s yet another brain study that screws with your head.

Sea life. *giggle*

Jennifer Frazer tells us all about worm-like jellyfish that have conquered the land. Seriously?! (Yes.)

Lastly, for good measure: how to formally cite a blog post. So now you know.

If you write or see a great post you want me to include next time around, tweet it at me. I’ll see what I can do.


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About Christie Wilcox

Dr. Christie Wilcox is a science writer and postdoctoral scholar at the University of Hawaii. She freelances for major media outlets including The New York Times and Popular Science. Her debut book, Venomous, releases August 2016 (Scientific American/FSG Books). To learn more about her life and work, check out her webpage or follow her on Twitter, Google+, or Facebook.


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