Gender and Race
Everyone remotely interested in the fantasy genre should read this excellent dissection of “grimdark” fantasy by Foz Meadows.
More excellence by Foz Meadows: sexism in the gaming industry.
A study shows gender bias in science. A great resource to link to any time someone demands a citation for institutional sexism.
How NOT to do mixed race in SFF (applause!).
An analysis of the misogyny in the Wheel of Time series (one that sets aside the sniffing and braid-pulling and goes much deeper).
Google ads racially profile names, which could impact the opinions of the people searching for them (future employers, etc.). Institutional racism, this is it.
I’m a Black Female Cosplayer and Some People Hate It—”Once upon a time, I inadvertently started a cosplay race war on Tumblr. Whoops.” This woman is awesome.
Scientific and Related
The reliability of psychiatric diagnoses according to the newest criteria is very poor. Despairingly so.
Our brain may edit our conscious memory after the fact.
Will We Ever . . . Lose All Our Corals? The state of the world’s coral reefs.
Chinese mantises gut poisonous monarch caterpillars before eating them.
Can statistical analysis be considered evidence of someone cheating at chess? When can statistical analysis be considered evidence of cheating, if ever?
How access to STEM careers/education is denied to many poor students before they even have a chance.
An anti-vaxxer does an about-face after her son becomes ill.
Software that writes subject-specific books in 20 minutes, and has written hundreds of thousands of such books that are now up on Amazon for its creator.
Knockoffs of bestsellers being sold on Amazon.
A book about flies accidentally gets its price jacked up to over 23 million dollars.
Why it might make mathematical sense to pay people to read your book (for nonfiction, at least).
The TSA is removing the body scanners from airports. YES!
Fox News accidentally uses a photo of a lesbian couple to promote heterosexual marriage.
Ridiculously fast archery video. How fast is it possible to shoot arrows? This fast.
A guy who fakes being an amateur marathon runner, through extensive, massive deception. Why?
It’s a phylogeny of the little tabs that keep bread closed! . . . this reminds me of something I would do.
WTF, Evolution? When Evolution parties too hard, these sorts of things, er, happen. The captions are the best part.