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

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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.

Christie Wilcox About the Author: Christie Wilcox is a science writer and blogger who moonlights as a PhD student in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Hawaii. Follow on Google+. Follow on Twitter @NerdyChristie.

The views expressed are those of the author and are not necessarily those of Scientific American.


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  1. 1. Kevbonham 1:57 pm 07/25/2011

    It’s actually spelled “SAshi…” Oh wait, I see what you did there.

    Link to this

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