Happy National Proposal Day, You Lonely, Unlovable Monster

As a reminder that you'll probably die alone looking into a mirror, whoever makes up holidays has deemed March 20th National Proposal Day, leaving you with less than 24 hours to find someone, anyone to propose to you and validate your entire existence. Here are some fun facts about that proposal you're not getting! » 3/20/15 3:00pm 3/20/15 3:00pm

Having a Second Baby Makes Moms Unhappier than Dads

I haven't had any babies of my own, but everyone tells me that having two is exponentially harder than having one. Like, you've got one poop-covered screaming potato thing to deal with, and then all of a sudden YOU'VE GOT TWO. I missed the baby years with my stepdaughters, but even so, I've learned that when you have… » 6/12/14 5:40pm 6/12/14 5:40pm

Statistics professor challenges midwives' math on home birth safety

Recently a group of midwives published a paper about birth outcomes for home births, which seemed to indicate home birth is as safe as hospital birth. A skeptic blog got a statistics professor to analyze the paper, and came up with very different results. Check them both out! » 2/26/14 3:09pm 2/26/14 3:09pm

UK Women Under 50 Diagnosed with Breast Cancer in Record Numbers

Breast cancer researchers in the UK have noticed a troubling trend recently, which is that more women under the age of 50 are being diagnosed with breast cancer. A record number of women under 50, actually — according to Cancer Research UK, 10,068 women under the age of 50 in the UK were diagnosed with the disease in… » 5/03/13 9:40am 5/03/13 9:40am

Lipsyncing for Your Life: A Highly Detailed Survival Analysis of RuPaul’s Drag Race

If you follow me on Twitter, you know that I'm a big fan of RuPaul's Drag Race. The transformation, the glamour, the sheer eleganza extravanga is something my life needs to interrupt the monotony of grad school. I was able to catch up on nearly four seasons in a little less than a month, and I've been watching the… » 3/11/13 6:00pm 3/11/13 6:00pm

Show This Depressing Graph to the Rape Apologist in Your Life

The next time some dick is all, "...but what about all those false rape accusations?" show him this excellent (albeit very sad) graph from The Enliven Project, which used data from Department of Justice's National Crime Victimization Survey and FBI reports to show just how often rapes are reported (not often) and how… » 1/07/13 5:40pm 1/07/13 5:40pm

An Incredibly Detailed Super Statistical Hunger Games Survival Analysis

Whenever a new fad takes over pop culture, social scientists take note. They host conferences, teach courses, and write popular pieces trying to tie the newest thing to their favorite area of research. Consider this post a humble attempt to take that trend to its epic, nerdtastic next level. » 4/12/12 7:00pm 4/12/12 7:00pm

The Funnest Factoids From The White House Report On Women

There may be no new studies in the just-released White House Report on Women, but that doesn't mean there's nothing to learn from the report, which conveniently culls all relevant government data on women. That includes some breakdowns of things we've been hearing about for awhile — women's education attainment… » 3/02/11 10:02am 3/02/11 10:02am