Tales of Nonscience
A great new site, and a wonderful initiative!  Here is my submission…
lookslikescience:

I’m a scientist, and my kid has temper tantrums.
-Jeanne Garbarino, PhD
@jeannegarb, Double X Science, The Mother Geek

A great new site, and a wonderful initiative!  Here is my submission…

lookslikescience:

I’m a scientist, and my kid has temper tantrums.

-Jeanne Garbarino, PhD

@jeannegarb, Double X Science, The Mother Geek

This is my first on Double X Science - a new blog for women and everyone else interested in science!  Check it out :-)

jtotheizzoe:

How to teach the metric system to Americans
(via The Oatmeal)

This is a double whammy - text + animation - all around sciencey goodness!  Learn about cholesterol and why we need it!

jtotheizzoe:

Female Orgasm Remains an Evolutionary Mystery
Scientists just can’t quite seem to put their finger on this one …
New research suggests that it might just be an evolutionary byproduct of sharing genes with males, like why we guys have nipples. Of course, it’s a hell of a lot more fun than most evolutionary byproducts (say, the appendix). More details at the link up there.

Unlike male orgasm, which is found across the primate spectrum, female orgasm has skipped some species. (Lady gibbons, for example, are out of luck.) In humans, men are far more likely to experience orgasm than women, of whom one in 10 don’t ever experience it.
That imbalance runs contrary to traditional explanations of female orgasm: that it strengthens bonds between mates and thus improves the care received by their children, or that the ability to elicit orgasm indicates a male’s virility, or that underlying physiological processes somehow improve reproductive success.
 After all, if female orgasms are an important evolutionary adaptation, they should be easier to attain. Also perplexing is that many women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm, not penetrative action. If female orgasms were meant to encourage sex, the opposite ought to be true.

(via Wired Science)

jtotheizzoe:

Female Orgasm Remains an Evolutionary Mystery

Scientists just can’t quite seem to put their finger on this one …

New research suggests that it might just be an evolutionary byproduct of sharing genes with males, like why we guys have nipples. Of course, it’s a hell of a lot more fun than most evolutionary byproducts (say, the appendix). More details at the link up there.

Unlike male orgasm, which is found across the primate spectrum, female orgasm has skipped some species. (Lady gibbons, for example, are out of luck.) In humans, men are far more likely to experience orgasm than women, of whom one in 10 don’t ever experience it.

That imbalance runs contrary to traditional explanations of female orgasm: that it strengthens bonds between mates and thus improves the care received by their children, or that the ability to elicit orgasm indicates a male’s virility, or that underlying physiological processes somehow improve reproductive success.

After all, if female orgasms are an important evolutionary adaptation, they should be easier to attain. Also perplexing is that many women require clitoral stimulation to achieve orgasm, not penetrative action. If female orgasms were meant to encourage sex, the opposite ought to be true.

(via Wired Science)

This is a post written for Working Mother digital, which is a place to highlight mom powerhouses.  I was asked to write about the disproportionately male STEM occupations and this is what I came up with.