Health News

Three better ways to "champion babies" than protesting abortion

Last week, the Queensland government finally dragged itself into the modern era when it voted to make access to abortion officially legal. I say "modern era", but of course there are still legislatures all over the country (and the world) that are languishing in a state of regressive, misogynist policies that deny women and others […]

Kids Health

These YA Novels That Discuss Sexual Assault Are More Important Than Ever

Long before Kavanaugh, Weinstein, #MeToo and more brought the topic of sexual violence front and center in the news cycle, activists have emphasized the importance of educating kids of all genders about “yes means yes” consent and the devastating effects of rape culture.  Important movements are happening on college campuses across the nation, but conversations about […]

Health Problems

American girls read and write better than boys

As early as the fourth grade, girls perform better than boys on standardized tests in reading and writing, and as they get older that achievement gap widens even more, according to research published by the American Psychological Association. “The common thinking is that boys and girls in grade school start with the same cognitive ability, […]

Health Problems

You probably made a better first impression than you think

After we have conversations with new people, our conversation partners like us and enjoy our company more than we think, according to findings published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. In our social lives, we’re constantly engaged in what researchers call “meta-perception,” or trying to figure out how other people […]

Health News

Do you drink more than an average Australian?

If science finally manages to come through with that time machine and you head back to 1970s Australia, whatever you do, don’t get in a shout with someone at the pub. All indications are they will drink you under the table. Certainly, compared to today, people in 1970s Australia drank so much beer it’s hard […]