2012: the year when it became okay in the UK to blame victims of sexual assault –

It was the latest in a wave of examples of  victim-blaming, a phenomenon that Christina Diamandopoulos, of the Rape Crisis charity, describes as the “myth that women are responsible for men’s sexual behaviour. From this stems the idea that what a woman wears, says, where she goes, or what she does can make her responsible for the crime committed against her.” The problem is compounded by common misconceptions, such as the idea that all rapists are strangers, who attack in dark alleys at night. In fact, Ms Diamandopoulos says, “most rape is committed by partners, ex-partners and men who are known to the woman”.


Christmas leftovers recipes | Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

Creating tasty dishes out of a bit of this, a bit of that, yesterday’s excess and a tin of something from the cupboard is absolutely my bag. It’s one of my favourite ways of cooking, because it’s so liberating. The pressure’s all off; you’re simply working with what you’ve got, rather than having made an investment (financially) in ingredients or (emotionally) in the ideal of some kind of classic recipe. And the fact that dishes conceived on the hoof in this way can rarely be precisely repeated is somehow all part of their charm.

I could write several features on the kind of meals I like to conjure up with festive leftovers (which do not, by the way, include turkey curry), but I’m going to confine myself instead to an under-explored area: the nibbles.

Six Ways to Clean Up Science : The New Yorker

The good news is that scientists across many fields have finally begun to reckon with the magnitude of the many challenges we are collectively facing. The articles in last month’s issue of Perspectives on Psychological Science have already been downloaded over two hundred thousand times (the academic equivalent of going platinum). And new venues and consortia like PLoS, PeerJ, and Open Science Framework are leading the way toward improved systems for screening new results. Those of us working in science lately have learned some very hard lessons, but in the long run science will be better for it.

It’s The Happiest Day Of The Year – Holidays do make me happy

It’s The Happiest Day Of The Year

Statistically speaking:

As part of my research, I’ve collected data from more than 20,000 people who report how happy they feel at randomly selected moments during daily life. These data reveal that we actually are happier than usual on holidays. In fact, Christmas Day, though not celebrated by everyone, is the happiest day of the year by a significant margin. Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve are not too far behind. While it’s easy to call to mind spoiled children fighting over toys or distant relations making awkward conversation, the holidays are, relatively speaking, quite happy.