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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Fake Boyfriends, Solar Plants Causing Fires, and Crocodiles Away from the Nile

Fake boyfriends for hire in China.  (via Al Jazeera) Accidental fires at solar plants.  Oops. (via Ars Technica) Nile crocodiles in Florida(via NYT) Featured image credit: Nemodus Photos via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Demon Core, Economic Cost of Less Water, the Need for More Natural History Education, and Lobbying for Mars

How “the demon core” killed two post-WWII physicists. (via The New Yorker) The economic consequences of a warming world with less water. (via NPR) Young environmental scientists need more natural history education. (via Scientific American) Citizen lobbyists advocate for Mars. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr

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Activism

Dancing for a Cause, Improved Edition

Crossposted with minor edits from Coffeefied,Operafied,Fluffified, Beglittered Last year, I was a dancer for Shimmy Mob, a group of belly dancers who work to raise funds for women’s shelters.  It was terribly run and pointless, so this year, I ran a team.  My goal was to be better than last year …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Teaching Doctors about Trans* Teens, Girls in the Park, Another Kuiper Belt, and Debating the Legacy of White Supremacy on University Campuses

Doctors need more education when it comes to trans* teens. (via Slate) Girls and older people aren’t using parks as much as boys. (via NPR) A belt similar to the Kuiper Belt has been discovered around a nearby star. (via Discovery News) Universities consider ridding their campuses of homages to …

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Science

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Cryptophile: Cerberus

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …

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Religion

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Religion and Spirituality

Exorcisms and Agency

I’ve been quietly going about my business in the election, waiting for various people to tell me whether it’s more feminist to vote for Bernie or Hillary, and then I see stories like this.  Some people attempted to exorcise Ted Cruz.  I hate exorcisms as a thing.  Even by the …

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Skepticism

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Cryptophile: Hobbits

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. In my always-timely fashion it’s only been over three months since my last post. Evidently being unemployed does not necessarily mean you have time on your hands. …

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