Reality Checks: Physics of Super Mario, Doctor Who, Hunger Games Violence, and Oblivious White People

Reality Checks: Physics of Super Mario, Doctor Who, Hunger Games Violence, and Oblivious White People

Physics students examine planetary stability in Super Mario Galaxy. (via io9) Doctor Who finally hires its first female writer. After six years. (via Jezebel) The violence of The Hunger Games trilogy might just be good for young minds. (via Wired) White people are oblivious to the experience of black people in America. (via Alternet) Featured image credit: Debra Sweet via Flickr Got a link you thi... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills

The Physics Philes, lesson 121: Mountains Out of Mole Hills

Is it hot in here? Yes! Because we’re continuing our discussion of heat! Last week we learned about specific heat. We generally measure specific heat as a mass per change in temperature. However, sometimes we might want to use the number of moles of a substance, rather than the substance’s mass. Whoa whoa whoa…mole? Like an animal? No. Don’t be silly. A mole is the number o... »

Reality Checks: Hacker Barie, Ask for Evidence, tl;dr Bible, and Education and Creationism

Reality Checks: Hacker Barie, Ask for Evidence, tl;dr Bible, and Education and Creationism

Feminist Hacker Barbie is the best. (via The Verge) Ask for Evidence demands proof of claims. (via BoingBoing) tl;dr versions of the Bible. (via io9) You may not be able to educate people out of believing creationism. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Steve Snograss via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: The Fourth Dimension, Men Defining Rape, Weigh-In Protest, and GOP vs. Science, Round A Million

Reality Checks: The Fourth Dimension, Men Defining Rape, Weigh-In Protest, and GOP vs. Science, Round A Million

XKCD’s Randall Munroe explains dimensions with comics. (via Wired) The history of men defining rape. (via Mother Jones) A junior high school student was sent to the principal’s office for refusing to be weighed. (via Huffington Post) House Republicans just passed a bill that prohibits scientists from advising the EPA on their own research. (via Salon) Featured image credit: Doc Searls ... »

DBT Skills: This Feels Awful

DBT Skills: This Feels Awful

Holy moly guys, we have finished emotion regulation made it to the last DBT module, distress tolerance! Props for keeping up. Distress tolerance is a wonderful set of skills to have when your brainparts are still forming and your hormones are a little wonky, because it’s what keeps you from doing unintelligent things when you’re feeling too much. There are times when it’s really ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 120: Very Specific Heat

The Physics Philes, lesson 120: Very Specific Heat

Brrrr…it’s cold outside. Frigid, even. There’s a dusting of snow outside my window as I type. One might be forgiven for thinking that there isn’t as much heat outside as there is in the summer. But that’s not quite right, as least in the wonderful world of physics. Temperature and heat are distinct things. Heat is an energy transfer that takes place because of a tempe... »

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