Reality Checks: Cancer Vaccine, Scaly Anteaters, Fist Bumps, and a Headdress Ban

Reality Checks: Cancer Vaccine, Scaly Anteaters, Fist Bumps, and a Headdress Ban

Teens aren’t getting the HPV vaccine, which needlessly exposes them to a cancer-causing virus. (via The Atlantic) “Scaly anteaters” are being hunted to extinction. (via Discovery News) If you want to avoid germs, adopt the fist bump. (via NPR) A popular Canadian music festival has banned headdresses. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Whitney via Flickr Got a link you th... »

Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 1, 2011, but the movie Lucy has sadly brought this myth back into vogue. Modern Mythology is a Teen Skepchick feature in which we try to cut through the woo so you can make informed decisions. If you have any questions, contact us here. The other day, while working with some high school students, one of them turned to me and started a... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 108: The Speed of Sound

The Physics Philes, lesson 108: The Speed of Sound

Last week we talked a bit about how our ears work and how they perceive sound. If we’re having a conversation, the sound seems to travel from my mouth to your ears in an instant. But what do you hear in a thunder storm? We know that thunder is the sound we hear as the air around a lightning bolt rapidly expands. We also probably know from experience that we see the lightning bolt before we h... »

Reality Checks: National Misogyny League, Gecko Sex Satellite, Aliens and Christianity, and the UN Speaks on Abortion Restrictions

Reality Checks: National Misogyny League, Gecko Sex Satellite, Aliens and Christianity, and the UN Speaks on Abortion Restrictions

The NFL doesn’t care about women. But they will take our money. (via Jezebel) Russia loses control of gecko sex experiment satellite. (via BBC) If we discovered alien life, how would Christianity handle it? (via io9) The UN warns that strict abortion restrictions are human rights violations. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Steve Jurvetson via Flickr Got a link you think we should... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

I continue reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  Step 2 is Approach and Open.  Are you ready?  Are you ready for this?  Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? In this section, we abandon our frame narrative for some point in the past When it All Began (TM).  Our intrepid narrator Style attends a workshop from renowned (?) pick up artist Mystery.  Mystery’s credentials consist of a manila... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Seething Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Seething Edition

Happy Friday, everyone! Time to kick off the weekend right with a little awesome sauce music. This week, though, we have something a little different. But it’s pretty cool so I think you’ll like it. Andy Lomas is a digital artist. He created a virtual model for cell growth, and with it we can watch as sculptures inspired by biology grow. According to io9, he got together with techno-pr... »

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