Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Earth’s Twin, Teen Sex, Why “All Lives Matter” is Pointless, and How Taylor Swift Can Use Her Power for Good

We may have finally found a rocky planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. (via Scientific American) The percentage of teens having sex has declined significantly from 25 years ago. (via XXFactor) Why saying “all lives matter” misses the point. (via BoingBoing) Taylor Swift should use her power …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Programmable Friendship Bracelets, Cursing the Book Thieves, ROBOT FOOTBALL, and the Operating System that Brings us Closer to God

Tween girls are getting the best wearables on the market so far. Personally, I’m hoping jewelbots’ haptic signal feature leads to a resurgence in Morse code, because if Kids These Days (TM) start communicating clandestinely in class via morse code through their friendship bracelets, that will make me SO HAPPY. …


Ashley Madison: Protecting Those We Dislike

Recently, the site Ashley Madison was hacked and users’ personal data posted publicly (though much of this has been removed due to Ashley Madison’s use of DMCA claims to take the content down.)  Because the site caters to married people seeking extra marital sex (probably) without communicating this desire to …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: 600 Cosigners, Methadone Treatment, More Bad News About Climate Change, and the Woman Who Got Us to the Moon

More than 600 scientists and supporters have signed an open letter to the American Association for the Advancement of Science that criticizes the organization’s recent actions that “hinder the advancement of underrepresented groups” in STEM fields. (via Buzzfeed) Methadone is a crucial treatment for heroin addicts, but courts dangerously misunderstand …


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  • User Avatarkagehi Course, there is also the "default" assumption that sleeping with someone when you spouse knows, and approves of it, is still "cheating". Err.. So, borrowing... – Jul 27, 3:39 PM
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The Evolution of Sex

Sex is confusing and not only in the figuring out what goes where and who, if indeed anyone, you want to do it with. It’s very existence is a problem that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for centuries. For all intents and purposes sex shouldn’t exist, let alone be intrinsic to …



Religion and Spirituality

Josh Duggar and the Only Part of Christian Hypocrisy that Really Upsets Me

A standard charge leveled against Christians is that they are hypocrites, and a standard talking point by Christians in response to this is that of course they are hypocrites, that’s why they have to go to church.  This is often a bridge into a speech on how wicked we all are, …




Reality Checks: Leopard Spots, Oceans of Mars, Caffeine Eating Microbes, and Fossilized Sperm

In order to not neglect Mars during all the Pluto love, Curiosity discovers a what may be a continental crust. (via The Register) Scientists discover One Weird Trick(tm)for seeing black leopard spots (turning on an infrared camera flash).  (via Gulf News)  Oldest fossilized sperm discovered in Antarctica!  (via BBC) Coffee destroying beetles …




Diction and Elocution for the Young Lady of the Technical Persuasion

As a lady of computer science, I cannot spend all my time hiding behind my glittery and pink monitor worrying about chipping my nails on the shift key. I must, at times, talk to people!  I must even talk to people who are men!  This causes me to spend much …