Reality Checks: Monkey Edition

Reality Checks: Monkey Edition

Better late than never for the reality checks.  It’s been a long, rough week, darlings.  All the news today is therefore about monkeys, except for the story about a parrot. Bouvier’s red colobus monkey is not extinct after all!  (via UPI) Chimps are killing bush babies with spears.  Good for them?  (via International Business times) New species of monkey discovered in China.   (via The... »

Reality Checks: Robot Crab Bisque, Neanderthal DNA, and Drones for Elephants

Reality Checks: Robot Crab Bisque, Neanderthal DNA, and Drones for Elephants

Drones may be deployed in Tanzania to fight poachers.  (via Bloomberg) Robots make breakfast!  The robot apocalypse will be serving crab bisque (via Ars Technica) Humorless Iranian religious types with too much power have this thing about lapdogs. (via The Daily Beast  ) Oldest known Neanderthal DNA discovered! (via CNN) Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image cr... »

Reality Checks: Spoiler Alerts from Google, Terror Birds, and Disability Representation in the Turkish Parliament

Reality Checks: Spoiler Alerts from Google, Terror Birds, and Disability Representation in the Turkish Parliament

A woman with disabilities is a member of Turkey’s Parliament! First time ever!    (via UN Women) Google is patenting an automated system to protect us from spoilers. (via Ars Technica) The NYT is reporting on mental illness in the prison system. (via NYT.  ) More Terror Birds discovered  (via iflscience.com). Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image credit: ... »

Reality Checks: Goldfish Continue to Ruin Everything, Obama is Going to say Something About Conversion Therapy, Grilled Cheese vs Frequency of Sexual Encounters, and the Day’s Dinosaur News

Reality Checks: Goldfish Continue to Ruin Everything, Obama is Going to say Something About Conversion Therapy, Grilled Cheese vs Frequency of Sexual Encounters, and the Day’s Dinosaur News

Obama is going to have conversations with lawmakers about ‘Conversion’ therapy for LGBT youth.  It’s a start.  (via NYT) Terrifyingly large goldfish are destroying ecosystems in Australia.  Don’t abandon pets.  Not only is it kind of terrible anyway, it’s bad for the environment.  (via Time) A Dating Site Reports a Positive Correlation Between Liking Grilled Cheese an... »

Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

After a woman fatally poisoned her son, the judge helpfully diagnosed her with a mental illness and sentenced accordingly even though the defendant had never been diagnosed by real psychiatrists and none of the lawyers on either side had brought up mental illness.  (via NYT) A fierce twelve year old girl notices a lack of girl default characters in games, does the math to confirm her impression is... »

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Mindy is off communing with the spirit of Copernicus in order to become the next Super Physicist, so I’m taking over the Reality Checks.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.   Brontosaurus is a dinosaur again!  (via Scientific American.) Goldfish are ruining everything and the ecosystem in Colorado. (via NYDaily News) Here in Atlanta, there’s been a major education scandal involving cheat... »

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