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Modern Mythology: Werewolves and Zombies and Vampires, Oh My!

Today is Halloween, the celebration of all things scary and spooky. In the modern day, at least in America, it is simply a fun holiday, where everyone gets to dress up in costumes, eat candy, carve pumpkins, scare themselves, and pretend to believe in superstitions. It began, however, as the …

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Science

Happy National Fossil Day!

As a paleontologist-in-training, I get really excited about fossils, and often believe that everyone else should be as well. Fortunately, the National Park Service, as part of Earth Science Week, hosts a National Fossil Day, a nation-wide celebration of these magnificent traces of prehistoric life. I think most everyone would …

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Modern Mythology: Curing the Cold and Flu

Here on campus, it seems to be time for the annual waves of illness to sweep through. Nearly everyone has a cough or a case of the sniffles.  The free flu shot clinics have started, lasting for the next month. Students are trying to figure out at what point to …

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Happy Banned Books Week!

Here in the U.S.A, the last week of September is always Banned Books Week. This campaign, started 13 years ago by the American Library Association, is designed to raise awareness about censorship and encourage everyone, particularly kids, to expand their horizons and read books that others find questionable enough to …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: My Sister’s Keeper

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. Book/Movie: My Sister’s Keeper Genre:  Contemporary Fiction, Drama Author: Jodi Picoult Rating (Book): 3 out of 5 Gold Lockets Rating (Movie): 4.5 out of 5 Gold Lockets

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Literary Alphabet Soup: Denied?

The Alphabet Soup movement. The LGBTQ movement. Gay rights. Whatever you want to call it, getting equality and public acceptance of homosexuality is a big focus politically and socially right now. It’s also one that’s fairly close to my heart; since coming to college, I’ve made several good friends who …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: Warehouse 13

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. TV Show Title: Warehouse 13 Genre: Science Fiction Leads: Joanne Kelly, Eddie McClintock, Saul Rubek, and Allison Scagliotti Rating:      4 out of 5 artifacts

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Modern MythologyScience

Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

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 question, “You …

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