Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Fitness Level by Gender, Antivaxxer Purity, Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon, and Russian Olympic Ban

A study with a way too small sample size suggest women are naturally more fit than men.   (via Time) The Baader-meinhof phenomenon, which I am now seeing everywhere. (via DamnInteresting) Anti Vaxx “Purity” and “morals” (via Ars Technica) Russia banned from 2018 Olympics, though the athletes can still compete …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Voyager Update, Rapist Appeals Rape Conviction, Venezuelan Cryptocurrency, and

Voyager fires its trajectory thrusters.  (via Ars Technica) Rapist Brock Turner, who served 3 months for rape, is appealing his conviction of being a rapist. (via NYT) Venezuela will create its own cryptocurrency. (via NPR) Robin Wright will now be leading House of Cards. (via Collider) Featured image credit:NASA

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Science

Today I Made the World a Better Place

I got a flu shot.  I made it slightly easier for people with compromised immune systems to exist in public spaces.     Featured image credit Yaniv Ben Arie via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Modern Medicine, Ghana Chocolate, Dowsing in the UK, and Fukushima Fuel

Doctors must be able to use computers, a judge rules. (via Ars Technica) Ghana as told through chocolate, (via npr) Water and magic in the UK  (via Medium) The melted fuel from Fukushima has been found, finally. (via NYTimes) Featured image credit: Richard Borbridge via flickr

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Modern Mythology

The Need for Questioning Knowledge: Ribs as a Case Study

Lately I have had two different conversations in which people with college educations confidently asserted that men and women have a different number of ribs.  I generally blame this on the state of public education here in Georgia (US state version), but how does bad information like this get propagated? …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Werewolves in Russia, Charles Manson Dies, More on the Infamous Google Memo, and the Lack of Apocalypse

4000 year old dog sacrifices in Russia. (via Ars Technica) Charles Manson is dead. (via npr) The infamous google memo, blamed on autism by the guardian. Yay.  (via the Guardian) The world didn’t end on Nov 19th.  Again.  (via Forbes) Featured image credit:Muadiv via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Flat Earth Convention, Cards Against Humanity Against Trump’s Wall, FCC Doesn’t Care about Replacing Copper, and Barbie’s Hijab

There is a sold out flat-earth convention in NC. (via WSPA) Cards against humanity fights against trumps wall. (via cnn) The FCC is letting companies abandon copper wire. Without offering replacements. (via Ars Technica) Barbie has a hijab.   (via NPR) Featured image credit: Gillie Rhodes via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Spongy Enceladus, Alcohol vs Language Skills, Listing the Dead Migrants, and George Takei accused of Sexual Assault

Enceladus has a sponge like core. (via Ars Technica) Study suggests moderate alcohol consumption improves language skills.  The researchers suggest it is more because people feel less nervous about speaking in a foreign language. (via BPS Research Digest) The dead migrants. 33k since 1993. (via NPR) George Takei accused of …

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