Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Free Stuff from the DOD, Sunfish Weirdness, Water in the Moon, and the Death of MS Paint

Getting free military weapons from the US DOD is surprisingly easy. (via Ars Technica) The bizarreness of sunfish. (via Popular Science) There might be water inside the moon. (via NPR) Rest in Peace, Microsoft Paint (via The Guardian) Featured image credit: Allan Hack via flickr

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Reality Checks: The Death of Security (Robot), Cutest Drone Ever, Speed Walking T Rexes, and the Lack of Alien Civilizations on Mars

In a setback for the robot apocalypse, a security robot drowns. (via Ars Technica) The ISS has an adorable camera drone!  I want one.  (via engadget) T Rex could walk really fast, but not run.  (via Washington Post) In conversations we somehow need to have, there is no evidence of …

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Reality Checks: Snake Oil, RIP Maryam Mirzakhani, Racist Dress Codes, and Mysterious Radio Signals

How to sell snake oil, a case study on Gwyneth Paltrow. (via Ars Technica) The first woman to win the Fields prize, Maryam Mirzakhani, has died. (via nytimes) Among other things, dress codes often end up being racist. (via NPR) Mysterious radio signals from 11 light years away! (via newsweek) …

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Skepticism

Open Mouths Versus Explosions

Recently I spent a delightful vacation in Alicante,Spain, which was celebrating Hogueras de San Juan.  The festival involves things which are on fire and go boom, it was fabulous.   While observing the fireworks and listening to the booms I was told that to protect my hearing, I should leave …

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Reality Checks: Gifs in DNA, Physical Activity Inequality, Visas for Robot Teams, and Citizen Scientists’ Hard Work for Jupiter’s Red Spot

Adding a gif to bacterial dna.  Next up, cat pictures. (via the BBC) Physical activity inequality in the US. (via Ars Technica) Afghanistan’s robotics team enters the US.  No word on the Gambia’s team.  (via NPR)  Citizens create amazing red spot image (via space.com) Featured image credit: cygni_18 via flickr

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Reality Checks: Power Dynamics and Sexism in Tech, Traditional Amputation, Space Fungus, and Unconstitutional Twitter Blockage

Sexism and power dynamics in tech. (via the Mary Sue) Amputation kits from the revolutionary war.  For the next time someone espouses the value of traditional healing. (via Ars Technica) Fungus in outer space.  I feel like I’ve read many trashy science fiction scenarios about this. (via Gizmodo)  Suing the US president for …

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Reality Checks: US Threats over Used Clothing, Informing Your Rapist about your Abortion, Equals Signs, and Come Home, Cardinal Pell

Rwanda is banning used clothing imports.  About time. (via this is Africa) Arkansas wants pregnant women to consult the man who impregnated them prior to abortions. (via the Mary Sue) The equals sign, a history. (via Ars Tehnica) Cardinal Pell is going home! (via NPR) Featured image credit: Sarah R via flickr

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Reality Checks: Hobby Lobby Smuggling, Medicaid for Mental Health Care, Odd Soviet Findings on Venus, and Stars Like Fireworks

Hobby Lobby has been smuggling artifacts out of Iraq and will be forfeiting them.  I am confused and have questions.  (via NYTimes) For a lot of people in the US, medicaid is the only option for mental health care. (via NPR) Revisiting Soviet data on Venus’ atmosphere. (via Ars Tehnica) …

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