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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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Election Technology, Sheep Facial Recognition, New Skin from Gene Therapy, and 3D Printing Habitats for NASA

The state of election technology. (via Ars Technica) Teaching sheep to recognize celebrities. (via Washington State) Gene therapy to grow skin. (via NYT) 3D printed habitat competition. (via Space Coast Daily) Featured image credit:Kasia Raj via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Comcast vs Net Neutrality, Women of NASA Legos, Quark Fusion, and Plague

Comcast doesn’t want states to be able to enforce net neutrality. (via Ars Technica) Amazon’s new best selling toy is women of NASA. (via techtimes) Theoretical quark fusion! (via phys.org) In depressing news, there is plague in Madagascar. (via the WHO) Featured image credit:Maia Weinstock via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Women being Murdered in Uganda, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Respect for Uluru, and Giant Icthyosaurs

Women being murdered in Uganda. (via Al Jazeera) Reduce your carbon footprint. Since Trump won’t help us. (via Ars Technica) Australia bans climbing on Uluru. (via NYTimes) Almost complete icthyosaur fossil found in India. (via Xinhuanet) Featured image credit: Ed Dunans via Flickr

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Technology

Literary Technology: Phone Phreaking in Hell

cross posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered In Lord Dunsany’s “Three Infernal Jokes”, published in 1917, a dictionary salesman makes a deal with the devil.  That is not important.  The important thing is that to do so, his intermediary has to hack the phones and splice into some bizarre telephone exchange. …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Octopi on Land, Security for Heathrow on a USB Stick, Racism and Health Outcomes, Street Views for Cats, and Literary Responses to Dick Pics

Octopi on land in Wales.  Creepy. (via Gizmodo) Today in security, an unencrypted USB containing Heathrow security plans was found. (via Ars Technica) Racism is bad for your health. (via NPR) Japan has a google street view for cats! (via vox) Not actually news, but we all need famous authors responding …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Perils of Backyard Agriculture, Returning the Remains of Alaska Natives, Loose Bogs Marauding in Minnesota, and Quarantining People with HIV/AIDS

Smithsonian returns the remains of native Alaskans for burial (via NPR) A number of DIY foodies have gotten sick. (via Ars Technica) A loose bog is floating around in Minnesota . (via twincities.com) Georgia is at it again.  A state legislator wanted to know if people with HIV/AIDS could be …

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Politics

Laws, Porn, and Human Trafficking

Oh, state of Georgia.  I live here. I just learned of House Bill 509. From Facebook.   Text reads ***To All My GA Friends*** There is a bill that we are trying to pass…The Human Trafficking Prevention Act. If passed, in 2019, all computers and cell phones will have porn blocked. …

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