Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Deadly Homeopathy, Hidden Wine, Ancient Human Ancestors, and Data Windfall from Los Alamos

Elevated levels of deadly nightshade in homeopathic teething gel.  (via Ars Technica) The hidden wine cellars beneath the Brooklyn Bridge. (via NPR) Meeting some ancient deuterostome fossils. Except they don’t seem to have an anus.  Weird. (via NYtimes) 16 years of solar weather data(via Science Mag) Featured image credit: Rictor Norton and …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Good News Mostly, Coffee, Cheese, Privacy, and 1984

Because I am having trouble dealing with the news of the last few days, these reality checks will be the good parts of reality. The physics of coffee. (via Scientificamerican blogs) Court upholds ruling that law enforcement cannot seize data from servers, because seizing a disk is not the same …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Making DnD Safe for Women, Bystander Intervention, Deadliness of Cervical Cancer, and Knitting for the Resistance

All female DnD groups.  I’m not sure which I expect to hear first about this from sexists: reverse sexism or fake gamer girls. (via LAweekly) Guide to bystander intervention. (via afsc.org) Cervical cancer is a lot deadlier than we thought, due to a calculation error. (via Ars Technica) Knitting as dissent. (via …

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday

Awesome Sauce Music Friday: Complex Singing on the Golden Records

One of the more interesting things I think, music wise, that made an appearance on the golden records is a song by the girls of a pygmy tribe in what is now the Democratic Republic of Congo.  These tribes are known for extremely dense and complex vocal music, to a …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Republican Men think Women have it Better, Sexual Harrassment vs Pakistani Concerts, Egyptian Pot Burials, and Legal Implications of a Sexual Partner Dying During Coitus

According to Republican men, it is a better time to be a woman than a man.  So glad I have men to tell me these things. (via NT) Egyptian pot burials vs modern conceptions of value and recycling. (via Arstechnica) A Pakistani pop star interrupts his concert to help a …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: School Segregation, non Burning Batteries, Consent includes Condoms, Google and Misinformation

Flame retardant batteries. (via Ars Technica) Systemic school segregation.  (via NPR) Removing a condom during sex without consent ruled as rape. Damn straight.(via Vice) Google and the misinformed public (via Chronicle of Higher Education) Featured image credit: Toshiyuki Imai via flickr

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Awesome Sauce Music Friday

Awesome Sauce Music Friday: Saudi Women Kick Ass and Take Names

In this amazing music video, a group of Saudi Women are singing and dancing for women’s rights! Some of it is explained in this captioned video for those of us who don’t speak Arabic. The best protests are those with singing and dancing. Featured image:  cross-stitch ninja via flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Measuring Pain, Community Food Pantries Like Libraries, Capital Punishment for White Supremacists, and Living in Authoritarian States

Measuring pain, the difficulties of. (via Ars Technica) Small scale food pantries. (via NPR) Charleston white supremacist who shot up a church has been sentenced to death.  I disapprove.  Even for him. (via Vice) Authoritarian regimes are mostly boring and tolerable.  Note that this was written by a white man whose major …

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