Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: No Visas for Gambian Robotics, Lunar Robotic Tests, Elevated Bus Scam, and Ancient Roman Concrete

The Gambia’s robotics team denied visas to the US. (via Al Jazeera) Police in China say that the elevated bus is a scam. (via Ars Technica) Lunar robot is being tested on Mt Etna (via NYTimes) Ancient Rome and the best concrete in the world.  (via Washington Post) Featured image credit: k3anan via flickr

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Reality Checks: No Visas for Afghan Robotics, Wikipedia Adventures, Selfie Tech, Eyeball Research, and What to the Slave is the Fourth of July

Afghanistan’s robotics team, composed entirely of women, denied visas to the US.  (via Washington Post) Wikipedia: the text adventure (via Ars Technica) The amazing tech behind selfies. (via The Mary Sue) Large collection of animal eyeballs will help vision research. (via NPR) What to the slave is the fourth of July is …

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Lifestyle

Making America Great Again: Denying Buttons to the Poor

It is currently a matter of public discourse in the U.S. that low-income people can completely afford things if only they don’t buy multiple iphones per year. This is not surprising given people’s anger when the poor have nice stuff. It’s traditional!  Back in 1651, the General Court in Massachusetts …

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Reality Checks: Twerking Away Violence, Fining Google for Monopolizing Search, Categorizing Weird Ungulates with DNA, and Transgender Prejudice

Twerking fends off violence in San Francisco.  This is my favorite story ever. (via missionlocal) Google fined by European court for abusing search  monopoly.  (via Ars Technica) Using DNA to add Macrauchenia patachonica to the tree of life. (via CNN) Transgender prejudice and the belief in a biological gender. (via NPR) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Unconstitutionality of Social Media Bans, Hackers and Girl Scouts, Special Election Lengths, and the New Art Darlings

The unconstitutionality of blocking social media. (via Ars Technica) The next generation of hackers and the girl scouts. (via Vice) Georgia special election is longer than some national elections. (via NPR) The new darlings of the art world are older women, not younger men. (via artsy) Featured image credit: H2Woah via flickr

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Reality Checks: Cats, Guinea Pigs, Human Sacrifice, and Cooking in District 6

The spread of cats (via The Atlantic) Naming guinea pigs with neural networks.  (via Lewis and Quark) The diet of human sacrifice victims. (via Ars Technica) Cookbooks of District 6. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Ava Babili via flickr

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Reality Checks: Maternal Mortality is Bigger in Texas, Interracial Marriages post Loving, No Black Panther Spinoff, and Trumping Julius Caesar

In the entire developed world, Texas has the highest maternal mortality rate. (via Bust) Pushback against miscegenation, 50 years post Loving v Virginia. (via NPR) Black panther spin off cancelled. (via Root) Funding pulled for Trumpified Julius Caesar.  Funding was not a problem for an Obamified Julius Caesar. (via Washington Post) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Summoning the Devil, Extinction and the Law, Puerto Rican Statehood, and the Fight Against Manspreading

Charles Babbage, father of computing, once tried to summon the devil. (via Ars Technica) Legal implications of reviving extinct species (via Ars Technica) Puerto Rico votes for statehood in nonbinding referendum. (via PBS) Madrid is fighting manspreading on public transport. (via Washington Post) Featured image credit: Benjamin Lehet via flickt

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