Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: DST is Good, House Plant Myths, Wrestling While Female, and the Straight Dope on Tetanus

Daylight Savings Time isn’t your enemy. Standard Time is. (via Slate) Sorry, your house plants aren’t making the air in your home cleaner. (via The Atlantic) Colorado high school wrestler is frustrated when boys refuse to wrestle her. (via NPR) Rust doesn’t really have anything to do with tetanus. (via …

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Reality Checks: All-Woman Spacewalking Team, the Weight of a Galaxy, Type D Killer Whales, and Citogenesis

The first all-woman spacewalking team is finally happening! (via Gizmodo) How much does our galaxy weigh? (via D-brief) “Type D” killer whales have been found near Cape Horn. (via NPR) The internet has a “citogenesis” problem. (via Slate) Featured image credit: ESO/S. Brunier

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Reality Checks: Disaster Relief is for the Rich, the Second Person Cured of HIV, FDR’s “Green” New Deal, and Broken Heart Syndrome

How disaster relief favors the rich. (via NPR) The second person has been “effectively cured” of HIV. (via Stat) The original New Deal had a significant “green” component. (via JSTOR Daily) The origin of Takotsubo Syndrome – aka Broken Heart Syndrome – may start in the brain. (via D-brief) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Historical Regulation of Sex Work, Extraterrestrial Plate Tectonics, Falling for Hoaxes, and the Need for Diversity in Medical Research

Regulating sex work in Medieval Europe. (via JSTOR Daily) How plate tectonics could make it easier for life to develop. (via D-brief) How not fall for online hoaxes. (via Wired) Genomic databases are heavily skewed in favor of white people, and that’s a problem for precision medicine. (via Scientific American) …

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Reality Checks: Fulfilling #MeToo Principles, Racist Dr. Seuss, Planet 9, and Buried in Footnotes

Emma Thompson explains why she won’t work with someone accused of harassing women. (via Vox) Dr. Seuss is kind of racist. Why do we keep reading his books to kids? (via NPR) Does Planet 9 exist? (via Bad Astronomy) Women who made major contributions to genetics are buried in footnotes. …

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Reality Checks: Tiny T-Rex, Banning Abstinence-Only Sex Ed, Science of Regret, and Our Minds in Space

The T-Rex has a relative that is only about a meter tall. Adorable. (via BBC) Colorado is poised to ban abstinence-only sex education. (via Jezebel) How fear of regret effects our behavior. (via Popular Science) Our bodies might be more equipped to handle long-term space travel than our minds are. …

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Reality Checks: Climate Change Extinction, Preserving History on the Moon, Zebra Stripes, and the Immune System of the Elderly

We have our first extinction caused by climate change. (via The Washington Post) How do you preserve history on the moon? (via NPR) Why zebras have stripes. (via Popular Science) Why vaccines don’t work as well on the elderly. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: Rose Davies via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Lab Grown Meat, GOP at CNN, Guns and Toxic Masculinity, and an Increasing Interest in Climate Change

Can lab-grown meat mitigate climate change? It’s complicated. (via Wired) CNN hired a longtime Republican operative with no journalism experience to shape its 2020 campaign coverage. (via Vox) Toxic masculinity and guns are killing us. (via Vogue) Americans are more interested in climate change than they used to be. (via …

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