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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Unbeatable Tardigrade, Swear Words, Penis Stealing Witches and an Atheist Utopia

Tardigrade toughness is in their genes. (via D-brief) The science of swear words. (NSFW, obvs.) (via Wired) Among the many misogynist claims inherent in the myth of witches is the idea that they could steal penises. (via Broadly) A small town in southwest Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia. …

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Reality Checks: Explaining the Scientific Method, Campaign for a Hijab Emoji, Saving Endangered Languages, and the App Economy

The scientific method, explained. (via Science Alert) Saudi teen launches a campaign for an emoji with a hijab. (via NPR) Can digital technology save endangered languages? (via Scientific American) Pokemon Go as a case study app economics. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Sadie Hernandez via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Cannibalism in 1609, Disappearing Sea Ice, Comet Disintegration, and #TeacherBae and Rape Culture

We have physical evidence of cannibalism in the Jamestown colony. (via Washington Post) Polar bears are losing their sea ice refuges. (via Nature) An awesome look at a comet disintegration. (via Gizmodo) Society finds the bodies of black women unacceptable. (via The Root) Featured image credit: flickrfavorites via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Italian Fertility, Latinos for Trump, Pluto’s Red-Headed Moon, Language Links

Italy has a “Fertility Day” to combat declining birth rates and it’s as bad as it sounds. (via Jezebel) Understanding Latinos for Trump. (via Sociological Images) How Pluto’s moon Charon got its red north pole. (via Scientific American) Are sounds and meaning in languages linked? (via D-brief) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Phone Fires, the Origin of the Moon, Exploring the “Basket of Deplorables,” and the Battle of Biryani

The science behind phone battery fires. (via Scientific American) The moon may have been formed by a very violent collision. (via Gizmodo) Exploring the claim that half of Trump supporters are bigoted. (via The Atlantic) Biryani is a controversial dish in some areas of India. (via NPR) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Global Threat of Antibiotic Resistance, Star Trek Science, Colliding Black Holes, and Manplaining Space to an Astonaut

The United Nations will consider whether to act on the threat of antibiotic resistance. (via National Geographic) The nerds who kept Star Trek honest in its science. (via Scientific American) What colliding black holes can teach us about the stars they once were. (via Wired) NASA astronaut gets space mansplained …

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Reality Checks: Looking Presidential, University Rape Kits, Coffee Meets Engineering, and Wilderness Loss

How Hillary Clinton can get that “presidential look.” (via The Washington Post) Universities aren’t required to keep rape kits on campus. (via Jezebel) Using coffee to teach engineering. (via NPR) The planet is losing its wilderness. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Anders Printz via Flickr

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Reality Checks: A Strange Disease Called Kuru, Climate Change Nightmare, Building Bridges, Missing School

The strange illness that comes from eating infected human meat. (via NPR) The effects of climate change are here. (via Rolling Stone) Building bridges is important in science communication. (via Wired) Missing school has long term consequences. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Lead Beyond via  Flickr

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