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Reality Checks: Satellite Trickery, Captain America, Green Republicans, and the “Science of Naturalism”

Reality Checks: Satellite Trickery, Captain America, Green Republicans, and the “Science of Naturalism”

Why we’re tricked by satellite images. (via Discovery News) Captain America’s shield, explained by science. (via The Mary Sue) Ken Ham thinks the Smithsonian is promoting the “science of naturalism.” (via io9) Green Republicans are between a rock and a hard place. (via NPR) Featured image credit: JD Hancock Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes: Test Studying!

The Physics Philes: Test Studying!

I’m sorry, loyal readers. I can’t write a Physics Philes this week. I have a test on Tuesday and I neeeeeeeeeeeeed to study. Like, super hard. Lucky for you, however, you can study right along with me! Newton’s Laws of Motion: First Law of Motion Second Law of Motion Third Law of Motion Friction Air Resistance Uniform Circular Motion Work and Power: Kinetic Energy Potential Energ... »

Reality Checks: Measles Drug, Misogynist Geeks, Minivan Physics

Reality Checks: Measles Drug, Misogynist Geeks, Minivan Physics

An Illinois high school wants to force it’s students to wear gender-specific clothing in order to participate in graduation. (via Jezebel) There is a new, non-vaccine drug that treats the measles. (via Discovery News) What are misogynist geeks afraid of? (via Raw Story) Physics with just a balloon and a minivan. (via io9) Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! They Contain the History of Life Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! They Contain the History of Life Edition

Howdy! Are you ready for your weekly dose of nerdy music? Well, you better get ready, ’cause it’s happening! This week’s song comes to use from Tom McFadden as part of his masters thesis on the impact of music in science education.The song, a parody of LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem,” covers the California 7th grade standards on Earth & life history. There is al... »

Reality Checks: Cousin Earth, Female Penis, Pets, and Trigger Warnings

Reality Checks: Cousin Earth, Female Penis, Pets, and Trigger Warnings

We’ve discovered Earth’s cousin. (via Bad Astronomy) A new penis-like structure found in female cave-dwelling insects. (via io9) Is it good for kids to have pets? (via Scientific American) Do trigger warnings threaten academic freedom. (via Slate) Featured image credit: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-CalTech Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

Reality Checks: Creationist Cosmos, Chess, and Lunar Eclipse Photos

If creationists presented Cosmos. (via Funny or Die) Captain America actor also wants a Wonder Woman movie. (via The Mary Sue) Are girls bad at chess. (via Scientific American) Lunar eclipse photos. (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: Jakub Kadlec via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

The Physics Philes, lesson 94: Sinusoidal Infection

Last week we started talking about mechanical waves. Now that we have some of the essential knowledge under our belts, let’s dig in a little deeper. It’s time to start talking about periodic waves. A note: Everything you’re about to read goes for both transverse and longitudinal waves. But it’s easier to visualize, I think, by describing it in terms of transverse waves. Jus... »

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Reality Checks: Jenny McCarthy, Homeless Jesus, and Chameleon Colors

Jenny McCarthy now claims she isn’t anti-vax. Yeah, right. (via Bad Astronomy) “Homeless Jesus” sculpture causes controversy in an affluent North Carolina neighborhood. (via NPR) How – and why – chameleons change colors. (via Zoologic) Nigerian 14-year-old bride killed her 35-year-old husband with rat poison at their wedding feast. (via Raw Story) Featured image credi... »

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