Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Dinosaur Feathers, Viola Desmond, Vulnerable Giraffes, and Ghosts That Make You Gay

This preserved dinosaur tail is covered in feathers! (via National Geographic) A black civil rights activist will be the first woman on Canadian currency. (via CBC) Giraffes are now listed as a “vulnerable” species. (via NPR) The Spiritual Science Research Foundation have determined that most cases of homosexuality are caused …

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Reality Checks: Burqa Under Assault in Germany, Recruiting Young Nazis, Another Hottest Month, and Prosecuting Police Violence

Angela Merkel has come out in favor of a burqa ban. (via Vox) Watch out, the “alt-right” aims to recruit young people. (via Mother Jones) November was the hottest month on record. (via Think Progress) What is it going to take to convict a cop of killing a black man? …

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You – Yes, You! – Can Write for Teen Skepchick!

Hello, loyal Teen Skepchick readers. It is I, Mindy, managing editor of this illustrious blog. I have exciting news: We’re looking for new writers. Writing for Teen Skepchick is a labor of love. We can’t offer you any pay. (We’re all still waiting for that Monsanto/vaccine lobby paycheck.) But, what …

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Reality Checks: Unnatural Reader, Gutting Earth Science Funding, Citizen Science Educators, and Unusual Fossils

Our brains aren’t naturally wired to read. (via NPR) Gutting NASA would mean gutting Earth science in the US. (via Gizmodo) Citizen scientists as citizen educators. (via Citizen Science Salon) Soft tissue doesn’t normally fossilize. But sometimes it does. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Neil Conway via Flickr

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Reality Checks: “Terrorist B*tch,” Saving Science, Whale Evolution, and Weird Moon

Dispatch from Trump’s America. (via The Mary Sue) The battle to defend science has begun. (The Guardian) Another link in whale evolution has been found. (via D-brief) Earth’s moon is weird. (via Slate) Featured image credit: Sara Hathaway via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Too Many Antibiotics, Worries After the Ohio State Attack, Biocultural Syndromes, and the Decline of Liberal Democracy

A bunch of people are given antibiotics who don’t need them. (via National Geographic) After the Ohio State attack, Muslims worry about backlash. (via NPR) Is PMS “real.” (via Slate) Is liberal democracy in trouble? (via New York Times) Featured image credit: oliver.dodd via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Leaving White Nationalism, the Accidental Activist, Women Run for Office, and Ant Farmers

One former white nationalist explains why he left that community and his new duty to fight against it. (via New York Times) On accidentally becoming a post-election activist. (via The Mary Sue) Donald Trump has done one good thing: Inspired a bunch of liberal women to run for office. (via …

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Reality Checks: Sindr, a Panda’s “Thumb,” Your Brain on Gratitude, and a Dog’s Memory

The Catholic Church has created an app to help you find the nearest mass. People are calling it Sindr and I can’t stop laughing. (via Jezebel) Wait…does the Giant Panda have a thumb? (via JSTOR Daily) What happens to your brain when you’re thankful. (via Scientific American) Dogs might have …

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