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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Measles Death, “Boys-Only” Robotics, and New Horizons in Safe Mode

Officials confirm the first measles death in the U.S. in over a decade. (via Associated Press) Girl fights her library’s boys-only robotics program, and wins. (via Jezebel) New Horizons went into safe mode for a while and no one knows why. (via io9) The Catholic Church has been accused of …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Bathroom Discrimination, How Gender and Race Shape Views of Science, Making Harassment Easier, and Weird Pluto

Trans* teen wins a battle to use his appropriate bathroom. (via The Washington Post) Gender and race may shape how you view science. (via National Geographic) A new proposal could make harassment easier. (via Wired) Pluto just keeps getting weirder. (via Bad Astronomy) Featured image credit: Sam Howitz via Flickr …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Notorious RBG, Leap Second, Girl Scout Awesomeness, and the Rise of Misty Copeland

Get to know Notorious RBG. (via Vox) Is it just me, or did yesterday seem longer? Probably that leap second. (via Discovery News) The Girl Scouts continue being awesome and return a hefty donation because it required that they discriminate against trans girls. (via Seattle Met) Misty Copeland is the …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Marriage Equality Hold-Outs, Giant Tortoises, “Processed” Food, and When “Adopted Son” Could Mean “Life Partner”

These states are still resisting marriage equality. (via Think Progress) Ecuador has released 201 tortoises on the Galapagos Islands. (via Discovery News) Don’t worry so much about whether or not your food is “processed.” (via The Atlantic) Before marriage was an option, some gay couples turned to adoption to protect …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Vaccine without Exemption, Racism in Feminism, Black Hole Holograms, and the True Size of Africa

California looks to become the third state to eliminate the religious exemption for the vaccine requirement. (via Slate) Hey white feminists, don’t say these things. (via Everyday Feminism) Does falling into a black hole make you into a hologram? (via The Crux) Check out this cool map of the true …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Furiosa #1 Review, Flag of Slavery, Racist Millennials, and Leaving Scientology

The Furiosa comic abandons everything that was awesome about “Mad Max: Fury Road.” (via io9) Yes, the Confederate flag does represent slavery. (via The Atlantic) Millennials aren’t any less racist than Generation X. (via Sociological Images) One woman’s tale of coming to – and leaving – Scientology. (via Gawker) Featured …

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The Best Museum You Never Knew Existed is in Oklahoma City

You may have noticed a lack of Physics Philes for the past several weeks. That’s because I’ve been at the University of Oklahoma as a participant in their physics REU. REUs, or Research Experience for Undergraduates, are great and if you have the opportunity you should definitely participate in one. …

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On the left, an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey shows Cygnus X-1, outlined in a red box.  Cygnus X-1 is located near large active regions of star formation in the Milky Way, as seen in this image that spans some 700 light years across. An artist's illustration on the right depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system.  Cygnus X-1 is a so-called stellar-mass black hole, a class of black holes that comes from the collapse of a massive star.  New studies with data from Chandra and several other telescopes have determined the black hole's spin, mass, and distance with unprecedented accuracy.
Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Troubled Aquifers, Decoded Racist Manifesto, Apps for STDs, and Weighing a Black Hole

The Earth’s aquifers are in trouble. (via The Atlantic) References in Dylan Roof’s deeply racist manifesto, decoded. (via Mother Jones) Planned Parenthood’s new app helps you determine if you have an STD. (via NPR) How do you weigh a monster black hole? (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Got …

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