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Reality Checks: Ebola in the USA, Hobby Lobby Aftermath, Bats, and an Interview with Eula Biss

Reality Checks: Ebola in the USA, Hobby Lobby Aftermath, Bats, and an Interview with Eula Biss

Ebola is in the United States, but there’s no need to worry. (via Wired) The Supreme Court’s decision in Hobby Lobby has opened the floodgates. (via The New Yorker) Bats might mistake wind turbines for tall trees. (via Discovery News) A Q&A with Eula Biss, who wrote a new book on vaccines and the anti-vaccination movement. (via Gawker) Featured image credit: Phil Roeder via Flickr ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 116: Relativistic Doppler Shift

The Physics Philes, lesson 116: Relativistic Doppler Shift

I know, I know…I didn’t write anything about physics last week. It hurt me more than it hurt you, I promise. Let’s see. Where did we leave off? Oh yes, Doppler shift. As we found last week, sound waves can be shifted if either the source of the sound or the listener is moving. After our derivation, we found that the frequency, as heard by the listener, can be found by this equati... »

Reality Checks: Hong Kong Democracy Protests, “Lonely Potato Syndrome,” More Sexist Comic Book T-Shirts, and Ghosts

Reality Checks: Hong Kong Democracy Protests, “Lonely Potato Syndrome,” More Sexist Comic Book T-Shirts, and Ghosts

What’s the deal with these Hong Kong democracy protestors, anyway? (via Vox) How one man invented “lonely potato syndrome” and what it says about the difficulty of talking about mental illness. (via The Guardian) This is not a cool t-shirt, DC Comics. (via Jezebel) Ghosts still don’t exist. (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: jamonation (via Flickr) Got a link you t... »

Reality Checks: Non-Existence Black Widow Movie, Human Nature vs. Misogyny, Graviational Waves, and One Fired Bishop

Reality Checks: Non-Existence Black Widow Movie, Human Nature vs. Misogyny, Graviational Waves, and One Fired Bishop

Black Widow almost got her own movie, until the studio axed it. (via io9) Misogyny isn’t just human nature. (via Slate) Evidence for gravitational waves might just be dust. (via Ars Technica) The Pope fires a bishop responsible for promoting a priest accused of abuse. (via Agence France-Presse) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us... »

Reality Checks: Sea Otters, College Rape Prevention, History Censorship, and When Atheists Use Women as Pawns

Reality Checks: Sea Otters, College Rape Prevention, History Censorship, and When Atheists Use Women as Pawns

Happy Sea Otter Awareness Week! (via io9) What college guys think about rape prevention programs. (via Think Progress) Colorado high school students and teachers protest the censorship of AP U.S. history. (via Raw Story) When women are pawns in the religion-bashing game. (via Love, Joy, Feminism) Featured image credit: David J Laporte via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact u... »

Reality Checks: Cost of Climate Denial, Anti-Catcalling, and Deaths from Flu

Reality Checks: Cost of Climate Denial, Anti-Catcalling, and Deaths from Flu

“Climate denial will cost us billions of dollars.” (via Think Progress) Kansas City could pass an anti-catcalling law. (via Jezebel) Last year, 90% of kids who died from the flu were not vaccinated. (via Raw Story) Photographer takes pictures of places that need to be preserved. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Akuppa John Wigham Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Emotion v. Reason, Planetary Protection, Global Population, and NFL DV

Reality Checks: Emotion v. Reason, Planetary Protection, Global Population, and NFL DV

Emotion is not the enemy of reason. (via Only Human) Meet NASA’s only planetary protection officer. (via Scientific American) Contrary to what we thought, the global population likely won’t stabilize this century. (via D-brief) What the NFL scandals can teach us about domestic violence. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Jason Rowe, Kepler Mission Got a link you think we shoul... »

Reality Checks: Tatooine, Delaying Puberty, Wonder Woman, and the Rich Unvaccinated

Reality Checks: Tatooine, Delaying Puberty, Wonder Woman, and the Rich Unvaccinated

A galaxy of Tatooines. (via Bad Astronomy) Delaying puberty might be good for trans* kids. (via Think Progress) The secret history of Wonder Woman. (via Smithsonian) Wealthy L.A. schools have dismal vaccination rates. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Mike Lacroix via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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