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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Candidates on Science, a New Whale Species, Ceres’ Craters, and the Future of Queer Scientists

The Democratic and Republican candidate for president are very different in terms of their stance on science. (via Nature) A new species of whale has been confirmed. (via NPR) Why doesn’t Ceres have a big craters? (via Bad Astronomy) How queer scientists are shaping their own future. (via Wired) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Herstory Made, “Sister Clones,” the Value of Advanced Courses, and the Kindness Contagion

It’s official: Hillary Clinton is the first woman to clinch the presidential nomination of a major party in the United States. (via CNN) Dolly the Sheep’s “sister clones” are still alive. (via NPR) Taking advanced courses in high school don’t necessarily better prepare students for college. (via The Atlantic) Kindness …

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Reality Checks: Artifacts of the Space Race, Movie Women in Science, Butterfly Evolution, Reading in Silence

What are we doing with the leftovers of the Apollo missions? (via JSTOR Daily) Ghostbusters puts women in science front and center. (via Think Progress) We may be watching the evolution of a new butterfly species in Africa. (via Christian Science Monitor) Living in a noisy environment could hamper learning …

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Reality Checks: Pokémon Science, New Horizons One Year Later, “Pink Globalization,” and a Gay, Methodist Bishop

The science of Pokémon. (via Gizmodo) What we’ve learned a year after New Horizons. (via Bad Astronomy) The serious side of Japanese cute culture. (via JSTOR Daily) Despite church rules, the United Methodist Church has elected its first openly gay bishop. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Phillip Pessar via Flickr

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Reality Checks: A Thousand Word Picture, Learning “Soft Skills,” Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, and Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Pokemon Go

This photo encapsulates everything that is wrong with the police’s relationship with black people. (via The Atlantic) Going beyond college prep and looking at “soft skills.” (via NPR) The forgotten Jewish pirates of Jamaica. (via Smithsonian Magazine) A guy did not, in fact, cause a major highway accident while catching …

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Reality Checks: Physics of BFG, Reverse Psychology, Black Americans and the Second Amendment, and Three Sunsets

The Big Friendly Giant from BFG shouldn’t just look like a really tall person. (via Wired) What is “reverse psychology,” and how does it work? (via Gizmodo) Black Americans have always been shut out of their second amendment rights. (via Fusion) This weirdo planet has three suns. (via Scientific American) …

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Reality Checks: Roller Coaster Physics, NASA’s Longest-Serving Female Employee, Nobel Laureates for GMOs, and Life-Size Noah’s Ark

The physics of roller coasters. (via JSTOR Daily) This woman has her fingerprints on decades of NASA missions. (via Popular Science) Over 100 Nobel laureates have had enough of Greenpeace’s anti-GMO campaign. (via Vox) Welp, that Noah’s Ark replica is going to open soon. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Craig …

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Reality Checks: Jurassic Butterflies, Wimbledon Sexism, Intentional Extinction, and Demand for Diamonds

Butterflies throughout the geologic periods. (via Scientific American) Venus Williams is fed up with Wimbledon sexism. (via Think Progress) Is it ever OK to wipe out a species? (via PLOS Blogs) Why are diamonds worth so much? (Hint: It’s advertising.) (via NPR) Featured image credit: TVZ Design via Flickr

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