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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Pockets of Unvaccinated, Old-Timey Sexting, Genital Inspections, Global Gender Imbalance

Most kids in the United States are vaccinated, but the pockets of unvaccinated kids present risks. (via Scientific American) Sexting is a new name for an old activity. (via io9) A South Dakota lawmaker wants to make trans* high school athletes undergo genital inspections. (via Think Progress) The gender imbalance …

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Reality Checks: Disappearing Habitat, Not-So-Catholic Ireland, Wage Gap at the Top, and Getting Tested for HIV

Illegal logging is leading to the elimination of the habitat of monarch butterflies. (via Associated Press) After scandals, support for the Catholic Church is on the decline in Ireland. (via NPR) Even women who are business executives can’t escape the wage gap. (via Think Progress) Young gay men aren’t getting …

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Reality Checks: Book Boycott, Saudi Women Vote, Blind Racists, Disaster Myths

Christian sudents at Duke refuse to read Alison Bechdel’s memoir because it’s too dirty. (via Jezebel) Women in Saudi Arabia register to vote for the first time. (via The Washington Post) Fewer blind people categorize people by race. (via Discovery News) Disaster myths. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: DVIDSHUB …

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Reality Checks: Hugo Awards, No Killer Asteroids, Physics Puns, and Ignorant Director is Ignorant

What went down at the Hugo Awards and why it matters. (via Wired) Don’t worry. An asteroid won’t kill us all next month. (via Discovery News) Straight outta physics. (via Bad Astronomy) A male director believes an ignorant thing about women directors. Yawn. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Fashionably Modest, Benevolent Sexism at the IAU, Science is Hard, and Human Superpredators

How modesty has influenced fashion. (via JSTOR Daily) The head of the International Astronomical Union says female scientists are all about being caring and nurturing. (via Slate) Science is a lot harder than it gets credit for. (via Five Thirty Eight) Humans are superpredators.  (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Failing Black Kids, Teens and E-Cigs, Power Army Rangers, and the Murder of Trans Women

Five Florida school districts are failing minority students, and it’s by design. (via Tampa Bay Times) A new study indicates that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to switch to the real thing than teens who have never used e-cigs. (via Reuters) For the first time, two women have …

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Reality Checks: Nefertiti, et al, Muslim Feminists, Official Obligations, and Awesome Cervix

The past is packed with influential women, but the research is lacking. (via The Guardian) Muslim feminists pushing boundaries. (via NPR) The government has an obligation to fire any official who refuses to uphold the law. (via The Atlantic) Everything you’d want to know about your cervix. (via Gizmodo) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Illegal Homelessness, Perseid Pics, the Dark Web, and Resegregation of American Schools

The Department of Justice wants cities to stop fining homeless people from sleeping outside. (via Gawker) Slideshow of awesome Perseid pics. (via Discovery News) What is the dark web? (via Phys.org) American schools are more segregated than they were in the 1960s. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Jim Fischer …

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