Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Lying to Women About Abortion, the Life of a Black Hole, Asteroid-Caused Climate Change, and Avocados at Risk

Abortion doesn’t cause an increase in suicidal thoughts, but a bunch of states require doctors to tell women that anyway. (via Think Progress) What we know about the life of a black hole. (via Popular Science) The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs might have caused abrupt climate change. (via …

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Reality Checks: Preserved Dinosaur Feather, Models of Segregation, Airplane Inspection, and Mourning Our Pets

Scientists think they’ve found a dinosaur feather preserved in amber. (via BBC) How global colonialism informed segregation in the United States. (via JSTOR Daily) How airplanes are inspected. (via Popular Science) We need to take the death of pets seriously. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Pablo Fernicola via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Physicality of Extreme Juggling, Memory Transfer, Bisexuality on the Small Screen, and NASA’s Climate Science Work

Is there a limit to how many balls a person can juggle? (via Wired) Have scientists transferred memories from one slug to another? Well… (via Neuroskeptic) It’s not perfect, but television is doing better at representing bisexuality than films. (via The Mary Sue) The new NASA chief says he won’t …

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Reality Checks: The Power of Dehumanizing Language, Pressure in a Proton, Science Storytelling, and the Legality of Fan-Fiction

The power of dehumanizing language. (via Vox) The pressure in a proton might be greater than the pressure inside a neutron star. (via Gizmodo) The importance of storytelling in science communication. (via PLOS Blogs) It used to be dangerous to write fan-fiction. (via Kotaku) Featured image credit: Arpad Horvath – …

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Reality Checks: Yanny vs Laurel, Lyme Disease Vaccine, No Normal, and Secrets of King Tut’s Tomb

Is it “Yanny” or “Laurel?” (via Popular Science) Why you can’t get a Lyme disease vaccine. (via Vox) There is no normal. (via Scientific American) There are no secret chambers in King Tut’s tomb. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Lucas via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Eliminating “Meal Shaming,” Another Ebola Outbreak in the DRC, What Makes a Planet, and What to Do When You’re Stuck

Massachusetts moves to bans public schools from identifying or punishing students who can’t pay for meals. (via Think Progress) Why is the Democratic Republic of the Congo so vulnerable to Ebola outbreaks? (via Scientific American) When is a planet a planet? (via D-brief) What to do when you’re stuck on …

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Reality Checks: Peer Reviewing Infinity War, a Victory for #MuteRKelly, the Origins of Leprosy, and Our Poor Understanding of Allergies

If the script for “Avengers: Infinity War” had been peer reviewed. (Warning: Spoilers) (via PLOS Blogs) Spotify will stop promoting R. Kelly’s music. (via The Mary Sue) Ancient bones give insight into the origins of leprosy. (via Dead Things) Why do allergies evolve with age? (via Popular Science) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Silent Sounds of Tornadoes, “Bitter Complainer” vs “Well-Adjusted Leader,” Gender-Based Violence in Puerto Rico, and Everlasting Eruption

Scientists are trying to use the infrasound emitted from tornadoes to pinpoint the size and location of the twister. (via Wired) What type of people stand up to injustice? (via Scientific American) Gender-based violence has increased in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria, but it’s hard to quantify. (via Jezebel) No …

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