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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Demon Core, Economic Cost of Less Water, the Need for More Natural History Education, and Lobbying for Mars

How “the demon core” killed two post-WWII physicists. (via The New Yorker) The economic consequences of a warming world with less water. (via NPR) Young environmental scientists need more natural history education. (via Scientific American) Citizen lobbyists advocate for Mars. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Moyan Brenn via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Teaching Doctors about Trans* Teens, Girls in the Park, Another Kuiper Belt, and Debating the Legacy of White Supremacy on University Campuses

Doctors need more education when it comes to trans* teens. (via Slate) Girls and older people aren’t using parks as much as boys. (via NPR) A belt similar to the Kuiper Belt has been discovered around a nearby star. (via Discovery News) Universities consider ridding their campuses of homages to …

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Reality Checks: Tech Literacy, Saving the Forests, Religious Freedom in Russia, and the Cost of Natural Disasters

Girls outscored boys in the first national test of technology and engineering literacy, but other socioeconomic gaps remain. (via The Washington Post) How game theory can help save forests. (via JSTOR Daily) Jehovah’s Witnesses are under a lot of pressure in Russia. (via NPR) The cost of natural disasters keeps …

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Reality Checks: Excuses for Bathroom Bills, Women at the Nebula Awards, Snapping Trees, and Lorena A. Hickok

There’s no evidence that letting trans* people use whatever bathroom they wish leads to more crime. (via NPR) Women sweep the Nebula Awards. (via io9) Do all trees snap in 94 mph wind? (via Scientific American) The woman who innovated sports journalism. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Andrew Malone …

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Reality Checks: Misunderstanding Science, Cracking Down on For-Profit Colleges, Euro-Centric Philosophy, and Future Deaconess

Ken Ham doesn’t understand science. Surprise! (via Bad Astronomy) The Feds are cracking down on for-profit colleges. (via NPR) Philosophy departments focus too much on European and American philosophy. (via The New York Times) The Catholic Church starts to think about letting women be deacons. (via The Atlantic) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: AIDS Ransom Virus, “Lost” City, Science Journalism Gone Bad, and a Bunch of New Planets

What does a computer virus and early AIDS research have in common? (via The Atlantic) That “lost Mayan city” might not be lost or a city. (via Wired) When science reporting goes wrong. (via Bad Astronomy) NASA just found a bunch of new planets. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Wikipedia

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Reality Checks: Not Virgin Rainforests, Mercury Transit, Weighing a Black Hole, and the Safety of E-Cigs

There may be no such thing as “virgin rainforests” in Borneo, but modern change is happening at break-neck speed. (via The Crux) Why is the Mercury transit so rare? (via Scientific American) ALMA has “weighed” a black hole to high precision. (via Discovery News) Are e-cigs safe or what? (via …

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Reality Checks: Uncensored Scientists, “Fetal Anesthesia,” Manly Book Club, and Another Abstinence Failure

With the election of Justin Trudeau, Canadian scientists can speak to journalists again. (via Atlas Obscura) Today in ridiculous abortion restrictions: “fetal anesthesia.” (via Jezebel) Oh thank goodness there are men’s only book clubs now, where men can read books by men and for men. *eyeroll* (via Wired) Surprise! Anti-AIDS abstinence …

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