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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Boy Bikes and Girl Bikes, Shipwreck Accuracy, Regulating Women’s Clothes, and Cultural Mormonism

How “boy” and “girl” bikes reinforce the gender binary. (via Sociological Images) Turns our the shipwreck in “The Little Mermaid” isn’t very accurate. (via Slate) A brief history of regulating what women wear. (via New York Times) Being “culturally Mormon” is apparently a thing. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Bike …

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Reality Checks: A Safe Space Explainer, Virus in Pieces, Women in the Senate, and Waiting for a Page to Load

What a “safe space” is and why we need them. (via Vox) Scientists have found a virus that changes the way we think about how a virus infects its host. (via NPR) We could see a record number of women in the Senate in November. (via The Guardian) How science …

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Reality Checks: How Talking about Weight Effects Teens, the Wrong Remnant, LGBT Rights in College, and Chimps Policing Freeloaders

Weigh and diet talk aren’t good for teens, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. (via Slate) Turns out, this is not the supernova remnant you’re looking for. (via National Geographic) A California lawmaker is going after LGBT discrimination by religious colleges and universities. (via NPR) Chimpanzees know how to …

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Reality Checks: Golden Women, Menstrual Athletics, Marvel-ous STEAM, and Being Married to Ether

US women were the biggest winners at the Rio Olympics. (via NPR) Little is known about how a someone’s menstrual cycle effects their performance. (via Well) Marvel Comics will feature variant covers promoting science, technology, engineering, art, and math. (via Popular Science) Why no one believed Einstein. (via JSTOR Daily) …

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Reality Checks: The Male Normal, Olympic Physics, Hibernating Star, and Sports Gender Testing

Being a man is considered “normal,” so women are written out of the story. (via The Guardian) The physics of Olympic BMX. (via Wired) We have evidence for cyclical star evolution, the nova hibernation hypothesis. (via Scientific American) We should all be cheering for Caster Semenya. (via Think Progress) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Luna Moths, Period Talk, Predicting Lightning, and Battling Conspiracy Theories

How Luna moths use sound as camouflage. (via Gizmodo) Chinese swimmer breaks taboo by talking about her period. (via The Guardian) Scientists are working to predict lightning strikes. (via Nature) Times when scientists battled conspiracy theories and won. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: Bruce Guenter via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Planet Nine, New Age Consumers, Shot Put Feminism, Archery Physics

Astronomers are looking for Planet Nine. (via NPR) Who buys New Age stuff? (via JSTOR Daily) The feminist mission of Olympic gold medal winner Michelle Carter. (via The New Yorker) The physics of wobbly arrows. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Bernd Thaller via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Oldest Shark, Life of No Man’s Sky, “Age Fraud,” and Don’t Pee on a Jellyfish Sting

Sharks can get super old in the arctic, and scientists may have round the oldest yet. (via NPR) Does No Man’s Sky really contain more different species than is found on Earth? (via Gizmodo) There’s no definitive test to prevent “age fraud.” (via Scientific American) Venom myths, debunked. (via Quartz) …

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