Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Good Side of Star Wars Fandom, the Importance of Seagrass, Sophisticated Neanderthal, and Still Ignoring Climate Change

A Star Wars fan starts a fundraiser to combat online bullying and empower women of Asian descent. (via The Mary Sue) The importance of seagrass. (via JSTOR Daily) We may not be giving Neanderthals enough credit as hunters. (via The Conversation) A key science agency drops climate change from its …

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Reality Checks: Public Engagement in Science, Actual Witch Hunts, Dinosaur Tongues, and Puerto Rico Food Aid

Do scientists have a responsibility to communicate their field to the public? (via Neuroskeptic) Where did “witch hunts” begin, and why? (via JSTOR Daily) Dinosaurs probably couldn’t stick out their tongues. (via Scientific American) The food aid that Puerto Rico is getting is nowhere near healthy. (via NPR) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Protecting Nature, Weird Dog Behavior, Keeping Migrant Families Together, and Used Mattresses

Simply expanding nature preserves won’t really protect nature. (via Scientific American) What is “trancing,” or, why is my dog acting so weird? (via Popular Science) There used to be a program that kept migrant families together, free, and compliant with their court dates. Trump shut it down. (via Think Progress) …

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Reality Checks: Discriminatory Testosterone Rule, Springs and Latches, the Panda Family Tree, and “Unconscionable” Family Separation

Caster Semenya will challenge track and field’s new testosterone rule in court. (via The New York Times) How the size of an animal influences its biology. (via Quanta Magazine) A new family line of panda has been discovered. (via D-brief) The U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights has called Trump’s …

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Reality Checks: Three-Parent Babies, Trying to Stop the Trail of Tears, the Face of God, and Road to Change

How can a baby have three parents? (via The Crux) The women who tried to stop Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal campaign. (via JSTOR Daily) This is what God looks like, according to 511 Christians. (via D-brief) Parkland high school students are starting their summer-long voter registration drive. (via Think Progress) …

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Reality Checks: Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria, Bigger Milky Way, Protecting Democracy and Science, and Vaccine Exemption Hot-Spots

Climate change might be contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. (via Popular Science) The Milky Way might be bigger than we thought. (via D-brief) To protect the integrity of all science, we need to protect democracy. (via Scientific American) Here are the vaccine exemption hot-spots. (via Washington Post) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Dying Baobabs, Being Hangry, Harassers are Terrible Scientists, and How Memories Alter the Brain

Climate change is killing one of the Earth’s longest-living organisms. (via The Atlantic) What makes us ‘hangry?’ (via NPR) Harassers who work in STEM are terrible scientists. (via Scientific American) What is a memory? (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Ferdinand Reus from Arnhem, Holland – Two old ones, CC …

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Reality Checks: Summer of Science, Avoiding Poison Ivy, the First Women in Space, and Learning to Count

Ways to bring science into your summer. (via Scientific American) How to keep poison ivy from ruining your summer. (via NPR) The forgotten class of woman cosmonauts. (via Vintage Space) When did humans first learn to count? (via The Crux) Featured image credit: Dr. Momentum via Flickr

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