Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Great Moon Hoax, Our Epistemic Relationship with Science, 23,000 Sexes, and Epic Mirror Technology

How a tabloid convinced everyone the Moon was inhabited by man-bats. (via JSTOR Daily) It’s harder than it sounds to study our relationship with and understanding of science. (via NPR) This fungus has 23,000 sexes. (via Popular Science) It takes a lot of work to make the world’s largest optical …

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Reality Checks: New Species of Great Ape, Runners Bowel, Walruses on Thin Ice, and Hidden Chambers

A new species of orangutan has been identified…and is already near extinction. (via D-brief) Why do runners get the runs? (via Popular Science) Walruses are in serious trouble after they don’t get on the Endangered Species List. (via NPR) A byproduct of cosmic rays has revealed a cavity in the …

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Reality Checks: Feminized Food Trends, the Myth of Dangerous Gay Men, Fighting Twitter Bots, and Bats Out of Caves

Why women “ruin” the food and drink they love, while men “elevate” them. (via Taste) Kevin Spacey has perpetuated the vicious lie that gay men are a danger to children. (via The Guardian) These guys are fighting the war on nefarious Twitter bots. (via Wired) Looking for bats outside the …

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Reality Checks: Recognizing Faces, Trilobite Digestion, Secular Benefits of Being Bible Fluent, and Speaking Out Against Violence Against Women in Russia

We are really bad at recognizing faces of people we don’t know well. (via NPR) Scientists are shedding new light on trilobite stomachs. (via Laelaps) Is it worth being familiar with the Bible? (via JSTOR Daily) Russian women who speak up about their own abuse are mercilessly targeted by internet …

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Reality Checks: Losing to the Runner-Up, Sports Bra Turns 40, Foreign Space Rock, and the Language of Magic

A 16-year-old won a golf tournament, but wasn’t allowed to officially win because she’s a girl. (via The Guardian) Happy birthday, sports bra! (via NPR) Astronomers spot a space rock from another solar system. (via Scientific American) The language of magic. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Karen Roe via …

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Reality Checks: Republican Resistance, Anti-White Discrimination, Prison Labor, and the Ideomotor Effect

GOP legislators who are critical of Trump shouldn’t retire. They should run for reelection. (via Vox) More than half of white Americans think white people suffer discrimination. (via NPR) Incarcerated women are risking their lives fighting California wildfires, and they are part of a history of low wage prison labor. …

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Reality Checks: Lead Detecting, Remembering Puerto Rico, the Dreaded Side Stitch, and Unsung STEM Pioneers

Inspired by the water crisis in Flint, an 11-year-old girl endeavors to create a more efficacious means of testing for lead in water. (via NPR) The Weather Channel is doing its best to keep the disaster in Puerto Rico in the front of our minds. (via AV Club) What is …

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Space

What Is It? Neutron Star

The astronomy world was rocked recently by an announcement that an international collaboration of physicists and astronomers detected gravitational waves from two colliding neutron stars. Not only were gravitational waves detected, but scientists collected data on the event from across the electromagnetic spectrum: ultraviolet, x-rays, infrared, radio, and the optical. …

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