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Reality Checks: Dead Sex Geckos, Circular Stonehenge, Rejected Donations, and Bacteria Fuel

Reality Checks: Dead Sex Geckos, Circular Stonehenge, Rejected Donations, and Bacteria Fuel

Oh no! The space sex geckos are dead. (via io9) Stonehenge was once a full circle. (via Discovery News) A prostate cancer foundation has rejected donations that resulted from leaked nude celebrity photos. (via Raw Story) Researchers may have figured out a way to use bacteria to create a fossil fuel alternative. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: Danny Sullivan via Flickr Got a link you think we ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 113: Don’t Interfere (Or Do)

The Physics Philes, lesson 113: Don’t Interfere (Or Do)

So far in our discussion of waves we’ve basically been working with one wave at a time. But that’s not really how waves work in real life. Waves from different sources are constantly bouncing around. Modern life is a cacophony. Physics can tell us how those waves interact. With all the waves flying around, some of those waves are going to overlap. This is called interference, and we... »

Reality Checks: Misogyny as Rational Critiques, Crises of Queer Women, LGBTQ History, and “Roid Rage”

Reality Checks: Misogyny as Rational Critiques, Crises of Queer Women, LGBTQ History, and “Roid Rage”

The misogyny that is masquerading – poorly – as a rational critique of Tropes vs. Women in Video Games. (via New Statesman) When compared to their cis- and hetero- peers, queer women aren’t doing so well. (via The Atlantic) The National Museum of American History is adding some LGBTQ exhibits. (via NPR) Is “roid rage” a real thing? (via Neuroskeptic) Featured image cr... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! It’s a Big Universe and We’re Not Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! It’s a Big Universe and We’re Not Edition

What’s that, calendar? Today is a boring, ol’ Friday? Wrong! It’s an awesome sauce music Friday! I’m a sucker for songs about space and the universe. (You may have guessed from past posts.) I’m also a sucker for Marian Call, a stellar (see what I did, there?) singer/songwriter from Alaska. As I mentioned a few weeks ago, Call has released an album of cover songs, some... »

Reality Checks: Internet Safe Space, Atheist Awe, Lesbian Lizards, and Silence on Ferguson

Reality Checks: Internet Safe Space, Atheist Awe, Lesbian Lizards, and Silence on Ferguson

Will the Internet ever be safe for women? (via The Daily Beast) Atheists feel awe, too. (via NPR) The “lesbian-lizard” kiss from the latest Doctor Who will not be investigated by a media regulator. (via The Guardian) An Illinois school district has been told to not discuss Ferguson in class. (via The Root) Featured image credit: photosteve101 via Flickr Got a link you think we should k... »

Reality Checks: Condom Surprise, Anti-Vax Herd Mentality, Disappearing MOOCs, and Revenge of Ebola

Reality Checks: Condom Surprise, Anti-Vax Herd Mentality, Disappearing MOOCs, and Revenge of Ebola

 An atheist congressional candidate responds to an anti-abortion group…with condoms. (via Raw Story) The herd mentality of the anti-vax movement. (via io9) What happened to MOOCs? (via Wired) Ebola turns your own immune system against you. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Courtney Walker via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance

The Physics Philes, lesson 112: Sea Shell Resonance

I know last week I said that we’d look at how standing sound waves applied to musical instruments, but as I was preparing I realized that it doesn’t really illuminate anything, so I’m moving on resonance and sound. Sound good to you? Great. Remember that a normal mode is when all the particles in the oscillating system move sinusoidally with the same frequency. If we can get the ... »

Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Obligatory beginning-of-the-school-year study tips. (via NPR) It’s not just you. School does start too early. (via Scientific American) An anomaly caused a SpaceX reusable rocket prototype to explode over Texas. (via Discovery News) Notorious RBG wants the Supreme Court to address the country’s racial problems. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: English106 via Flickr Got a lin... »

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