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Reality Checks: Woman to Mars, Men and Sexual Assault, 21st Century Hate, and Being Pro-Newton

Reality Checks: Woman to Mars, Men and Sexual Assault, 21st Century Hate, and Being Pro-Newton

Meet the woman who wants to live on Mars. (via NPR) This man is trying to get more guys involved in reducing campus sexual assault. (via The Atlantic) People don’t hate millennials. They hate the 21st century. (via Slate) Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Christmas tweet was pro-Newton, not anti-Christian. (via Raw Story) Featured image credit: Joris Louwes via Flickr Got a link you think we shoul... »

Reality Checks: Weightless Hoax, Privilege of Being Black, Gay Blood Ban, and Woman Seeking Attention

Reality Checks: Weightless Hoax, Privilege of Being Black, Gay Blood Ban, and Woman Seeking Attention

Sorry, you won’t be weightless on Jan. 4. (via Bad Astronomy) Ta-Nehisi Coates on how being black forced him to confront his biases and make him a better thinker. (via Gawker) The FDA has lifted the lifetime ban on blood donated by gay men, but there is a major catch. (via io9) Why is a woman seeking attention considered the worst thing in the world? (via Pandagon) Featured image credit: Ste... »

Reality Checks: Science vs Pseudoscience, Debunking False Beliefs, Panspermia, and Safe Space Stickers

Reality Checks: Science vs Pseudoscience, Debunking False Beliefs, Panspermia, and Safe Space Stickers

When does doing good work promoting science get outweighed by bad work of promoting pseudoscience? (via Slate) How to debunk false beliefs without it backfiring. (via Vox) Why 19th century scientists thought life originated in space. (via io9) The importance of being welcoming to LGBT scientists. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Nazareth College via Flickr Got a link you think we s... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 124: Exploding Potatoes and Equations of State

The Physics Philes, lesson 124: Exploding Potatoes and Equations of State

Last week we finished the chapter on temperature and heat. We learned what heat is, how it moves, and how its measured. It was a good time, but it’s time to move on. Now we’re going to explore the thermal properties of matter. From just living in the world, I think most of us have a fairly good understanding of heat. We know that we can turn water into steam by heating it, and we can t... »

Reality Checks: Joke Science, Reindeer Games, Praising Famous Scientists, and Kepler’s Back

Reality Checks: Joke Science, Reindeer Games, Praising Famous Scientists, and Kepler’s Back

Is it ethical to publish “joke science?” (via Neuroskeptic) How the human’s love of cross-country skiing effects the reindeer population. (via io9) Praising famous scientists could backfire. (via The Atlantic) Kepler finds a new planet. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Robin McConnell via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Fitting in as a Black Girl, Happy Satanist Christmas, Male Permission, Dr. Oz Quackery

Reality Checks: Fitting in as a Black Girl, Happy Satanist Christmas, Male Permission, Dr. Oz Quackery

Black girls have a harder time fitting in with their white peers when compared to black boys. (via The Atlantic) A Nativity and a Satanist Christmas display will share space on the grounds of the Michigan state capitol. (via NPR) Missouri lawmaker wants to force women to get permission from a man to get an abortion. (via Mother Jones) This should really go without saying, but don’t listen to... »

Reality Checks: Uptalk Shame, Vagina Beauty, Bigfoot, and Science’s Sharing Problem

Reality Checks: Uptalk Shame, Vagina Beauty, Bigfoot, and Science’s Sharing Problem

Don’t be ashamed of your uptalk! (via Slate) Six things the beauty-industrial complex says you need to do to fix your vagina. (via Mother Jones) Overall Bigfoot sightings are down. (via CityLab) Scientists have a sharing problem. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!

The Physics Philes, lesson 123: Conduction, Convection, Radiation, Oh My!

You know, we’ve been talking a lot lately about energy transfer, aka heat. But we haven’t talked much about how that happens. Let’s fix that now. There are three ways heat can move from one place to another: conduction, convection, and radiation. First, let’s start with conduction. Say you heat one end of a metal rod. Soon, the cold part you are holding will start to heat u... »

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