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Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

Reality Checks: The First Woman M.D., State’s Rights, Saying No, and Rosetta’s Comet

The first woman to earn her medical in the United States was admitted as a joke. (via Smithsonian Magazine) When the South wasn’t so gung-ho for “state’s rights.” (via Politico) A study indicates that teaching girls to assertively decline sexual advances in a virtual environment may lessen the long-term effects of sexual victimization. (via Raw story) Rosetta’s comet ... »

Reality Checks: New Atheists and Islam, Creative Sex Ed, Twirling Tennis Players, and the HPV Vaccine

Reality Checks: New Atheists and Islam, Creative Sex Ed, Twirling Tennis Players, and the HPV Vaccine

“New Atheists” are wrong about Muslims. (via Salon) Mississippi finds a creative way around the limitations put on his sex ed class. (via Mother Jones) Apparently having male on-court announcers ask elite women’s tennis players to twirl is a thing. (via The Guardian) If you’re under 15, two doses of the HPV vaccine is probably enough. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: Mi... »

Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

Reality Checks: “Inherent Brilliance,” Disability Representation in Movies, “Deflate-Gate,” and the Limits of Predicting Terrorist Attacks

An emphasis on “inherent brilliance” might explain some of the gender gap in STEM fields. (via Scicurious) The Theory of Everything is not a good representation of disability. (via Slate) What science says about “deflate-gate.” (via NPR) There are limits to attempts to predict terrorist attacks. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Joshua Zader via Flickr Got a ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 127: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 2

The Physics Philes, lesson 127: Kinetic-Molecular Model of Ideal Gases, Part 2

It’s been a couple of weeks, but now it’s time to continue our discussion of the kinetic-molecular model of ideal gases. Let’s have a little discussion on pressure and the kinetic energies of molecules. Let’s think about the absolute value of the velocity in the x-direction from last time. That value is not actually the same for all molecules, as you may have guessed. Howev... »

Reality Checks: Conspiracy Theories, Men “Apologize” for Abortions, and Planet Moon

Reality Checks: Conspiracy Theories, Men “Apologize” for Abortions, and Planet Moon

Who falls for conspiracy theories? (via Pacific Standard) Two fraternities at the University of Virginia refuse to sign on to new anti-sexual assault regulations. (via Feminist Majority Foundation) Men “apologize” for letting women have abortions. Douche chills abound. (via Raw Story) Is the moon a planet? The answer is surprisingly tricky. (via Bad Astronomy) Featured image credit: da... »

Reality Checks: “Cure” for the Common Cold, Oscar Snubs, Islamophobia, Not-So Free Speech

Reality Checks: “Cure” for the Common Cold, Oscar Snubs, Islamophobia, Not-So Free Speech

How Linus Pauling convinced everyone that vitamin C cures colds. (via Vox) Hollywood is still ignoring women’s stories. (via Slate) Islamophobia is not a myth. (via The Atlantic) The Pope backs free speech, but only sort of. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Francisco Antunes via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Cost of Carbon, Redesigned Wheelchair, Misunderstanding Gay-ness, and Ted Cruz Oversees NASA

Reality Checks: Cost of Carbon, Redesigned Wheelchair, Misunderstanding Gay-ness, and Ted Cruz Oversees NASA

The cost of carbon pollution might be more than we previously thought. (via Scientific American) Teen using a 3D printer and redesigns his wheelchair. (via The Mary Sue) Surprise! A reality show misunderstands what it means to be gay. (via Slate) Noted science-denier Ted Cruz has been appointed to oversee NASA in Congress. (via The Verge) Featured image credit: Climate and Ecosystems Change Adapta... »

Reality Checks: Cold Noses, Girls with Autism, Menstrual Cups, and Potty Parity

Reality Checks: Cold Noses, Girls with Autism, Menstrual Cups, and Potty Parity

Why do cold viruses prefer cold environments? (via Discovery News) Is the NHS failing girls with autism? (via The Guardian) How menstrual cups are changing lives in Africa. (via The Huffington Post) Waiting for potty parity. (via Time) Featured image credit: Kevin Dooley via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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