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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Vaccine without Exemption, Racism in Feminism, Black Hole Holograms, and the True Size of Africa

California looks to become the third state to eliminate the religious exemption for the vaccine requirement. (via Slate) Hey white feminists, don’t say these things. (via Everyday Feminism) Does falling into a black hole make you into a hologram? (via The Crux) Check out this cool map of the true …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Furiosa #1 Review, Flag of Slavery, Racist Millennials, and Leaving Scientology

The Furiosa comic abandons everything that was awesome about “Mad Max: Fury Road.” (via io9) Yes, the Confederate flag does represent slavery. (via The Atlantic) Millennials aren’t any less racist than Generation X. (via Sociological Images) One woman’s tale of coming to – and leaving – Scientology. (via Gawker) Featured …

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The Best Museum You Never Knew Existed is in Oklahoma City

You may have noticed a lack of Physics Philes for the past several weeks. That’s because I’ve been at the University of Oklahoma as a participant in their physics REU. REUs, or Research Experience for Undergraduates, are great and if you have the opportunity you should definitely participate in one. …

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On the left, an optical image from the Digitized Sky Survey shows Cygnus X-1, outlined in a red box.  Cygnus X-1 is located near large active regions of star formation in the Milky Way, as seen in this image that spans some 700 light years across. An artist's illustration on the right depicts what astronomers think is happening within the Cygnus X-1 system.  Cygnus X-1 is a so-called stellar-mass black hole, a class of black holes that comes from the collapse of a massive star.  New studies with data from Chandra and several other telescopes have determined the black hole's spin, mass, and distance with unprecedented accuracy.
Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Troubled Aquifers, Decoded Racist Manifesto, Apps for STDs, and Weighing a Black Hole

The Earth’s aquifers are in trouble. (via The Atlantic) References in Dylan Roof’s deeply racist manifesto, decoded. (via Mother Jones) Planned Parenthood’s new app helps you determine if you have an STD. (via NPR) How do you weigh a monster black hole? (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: NASA/CXC/M.Weiss Got …

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Reality Checks: Rape and Racism, a Trip to Europa, Marie Curie Biopic, and Women on 10s

Why racists use rape to defend racist violence. (via Slate) NASA’s mission to Europa is a go. (via Gizmodo) There will be a new biopic of Marie Curie. (via Raw Story) A woman will finally grace the American greenback. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Ina via Flickr Got a …

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Reality Checks: Brit Tech’s Woman Problem, Artist Imprisonment, Effective Altruism, and the Pope’s Case for Acting on Climate Change

One in four British tech companies have no female executives. (via Think Progress) An Iranian artists has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for drawing Parliament members as animals. (via The Washington Post) Effective altruism, or how to do the most good. (via The Atlantic) The Pope makes the …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: ‘Raptor Training, Teaching Graphic Novels, Philae Phones Home, and the Science of Self-Deception

How to train your velociraptor. (via The Crux) Student demands that graphic novels not be taught in her college English course. (via io9) Philae phones home. (via Scientific American) The science of self-deception. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Tomi Lattu via Flickr Got a link you think we should …

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Reality Checks: Subtle Sexism, Curfews for Women, #DistractinglySexy, and the Bad Science of Jurassic World

More egregious acts of sexism in science are quickly smacked down, but the real danger is in the subtleties. (via The Atlantic) Students at the University of Missouri-Columbia protest rules that would give young women a curfew. (via Raw Story) Women in science take to Twitter to show themselves off …

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