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Reality Checks: Man-Eating Snake, Higgs Hullabaloo, Take Back Pink, and High School Cliques

Reality Checks: Man-Eating Snake, Higgs Hullabaloo, Take Back Pink, and High School Cliques

Hey Discovery Channel, showing a man getting eaten alive by a snake doesn’t pass for science television. (via Slate) It’s possible we haven’t found the Higgs boson. (via SGU) Is it time to reappropriate pink? (via NPR) Why cliques form in some high schools and not others. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: AForestFrolic via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about?... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat

The Physics Philes, lesson 119: Turn Up the Heat

Wow. It’s been three weeks since I last wrote about physics. Three whole weeks. Life, man. You know how it is. But I have not forgotten. Let me pick up where I left off. Let’s see…*flips through notes*…aha! It’s time to talk about thermal expansion. Thermal expansion is pretty much what it sounds like. When most materials are heated, they expand. We can see this in ev... »

Reality Checks: Menstruation Celebration, Losing Our Religion, Harold Camping After Doomsday, and Debunked Fad Diets

Reality Checks: Menstruation Celebration, Losing Our Religion, Harold Camping After Doomsday, and Debunked Fad Diets

Why don’t we celebrate a young woman’s first period? (via The Guardian) Will religion really be gone in another generation? Not likely. (via The Daily Beast) What has come of doomsday profit Harold Camping? (via Vice) 10 fad diets, debunked. (via io9) Featured image credit: ellyjonez via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Planet Birth, Flash Injury, More Marriage Equality, and Fighting Harassment on Social Media

Reality Checks: Planet Birth, Flash Injury, More Marriage Equality, and Fighting Harassment on Social Media

Here’s a cool picture of planets being born. (via Wired) Maybe it’s not so great to be rescued by the Flash. (via Physics Special Topics) SCOTUS can’t avoid marriage equality anymore. (via Think Progress) A nonprofit takes on harassment on social media. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Black Hole Mystery, Rise of the Higgs Hunter, Women’s Soccer, and Marriage Equality in the Sunflower State

Reality Checks: Black Hole Mystery, Rise of the Higgs Hunter, Women’s Soccer, and Marriage Equality in the Sunflower State

Why the black hole at the center of the galaxy didn’t eat that mystery object a couple of years ago. (via Discovery News) Higgs-hunter Fabiola Gianotti has been named CERN’s first female head. (via Phys.org) Women soccer’s fight against FIFA is about more than just one one lawsuit. (via Think Progress) Marriage equality comes to Kansas. (via Topeka Capital-Journal) Featured image... »

Reality Checks: DST BS, Humanism v. Feminism, Fossil Fuel Elimination, and Smog Couture

Reality Checks: DST BS, Humanism v. Feminism, Fossil Fuel Elimination, and Smog Couture

“Daylight Saving Time is the greatest continuing fraud ever perpetuated on American people.” (via The Atlantic) Stop conflating humanism and feminism. (via Feminspire) The UN recommends that fossil fuels be eliminated by 2100. (via Discovery News) China’s smog is effecting fashion. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Bart Hiddink via Flickr Got a link you think we should ... »

Reality Checks: Halloween Spook-tacular!

Reality Checks: Halloween Spook-tacular!

Another reason to not worry about werewolves: dogs aren’t more likely to bite during the full moon. (va io9) Can we evade zombies with a “death cologne?” (via Scientific American) Pumpkin facts.(via NPR) Why are witches green? (via BoingBoing) Featured image credit: Kam Abbott via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Witches, Anti-Vax Chocolate, Beautiful Old Science Texts, and Science Pope

Reality Checks: Witches, Anti-Vax Chocolate, Beautiful Old Science Texts, and Science Pope

From Hansel and Gretel to Hermione, the evolution of witches. (via Feministing) Anti-vaccine propaganda, coming to a trick-or-treat bag near you. (via Respectful Insolence) One thousand years of scientific texts from the Arab world are now online for your perusal. (via io9) The Pope is down with evolution and the big bang. (via The Independent) Featured image credit: Peter Dutton via Flickr Got a ... »

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