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Reality Checks: Safe Sex, Nigerian Women in Science, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, and Erasing Muslims

Reality Checks: Safe Sex, Nigerian Women in Science, Gender-Neutral Pronouns, and Erasing Muslims

New Hampshire teens are pushing for their school to provide free condoms. (via Think Progress) The rise of women in science in Nigeria. (via NPR) Why doesn’t English have a good gender-neutral pronoun? (via io9) On erasing Muslims and ex-Muslims. (via The Burning Bush) Featured image credit: Morgan via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 130: It’s Just a Phase

The Physics Philes, lesson 130: It’s Just a Phase

We’re at the end our our discussion of the thermal properties of matter. So far we’ve been talking about the simplest molecular viewpoint, ideal gases. In analyzing ideal gases, we can ignore the interactions between molecules. That certainly makes things simpler, but it’s these interactions that cause gases to condense into liquids and solids. Looking at the theoretical basis fo... »

Reality Checks: Gluten and Placebos, Interplanetary Submarine, the Bible on Slavery, and Your Brain on Magic

Reality Checks: Gluten and Placebos, Interplanetary Submarine, the Bible on Slavery, and Your Brain on Magic

Do you have gluten sensitivity, or are you just responding to the placebo effect? (via fivethirtyeight) NASA wants to send a submarine to Titan. (via Discovery News) What the Bible says about slavery. (via Raw Story) This is your brain on magic. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Teen Girls and IUDs, Mistaken for Janitors, Marriage Equality is Coming, and Atheism and Islamophobia

Reality Checks: Teen Girls and IUDs, Mistaken for Janitors, Marriage Equality is Coming, and Atheism and Islamophobia

Why teenage girls aren’t using IUDs. (via The Atlantic) Women of color working in STEM fields are often confused for janitors. (via Bitch Magazine) Notorious RBG thinks American are ready for marriage equality. (via Bloomberg) It’s time to atheists to confront Islamophobia in our ranks. (via Raw Story) Featured image credit: Obama-Biden Transition Project via Flickr Got a link you thin... »

Reality Checks: Teen Choice, Juice Cleanse, Agent Carter Talks Sexism, and Lady Spies

Reality Checks: Teen Choice, Juice Cleanse, Agent Carter Talks Sexism, and Lady Spies

We need to stop talking about a teen’s reproductive choice in such a paternalistic way. (via RH Reality Check) Stop that juice cleanse. (via Slate) Hayley Atwell, the actress who plays the title character in Agent Carter, talks sexism. (via HitFix) Real life female spies that deserve their own movies. (via io9) Featured image credit: bertholf via Flickr Got a link you think we should know ab... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 129: Return of Heat Capacities!

The Physics Philes, lesson 129: Return of Heat Capacities!

For the past few episodes of The Physics Philes, we’ve been trying to understand the kinetic-molecular model of idea gases. Now we need to rewind a little big and go back thinking about heat capacities. Remember way back in the day we talked about molar heat capacities, or a quantity that determines the heat required for some number n of moles to change temperature. We can express this relat... »

Reality Checks: Shaming Anti-Vaxxers, a Crisis of Authority, Misremembering, and Elementary School Bias

Reality Checks: Shaming Anti-Vaxxers, a Crisis of Authority, Misremembering, and Elementary School Bias

We should fight the anti-vaccination movement with shame. (via io9) Science denial reflects a crisis of authority. (via Salon) Why we remember things wrong. (via The New Yorker) How bias in elementary school discourages girls from staying in math and science. (via New York Times) Featured image credit: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us he... »

Reality Checks: Net Neutrality Win, Just-World Bias, If No One Vaccinated, and Back to the Sea

Reality Checks: Net Neutrality Win, Just-World Bias, If No One Vaccinated, and Back to the Sea

A win for net neutrality. (via Wired) How the “just-world bias” makes us terrible people. (via The Guardian) What would happen if no one got vaccinated? (via Vice) Creationists are annoyed by a Carnival Cruises ad. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: Mike Licht via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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