Science

What is it? Stellar Classification

Stars light up the night sky. But as we saw a couple of weeks ago, not all stars are the same. Thanks to the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, we can easily see that there is a relationship between the surface temperature of a star and the star’s luminosity. This relationship can tell …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Southern Suffragists, Elephant Sleep, Finding Unity in Hate, and What Illegal Immigration Really Looks Like

How World’s Fairs helped train suffragists from the South…but excluded others. (via JSTOR Daily) Elephants hardly sleep. (via Inkfish) It freaking sucks when people from across the political spectrum gang up on trans* people. (via The Mary Sue) What illegal immigration in the United States really looks like. (via NPR) …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Women on Strike, Necessary Smart Phones, Fighting the Endangered Species Act, and Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment

Schools close for a Day Without Women. (via Jezebel) In modern society, iPhones aren’t a luxury item. (via Wired) States go after the Endangered Species Act. (via Scientific American) Sexual harassment in the tech sector. (via Feministing) Featured image credit: Sean MacEntee via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Asteroid Pool, Death of a Sea, Poverty Brain, and Fighting the Global Gag Rule

The physics of knocking an asteroid into the Sun. (via Wired) The death of the Aral Sea. (via JSTOR Daily) How poverty effects the brain. (via Scientific American) Millions of dollars has been promised by other countries to combat the global gag rule at the “She Decides” conference. (via The …

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Reality Checks: NASA Women Minifigs, Die Astronautin, Women of Color in STEM, and Human-Caused Minerals

Women of NASA are getting LEGO minifigs. (via NPR) Germany is looking to put their its first woman in space. (via Gizmodo) The power of seeing the faces of women of color in science. (via Absolutely Maybe) Minerals rekindle the debate of whether the Anthropocene is a thing or not. …

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Reality Checks: Slaves Aren’t Mistresses, the New Underground Railroad, Jim Crow School Choice, and FRBs

No, Sally Hemings was not Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. (via Teen Vogue) Churches prepare to take their sanctuary operations for undocumented immigrants underground. (via Buzzfeed) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos celebrated HBCUs as being pioneers of “school choice,” conveniently ignoring the legal segregation that kept black and white students apart. (via …

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Reality Checks: Five Years after Trayvon’s Murder, Companies Leaving Breitbart, Pretending to be Straight, and the U.S. Before the EPA

Remembering Trayvon Martin five years later. (via The Root) A bunch of companies have stopped advertising on Breitbart. (via The Independent) Under new British guidelines, gay Afghans asylum seekers may be sent back to a country where their sexuality is illegal. (via The Guardian) What the United States looked like …

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Science

What Is It? Hertzsprung-Russell Diagram

If you’re like me, you’ve sat outside on a warm summer night, watched the darkness rise, and count the stars as they popped onto the night sky seemingly out of nowhere. They look more or less the same, but if you’re in a really dark location, you start to notice …

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