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Reality Checks: Popular Kids, Zebra Stripes, and More on Gravitational Waves

Reality Checks: Popular Kids, Zebra Stripes, and More on Gravitational Waves

Popular kids are bullied, too. (via Jezebel) The gravitational wave discovery might not be what it seemed. (via Discovery News) Zebra stripes as insect repellent? (via io9) The House science committee is a national embarrassment. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Dimitry B. via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 92: Slow as Molasses

The Physics Philes, lesson 92: Slow as Molasses

So far in our discussion of fluid mechanics, we’ve assumed that the fluid we’re talking about has no internal friction and has a laminar flow. However, there are important fluids that don’t follow this pattern. What about those? In that case we need know about viscosity and turbulence. First, let’s take a look at viscosity. As we learned a couple of weeks ago, viscosity is ... »

Reality Checks: Fonts, Fifth-Wave Feminism, and the Black Death

Reality Checks: Fonts, Fifth-Wave Feminism, and the Black Death

Teenager finds that the government could save $136 million dollars a year just by changing fonts. (via Slate) Nineteen-year-old is the first person to sue the Chinese government over LGBT rights. (via BBC) Meet some of the teens who make up fifth-wave feminism. (via Raw Story) New evidence indicates that the black death may have been an airborne disease. (via The Guardian) Featured image credit: L... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Sassy Sidekick, Bitchy Nerd or Neighbor Edition

You’d have to really be living in your own world to miss Lorde’s smash hit “Royals.” Even the sad clown cover has been all over the place. This week’s featured song is a Lorde parody, but it draws attention to serious issues of representation of different races in popular culture. It’s called “Typecast” and it points out the limited range of characte... »

Reality Checks: Student Athletes, Zero G Day, and Online Introverts

Reality Checks: Student Athletes, Zero G Day, and Online Introverts

Academic stigma can cause student athletes to underperform in the classroom. (via Phys.org) In case you were wondering, you won’t be able to float on April 4. (via Bad Astronomy) Eighty percent of the world is polio-free. (via Think Progress) What does it mean to be an introvert online? (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Steven Pisano via Flickr Got a link you think we should k... »

Reality Checks: Tomboys, Leggings, and Creationism in Cosmos

Reality Checks: Tomboys, Leggings, and Creationism in Cosmos

An 8-year-old girl was kicked out of school for looking too much like a boy. (via Jezebel) Creationism is actually the focus of Cosmos. (via Think Progress) Girls picket for their right to wear leggings. (via XX Factor) This is why you’re bad at parties. (via io9) Featured image credit: Sammy Zimmermanns via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow

The Physics Philes, lesson 91: Go with the Flow

Last week we learned about the continuity equation in fluid mechanics. To refresh your memory, that equation says that the speed of the fluid flow can change along the path of the fluid. The pressure can vary, as well, depending on the height of the fluid and the speed of the flow. These are important relationships to know, because it “flows” (HA! See what I did there?) nicely into Ber... »

Reality Checks: Creationists Hate Cosmos, Next-Gen Spacecraft, and Paintings of Lady Astronauts

Reality Checks: Creationists Hate Cosmos, Next-Gen Spacecraft, and Paintings of Lady Astronauts

It might be a good idea to be skeptical about the recent study that predicts the collapse of society. (via Collide-a-Scape) Creationists are upset because they weren’t given equal time on Cosmos. (via Raw Story) The European Space Agency’s next-gen re-entry vehicle is almost ready. (via io9) Cool paintings of female firsts in space. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: YouTube Got... »

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