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Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Reality Checks: Back-to-School, Exploding Rockets, and Notorious RBG’s Thoughts on Race

Obligatory beginning-of-the-school-year study tips. (via NPR) It’s not just you. School does start too early. (via Scientific American) An anomaly caused a SpaceX reusable rocket prototype to explode over Texas. (via Discovery News) Notorious RBG wants the Supreme Court to address the country’s racial problems. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: English106 via Flickr Got a lin... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! #Ferguson Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! #Ferguson Edition

I’m sure by now you’ve heard of the turmoil in Ferguson, a suburb of St. Louis, MO. Protests erupted after a police officer shot and killed Mike Brown, a black youth. That alone is tragic enough, but since then things escalated, in no small part because of a confluence of race tensions and police militarization. Luckily, things seem to be calming down. However, it’s important to ... »

Reality Checks: Lost Lemur Continent, Satire, Free College, and a First Amendment-Free Zone

Reality Checks: Lost Lemur Continent, Satire, Free College, and a First Amendment-Free Zone

Everything you need to know about the fake continent of Lemuria. (via io9) Has the Internet killed satire? (via The Guardian) Why community college should be free. (via Scientific American) The fight against the First Amendment in Ferguson. (via Politico) Featured image credit: Andrey via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: CD Rot, Unconfronted Biases, the Cycle of Arctic Sea Ice Loss, and Those Dang, Dirty Millennials

Reality Checks: CD Rot, Unconfronted Biases, the Cycle of Arctic Sea Ice Loss, and Those Dang, Dirty Millennials

In outdated tech news: CDs might not last as long as we thought. (via NPR) How our unconfronted personal biases affect the lives of others. (via Scientific American) Loss of Arctic sea ice could cause the loss of more Arctic sea ice. (via Raw Story) The New York Times doesn’t understand millennials. (via Gawker) Featured image credit: NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Got a link you think we ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube

The Physics Philes, lesson 111: The Legend of Kundt’s Tube

So far in our discussion of waves, we’ve learned about nodes, antinodes, and standing waves. However, we’ve really only seen what these looks like with respect to transverse waves on a string. But sound waves are longitudinal waves. How do these concepts apply? As it turns out, much the same way as with transverse waves. Rather than a string, let’s think about a longitudinal wave... »

Reality Checks: Police Accountability, Modern ‘White Flight’, and a Nightmare Worm

Reality Checks: Police Accountability, Modern ‘White Flight’, and a Nightmare Worm

What role does trust play in science. (via Neuroskeptic) Three high school students developed an app to hold cops accountable. (via Think Progress) “White flight” is still a thing. (via Phys.org) Here’s the worm of your nightmares. (via io9) Featured image credit: Wikipedia Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Universe is Weird Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! The Universe is Weird Edition

Hey-o! It’s Friday! Time for your weekly dose of nerd music. This week we have one of our favorite YouTubers, Hank Green of the Vlogbrothers. He has some really great songs about quarks and the Fermi paradox, as well as many other topics. But this week we’re featuring a catchy song about the weirdness of the universe. Enjoy, and have a great weekend! Want more music? Check out Lab Trac... »

Reality Checks: Ferguson Cops, Sexist BYU, Megalodon, and the Fields Prize

Reality Checks: Ferguson Cops, Sexist BYU, Megalodon, and the Fields Prize

Why are the Ferguson cops so out of control? Amanda Marcotte has a theory. (via Pandagon) Student protests Brigham Young University’s sexist attitudes towards female students. (via Think Progress) Your yearly reminder: the Megalodon is still extinct. (via Laelaps) The most prestigious prize in mathematics has gone to a woman for the first time. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Robert Cohen... »

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