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Reality Checks: Killing the Metric System, Science Against Cyberbullying, “Global Cooling,” and NCAA Justice

Reality Checks: Killing the Metric System, Science Against Cyberbullying, “Global Cooling,” and NCAA Justice

The campaign to kill the metric system in the United States. (via Slate) Teen’s science fair project targets cyberbullying. (via Jezebel) In the scientific community, “global cooling” was never a thing. (via io9) Some NCAA students are entitled to licensing money after their college careers are over, a federal court decided. (via Kansas City Star) Featured image credit: Biking Ni... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Fantasy Elements Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Fantasy Elements Edition

It’s time! Time to get your weekend on! Let’s go. We here at Teen Skepchick have a soft spot for Marian Call. We’ve featured her music a couple of times in this very spot. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting her in person (though I would not presume to think she remembers) and she’s an absolute delight. She has a new album of cover songs, including the theme from Reading... »

Reality Checks: Student Vaccine Film, Cell Phone Screen for Poor Vision, and Women Coaches in Male Sports

Reality Checks: Student Vaccine Film, Cell Phone Screen for Poor Vision, and Women Coaches in Male Sports

What do vaccine- and GMO-denial have in common? (via Collide-a-Scape) After being suppressed by anti-vaxers, a student-made film about vaccines has been released. (via io9) Researchers have developed a cell phone screen that corrects poor vision. (via Wired) Women coaches still have a hard time breaking into male sports. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: Dylan via Flickr Got a link you t... »

Reality Checks: Marvel’s Excuses, Sex Ed, Bisexuality, and BMI

Reality Checks: Marvel’s Excuses, Sex Ed, Bisexuality, and BMI

Marvel is running out of excuses for not making a movie with a female lead. (via Slate) Sex ed should really focus on kids ages 10-14, according to a new study. (via Jezebel) Simple visibility can help dispel myths of bisexuality. (via The Daily Beast) BMI doesn’t say anything about your health. (via Obesity Panacea) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 109: Speed of Sound Part 2

The Physics Philes, lesson 109: Speed of Sound Part 2

Last week we started discussing the speed of sound and how that speed changes depending on the medium. This week we’ll finish up that topic with a discussion of how fast sound moves in a solid and a gas. First, let’s tackle the speed of sound through a solid rod or bar. Unlike fluid in a pipe (which cannot move sideways), the solid rod can expand slightly when it’s compressed by ... »

Reality Checks: Turing Molecules, the Spread of Western Culture, and Ebola

Reality Checks: Turing Molecules, the Spread of Western Culture, and Ebola

Turing molecules can help explain why we have five fingers and five toes. (via Not Exactly Rocket Science) Watch the spread of Western culture in these mesmerizing videos. (via NPR) This chart can help explain why there’s no Ebola vaccine. (via Public Health Perspectives) Why myths and rumors about Ebola are so persistent. (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: Wikipedia Got a link you ... »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Scully <3 Science

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Scully <3 Science

We here at Teen Skepchick like ourselves some science. Love it, even. But you know who loves science even more? Agent Dana Scully from the 1990s-early aughts sci-fi serial ‘The X-Files.’ To illustrate just how much Scully loves science, YouTuber (there must be a better term for that) Ryan English made a dance-able supercut of every time Scully demands some science. It’s probably ... »

Reality Checks: Religious Discrimination, Fukushima Radiation, Botched Rape Investigations, and Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

Reality Checks: Religious Discrimination, Fukushima Radiation, Botched Rape Investigations, and Jupiter’s Magnetic Field

A new bill would give religious organizations the ability to discriminate in adoption and foster care services. (via Think Progress) Radiation from Fukushima hasn’t reached the US coast. (via Reuters) Colleges could face millions of dollars in fines for botched rape investigations. (via Jezebel) Jupiter’s magnetic field is nuts. (via Wired) Featured image credit: NASA Goddard Space Fli... »

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