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Reality Checks: Disappeared Students, Alien Theology, Green Beef, and Ebola Racism

Reality Checks: Disappeared Students, Alien Theology, Green Beef, and Ebola Racism

Forty three college students have disappeared in Mexico. What’s going on? (via Mother Jones) The theological problems posed by aliens. (via Scientific American) Should beef carry an environmental impact label? (via NPR) The ugly racial undertones of Ebola panic. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: b3d_ via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Texas Abortion, Misogynist Terror Threat, Plastic Bag Bans, and Yes Means Yes

Reality Checks: Texas Abortion, Misogynist Terror Threat, Plastic Bag Bans, and Yes Means Yes

SCOTUS allows Texas abortion clinics to reopen. (via Mother Jones) University threatened with a massacre because a feminist vlogger is scheduled to speak. (via The Verge) Do plastic bag bans work? (via Scientific American) California’s Yes Means Yes law is the kind of terrible law we need. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Walmart via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact ... »

The Physics Philes, lesson 118: Heat, Temperature, and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

The Physics Philes, lesson 118: Heat, Temperature, and the Zeroth Law of Thermodynamics

Most of us have spent our entire lives learning about heat and temperature. We know we have to cook some food to make it safe, or store food in an icebox or refrigerator. We know it hurts to touch things that are too hot or two cold. But these measurements of heat and temperature are subjective and imprecise. That won’t do in physics. We need to figure out a way to talk about heat and temper... »

Reality Checks: Fighting Bad Sex Ed, Irrational Atheism, and the Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Reality Checks: Fighting Bad Sex Ed, Irrational Atheism, and the Youngest Nobel Peace Prize Winner

Teenage girl rips Focus on the Family a new one for their sexist sex education materials. (via Jezebel) These women should win a Nobel Prize in physics. (via Slate) Irrational atheism. (via The Atlantic) Malala Yousafzai is the youngest winner of the Nobel Peace Prize. (via The New York Times) Featured image credit: Wikimedia Commons Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Astrology, that Junk is Bunk Edition

Awesome Sauce Music Friday! Astrology, that Junk is Bunk Edition

Do you hear that? In the distance. The thumping bass. The harmony. It’s…it’s Awesome Sauce Music Friday! I know it’s been a few weeks, but when one of my favorite YouTubers comes out with a new video I just have to share it. Bonus point when the video is a song about how awesome science and skepticism is. The song is a parody of “All About that Bass” by Coma Nid... »

Reality Checks: Social Media Misogyny, Teens and Abortion, Pinkwashing, and Free College in Germany

Reality Checks: Social Media Misogyny, Teens and Abortion, Pinkwashing, and Free College in Germany

How social media turned against women. (via The Atlantic) It’s getting harder and harder for teenage girls to exercise their right to an abortion. (via Mother Jones) Breast cancer awareness finally penetrates Earth’s crust. (via Slate) Germany has gone back to free college tuition. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Brian Turner via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Conta... »

Reality Checks: White Guy Tears, The Nobel Prize, The Pill, and a Futuristic Space Colony

Reality Checks: White Guy Tears, The Nobel Prize, The Pill, and a Futuristic Space Colony

White guy bemoans diversity in television. (via Jezebel) How the Nobel Prize became the biggest award on the planet. (via Wired) The birth of The Pill. (via NPR) If NASA likes space so much they should put a ring on it. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 117: Sonic…BOOOOOOOM

The Physics Philes, lesson 117: Sonic…BOOOOOOOM

Well, well, well…we’re about to wrap up this section on waves. But before we do let’s take a peak at one of the spectacular things sound waves can do, sonic booms. We can use the equations we learned about previously to show why this happens. Think about an airplane moving relative to the air at a speed vs. (It’s just the speed, so it’s always positive.) The motion of... »

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