Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Chinese Moon Landing, a Less-Christian Congress, Recognition of Shelby Jacobs, and The Firebusters

China lands a spacecraft on the far side of the Moon. (via BBC) The new Congress is slightly less Christian, but still pretty religious. (via NPR) Shelby Jacobs, designer of the camera system on Apollo 6, is finally getting the recognition he deserves. (via The Root) An international team of …

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Reality Checks: Using Tech for Good, the Fantastic Mystery of Ultima Thule, Environmental Regs, and Accessing a Subglacial Lake

How machine learning can help hold human rights abusers accountable. (via Pacific Standard) With the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, planetary scientists are once again jumping into the unknown. (via Out There) Where environmental regulations stand as we start the new year. (via NPR) Over Christmas, scientists punched a …

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Reality Checks: Photos of Climate Change, Persistent Segregation, VAWA Expiration, and Charcoal Vulva Masks

These photos illustrate the price we are already paying for climate change. (via Buzzfeed News) What House Hunters can tell us about why housing is still so segregated. (via CityLab) The Violence Against Women Act expired due to the government shutdown. (via NPR) In case it needs to be said, …

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Reality Checks: CRISPR Explained, Opposing Citizenship Questions, Old Boys, and the Fake Internet

Everything you should know about CRISPR. (via Vox) Some Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned in interment camps during World War II oppose asking about citizenship in the census, for fear that census information could be misused again. (via NPR) 2018 was the year of the Old Boy. (via Slate) A bunch …

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Reality Checks: Ellen Swallow Richards, the Ambiguous Threat of Asbestos Baby Powder, Troll Patrol Report, and Devaluing Femininity

Meet Ellen Swallow Richards, the chemist and public health advocate who was the first woman to be a student at MIT 150 years ago. (via Smithsonian Magazine) How freaked out should we be about asbestos in baby powder? (via Slate) Amnesty International released a report and interactive website documenting the …

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Reality Checks: Online Masculinity, Pterosaur Feathers, Eating Raw Cookie Dough, and New Worlds

How the internet effects masculinity. (via JSTOR Daily) What pterosaur feathers say about evolution. (via Dead Things) What are the risks in eating raw cookie dough? (via The Crux) Check out these worlds in the making. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Marco Verch via Flickr

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Reality Checks: First Amendment Milestone, Men Who are Too Easily Flattered, Being Allergic to Meat, and Serena’s Catsuit

Fifty-three years ago yesterday, students were suspended for protesting the Vietnam War. This spawned the Supreme Court case that extended First Amendment rights to the classroom. (via Zinn Education Project) That middle-aged men are so easily flattered by young women is becoming a threat to national security. (via Salon) What …

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Reality Checks: Assault on Science, Meteor Math, QGP, and the Dark Night Sky

A new report details an assault on science at the Department of the Interior. (via LA Times) How far away can you see a meteor? (via Bad Astronomy) Scientists have learned something new about the quark-gluon plasma. (via D-brief) Why is the night sky black? (via Popular Science) Featured image …

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