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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Male Normal, Olympic Physics, Hibernating Star, and Sports Gender Testing

Being a man is considered “normal,” so women are written out of the story. (via The Guardian) The physics of Olympic BMX. (via Wired) We have evidence for cyclical star evolution, the nova hibernation hypothesis. (via Scientific American) We should all be cheering for Caster Semenya. (via Think Progress) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Luna Moths, Period Talk, Predicting Lightning, and Battling Conspiracy Theories

How Luna moths use sound as camouflage. (via Gizmodo) Chinese swimmer breaks taboo by talking about her period. (via The Guardian) Scientists are working to predict lightning strikes. (via Nature) Times when scientists battled conspiracy theories and won. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: Bruce Guenter via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Planet Nine, New Age Consumers, Shot Put Feminism, Archery Physics

Astronomers are looking for Planet Nine. (via NPR) Who buys New Age stuff? (via JSTOR Daily) The feminist mission of Olympic gold medal winner Michelle Carter. (via The New Yorker) The physics of wobbly arrows. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Bernd Thaller via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Oldest Shark, Life of No Man’s Sky, “Age Fraud,” and Don’t Pee on a Jellyfish Sting

Sharks can get super old in the arctic, and scientists may have round the oldest yet. (via NPR) Does No Man’s Sky really contain more different species than is found on Earth? (via Gizmodo) There’s no definitive test to prevent “age fraud.” (via Scientific American) Venom myths, debunked. (via Quartz) …

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Reality Checks: Dissolving Pills, Cupping, Practice Makes Perfect, and Trans* Athletes

The science and beauty of dissolving pills. (via Wired) Cupping and the distrust of science. (via The Atlantic) There are limits to the “10,000 hour” rule. (via Scientific American) Allowing trans* athletes won’t destroy women’s sports. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: USAG-Humphreys  via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Dry Plains, Adopted and Trans, Pantsuit Power, and Stop the Armchair Psychology

What happens when the main source of water in the Midwestern United States? (via National Geographic) On being trans and adopted. (via NPR) The pantsuit represents a compromise between gender and power. (via The Atlantic) Let’s stop trying to armchair psychoanalyze Donald Trump. (via Wired) Featured image credit: University of …

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Reality Checks: Mongolia’s Women Archers, Equal Pay, Internet Mythbusters, and Choice Blindness

Mongolian women are reasserting their rightful place in archery. (via Broadly) Massachusetts just passed the strongest equal pay law in the country. (via Mother Jones) In the “post-truth era,” internet mythbusters are increasingly important? (via The Guardian) Turns out people aren’t always rational when it comes to political argument. Shocking. …

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Reality Checks: After School Satan Club, Microbiome in Your Poop, Predatory For-Profit Colleges, and Ancient Lazy Humans

After School Satan Club, coming to an elementary school near you. (via Salt Lake Tribune) What poop says about evolution and ecology. (via PLoS Blogs) For-profit colleges are basically debt factories. (via Slate) Ancient people were just as lazy and unhealthy as we are. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Kuba …

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