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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Myth of the Private Social Safety Net, RRS Boaty McBoatface, National Parasites, and More Sexism Against Women Athletes

The myth of the private social safety net. (via The Atlantic) There might be a research ship named Boaty McBoatface if the Internet has its way. (via The Guardian) The United States has a National Parasite Collection. (via The Washington Post) Tennis CEO says that women’s tennis “rides on the …

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Reality Checks: SeaWorld Orcas, Alabama Textbooks, Spinning Black Holes, and Rock, Paper, Scissors

SeaWorld to end its orca captive breeding program. (via Gawker) Alabama biology textbooks tell kids that evolution is scientifically controversial. (via Raw Story) Clocking the speed of a supermassive black hole. (via Discovery News) Here’s why you’re so terrible at Rock, Paper, Scissors. (via Gizmodo) Featured image credit: NOAA Photo …

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Reality Checks: “Cosmic Ice Sculptures,” Voter Suppression, the Relevance of Polls, and What Neanderthals Ate

This is not an image of “cosmic ice structures,” but it’s still very pretty. (via Bad Astronomy) North Carolina’s voter ID law is keeping students from voting. (via Think Progress) It’s important to remember this election season: poll aren’t always useful. (via NPR) What Neaderthals ate. (via Discovery News) Featured …

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Reality Checks: NdGT is Wrong, Trump Science, Clouds on Pluto, and ExoMars

Neil deGrasse Tyson is wrong about the lack of painful sex in the animal kingdom. (via Forbes) How would science suffer under a Trump presidency. (via Scientific American) Are there clouds on Pluto? (via Bad Astronomy) The first mission of the ExoMars program is about to launch. What is ExoMars? …

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Reality Checks: Fighting Environmental Battles, Climate Science Deniers At It Again, Quantifying While Male Privilege, and 8000 More Orangutans

Women are fighting the toughest environmental battles. (via Think Progress) Lamar Smith is at it again. (via Bad Astronomy) A scientists calculated what it costs people to not be white and male. (via XX Factor) There are more Sumatran Orangutans than we thought, but there’s still trouble. (via Discovery News) …

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Reality Checks: ‘Just Say No,’ Self-Induced Abortion, Monarch Rising, and Math Geeks Almost Doxxed Banksy

‘Just Say No’ didn’t work. (via Think Progress) The return of self-induced abortions. (via The New York Times) Monarch butterfly numbers are on the rise. (via NPR) How math geeks almost doxxed Banksy. (via Gizmodo) Featured image credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Oscar Girl Scout Cookies, Religious Leaders for Abortion Access, Modern Pressures on Girls, and Space Spuds

The Girls Scouts are awesome, but they didn’t sell $65,000 worth of cookies at the Oscars. (via Jezebel) Religious leaders get together to support reproductive health. (via Think Progress) An interview with Nancy Jo Sales, author of a new book on the 21st century pressures put on teenage girls. (via …

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Reality Checks: Hollywood Diversity, Movies About Women, Gay Characters in the Star Wars Universe, and a New Tetraquark

Lupita Nyong’o and The Daily Show‘s Trevor Noah talk diversity in Hollywood. (via The New York Times) The Oscars don’t really care for movies about women overcoming adversity. (via Raw Story) There will be gay characters in future Star Wars movies, according to JJ Abrams. (via io9) Physicists may have …

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