Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Summer of Science, Avoiding Poison Ivy, the First Women in Space, and Learning to Count

Ways to bring science into your summer. (via Scientific American) How to keep poison ivy from ruining your summer. (via NPR) The forgotten class of woman cosmonauts. (via Vintage Space) When did humans first learn to count? (via The Crux) Featured image credit: Dr. Momentum via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Longer Days, Underground Power Lines, New Neutrino, and Manly Salads

The moon is moving away from the Earth, and it’s causing the day to lengthen. (via D-brief) Why don’t we put power lines underground? (via Popular Science) There’s more evidence for a new kind of neutrino. (via Scientific American) Eating salad used to be manly. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Limiting Access to Reproductive Healthcare, How Volcanoes Erupt, Spouting Nonsense, and How the Easter Island Statues Got Their Hats

How Trump is limiting access to reproductive healthcare in the United States. (via PBS Newshour) What happens when a volcano erupts? (via Scientific American) What makes people spout bullshit? (via D-brief) A new hypothesis explains how the Easter Island statues got their hats. (via Popular Science) Featured image credit: Jay …

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Reality Checks: Cuddle Buddies, Edge of Space, Efforts to Create an HIV Vaccine, and Casting Doubt on the Marshmallow Test

Friendly macaques have more cuddle buddies, which can come in handy when the weather is cold. (via Inkfish) Where does space start? (via Popular Science) The challenges of creating an HIV vaccine. (via Wired) A new study casts doubt on the famous “marshmallow test.” (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: ERA Now, Hurricane Maria Death Toll, Hiding in the Kuiper Belt, and One Year After Pulling Out of Paris

Illinois ratified the Equal Rights Amendment. (via NPR) The inaccuracy of the Hurricane Maria death count shows a profound disrespect for the people of Puerto Rico. (via Rolling Stone) What’s hiding in the Kuiper Belt? (via Popular Science) It’s been a year since Trump pulled the US out of the …

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Reality Checks: Segregation of Amenities, Hearing Glaciers Melt, Sex Matters in Lab Mice, and Business-Friendly Air Quality Standards

Segregation manifests in some unexpected ways in the Atlanta metro area. (via CityLab) Glaciers sound different as they melt more quickly. (via Scientific American) A new study finds male and female mice have some major variations in a brain area implicated in common psychiatric disorders. (via D-brief) The EPA makes …

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Reality Checks: Repealed Abortion Ban, Likely-Illegal Protest Ban, Han Solo’s Blaster IRL, and Dinosaur Herds

Ireland voted to repeal its constitutional ban on abortion by a 2:1 margin. (via The Guardian) The NFL’s new ban on protests is probably illegal. (via Vox) Versions of Han Solo’s blaster exist, thanks to physics. (via The Conversation) Large plant-eating dinosaurs may have joined together in herds to become …

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Reality Checks: Lying to Women About Abortion, the Life of a Black Hole, Asteroid-Caused Climate Change, and Avocados at Risk

Abortion doesn’t cause an increase in suicidal thoughts, but a bunch of states require doctors to tell women that anyway. (via Think Progress) What we know about the life of a black hole. (via Popular Science) The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs might have caused abrupt climate change. (via …

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