Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Mathematical Art, Gathering Whales, Earth-Sized Telescope, and Cutting Climate Change Funding

Math and art collide. (via Scientific American) Humpback whales are gathering and we don’t know why. (via Popular Science) Turning the Earth into a black hole telescope. (via Gizmodo) Trump’s budget cuts climate change funding. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Robbie Shade via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Bananas, Hijab in the EU, Science in States, and a Quickly Orbiting Star

Humans made the banana as we know it. (via Wired) It’s not “direct discrimination” in the European Union for an employer to prohibit the hijab if such a prohibition is part of a general policy against religious and political displays. (via NPR) States are trying to interfere with science education. …

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Reality Checks: Ethical Citations, Ravioli Moon, “Sombody Elses’s Babies,” and Young Politico

We should probably think about citation ethics. (via Neuroskeptic) Look at this picture of a moon that looks like ravioli. (via Popular Science) GOP Congressman goes full white nationalist. (via Slate) This teenager is making political history in Georgia. (via MTV) Featured image credit: Dan4th Nicholas via Flickr

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Science

What is it? Stellar Classification

Stars light up the night sky. But as we saw a couple of weeks ago, not all stars are the same. Thanks to the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, we can easily see that there is a relationship between the surface temperature of a star and the star’s luminosity. This relationship can tell …

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Reality Checks: Southern Suffragists, Elephant Sleep, Finding Unity in Hate, and What Illegal Immigration Really Looks Like

How World’s Fairs helped train suffragists from the South…but excluded others. (via JSTOR Daily) Elephants hardly sleep. (via Inkfish) It freaking sucks when people from across the political spectrum gang up on trans* people. (via The Mary Sue) What illegal immigration in the United States really looks like. (via NPR) …

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Reality Checks: Women on Strike, Necessary Smart Phones, Fighting the Endangered Species Act, and Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment

Schools close for a Day Without Women. (via Jezebel) In modern society, iPhones aren’t a luxury item. (via Wired) States go after the Endangered Species Act. (via Scientific American) Sexual harassment in the tech sector. (via Feministing) Featured image credit: Sean MacEntee via Flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Asteroid Pool, Death of a Sea, Poverty Brain, and Fighting the Global Gag Rule

The physics of knocking an asteroid into the Sun. (via Wired) The death of the Aral Sea. (via JSTOR Daily) How poverty effects the brain. (via Scientific American) Millions of dollars has been promised by other countries to combat the global gag rule at the “She Decides” conference. (via The …

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Reality Checks: NASA Women Minifigs, Die Astronautin, Women of Color in STEM, and Human-Caused Minerals

Women of NASA are getting LEGO minifigs. (via NPR) Germany is looking to put their its first woman in space. (via Gizmodo) The power of seeing the faces of women of color in science. (via Absolutely Maybe) Minerals rekindle the debate of whether the Anthropocene is a thing or not. …

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