Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Sleeping Jellies, Health Outcomes of Trans Youth, Growing up Neanderthal, and Predicting Earthquakes

Even brainless jellyfish seem to sleep. (via Popular Science) New studies link negative health outcomes for trans youth to victimization. (via Think Progress) What the skeleton of a Neanderthal boy can tell us about human evolution. (via D-brief) Earthquakes are really freaking hard to predict, and other earth-shaking facts. (via …

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Reality Checks: Hillary Speaks, Zika the Cancer Fighter, Requiem for a Machine, and Double Pendulum Physics

Hillary Clinton doesn’t have to shut up, now or ever. (via Vogue) Zika may have a life-saving side. (via JSTOR Daily) As Cassini prepares to plunge into Saturn on Friday, the astronomical community is mourning the machine. (via Popular Science) The physics of the double pendulum fidget spinner. (via Wired) …

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Reality Checks: Extreme Hurricanes, Geoemydids, Eating for the Environment, and Viking Warriors were Women

How climate change makes hurricanes worse. (via NPR) What are geoemydids? (via Scientific American) Cutting out meat can reduce your environmental impact, but we should also think about where our fruits and veggies come from, too. (via Popular Science) We have genetic evidence that Viking women also served as Viking …

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Reality Checks: Clay-Eating Parrots, Dehydration Epidemic, Finding Ladybugs, and Evolution in the Present Tense

Why do parrots eat clay? (via NPR) Dehydration is becoming a deadly epidemic. (via JSTOR Daily) Help scientists search for ladybugs. (via Citizen Science Salon) We can see ways in which humans are evolving right now. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: Aleksey Gnilenkov via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Case for Dreamers, Rock Ownership, Religious Authenticity, and

Why the U.S. should welcome Dreamers. (via Wired) Who owns the rocks beneath your feet? (via Rocky Planet) What makes a “real” religion? (via JSTOR Daily) The psychology of doom and gloom. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: John Dill via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Islands of Pain, Five Million Year Old Footprint, Evidence-Based Pet Medicine, and Record-Breaking Astronaut

Fire ants can turn into terrifying islands of stinging insects. (via Popular Science) What made this footprint millions of years ago? (via Dead Things) Pets deserve evidence-based medicine, too. (via NPR) Peggy Whitson has spent more time in space than any woman or American astronaut. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Science Discussion on Twitter, Ligers and Groler Bears, Princess Leia Holograms, and Women Resisting Slavery

Is Twitter a bad place to talk science? (via Neuroskeptic) What hybrid animals can teach us about evolution. (via Wired) Where are our Star Wars-style holograms? (via NPR) Women of the African slave resistance. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Hkandy – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=2567702

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Reality Checks: Student Homelessness, Honoring the Fight Against Slavery, Stellar Picture, and Grassroots Science

Tackling student homelessness. (via JSTOR Daily) These monuments from around the world commemorate the fight against slavery. (via The Root) Astronomers have captured the best ever image of a star that is not the Sun. (via Scientific American) Grassroots science outreach may be our best chance against climate change denial. …

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