Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: School Shooting Data, Tennis Elitism, How Google Works, and the Safety of the HPV Vaccine

Our data on school shootings is surprisingly bad. (via NPR) Serena Williams’ body has been scrutinized since forever, and tennis still can’t get past its elitist roots. (via Vox) Does Google have a political bias? (via Popular Science) The HPV vaccine doesn’t cause primary ovarian insufficiency. (via Respectful Insolence) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Macho Sperm Myths, Hunger Stones, News Avoiders, and Banned Athletic Wear

How patriarchal myths about sperm effect our thoughts on human reproduction. (via Aeon) The drought in central Europe is exposing “hunger stones” that warn of the consequences of low rainfall. (via NPR) Why some people avoid the news. (via Sociological Images) The French Open bans Serena Williams’ outfit that was …

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Reality Checks: Astronaut Farts, Breaking the Oldest Ice, Yemen’s Silent Suffering, and Comatose Consciousness

Farts are an underappreciated hazard for astronauts. (via Seriously, Science?) Climate change is causing some of the world’s oldest and thickest ice to break apart. (via NPR) What’s happening in Yemen, and why aren’t we paying attention? (via JSTOR Daily) How can you tell if a coma patient is conscious? …

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Reality Checks: Oil Rig Ecosystems, West Coast Air Quality, Rare Earth Elements Explained, and the Genetics of Cousin Marriage

Dismantling oil rigs could destroy coral reefs. (via D-brief) Wildfire smoke is as bad as the wildfires themselves. (via NPR) What are rare earth elements? (via The Crux) Is allowing cousins to marry really so genetically dangerous? (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Bureau of Land Management via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Science’s Bullying Problem, Mainstream Makeup, Endangering Archeological Sites, and Weed Killer Cereal

What is the source of science’s bullying problem? (via Neuroskeptic) How makeup went mainstream. (via JSTOR Daily) Oil and gas drilling in Pennsylvania could threaten archeological sites. (via NPR) You probably don’t have to worry about weed killer in your cereal. (via Slate) Featured image credit: Mark Bonica via Flickr

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Reality Checks: How the Alt-Right Views Success, Blockchain Voting, Extreme Rain, and Broken Pasta

The alt-right doesn’t need to be visible to succeed. (via Wired) Blockchain probably won’t secure our elections. (via Scientific American) Tired: Droughts caused by climate change. Wired: Extreme rain caused by climate change. (via Popular Science) How to snap pasta into exactly two pieces, which is a surprisingly hard problem. …

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Reality Checks: Space Psychology, Oldest Pterosaur, Ancient Parrot Breeders, and Kids Hack Voting Machines

The psychology of living in space. (via The Crux) The oldest known pterosaur has been unearthed. (via NPR) Native people of North American may have bred parrots 1,000 years ago. (via D-brief) An eleven-year-old hacked a voting machine at DEF CON. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Mark Mitchell via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Sound of Silence, Living Shorelines, Pee Height, and NASA’s Solar Probe

The quietest place in the United States. (via NPR) Using “living shorelines” to protect eroding coasts. (via JSTOR Daily) Small dogs aim higher than large dogs when they pee. (via Scientific American) How to keep your solar probe from melting. (via Gizmodo) Featured image credit: Squirrel Cottage via Flickr

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