Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Space Laser Broom, Losing Orangutans, Neptune’s Disappearing Fart Storm, and the Size of Andromeda

Chinese scientists have hypothesized a space laser to clean up space debris. (via Popular Science) Borneo has lost 100,000 orangutans since 1999. (via NPR) Neptune’s dark vortex might be disappearing. (via Gizmodo) The Andromeda galaxy might not be as big as we thought. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: NASA Blueshift …

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Reality Checks: 16th Century Abortion Ban, Olympic Culture Clashes, the Need for Women in Climate Science, and Gutting National Parks

Lots of people just ignored a 16th century abortion ban. (via JSTOR Daily) Olympic Village is a hotbed for cultural misunderstandings. (via Scientific American) There is a severe lack of women on the UN Climate Panel. (via Popular Science) National Parks are a casualty of the Trump budget. (via Think …

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Reality Checks: Straw Ban, African Women in Science on Twitter, the Importance of Ski Wax, and the Neuroscience of Figure Skating

Americans are bad at recycling straws. Why not just get rid of them? (via Popular Science) There are gobs of African women in science, but no one knows about them Let’s change that. (via NPR) How ski wax can help an Olympic athlete win gold. (via Wired) Why figure skaters …

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Reality Checks: NSF Harassment Reporting, Boosting Your Immune System, Packing JWST, and Norovirus at the Olympics

Institutions that host researchers funded by National Science Foundation grants must inform the agency if any of those researchers committed sexual harassment. (via Nature) Can you actually boost your immune system? (via Popular Science) How to pack a space telescope. (via NPR) The Olympics could make norovirus worse. (via Wired) …

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Reality Checks: Vaccine Jesus, Baby Smiles, Lady Snacks, and the Conflicting Messages of Black History Month

Apparently Jesus is as good a flu shot. (Spoiler alert: No. Get a flu shot.) (via Jezebel) Why don’t babies smile from birth? (via Scientific American) Inspired by Lady Doritos, here are some other lady-specific snacks. (via Washington Post) The farce and grandeur of Black History Month. (via The New …

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Reality Checks: Poo Turned to Food, How Often You Can Get the Flu, Concussion Vaccine, and Olympic Ice

Turning human waste into food for long-term space travel. (via NPR) Can you get the flu twice in one season? (via Scientific American) Could a vaccine protect against concussions? (via Wired) The art and science of Olympic ice. (via Smithsonian) Featured image credit: U.S. Army via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Dancing Dwarf Galaxies, Shaker Utopia, Cutting Disease Prevention, and Harmful Corporate Research

Dwarf galaxies add new layers to the mystery of dark matter. (via Scientific American) The Shaker formula for gender equality. (via JSTOR Daily) The CDC is cutting 80 percent of its global disease outbreak prevention efforts. (via Washington Post) Is harmful corporate research ever justified? (via The Crux) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Plastic Pathogen, Welfare Stigma, Fixing Facebook, and Floppy Domesticated Ears

Plastic is adding to the stress on coral reefs and causing them to get sick. (via Scientific American) The effects of welfare stigma. (via JSTOR Daily) What really needs to happen to fix Facebook. (via Wired) Why do doggos and puppers have floppy ears? (via NPR) Featured image credit: Neil …

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