Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Predicting the Future, Teenage Brains, Taking on Sexual Harassment in STEM, and Let’s Not Give Teachers Guns

Computers can learn to imagine the future. (via The Crux) Teens may be works in progress, but that doesn’t mean we can disregard their ideas. (via Popular Science) Congress is tackling sexual harassment in the sciences. (via Wired) In case there was any doubt, arming teachers is not a good …

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Reality Checks: Alien Life, a Rise in Anti-Jewish Incidents, the Plausibility of Vibranium, and Dunking on Alex Jones

Scientists have an idea of what life on Enceladus might look like. (via Scientific American) Last year saw the largest increase in anti-Semitic incidents since 1979. (via NPR) Can Vibranium be real? (via Gizmodo) Parkland teenager dunks on Alex Jones. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: Kevin Gill via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Tech Genius Behind T’Challa, Black Teens Fighting Gun Violence, Space Rockets in Space, and the Measure of a Mountain

Black Panther‘s Shuri is the tech genius we’ve been waiting for. (via Refinery29) Let’s not forget that black teens have been fighting for gun reform for years. (via Teen Vogue) Rockets do work in space. Why do a lot of people think they don’t? (via Vintage Space) How to measure …

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Reality Checks: A Teen’s Response to Gun Violence, Olympians with Asthma, Not Getting the HPV Vaccine, and Partisan Blinders

One teenager’s response to the nation’s inaction on gun violence. (via Vox) Athletes with asthma are more likely to win Olympic medals, for unknown reasons. (via Popular Science) Not enough teenagers are getting the HPV vaccine, still. (via NPR) How partisanship gets in the way of truth. (via D-brief) Featured …

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Reality Checks: The Origin of Orange Cheese, Science-y Superheros, Eyes of the Starfish, and How Hurricane Maria Affected Wildlife

There is no such thing as naturally orange cheese and this Skepchick is shook. (via Popular Science) ‘Black Panther’ continues Marval’s tradition of science-y superheros. (via NPR) Starfish are kinda dope. (via Scientific American) We’re learning how animal communities respond to stress by listening to them. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: …

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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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