Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks

Reality Checks: A Luthier in Palestine, Ice Cream Recall, Pluto in Color,

Reality Checks: A Luthier in Palestine, Ice Cream Recall, Pluto in Color,

A profile of one of Palestine’s few luthiers. (via Al Jazeera) Blue Bell Ice Cream is recalled due to Listeria link.  (via NYT) Nasa releases first color image of Pluto! (via The American Register  ) A detector for electrons and possibly neutrinos. (via Forbest) Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image credit: Nasa »

Reality Checks: WWII Fashions, Dinosaur Eggs, Consent Awareness Coffee, and SPACE LASERS

Reality Checks: WWII Fashions, Dinosaur Eggs, Consent Awareness Coffee, and SPACE LASERS

WWII and it’s effect on fashion.  (via The BBC) Proposed laser system for the ISS.  Space lasers!  (via IAfrica) Fossilized dinosaur eggs found in China. (via The SCMP  ) Consent is Hot! is a social awareness campaign going on at coffeeshops in Indiana.(via Indiana Daily Student) Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image credit: sxc.hu  »

Reality Checks: Monkey Edition

Reality Checks: Monkey Edition

Better late than never for the reality checks.  It’s been a long, rough week, darlings.  All the news today is therefore about monkeys, except for the story about a parrot. Bouvier’s red colobus monkey is not extinct after all!  (via UPI) Chimps are killing bush babies with spears.  Good for them?  (via International Business times) New species of monkey discovered in China.   (via The... »

Reality Checks: Robot Crab Bisque, Neanderthal DNA, and Drones for Elephants

Reality Checks: Robot Crab Bisque, Neanderthal DNA, and Drones for Elephants

Drones may be deployed in Tanzania to fight poachers.  (via Bloomberg) Robots make breakfast!  The robot apocalypse will be serving crab bisque (via Ars Technica) Humorless Iranian religious types with too much power have this thing about lapdogs. (via The Daily Beast  ) Oldest known Neanderthal DNA discovered! (via CNN) Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image cr... »

Reality Checks: Spoiler Alerts from Google, Terror Birds, and Disability Representation in the Turkish Parliament

Reality Checks: Spoiler Alerts from Google, Terror Birds, and Disability Representation in the Turkish Parliament

A woman with disabilities is a member of Turkey’s Parliament! First time ever!    (via UN Women) Google is patenting an automated system to protect us from spoilers. (via Ars Technica) The NYT is reporting on mental illness in the prison system. (via NYT.  ) More Terror Birds discovered  (via iflscience.com). Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. Featured image credit: ... »

Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

After a woman fatally poisoned her son, the judge helpfully diagnosed her with a mental illness and sentenced accordingly even though the defendant had never been diagnosed by real psychiatrists and none of the lawyers on either side had brought up mental illness.  (via NYT) A fierce twelve year old girl notices a lack of girl default characters in games, does the math to confirm her impression is... »

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Mindy is off communing with the spirit of Copernicus in order to become the next Super Physicist, so I’m taking over the Reality Checks.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.   Brontosaurus is a dinosaur again!  (via Scientific American.) Goldfish are ruining everything and the ecosystem in Colorado. (via NYDaily News) Here in Atlanta, there’s been a major education scandal involving cheat... »

Reality Checks: HIV Health Emergency, Thinning Ice Shelves, Weirder Dark Matter, and Snoopy Apps

Reality Checks: HIV Health Emergency, Thinning Ice Shelves, Weirder Dark Matter, and Snoopy Apps

An HIV outbreak has caused a public health emergency in Indiana. (via Reuters) Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning. (via Scientific American) Dark matter may be darker and weirder than we thought. (via Discovery News) Apps snoop your whereabouts more than you think. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Jason Howie via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

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