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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Disappearing Habitat, Not-So-Catholic Ireland, Wage Gap at the Top, and Getting Tested for HIV

Illegal logging is leading to the elimination of the habitat of monarch butterflies. (via Associated Press) After scandals, support for the Catholic Church is on the decline in Ireland. (via NPR) Even women who are business executives can’t escape the wage gap. (via Think Progress) Young gay men aren’t getting …

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Reality Checks: Book Boycott, Saudi Women Vote, Blind Racists, Disaster Myths

Christian sudents at Duke refuse to read Alison Bechdel’s memoir because it’s too dirty. (via Jezebel) Women in Saudi Arabia register to vote for the first time. (via The Washington Post) Fewer blind people categorize people by race. (via Discovery News) Disaster myths. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: DVIDSHUB …

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Reality Checks: Legionnaire’s Disease, Suits for Non-gender Binaries, and Space Whiskey

An opera house is being sued for an outbreak of legionnaire’s disease. (via NY Post)  A clothing designer is making suits for more people than men. (via Huffington Post) A Japanese company is sending whiskey into space.  (via the Telegraph) The victims of the Ashley Madison Hack are now subject to a frenzy …

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Reality Checks: Hugo Awards, No Killer Asteroids, Physics Puns, and Ignorant Director is Ignorant

What went down at the Hugo Awards and why it matters. (via Wired) Don’t worry. An asteroid won’t kill us all next month. (via Discovery News) Straight outta physics. (via Bad Astronomy) A male director believes an ignorant thing about women directors. Yawn. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Fashionably Modest, Benevolent Sexism at the IAU, Science is Hard, and Human Superpredators

How modesty has influenced fashion. (via JSTOR Daily) The head of the International Astronomical Union says female scientists are all about being caring and nurturing. (via Slate) Science is a lot harder than it gets credit for. (via Five Thirty Eight) Humans are superpredators.  (via Discovery News) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Illegal Cheese, Toward a Polio-Free Africa, Jeb Bush’s Stance on Encryption, More about E-Cigarettes, and UFO Sightings

In Russia, an illegal cheesemaking gang has been busted.  Sanctions and food supplies are serious issues, and I am completely not trying to figure out how to start a cheese gang. (via Al Jazeera) No new cases of polio in Africa for an entire year! (via National Geographic) Jeb Bush …

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Reality Checks: Failing Black Kids, Teens and E-Cigs, Power Army Rangers, and the Murder of Trans Women

Five Florida school districts are failing minority students, and it’s by design. (via Tampa Bay Times) A new study indicates that teens who use e-cigarettes are more likely to switch to the real thing than teens who have never used e-cigs. (via Reuters) For the first time, two women have …

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Reality Checks: Banning Books in Florida, Aliens for Peace on Earth, Twitter Lawsuits, and Thriving without a Cerebellum

One Florida school is dropping Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime from reading lists because a parent complained.  (via Tallahassee Democrat) A lawsuit of a student against his former high school for punishing him for a tweet claiming to have slept with a teacher can move forward. (via Ars Technica) Astronaut …

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