Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Origami Robots, Bathroom Stampedes, Damage to the Mars Rover, and Honoring Attenborough

Exploration via tiny folding adorable robots. (via Space.com) Injuries in Chinese School stampede (via NYPost) Damage to Mars Rover treads. (via Phys.org) David Attenborough gets ancient arthropod named in his honor.  I’m jealous. (via LA Times)   Featured image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/MSSS

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Reality Checks: Lesbian Power Ranger, Iron Fist Physics, EPA Counter Terrorism, and the Plight of Green Republicans

We’re getting a queer Power Ranger in the upcoming movie. (via Jezebel) The physics of Iron Fist. (via Wired) The EPA has a counter terrorism response team. (via Popular Science) There are some green Republicans who are fighting climate change denial. (via Reuters) Featured image credit: AFGE via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Browsing Data Sensitivity, Dress Codes, Terrible Sex Writing, and Denying Visas

ISPs: browsing data is not sensitive. (via Ars Technica) Terrible sex writing, a compendium. (via Nothing in the Rule Book ) Afghan women fight restrictive dress codes. (via NPR) In Donald Trump’s America attendees to a global Africa conference get their visas denied because they are from Africa. (via The Mary …

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Reality Checks: The Earth is Not Flat, the Effectiveness of After-School Programs, Pandemic Preparedness, and Disrespecting Angela Merkel

The Earth is still a spheroid. (via Gizmodo) What the data says about after-school programs. (via Time) How to prepare for a pandemic. (via NPR) Donald Trump continues embarrassing the country in front of world leaders. This time by disrespecting Angela Merkel. (via The Root) Featured image credit: NASA / …

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Reality Checks: Mathematical Art, Gathering Whales, Earth-Sized Telescope, and Cutting Climate Change Funding

Math and art collide. (via Scientific American) Humpback whales are gathering and we don’t know why. (via Popular Science) Turning the Earth into a black hole telescope. (via Gizmodo) Trump’s budget cuts climate change funding. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Robbie Shade via Flickr

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Reality Checks: CIA Games, Spider Appreciation, Algae, and Waiting Periods for Viagra

Board games the CIA plays. (via Ars Technica) Spider appreciation: they eat between 400-800m metric tons of other bugs every year.  (via Guardian) The origins of algae, (via Christian Science Monitor) Texas legislator proposes satirical bill to ban male masturbation and impose waiting times for viagra. (via theMarySue) Featured image credit: Jana Jermakova-Zalkovska …

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Reality Checks: Bananas, Hijab in the EU, Science in States, and a Quickly Orbiting Star

Humans made the banana as we know it. (via Wired) It’s not “direct discrimination” in the European Union for an employer to prohibit the hijab if such a prohibition is part of a general policy against religious and political displays. (via NPR) States are trying to interfere with science education. …

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Reality Checks: Algorithmically Recreating the Silk Road, Lost Orbiters, Boaty McBoatface, and the Non Necessities of Providing Evidence

The Silk Road and algorithms. (via Ars Technica) Boaty McBoatface launches for science!  (via NPR) Ms Conway adds such clarity as can be expected to her claim that surveillance devices might be in microwaves, to whit, that it is not her job to provide evidence. (via NYTimes) NASA just found an …

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