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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Kidney Stone Roller coasters, Plutonic Oceans, Electric Textiles, and the Staten Island Ferry Disaster

Roller coasters, at least one specific one, may help with passage of small kidney stones. (via LiveScience ) Pluto may have a liquid ocean. (via Engadget ) Electricity-generating fabrics. (via Ars Technica) There is a monument to the nonexistent ferry that was attacked by an equally nonexistent octopus.  I love people. (via The Gothamist) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Nazi Occultism, Skeletons in Shipwrecks, Falling Space Stations, and Fit children

Himmler’s library of occult books discovered in the Czech republic. (via War History online) Human remains found in Roman shipwreck. (via NYT) The most physically fit children in the world are in Tanzania (via ABC News) Chinese Space station is falling back to earth. (via Ars Technica) Featured image credit: wikimedia commons

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Reality Checks: The Unbeatable Tardigrade, Swear Words, Penis Stealing Witches and an Atheist Utopia

Tardigrade toughness is in their genes. (via D-brief) The science of swear words. (NSFW, obvs.) (via Wired) Among the many misogynist claims inherent in the myth of witches is the idea that they could steal penises. (via Broadly) A small town in southwest Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia. …

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Reality Checks: Autonomous boats, Opera by Women, Pardoning Snowden, and Suffragist Postcards

Self driving boats! (via Computerworld) The Met will present an opera composed by a woman.  The last time they did that was 1903. (via NYT) For and against pardoning Snowden (both via Ars Technica) Suffragette postcards. (via University of Northern Iowa) Featured image credit: Palczewski, Catherine H. Postcard Archive. University of Northern Iowa. Cedar …

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Reality Checks: Explaining the Scientific Method, Campaign for a Hijab Emoji, Saving Endangered Languages, and the App Economy

The scientific method, explained. (via Science Alert) Saudi teen launches a campaign for an emoji with a hijab. (via NPR) Can digital technology save endangered languages? (via Scientific American) Pokemon Go as a case study app economics. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Sadie Hernandez via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Cannibalism in 1609, Disappearing Sea Ice, Comet Disintegration, and #TeacherBae and Rape Culture

We have physical evidence of cannibalism in the Jamestown colony. (via Washington Post) Polar bears are losing their sea ice refuges. (via Nature) An awesome look at a comet disintegration. (via Gizmodo) Society finds the bodies of black women unacceptable. (via The Root) Featured image credit: flickrfavorites via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Italian Fertility, Latinos for Trump, Pluto’s Red-Headed Moon, Language Links

Italy has a “Fertility Day” to combat declining birth rates and it’s as bad as it sounds. (via Jezebel) Understanding Latinos for Trump. (via Sociological Images) How Pluto’s moon Charon got its red north pole. (via Scientific American) Are sounds and meaning in languages linked? (via D-brief) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Phone Fires, the Origin of the Moon, Exploring the “Basket of Deplorables,” and the Battle of Biryani

The science behind phone battery fires. (via Scientific American) The moon may have been formed by a very violent collision. (via Gizmodo) Exploring the claim that half of Trump supporters are bigoted. (via The Atlantic) Biryani is a controversial dish in some areas of India. (via NPR) Featured image credit: …

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