Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Dinosaur Feathers, Viola Desmond, Vulnerable Giraffes, and Ghosts That Make You Gay

This preserved dinosaur tail is covered in feathers! (via National Geographic) A black civil rights activist will be the first woman on Canadian currency. (via CBC) Giraffes are now listed as a “vulnerable” species. (via NPR) The Spiritual Science Research Foundation have determined that most cases of homosexuality are caused …

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Reality Checks: the State of Computer Ability and Internet Access, Some Reassurance from Steven Pinker that we are not Going to be an Apocalyptic Wasteland

The Nielson Norman group has a report out on computer skills.  It’s bleak.  (via NN group) Oh, by the way, men are much more likely to be online than women. (via Webfoundation) A lot of people here in the US do not have good internet connectivity. (via Ars Technica) Steven …

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Reality Checks: Burqa Under Assault in Germany, Recruiting Young Nazis, Another Hottest Month, and Prosecuting Police Violence

Angela Merkel has come out in favor of a burqa ban. (via Vox) Watch out, the “alt-right” aims to recruit young people. (via Mother Jones) November was the hottest month on record. (via Think Progress) What is it going to take to convict a cop of killing a black man? …

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Reality Checks: Biohybrids, Fake U.S. Embassies, the Vatican Ponders Morality, and Tardigrades Have All the Sex

Biohybrid sciences and the military. (via Ars Technica) Operating a fake US Embassy. (via NPR) The Vatican is having a conference about the morality of artifical intelligence. I’m guessing they are not down with sex bots. (via Catholic News Agency) Tardigrade sex.  Because tardigrade sex.  (via Science Alert) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Unnatural Reader, Gutting Earth Science Funding, Citizen Science Educators, and Unusual Fossils

Our brains aren’t naturally wired to read. (via NPR) Gutting NASA would mean gutting Earth science in the US. (via Gizmodo) Citizen scientists as citizen educators. (via Citizen Science Salon) Soft tissue doesn’t normally fossilize. But sometimes it does. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Neil Conway via Flickr

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Reality Checks: “Terrorist B*tch,” Saving Science, Whale Evolution, and Weird Moon

Dispatch from Trump’s America. (via The Mary Sue) The battle to defend science has begun. (The Guardian) Another link in whale evolution has been found. (via D-brief) Earth’s moon is weird. (via Slate) Featured image credit: Sara Hathaway via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Too Many Antibiotics, Worries After the Ohio State Attack, Biocultural Syndromes, and the Decline of Liberal Democracy

A bunch of people are given antibiotics who don’t need them. (via National Geographic) After the Ohio State attack, Muslims worry about backlash. (via NPR) Is PMS “real.” (via Slate) Is liberal democracy in trouble? (via New York Times) Featured image credit: oliver.dodd via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Wealthy Witches, Mathematical Suicide Pacts, Vaccine Safety, and Gorilla Mobs

The richest witches in Romania. (via Vice) Mob violence in gorillas. (via Ars Technica) Vaccines still don’t cause autism: the flu vaccine during pregnancy edition. (via NPR) Solving the Josephus Problem (via Numberphile, youtube link) Featured image credit: NIAID via flickr

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