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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Threatened by Poaching, A Mythical History of False Rape Allegations, Blue Moon, and Now Hiring Exorcists

Lions aren’t the only animals threatened by poaching. (via Think Progress) The mythical history of the false rape allegation. (via Jezebel) What’s up with this ‘blue moon?’ (via Discovery News) The Philippines needs more exorcists for some reason. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Paul J Everett via Flickr Got a …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Super-Dense Galaxy, Duntee Chand, Pee-Proof Walls, and the Jamestown Mystery Box

A new type of ultra-dense galaxy has been identified. (via io9) An Indian court has ruled that Duntee Chand should be allowed to run. (via Gawker) So I guess pee-proof walls are a thing. (via D-brief) There has been an interesting archeological find at Jamestown. (via Washington Post) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Victorian Lady Opera, Malaria Vaccines, Sleeping Sickness, and the Beauty of the Periodic Table

Residents of a Kazakh village close to an old uranium mine suffer from a mysterious sleeping sickness. (via The Guardian) The first vaccine for malaria, or any parasitic rather than viral disease ever for that matter, has been approved for use! (via Al Jazeera)  Bard College is reviving the opera of …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Shouting Dolphins, Pentaquarks, Ban on Trans* Blood, and Forgetting Over Summer Vacation

Dolphins “shout” to be heard over boat noise, and it might be effecting their health. (via Scientific American) What are pentaquarks, and why should we care? (via io9) The FDA doesn’t recognize trans* people when it comes to blood donations, and this causes a problem. (via Vox) What you are …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Earth’s Twin, Teen Sex, Why “All Lives Matter” is Pointless, and How Taylor Swift Can Use Her Power for Good

We may have finally found a rocky planet in the habitable zone of a sun-like star. (via Scientific American) The percentage of teens having sex has declined significantly from 25 years ago. (via XXFactor) Why saying “all lives matter” misses the point. (via BoingBoing) Taylor Swift should use her power …

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Reality Checks: Programmable Friendship Bracelets, Cursing the Book Thieves, ROBOT FOOTBALL, and the Operating System that Brings us Closer to God

Tween girls are getting the best wearables on the market so far. Personally, I’m hoping jewelbots’ haptic signal feature leads to a resurgence in Morse code, because if Kids These Days (TM) start communicating clandestinely in class via morse code through their friendship bracelets, that will make me SO HAPPY. …

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Reality Checks: 600 Cosigners, Methadone Treatment, More Bad News About Climate Change, and the Woman Who Got Us to the Moon

More than 600 scientists and supporters have signed an open letter to the American Association for the Advancement of Science that criticizes the organization’s recent actions that “hinder the advancement of underrepresented groups” in STEM fields. (via Buzzfeed) Methadone is a crucial treatment for heroin addicts, but courts dangerously misunderstand …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Shakespearean Sheep, Arab Opera, and Mass Graves in Texas

King Lear will be performed entirely via sheep. Somehow.  This may fill a gaping void in my soul of which I was previously unaware.  (via London Evening Standard) Speaking of London Theater, a concert performance of Arab opera! (via Al Jazeera) Serena Williams and the policing of Female Athletes’ bodies (via For …

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