Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Lead Detecting, Remembering Puerto Rico, the Dreaded Side Stitch, and Unsung STEM Pioneers

Inspired by the water crisis in Flint, an 11-year-old girl endeavors to create a more efficacious means of testing for lead in water. (via NPR) The Weather Channel is doing its best to keep the disaster in Puerto Rico in the front of our minds. (via AV Club) What is …

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Reality Checks: Diversity of Thought, Reentry Risk Analysis, Our Lack of Gun Violence Research, and the Gender Politics of Boy Bands

“Cognitive diversity:” tech’s latest attempt to dodge their diversity problem. (via New York Times) How scientists can tell if that spacecraft falling to Earth is going to hit and kill you. (via Wired) Why it’s so hard to study guns as a public health issue in the United States. (via …

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Reality Checks: Science Agencies at Risk, Striking Gold with Neutron Stars, Tarana Burke, and the Oneida Community

The science agencies of the US government are in danger. (via Scientific American) We know where gold comes from, thanks to gravitational waves from colliding neutron stars. (via NPR) A black woman founded a “Me Too” movement against sexual assault a decade ago. (via Ebony) Sex was viewed differently in …

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Reality Checks: Code-Breaking Women, Not-Clean Coal, How Schools Can Better Handle Sexual Assault, and Donald Trump is Still a Misogynist

We’re finally starting to appreciate the contributions of women code-breakers. (via BBC) There’s no such thing as clean coal. (via Popular Science) How schools can be better at handling sexual assault cases. (via Vox) Worth remembering: Donald Trump is also an alleged sexual predator. (via Vogue) Featured image credit: Patrick …

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Reality Checks: Girl Boy Scouts, Cutting Red Meat, College Educated and Not Religious, and Gender Pay Gap in Presidential Administrations

The Boy Scouts will start accepting girls. (via Jezebel) Should you cut red meat from your diet? (via Popular Science) College professors aren’t killing religion. (via FiveThirtyEight) There’s a gender pay gap in presidential administrations, regardless of party. (via Sociological Images) Featured image credit: Benjamin Horn via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Beware the Shoulder Rub, the Responsibilities of Men in STEM, Whale Snot and Microbiome, and Race Representation in Fashion

Serial harassers use should rubs as a “gateway touch.” (via Marie Claire) Men in STEM have an obligation to sit back, shut up, and listen to women. (via Scientific American) We can collect whale snot with drones and learn about their microbiome. That’s the dopest sentence I’ve ever written. (via …

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Reality Checks: The Illusory Truth Effect, Thoughts and Prayers, Mass Violence/Domestic Violence, and the Moon’s Atmosphere

Why “fake news” is hard to wipe out. (via Vox) Offering “thoughts and prayers” is basically useless for people being prayed for. (via The Atlantic) The relationship between mass violence and domestic violence. (via NPR) The moon may have had an ancient atmosphere. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Sara …

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Reality Checks: 17 Women, White Individuality, Neanderthal DNA, and Rescinding Protections for Trans Workers

Once again, no women won a science Nobel. (via Scientific American) White people get to be individuals in a way people of color do not. (via The Root) Neanderthal DNA still exists in modern humans. (via NPR) The Justice Department rescinded a memo protecting trans workers from discrimination. (via Vox) …

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