Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Mount Fuji, Child Brides, and the Health Benefits of Good Schools

Reality Checks: Mount Fuji, Child Brides, and the Health Benefits of Good Schools

Is Mount Fuji ready to blow? (via Wired) Compared to chicken, beef is pretty bad for the environment. (via D-brief) According to a new study, 700 million women were married as children. (via Raw Story) A supportive school environment can improve the health of poor students. (via Think Progress) Featured image credit: midsorisyu via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: New Climate Records, Fashionable Women, Dislikeing Atheists, Carbon Holocaust

Reality Checks: New Climate Records, Fashionable Women, Dislikeing Atheists, Carbon Holocaust

In 2013, the Earth hit new records for greenhouse gases, Arctic heat, warm ocean temperatures, and rising sea levels. (via Discovery News) Of course women can be intelligent, informed, and fashionable. (via Jezebel) According to a new poll, Americans don’t like Muslims and atheists very much. (via NPR) This climate change-denying physicist compares restricting carbon dioxide to the Holocaust... »

Reality Checks: Gender Quotas, Black Cap, and Sexual Harassment

Reality Checks: Gender Quotas, Black Cap, and Sexual Harassment

Gender quotas might work better in so-called “tight” cultures. (via Phys.org) Surprise! It’s basically impossible for women not to be judged on their sexuality. (via Think Progress) More changes at Marvel: Captain America will be a black man! (via The Verge) Sexual harassment is a big problem in science. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Marvel Got a link you think we should know ... »

Reality Checks: Iron Meteorite, Math in the Queue, Student Loan Scams, and New Thor

Reality Checks: Iron Meteorite, Math in the Queue, Student Loan Scams, and New Thor

Curiosity has found an iron meteorite on Mars. (via Discovery News) Math works against you when you get in line. (via Wired) Illinois becomes the first state to sue over student loan scams. (via Think Progress) Thor is a lady. But don’t think we’ll stop pushing for a Black Widow movie. (via Jezebel) Featured image credit: Xiaojun Deng via Flickr Got a link you think we should know abou... »

Reality Checks: HIV, Autism, Women in STEM, and Women Bishops

Reality Checks: HIV, Autism, Women in STEM, and Women Bishops

Why are some forms of HIV more transmittable than others? (via NPR) The sexual politics of autism. (via Only Human) Women and black people with advanced STEM degrees are more likely to work outside their field than men and other racial groups. (via Think Progress) The Church of England might be ready to allow female bishops. Finally. (via AFP) Featured image credit: US Army RDECOM via Flickr Got a... »

Reality Checks: Smelly Gorillas, Teen Finances, Disappearing Birds, and Gallifrey

Reality Checks: Smelly Gorillas, Teen Finances, Disappearing Birds, and Gallifrey

Gorillas can use body odor to communicate. (via Discovery News) American teens could use a little more financial literacy. (via Jezebel) Controversial pesticide linked to a decline in birds. (via Wired) So you want to name an exoplanet… (via io9) Featured image credit: Richard Ashurst via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Emma Watson, Colorado Teen Birth Rates, Anti-GMO, and Keeping Your Pets Cool

Reality Checks: Emma Watson, Colorado Teen Birth Rates, Anti-GMO, and Keeping Your Pets Cool

Emma Watson has been named an ambassador for UN Women. (via The Mary Sue) Colorado teen birth rate decreased 40% in four years, likely due to cheap birth control. (via Vox) Is the anti-GMO movement the new anti-vaccination movement? (via Respectful Insolence) How to keep your pets cool in the summer. (via DNews) Featured image credit: Stephen Routh via Flickr Got a link you think we should know ab... »

Reality Checks: LGBT Rights, Unresolved Cancer Questions, “False Balance,” and Penguins

Reality Checks: LGBT Rights, Unresolved Cancer Questions, “False Balance,” and Penguins

The UN Human Rights Council is not living up to its name when it comes to LGBT rights. (via Raw Story) Three as yet unresolved questions in cancer research. (via Scientific American) The BBC makes changes designed to prevent “false balance” in science reporting. (via io9) Penguins endangered by melting arctic ice. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Christopher Michel via Flickr Got a lin... »

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