Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Lying to Women About Abortion, the Life of a Black Hole, Asteroid-Caused Climate Change, and Avocados at Risk

Abortion doesn’t cause an increase in suicidal thoughts, but a bunch of states require doctors to tell women that anyway. (via Think Progress) What we know about the life of a black hole. (via Popular Science) The asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs might have caused abrupt climate change. (via …

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Reality Checks: Trump’s Twitter Blocking Unconstitutional, Giant Predatory Worms in France, Pluto the Comet Collective, and “Reparations Happy Hour”

Court rules that Trump blocking people on twitter violates the First Amendment. (via Ars Technica) Giant predatory worms are invading France. This is not a drill. (via Business Insider) Pluto might be an amalgamation of comets. (via CNET) Portland has a bar where people of color can get “reparations” of …

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Reality Checks: Preserved Dinosaur Feather, Models of Segregation, Airplane Inspection, and Mourning Our Pets

Scientists think they’ve found a dinosaur feather preserved in amber. (via BBC) How global colonialism informed segregation in the United States. (via JSTOR Daily) How airplanes are inspected. (via Popular Science) We need to take the death of pets seriously. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Pablo Fernicola via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Shaming Pharma Companies, Producing Banned CFCs, Freshwater Redistribution, and a Lab Grown Hearts

The FDA is listing and shaming pharmaceutical companies blocking cheaper generics. (via Ars Technica) Someone, probably in East Asia, is producing banned CFCs again. (via Business Insider) NASA shows humans cause massive freshwater redistribution. (via Sentinel Source) Lab grown heart can be operated by remote control. (via Phys.org) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: The Physicality of Extreme Juggling, Memory Transfer, Bisexuality on the Small Screen, and NASA’s Climate Science Work

Is there a limit to how many balls a person can juggle? (via Wired) Have scientists transferred memories from one slug to another? Well… (via Neuroskeptic) It’s not perfect, but television is doing better at representing bisexuality than films. (via The Mary Sue) The new NASA chief says he won’t …

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Reality Checks: The Power of Dehumanizing Language, Pressure in a Proton, Science Storytelling, and the Legality of Fan-Fiction

The power of dehumanizing language. (via Vox) The pressure in a proton might be greater than the pressure inside a neutron star. (via Gizmodo) The importance of storytelling in science communication. (via PLOS Blogs) It used to be dangerous to write fan-fiction. (via Kotaku) Featured image credit: Arpad Horvath – …

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Reality Checks: Yanny vs Laurel, Lyme Disease Vaccine, No Normal, and Secrets of King Tut’s Tomb

Is it “Yanny” or “Laurel?” (via Popular Science) Why you can’t get a Lyme disease vaccine. (via Vox) There is no normal. (via Scientific American) There are no secret chambers in King Tut’s tomb. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Lucas via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Homo Naledi’s Brain, Robot Helicopters on Mars, Ancient Crocodolphins, and Water on Europa

Homo naledi had a brain very similar to ours. (via Ars Technica) NASA is sending the cutest little robot helicopter to Mars. (via Washington Post) Ancient crocodile had dolphin like features. But is it a crocoduck? (via news.com) Evidence for water plumes on Europa. (via Forbes) Featured image credit: Kevin Gill …

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