Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Historical Regulation of Sex Work, Extraterrestrial Plate Tectonics, Falling for Hoaxes, and the Need for Diversity in Medical Research

Regulating sex work in Medieval Europe. (via JSTOR Daily) How plate tectonics could make it easier for life to develop. (via D-brief) How not fall for online hoaxes. (via Wired) Genomic databases are heavily skewed in favor of white people, and that’s a problem for precision medicine. (via Scientific American) …

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Reality Checks: Renewable Energy, Rat Rescue, Plasma from Grapes, and Mental Health and Greenspace

Renewable energy works! (via Ars Technica) Aww! Freeing a fat rat from a manhole cover. (via NPR) Making plasma in the microwave with grapes. (via Livescience) Green space and mental health. (via Scitech) Featured image credit:Stefano Mortellaro via flickr

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Reality Checks: Fulfilling #MeToo Principles, Racist Dr. Seuss, Planet 9, and Buried in Footnotes

Emma Thompson explains why she won’t work with someone accused of harassing women. (via Vox) Dr. Seuss is kind of racist. Why do we keep reading his books to kids? (via NPR) Does Planet 9 exist? (via Bad Astronomy) Women who made major contributions to genetics are buried in footnotes. …

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Reality Checks: Sex with Hedgehogs, Plain Passwords, Against Clergy Abuse, and Cat Traits

Not new, but apparently a witch doctor has advised sex with hedgehogs for male problems. The hedgehog was fine. (via The Register) Utility companies store passwords in plain text. Ugh. (via Ars Technica) The pope is battling clergy sex abuse but without specifics. (via NPR) Cats mirror personality traits of owners. (via …

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Reality Checks: Tiny T-Rex, Banning Abstinence-Only Sex Ed, Science of Regret, and Our Minds in Space

The T-Rex has a relative that is only about a meter tall. Adorable. (via BBC) Colorado is poised to ban abstinence-only sex education. (via Jezebel) How fear of regret effects our behavior. (via Popular Science) Our bodies might be more equipped to handle long-term space travel than our minds are. …

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Reality Checks: Climate Change Extinction, Preserving History on the Moon, Zebra Stripes, and the Immune System of the Elderly

We have our first extinction caused by climate change. (via The Washington Post) How do you preserve history on the moon? (via NPR) Why zebras have stripes. (via Popular Science) Why vaccines don’t work as well on the elderly. (via D-brief) Featured image credit: Rose Davies via Flickr

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Reality Checks: the Whiteness of Weed, Weird Fish Reproduction, Giant Bees, and Private Facts for Montana

Marijuana industry is very white. (via NPR) The immaculate conception and live birth by a fish that normally lays eggs! (via Livescience) Biggest bee on earth. (via Wired) Legislation would give Montana its own special science. (via Ars Technica) Featured image via flickr

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Reality Checks: Lab Grown Meat, GOP at CNN, Guns and Toxic Masculinity, and an Increasing Interest in Climate Change

Can lab-grown meat mitigate climate change? It’s complicated. (via Wired) CNN hired a longtime Republican operative with no journalism experience to shape its 2020 campaign coverage. (via Vox) Toxic masculinity and guns are killing us. (via Vogue) Americans are more interested in climate change than they used to be. (via …

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