Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Urban Agriculture, Psilocybin, Crowdfunding Alternative Medicines, and Winter is Shrinking

The ineffectiveness of typical urban agriculture. (via Ars Technica) The active ingredient of magic mushrooms approved for depression trials. (via Newsweek) Medical crowdfunding for alternative “medicines” (via NPR) Winter isn’t really so much coming anymore. (via LA Times) Featured image credit: D. C. Atty

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Reality Checks: Using Tech for Good, the Fantastic Mystery of Ultima Thule, Environmental Regs, and Accessing a Subglacial Lake

How machine learning can help hold human rights abusers accountable. (via Pacific Standard) With the New Horizons flyby of Ultima Thule, planetary scientists are once again jumping into the unknown. (via Out There) Where environmental regulations stand as we start the new year. (via NPR) Over Christmas, scientists punched a …

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Reality Checks: Ear Damage in Ancient Pearl Divers, Lunar Eclipse to Bring Apocalypse, RIP Nancy Grace Roman, and “Seeing” Dark Matter

Skulls of ancient pearl divers. (via Ars Technica) Due to lunar eclipse, there will be lots of earthquakes and governments will fall. Welp. (via BreakingIsraelNews) Mother of Hubble, Nancy Grace Roman, passes away. (via NPR) “Seeing” dark matter.  (via DigitalTrends) Featured image credit: Nasa via flickr

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Reality Checks: Photos of Climate Change, Persistent Segregation, VAWA Expiration, and Charcoal Vulva Masks

These photos illustrate the price we are already paying for climate change. (via Buzzfeed News) What House Hunters can tell us about why housing is still so segregated. (via CityLab) The Violence Against Women Act expired due to the government shutdown. (via NPR) In case it needs to be said, …

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Eternal Things and Dwarves

‘Tis the time of year for my grandmother to send me a very pointed message about her god. Since I deconverted this has been our only communication.  Let’s see if it is effective in bringing me back to the ranks of Christianity. This year I just got an email, the …

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Reality Checks: CRISPR Explained, Opposing Citizenship Questions, Old Boys, and the Fake Internet

Everything you should know about CRISPR. (via Vox) Some Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned in interment camps during World War II oppose asking about citizenship in the census, for fear that census information could be misused again. (via NPR) 2018 was the year of the Old Boy. (via Slate) A bunch …

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Reality Checks: 2023 Enters Public Domain, RIP Raven Wilkinson, “Legal” Hacking challenged, and Japanese Whaling

For the first time in 20 years, copyrighted works enter public domain.  (via Smithsonian Magazine) Raven Wilkinson, a black ballerina who danced in the segregated south, is dead at 83.   (via NYT) ACLU wants protocols governing hacking. (via Ars Technica) Japan resumes whaling. (via NPR) Featured image credit:Cyrille Humbert via flickr

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Reality Checks: Ellen Swallow Richards, the Ambiguous Threat of Asbestos Baby Powder, Troll Patrol Report, and Devaluing Femininity

Meet Ellen Swallow Richards, the chemist and public health advocate who was the first woman to be a student at MIT 150 years ago. (via Smithsonian Magazine) How freaked out should we be about asbestos in baby powder? (via Slate) Amnesty International released a report and interactive website documenting the …

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