Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: CIA Games, Spider Appreciation, Algae, and Waiting Periods for Viagra

Board games the CIA plays. (via Ars Technica) Spider appreciation: they eat between 400-800m metric tons of other bugs every year.  (via Guardian) The origins of algae, (via Christian Science Monitor) Texas legislator proposes satirical bill to ban male masturbation and impose waiting times for viagra. (via theMarySue) Featured image credit: Jana Jermakova-Zalkovska …

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Reality Checks: Bananas, Hijab in the EU, Science in States, and a Quickly Orbiting Star

Humans made the banana as we know it. (via Wired) It’s not “direct discrimination” in the European Union for an employer to prohibit the hijab if such a prohibition is part of a general policy against religious and political displays. (via NPR) States are trying to interfere with science education. …

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Reality Checks: Algorithmically Recreating the Silk Road, Lost Orbiters, Boaty McBoatface, and the Non Necessities of Providing Evidence

The Silk Road and algorithms. (via Ars Technica) Boaty McBoatface launches for science!  (via NPR) Ms Conway adds such clarity as can be expected to her claim that surveillance devices might be in microwaves, to whit, that it is not her job to provide evidence. (via NYTimes) NASA just found an …

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Reality Checks: Ethical Citations, Ravioli Moon, “Sombody Elses’s Babies,” and Young Politico

We should probably think about citation ethics. (via Neuroskeptic) Look at this picture of a moon that looks like ravioli. (via Popular Science) GOP Congressman goes full white nationalist. (via Slate) This teenager is making political history in Georgia. (via MTV) Featured image credit: Dan4th Nicholas via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Southern Suffragists, Elephant Sleep, Finding Unity in Hate, and What Illegal Immigration Really Looks Like

How World’s Fairs helped train suffragists from the South…but excluded others. (via JSTOR Daily) Elephants hardly sleep. (via Inkfish) It freaking sucks when people from across the political spectrum gang up on trans* people. (via The Mary Sue) What illegal immigration in the United States really looks like. (via NPR) …

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Reality Checks: Skeletons in the Attic, Plastic Alcohol Ban, Copyright Trolls Caught in Fraud, and Buying Coffee from Women

Skeletal remains found in a house’s attic. This is why you get houses inspected before buying them. (via Jezebel) Tanzania bans alcohol sold in plastic sachets. (via Face2faceafrica) Copyright trolls Prenda WERE PRODUCING AND UPLOADING TO THE PIRATE BAY the porn they were then suing people for having.  WTF?  (via …

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Reality Checks: Women on Strike, Necessary Smart Phones, Fighting the Endangered Species Act, and Silicon Valley Sexual Harassment

Schools close for a Day Without Women. (via Jezebel) In modern society, iPhones aren’t a luxury item. (via Wired) States go after the Endangered Species Act. (via Scientific American) Sexual harassment in the tech sector. (via Feministing) Featured image credit: Sean MacEntee via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Computer vs Poker, Diverse Audiences at the Opera, Compulsory Heels, and Free Software from Nasa

Computer wins at poker!  So cool. (via Ars Technica) Opera should not just be for white people. (via NPR) Legal struggles against forced high heels. (via NYTimes) Nasa is releasing a lot of its code!  (via CBR) Featured image credit: Viri G via flickr

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