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Reality Checks: Why White Men Love Their Guns, One Student’s Protest Experience, Race and Empathy, and the Closing of a Historic Observatory

People who stockpile guns tend to come from a specific demographic. But why? (via Scientific American) One high school student’s experience at the the March for Our Lives. (via Wired) How race shapes empathy and blame. (via Slate) A historic, formerly-state-of-the-art observatory plans to close its doors. (via Astronomy) Featured …

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So… Here is why my poppy is white.

Remembrance Day is coming up, and in the UK that means poppies are everywhere. Remembrance Day is marked in many countries on the Eleventh of November, what used to be called Armistice Day. This marks the end of World War One. At eleven o’clock, the exact time that the war …

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Reality Checks: Google Translate and Mr. Squidward, Health Issues in Houston, Human Trafficking the RPG, and Russian Burger King Crypto Cash

Mr. Squidward and the problems of relying on the kindness of internet strangers. (via Ars Technica) Health issues in Houston. (via NPR) An RPG about human trafficking. (via the Mary Sue) Buger King is using crypto cash in Russia. (via the BBC) Featured image credit:microslervos via flickr

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Reality Checks: Bears Don’t Attack Menstruating Women, Talking Science Like a Normal Human, a Cicada Mystery, and Climate Change Isn’t Leveling Off

It’s a myth that bears are attracted to menstruating women, and this is how that myth developed. (via Jezebel) Tips for talking like a normal human while still being a scientist. (via Scientific American) Why are cicadas are waking up a few years early? (via Vox) Climate change isn’t “leveling …

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A Guide to LGBT+ Fiction

Hello!   Even though our society is beginning to accept LGBT+ people, (Gay marriage is now legal, etc.) the LGBT+ community is still very under represented and therefore we are treated as different, we are separated from the rest.   I am a big reader, especially of Contemporary YA books, …

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Reality Checks: Slaves Aren’t Mistresses, the New Underground Railroad, Jim Crow School Choice, and FRBs

No, Sally Hemings was not Thomas Jefferson’s mistress. (via Teen Vogue) Churches prepare to take their sanctuary operations for undocumented immigrants underground. (via Buzzfeed) Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos celebrated HBCUs as being pioneers of “school choice,” conveniently ignoring the legal segregation that kept black and white students apart. (via …

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Race and Religion

To clarify before this starts, I’m a humanist and I can only speak from my experience in England, as that is where I’ve lived all my life. Around 7% of the British population are people from Asian countries such as Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, and Bangladesh, but in my school the …

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Hello Teen Skepchick!

Hello, everybody! I’m new around here. I’m going to write about interesting topics soon, such as religion and science. However, it seems sensible to write an introduction to myself first. I’m Alex, I’m home schooled in the UK and some of my hobbies include: Web Development, graphic design, film making …

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