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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Super-Dense Galaxy, Duntee Chand, Pee-Proof Walls, and the Jamestown Mystery Box

A new type of ultra-dense galaxy has been identified. (via io9) An Indian court has ruled that Duntee Chand should be allowed to run. (via Gawker) So I guess pee-proof walls are a thing. (via D-brief) There has been an interesting archeological find at Jamestown. (via Washington Post) Featured image …

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The Fear, it is Mongered. Gay Marriage and the Slippery Slope to the Pedophilia that has Been Legal in Heterosexual Marriage for Hundreds of Years.

The latest in Christian right fearmongering about Teh Gays comes from the American Family Association, breathlessly reporting that pedophilia has now been recognized as a sexual orientation by the American Psychology Association, and this is a consequence of gay marriage.  Slippery slope and all that.  The fact that pedophilia was …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Victorian Lady Opera, Malaria Vaccines, Sleeping Sickness, and the Beauty of the Periodic Table

Residents of a Kazakh village close to an old uranium mine suffer from a mysterious sleeping sickness. (via The Guardian) The first vaccine for malaria, or any parasitic rather than viral disease ever for that matter, has been approved for use! (via Al Jazeera)  Bard College is reviving the opera of …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Shouting Dolphins, Pentaquarks, Ban on Trans* Blood, and Forgetting Over Summer Vacation

Dolphins “shout” to be heard over boat noise, and it might be effecting their health. (via Scientific American) What are pentaquarks, and why should we care? (via io9) The FDA doesn’t recognize trans* people when it comes to blood donations, and this causes a problem. (via Vox) What you are …

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  • User Avatarkagehi Course, there is also the "default" assumption that sleeping with someone when you spouse knows, and approves of it, is still "cheating". Err.. So, borrowing... – Jul 27, 3:39 PM
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Science

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The Evolution of Sex

Sex is confusing and not only in the figuring out what goes where and who, if indeed anyone, you want to do it with. It’s very existence is a problem that has puzzled evolutionary biologists for centuries. For all intents and purposes sex shouldn’t exist, let alone be intrinsic to …

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Religion

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Religion and Spirituality

Josh Duggar and the Only Part of Christian Hypocrisy that Really Upsets Me

A standard charge leveled against Christians is that they are hypocrites, and a standard talking point by Christians in response to this is that of course they are hypocrites, that’s why they have to go to church.  This is often a bridge into a speech on how wicked we all are, …

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Skepticism

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Reality Checks: Leopard Spots, Oceans of Mars, Caffeine Eating Microbes, and Fossilized Sperm

In order to not neglect Mars during all the Pluto love, Curiosity discovers a what may be a continental crust. (via The Register) Scientists discover One Weird Trick(tm)for seeing black leopard spots (turning on an infrared camera flash).  (via Gulf News)  Oldest fossilized sperm discovered in Antarctica!  (via BBC) Coffee destroying beetles …

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Feminism

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Feminism

The Fear, it is Mongered. Gay Marriage and the Slippery Slope to the Pedophilia that has Been Legal in Heterosexual Marriage for Hundreds of Years.

The latest in Christian right fearmongering about Teh Gays comes from the American Family Association, breathlessly reporting that pedophilia has now been recognized as a sexual orientation by the American Psychology Association, and this is a consequence of gay marriage.  Slippery slope and all that.  The fact that pedophilia was …

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