Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Dinosaur Feathers, Viola Desmond, Vulnerable Giraffes, and Ghosts That Make You Gay

This preserved dinosaur tail is covered in feathers! (via National Geographic) A black civil rights activist will be the first woman on Canadian currency. (via CBC) Giraffes are now listed as a “vulnerable” species. (via NPR) The Spiritual Science Research Foundation have determined that most cases of homosexuality are caused …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: the State of Computer Ability and Internet Access, Some Reassurance from Steven Pinker that we are not Going to be an Apocalyptic Wasteland

The Nielson Norman group has a report out on computer skills.  It’s bleak.  (via NN group) Oh, by the way, men are much more likely to be online than women. (via Webfoundation) A lot of people here in the US do not have good internet connectivity. (via Ars Technica) Steven …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Burqa Under Assault in Germany, Recruiting Young Nazis, Another Hottest Month, and Prosecuting Police Violence

Angela Merkel has come out in favor of a burqa ban. (via Vox) Watch out, the “alt-right” aims to recruit young people. (via Mother Jones) November was the hottest month on record. (via Think Progress) What is it going to take to convict a cop of killing a black man? …

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Hello, loyal Teen Skepchick readers. It is I, Mindy, managing editor of this illustrious blog. I have exciting news: We’re looking for new writers. Writing for Teen Skepchick is a labor of love. We can’t offer you any pay. (We’re all still waiting for that Monsanto/vaccine lobby paycheck.) But, what …

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Science

Science

Ada Lovelace Day!

It’s Ada Lovelace Day, friends!  Time to celebrate the achievements of women in science!  This year, not a single Nobel prize in a science field has been awarded to a woman, and female scientists still have many problems being, well, female scientists. But we have Ada Lovelace to remind us …

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Religion

Religion and Spirituality

In Which I am Threatened with Foolishness and the Ruin of Soul

It is the time, dear readers, of my birthday, which means that it is also the time for my good Christian grandmother to communicate with me.  Just to be clear, she communicates exactly once per year, and only to attempt with a few pithily chosen Bible verses or tracts, to …

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Skepticism

Pop CultureScience & NatureUncategorized

Cryptophile: Hobbits

Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. In my always-timely fashion it’s only been over three months since my last post. Evidently being unemployed does not necessarily mean you have time on your hands. …

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Feminism

Feminism

In Which I Attend a Sex Toy Party and Experience a Sharp Pain in my Feminism

Apparently something women do in the US is have parties in their homes in which merchants sell stuff to all their friends.  Sometimes these merchants are selling sex toys. I was invited to one such party by a coworker. For an event claiming to entertain, empower, and educate women (and …

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