Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

Reality Checks: Judges who Don’t Need to be Psychiatrists to Diagnose Mental Illness, Representation in Video Games, Better Batteries for All, and Albino Discrimination

After a woman fatally poisoned her son, the judge helpfully diagnosed her with a mental illness and sentenced accordingly even though the defendant had never been diagnosed by real psychiatrists and none of the lawyers on either side had brought up mental illness.  (via NYT) A fierce twelve year old girl notices a lack of girl default characters in games, does the math to confirm her impression is... »

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Reality Checks: Goldfish Ruin Everything, Aliens are Not, Repeat Not, Invading Japan, and Brontosaurus is BACK

Mindy is off communing with the spirit of Copernicus in order to become the next Super Physicist, so I’m taking over the Reality Checks.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.   Brontosaurus is a dinosaur again!  (via Scientific American.) Goldfish are ruining everything and the ecosystem in Colorado. (via NYDaily News) Here in Atlanta, there’s been a major education scandal involving cheat... »

Being Mean to and Judgy About the Poor: Nutrition Edition

Being Mean to and Judgy About the Poor: Nutrition Edition

True or false?  Performing acts of volunteerism is license to decide what is best for the recipients of one’s generosity. I can’t imagine having the chutzpah to call this true, and people who have this attitude infuriate me. Serving others does not mean ordering others’ lives for them.  By most definitions of service, at least. My job sometimes requires us employees to volunteer ... »

Reality Checks: HIV Health Emergency, Thinning Ice Shelves, Weirder Dark Matter, and Snoopy Apps

Reality Checks: HIV Health Emergency, Thinning Ice Shelves, Weirder Dark Matter, and Snoopy Apps

An HIV outbreak has caused a public health emergency in Indiana. (via Reuters) Antarctica’s ice shelves are thinning. (via Scientific American) Dark matter may be darker and weirder than we thought. (via Discovery News) Apps snoop your whereabouts more than you think. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Jason Howie via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Reality Checks: Gender Neutral Pronoun, “So Help Me God,” Weedkiller Cancer?, and Don’t Go On a Diet

Reality Checks: Gender Neutral Pronoun, “So Help Me God,” Weedkiller Cancer?, and Don’t Go On a Diet

Sweden officially adds a gender neutral pronouns into the language. (via The Guardian) Congressman mocked for his silly ‘so help me God’ bill. (via Raw Story) Should we be worried about a study that says a top weedkiller could cause cancer? (via NPR) Don’t go on a diet. (via Slate) Featured image credit: Daniel Oines via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact u... »

Reality Checks: Naked-Eye Nova, Climate Change “Waste,” Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, and the Physics of Basketball

Reality Checks: Naked-Eye Nova, Climate Change “Waste,” Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic, and the Physics of Basketball

Check out a nova with the naked eye while you can! (via io9) House Republicans call the military’s research into climate change a “waste.” (via The Washington Post) People are freaking out because some kids said the Pledge of Allegiance in Arabic. (via Think Progress) For March Madness, the physics of basketball. (via Empirical Zeal) Featured image credit: Chilli Head via Flickr ... »

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