Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: The Unbeatable Tardigrade, Swear Words, Penis Stealing Witches and an Atheist Utopia

Tardigrade toughness is in their genes. (via D-brief) The science of swear words. (NSFW, obvs.) (via Wired) Among the many misogynist claims inherent in the myth of witches is the idea that they could steal penises. (via Broadly) A small town in southwest Missouri was founded as an atheist utopia. …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Autonomous boats, Opera by Women, Pardoning Snowden, and Suffragist Postcards

Self driving boats! (via Computerworld) The Met will present an opera composed by a woman.  The last time they did that was 1903. (via NYT) For and against pardoning Snowden (both via Ars Technica) Suffragette postcards. (via University of Northern Iowa) Featured image credit: Palczewski, Catherine H. Postcard Archive. University of Northern Iowa. Cedar …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Explaining the Scientific Method, Campaign for a Hijab Emoji, Saving Endangered Languages, and the App Economy

The scientific method, explained. (via Science Alert) Saudi teen launches a campaign for an emoji with a hijab. (via NPR) Can digital technology save endangered languages? (via Scientific American) Pokemon Go as a case study app economics. (via Wired) Featured image credit: Sadie Hernandez via Flickr

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Cannibalism in 1609, Disappearing Sea Ice, Comet Disintegration, and #TeacherBae and Rape Culture

We have physical evidence of cannibalism in the Jamestown colony. (via Washington Post) Polar bears are losing their sea ice refuges. (via Nature) An awesome look at a comet disintegration. (via Gizmodo) Society finds the bodies of black women unacceptable. (via The Root) Featured image credit: flickrfavorites via Flickr


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Welcome to cryptophile, the series in which I discuss fantastical creatures and the biological mechanisms that might or might not make them plausible. I’m back from a self-imposed hiatus after finishing my master’s degree and trying to get my gender issues to be recognised by my country. But all that …



Religion and Spirituality

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I write blog posts on the terrible ways (tracts, street preachers) Christians attempt to convince me that their religion is the best.  It is easy to identify problems.  It is less easy, though often more important, to identify better solution. So.  What I would prefer to see Christians doing, instead …



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