Reality Checks: Crater Earhart, Mars One Scam, Moon Hoax, and White People Freak Out

Reality Checks: Crater Earhart, Mars One Scam, Moon Hoax, and White People Freak Out

Hidden moon crater to be named after Amelia Earhart. (via Discovery News) Mars One is probably a scam. (via Medium) So, like, is the moon even real? (via Gawker) Why white people freak out when they are called out about race. (via Raw Story) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

The Physics Philes, lesson 131: Popcorn Physics

The Physics Philes, lesson 131: Popcorn Physics

After what seems like a million year hiatus, I’m back with another edition of The Physics Philes! Time for your physics fix. If I remember correctly, we have finished our discussion of the thermal properties of matter. Now we’re going to take that knowledge – everything we’ve learned about temperature, pressure, and heat – and combine it with everything we know about ... »

Reality Checks: Gender Competition of Ghostbusters, Unfair Science Fairs, Playing Games with Cancer Research, and the Future of Chocolate

Reality Checks: Gender Competition of Ghostbusters, Unfair Science Fairs, Playing Games with Cancer Research, and the Future of Chocolate

The newly-announced man-centric Ghostbusters movie creates an unfortunate gender competition. (via Wired) Science fairs aren’t working. (via The Atlantic) You can play a game and help with cancer research at the same time! (via io9) The future of chocolate. (via NPR) Featured image credit: woodleywonderworks via Flickr Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us here. »

Ignorance Embraced with Neither Shame nor Gloating

Ignorance Embraced with Neither Shame nor Gloating

There is a certain type of interrogative conversation that I despise.  It goes something like this: Other: “you know <some aspect of American cultural knowledge?> Me: “No.” Other: “You really don’t know <some aspect of American cultural knowledge?> Really?  Really?” The other then proceeds to continue asking if I really don’t know about what or... »

Reality Checks: Fukushima Food, Fly from Facts, 9-11 Truther, Salty Moon

Reality Checks: Fukushima Food, Fly from Facts, 9-11 Truther, Salty Moon

The food from Fukushima is safe, but fear remains. (via Wired) New research sheds light on why people avoid facts that challenge their beliefs. (via Scientific American) Carl Sagan’s son is a 9-11 truther? (via Gawker) One of Jupiter’s moons has a salty ocean beneath the surface. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Wikimedia Commons Got a link you think we should know about? Contact us he... »

Reality Checks: “Natural” Food, Growing Up Cult, Mummy Goo, and Suicide of Rural Youth

Reality Checks: “Natural” Food, Growing Up Cult, Mummy Goo, and Suicide of Rural Youth

No one knows what “natural” food is. (via Washington Post) What Kimmy Schmidt gets right about growing up in a cult. (via Slate) Climate change might be destroying the world’s oldest mummies. (via NPR) Rural youth commit suicide at higher rates than their urban counterparts. Why? (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: Kook Cats Photography via Flickr Got a link you think we sh... »

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