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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks:

The science of peer review. (via Ars Technica) Growing up in prison (via Vice) Saving Wyoming toads.  (via NPR) Speciation in butterflies via single sex selection. (via Washington Post) Featured image credit: Manfred Huszar  via flickr

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Pokémon Science, New Horizons One Year Later, “Pink Globalization,” and a Gay, Methodist Bishop

The science of Pokémon. (via Gizmodo) What we’ve learned a year after New Horizons. (via Bad Astronomy) The serious side of Japanese cute culture. (via JSTOR Daily) Despite church rules, the United Methodist Church has elected its first openly gay bishop. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Phillip Pessar via Flickr

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Stone Age Tools, Juno, and Complex Female Characters

Monkeys and stone age tools (via The Washington Post) In human stone tools, Polynesian trade moved them around a lot. (via Ars Technica) First images from Juno (via NYT) Writers should make female characters complex rather than strong.  (via Mary Sue) Featured image credit: NASA-JPL

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: A Thousand Word Picture, Learning “Soft Skills,” Jewish Pirates of the Caribbean, and Don’t Believe Everything You Hear About Pokemon Go

This photo encapsulates everything that is wrong with the police’s relationship with black people. (via The Atlantic) Going beyond college prep and looking at “soft skills.” (via NPR) The forgotten Jewish pirates of Jamaica. (via Smithsonian Magazine) A guy did not, in fact, cause a major highway accident while catching …


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  • User AvatarElizabeth Lund Absolutely. And some liberal Christian churches are already doing this well. The Sudbury school I work with rents space in a Methodist church. Our school... – Jun 20, 11:02 AM
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