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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Biohybrids, Fake U.S. Embassies, the Vatican Ponders Morality, and Tardigrades Have All the Sex

Biohybrid sciences and the military. (via Ars Technica) Operating a fake US Embassy. (via NPR) The Vatican is having a conference about the morality of artifical intelligence. I’m guessing they are not down with sex bots. (via Catholic News Agency) Tardigrade sex.  Because tardigrade sex.  (via Science Alert) Featured image …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Unnatural Reader, Gutting Earth Science Funding, Citizen Science Educators, and Unusual Fossils

Our brains aren’t naturally wired to read. (via NPR) Gutting NASA would mean gutting Earth science in the US. (via Gizmodo) Citizen scientists as citizen educators. (via Citizen Science Salon) Soft tissue doesn’t normally fossilize. But sometimes it does. (via JSTOR Daily) Featured image credit: Neil Conway via Flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: “Terrorist B*tch,” Saving Science, Whale Evolution, and Weird Moon

Dispatch from Trump’s America. (via The Mary Sue) The battle to defend science has begun. (The Guardian) Another link in whale evolution has been found. (via D-brief) Earth’s moon is weird. (via Slate) Featured image credit: Sara Hathaway via Flickr

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Too Many Antibiotics, Worries After the Ohio State Attack, Biocultural Syndromes, and the Decline of Liberal Democracy

A bunch of people are given antibiotics who don’t need them. (via National Geographic) After the Ohio State attack, Muslims worry about backlash. (via NPR) Is PMS “real.” (via Slate) Is liberal democracy in trouble? (via New York Times) Featured image credit: oliver.dodd via Flickr

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Science

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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

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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

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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

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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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