Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Stereotypical Gender Roles, Newborn Planets, Attractiveness vs Condoms, and the Ecological Consequences of Trade

Children who engage with Disney princesses may be more likely to exhibit steretypical gendered behavior. (via BYU news) We found a baby planet!  It’s so cute! (via Scientific American) Perceived attractiveness correlates negatively with likeliness to use a condom. (via Ars Technica) Global trade and invasive species(via Washington Post) Featured image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Cats Understanding Physics, Fastest Supercomputers, Zika Vaccine Virus, and Cool Flags

Cats may understand causal relationships and incongruent conditions. Based on a tiny, tiny sample size, though, so take it for what it’s worth. (via Ars Technica) Zika vaccine virus begins clinical trials(via Statnews) The coolest flags in human history. Just because. (via io9) World’s fastest supercomputers! (via NYTimes) Featured image credit: …

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Juneteenth, Sociology of Father’s Day Gifts, Ban on Pride, and the Gender Breakdown at E3

Why Juneteenth needs to be a national holiday. (via Vice) The sociology of Mother’s and Father’s Day gifts. (via Sociological Images) Why Istanbul banned Pride marches. (via The Atlantic) The gender breakdown at E3 was…disappointing. (via The Mary Sue) Featured image credit: Kiran Foster via Flickr

Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Learning about Prehistoric Women and Children, Looking into the STEM Gender Gap, More Gravitational Waves, and O Canada

Whither the prehistoric women and children? (via The Crux) Research looks into how to mitigate the STEM gender gap. (via NPR) More gravitational waves have been spotted. (via Scientific American) The Canadian national anthem gets a gender-neutral makeover. (via The Atlantic) Featured image credit: motoyen via Flickr


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