Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: Once Upon a Time

I like a good fantasy. Especially if it involves swashbuckling sword fights. And curses. And dragons. There isn’t a lot of good fantasy on television. At least the television I have access to. That’s why I was intrigued when ABC premiered Once Upon a Time last year. Title: Once Upon …

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Math

The Physics Philes, lesson 25: Taking Math to New Heights

In which I do less than promised, a pinky swear is offered, and the universe does not explode. Ermahgerd, you guys. This week was rough. It took me a while to understand some things so I didn’t get as much new info crammed into my brain as I wanted to. …

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Modern MythologySkepticism

Dear Sasquatch: If we dream we die, do we actually die?

Dear Sasquatch: Is it true that if you die in your dreams, you will die for real? Like have a heart attack or something? —Pari S.

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Podcast

TSBS Episode 2 – New Zealand: the Land of Flightless, Stupid Birds

We have done it. We’ve recorded a new episode of the Teen Skepchick Blog Show. Groggy from a post-Thanksgiving haze of turkey, stuffing, and mashed potatoes (or maybe it was just me), Eddy, Lauren, Lux, and I discuss politics and echo chambers. You can (hopefully) listen to the episode here …

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Speak Your Mind

Speak Your Mind: Gateway Science

When I was a kid, I was obsessed with space. I made cardboard cutouts of every American manned spacecraft. Yeah…I was a pretty cool kid. Astronomy was the first science that I got into in a big way. It’s easy to see why. Space is vast and beautiful and unbelievable. …

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Suspension of Disbelief

Suspension of Disbelief: Skyfall

Suspension of Disbelief is a weekly feature, in which we review movies, books, TV shows, and other popular culture for the skeptical teen. Title: Skyfall Director: Sam Mendes Starring: Daniel Craig, Judi Dench, Naomie Harris, Javier Bardem, Ralph Fiennes Despite (or maybe because of) growing up Bond-obsessed father, I never …

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Cryptozoology

DNA Proof of Bigfoot!

Melba Ketchum, a veterinarian and founder of DNA Diagnostics, has put out a press release claiming to have evidence that “confirms the existence of a novel hominin hybrid species, commonly called ‘Bigfoot’ or ‘Sasquatch,’ living in North America.” Ketchum has been making claims along these lines for years, but she …

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Math

The Physics Philes, lesson 24: Know Your Limits

In which decimal places are avoided, conjugates are explained, and many more limit problems are completed. Last week I tried to give an introductory overview of limits, what they are, and how they work. You may have thought (as I did) that evaluating limits sounds like a nightmare. I mean, …

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