Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.2

Westboro Baptist Church wins right to be horrible under the First Amendment. “The court ruled 8-1 in favour of the Westboro Baptist Church, which was sued by the father of a dead US Marine. The court upheld a ruling throwing out a $5m (£3m) judgment to the father. Chief Justice John Roberts said the Constitution could not be thrown out because ‘picketing was outrageous’.” (via BBC)

Maybe Battlestar Galactica actually happened. Life on Earth may have origins in deep space. “In fact, a growing body of evidence is now pointing to deep space as the possible source of the raw materials that formed the building blocks of life. The latest study, which focused on a class of meteorites that fell on to the Antarctic ice sheet, also suggests that life’s origins may have been extraterrestrial.” (via The Independent)

Sharks may navigate using “mental maps.” “Our research shows that, at times, tiger sharks and thresher sharks don’t swim randomly but swim to specific locations,” said research leader Yannis Papastamatiou from the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville. “Simply put, they know where they are going.” (via BBC)

TARDIS toilet. Need I say more? (via Neatorama)

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