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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.3

Smoking effects teen brains. “The key finding, [Edythe] London noted, is that ‘as the prefrontal cortex continues to develop during the critical period of adolescence, smoking may influence the trajectory of brain development, affecting the function of the prefrontal cortex. In turn, if the prefrontal cortex is negatively impacted, a teen may be more likely to start smoking and to keep smoking — instead of making the decision that would favor a healthier life.'” (via Physorg.com)

A sweet video of a solar flare. (via Bad Astronomy)

No more “booty” in the Bible. “Children’s giggles have forced Catholic bishops to cleanse their translation of the bible of the word “booty.” It will be replaced with ‘the spoils of war.’ That may be the funniest change…but it’s not the only one. Lots of the changes touch on gender issues, the result of a seventeen year project by ‘fifty scholars and translators, linguistics experts, theologians and five bishops.’” (via Jezebel)

In honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday (which was yesterday, but better late than never), here is what his books were really about. (via Buzzfeed)

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