Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Making an Eclipse Viewer, Injuries from Shaving Pubic Hair, Nixing Habitable Zone, and More Vaccine Fear-Mongering

How to make your own eclipse viewer. (via NPR) So…people are injuring themselves when shaving their pubic hair. (via Popular Science) The term “habitable zone” isn’t great for exoplanets. (via Scientific American) More fear-mongering about the HPV vaccine. (via Respectful Insolence) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Comfort for Racists, American History of White Supremacy, Oddly Satisfying Videos, and Why Fish Eat Plastic

Donald Trump is providing comfort for white supremacists. (via Vox) If you’re surprised by the events in Charlottesville, you haven’t been paying attention. (via Think Progress) Why are those oddly satisfying videos so…satisfying? (via The Crux) Why fish eat our plastic garbage. (via Popular Science) Featured image credit: nathanmac87 via …

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Reality Checks: The Language of Street Harassment, Presidential Responses to Racial Violence, Rock-Paper-Scissors, and When a Fringe Movement Becomes Mainstream

Why the language of street harassment is the same wherever you go. (via NPR) The United States has a shameful history of presidents that offer tepid responses to racial violence. (via FiveThirtyEight) Chimps can understand the rules to Rock, Paper, Scissors as well as a four-year-old human. (via Inkfish) When …

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Reality Checks: Dr. A.I., Speeding Up Sea Level Rise, Trump’s Mental Health, and Weeding Reefs

Using A.I. to make a medical diagnosis. (via Wired) Sea level rise is speeding up in parts of the southeastern United States. (via Scientific American) Diagnosing Trump has more to do with politics than mental health. (via FiveThirtyEight) Citizen scientists remove invasive seaweed from the Great Barrier Reef. (via Citizen …

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Reality Checks: Brain Blood Flow, the Kids are Alright, Gender Tax, and Enforcing Gender Discrimination with Science

Another sex difference study that doesn’t mean what everyone thinks it means. (via Neuroskeptic) Are smartphones really destroying a generation? (via JSTOR Daily) Cafe charges an optional tax on men to reflect the gender pay gap in Australia. (via Jezebel) Men have always used science to prove they are better …

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Reality Checks: Eclipse de Jour, Memory Brain, the Wrong-ness of the Google Anti-Diversity Screed, and Tension between the Transgender Rights Movement and Pakistan’s Third Gender

Want to see a solar eclipse almost every day? Move to Mars. (via Scientific American) Your brain is your memories. (via Wired) Everything about that Googler’s anti-diversity manifest is wrong. (via Medium) There’s tension between the transgender rights movement and the Khawaja Sira people in Pakistan. (via PRI) Featured image …

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Reality Checks: Largest Dead Zone, Nighttime Pollinators Going Dark, Forced Sterilization, and Healing Divisions with the Eclipse

This year’s “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico is the largest ever measured. (via NPR) Artificial light messes with nocturnal pollinators. (via Nature) When forced sterilization was legal in the United States. (via JSTOR Daily) Can an eclipse heal a fractured nation? (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: NASA …

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Reality Checks: Different Fat Doing Different Things, Ten Thousand Years of Grandparents, Two Degrees of Warming, and the Power of Placebo

All fat is not created equal. (via D-brief) Take a second to think about your millionth-great-grandparents. (via NPR) That the Earth will get two degrees warmer by 2100 is a near certainty, regardless of what humans do now. (via Scientific American) The placebo effect, explained. (via Vox) Featured image credit: …

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