Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Cap, Gown, Vote!, McDonald’s Strike, Space-Faring Tortoises, and Mars P.D.

Meet the group helping young people register to vote. (via Teen Vogue) Women who work at McDonald’s are going on strike to bring attention to rampant sexual harassment. (via Jezebel) The first Earthlings around the moon were Soviet tortoises, worms, and flies. (via The Crux) How will the police solve …

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Reality Checks: Feminist Power, World’s Oldest Drawing, a New Extinct Tree, and Male Midwives of the 1600s and 1700s

Serena Williams and the Miss America pageant exhibit contrasting illustrations of women’s power. (via Think Progress) Scientists have found the world’s oldest drawing. (via NPR) A new tree has been discovered…and declared extinct. (via Scientific American) How a family of male midwives changed how women give birth. (via JSTOR Daily) …

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Reality Checks: Lucid Dreams, Stopping Desertification, the Stories of Black Athletes We Should Be Telling, and the Parisian Fight Over Public Urination

Eye movements can indicate whether you are lucid dreaming or not. (via Scientific American) Scientists are trying to stop the expansion of the Sahara. (via NPR) We don’t tell the story of compassion and camaraderie between black women athletes, and that’s a shame. (via The Root) Paris is having an …

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Reality Checks: Kavanaugh’s Abortion Dog Whistles, Kaepernick Was Right, Phantom Cosmonauts, and Why Brazil’s Museum Fire Matters

Brett Kavanaugh, Supreme Court nominee, thinks birth control is abortion and would probably overturn Roe v. Wade. (via The Cut) Colin Kaepernick was right. (via John Pavlovitz) The enduring myth of phantom cosmonauts. (via Vintage Space) Why Brazil’s museum fire matters. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Brittany Hogan via …

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Reality Checks: A Cure for the Common Cold, Supernova Secrets, the Racism of Well-Intentioned White People, and the Pointlessness of Feminine Hygiene Products

Scientists continue the search for a cure for the common cold. But there are complications. (via Scientific American) Studying meteorites can tell us about the galaxy’s exploding stars. (via D-brief) How well-intentioned white people perpetuate racism. (via The Atlantic) Why does the feminine hygiene industry even exist? (via The Guardian) …

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Reality Checks: The Hubris of Bad Men, Meet an Overlooked Astronomer, Paying Taxes as an Immigrant, and the Smell of Rain

Why do sexual harassers think we need them? (via GQ) Meet Ruby Payne-Scott, one of the first radio astronomers. (via The New York Times) Contrary to popular belief, immigrants in the United States – both documented and undocumented – pay taxes. (via Vox) Rain has no smell. So why can …

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Reality Checks: School Shooting Data, Tennis Elitism, How Google Works, and the Safety of the HPV Vaccine

Our data on school shootings is surprisingly bad. (via NPR) Serena Williams’ body has been scrutinized since forever, and tennis still can’t get past its elitist roots. (via Vox) Does Google have a political bias? (via Popular Science) The HPV vaccine doesn’t cause primary ovarian insufficiency. (via Respectful Insolence) Featured …

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Reality Checks: Macho Sperm Myths, Hunger Stones, News Avoiders, and Banned Athletic Wear

How patriarchal myths about sperm effect our thoughts on human reproduction. (via Aeon) The drought in central Europe is exposing “hunger stones” that warn of the consequences of low rainfall. (via NPR) Why some people avoid the news. (via Sociological Images) The French Open bans Serena Williams’ outfit that was …

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