Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Arrested for Not Pledging, Moving Magnetic North, Striking for Climate Action, and Farewell, Oppy

An 11-year-old was arrested for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. (via Slate) Magnetic north has always been a moving target, but it’s moving faster than usual and no one knows why. (via Vox) Kid striking for climate action is completely reasonable. (via Popular Science) The mission of the Opportunity …

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Reality Checks: A Newly Discovered Galaxy, Black Rebellions, the Emergent Brain, and Terrible Toilet Stalls

Astronomers accidentally discover a faint galaxy in a Hubble image. (via Bad Astronomy) The role Black rebellions played in the Civil War. (via JSTOR Daily) How “emergent” is the brain? (via Neuroskeptic) Why are American bathroom stalls so terrible? (via Slate) Featured image credit: m01229 via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Link Between Suicide and Guns, the Mental Health of Graduate Students, Ancient Panda Diet, and Non-Existent Pro-Choice Extremists

There is a strong correlation between the rate of gun ownership and teen suicide at the state level. (via City Lab) Grad students are three times more likely than the average American to experience mental health issues. (via Scientific American) Ancient pandas had a much more diverse diet than just …

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Reality Checks: The Facts about Measles, Death Valley Damage, High School Censorship, and Testing for Lead

What everyone should know about measles. (via Vox) The damage done to Death Valley National Park could take centuries to recover. (via The Guardian) High school student journalists want to talk about sexual assault. High school administrators…not so much. (via Buzzfeed News) This eleven-year-old created a portable contraption to test …

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Reality Checks: Relying on Renewables, Muscle Memory, Linguistic Double Standards, and LGBT Health

Germany plans to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants in the next two decades. (via LA Times) What is “muscle memory,” really? (via Popular Science) People still don’t like it when a woman swears. (via The Guardian) Medical students push for my training in LGBT health. (via NPR) …

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Reality Checks: Pelosi vs Trump, Hagfish Slime, Airport Security, and Health Outcome Disparities

Nancy Pelosi is exploiting Trump’s sexism. (via Salon) Hagfish slime is surprisingly fascinating. (via The Atlantic) Why can’t the TSA just go on strike. (via JSTOR Daily) How your socioeconomic status effects the likelihood that you’ll survive cancer. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: Senate Democrats via Flickr

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Reality Checks: Restrictions on Trans Troops, Attacking Toxic Masculinity, Voronoi Tessellations, and Erasing Women

The Supreme Court allows Trump’s restrictions on trans people in the military to go into effect. (via The Washington Post) Society is pushing back against toxic masculinity, and that’s a good thing. (via Vox) The ubiquity of Voronoi tessellations. (via Scientific American) How the anti-choice movement erases women. (via Jezebel) …

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Reality Checks: Fight for the ERA, Melting Glaciers, Chaos in the Early Solar System, and Why Pain Hurts

The fight for the ERA is back. (via The Atlantic) North America is losing 12 billion tons of glacier ice per year. (via Scientific American) The formation of our solar system was probably messier than you think. (via The Crux) Scientists are one step closer to figuring out what part …

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