Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Political Asexuality, Bovine Trepanation, the Problems with Gender Imbalance, and Saving Pollinators

The political provocations of asexuality. (via JSTOR Daily) Ancient people drilled a hole in a cow’s head for some reason. (via Dead Things) The two most populous countries on the planet have millions more men than women, and it’s starting to cause problems. (via The Washington Post) Saving pollinators is …

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Reality Checks: Drug Resistant Antibiotics, Vegetables in Antarctica, Homeopathic Rabies, and Nibiru Cataclysm

Drug resistant typhoid. Great. (via Ars Technica) Growing vegetables in Antarctica(via NPR) Homeopath “cures” misbehaving child with homeopathic rabies. (via Gizmodo) Choose your own Nibiru cataclysm. (via Washington Post) Featured image credit:Alberto C via flickr

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Reality Checks: Plastic-Eating Microbes, Long-Lasting Ebola Vaccine, Brown Dwarfs, and the Future of AI

Scientists stumbled upon a plastic-eating microbe. (via Popular Science) The Ebola vaccine looks like it provides long-lasting protection. (via Stat News) Are we overlooking nearby brown dwarfs? (via Bad Astronomy) What the history of math can teach us about the future of artificial intelligence. (via Scientific American) Featured image credit: …

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Reality Checks: Measuring that Changes Constants, Estimation of Intelligence, by Gender, Tulip Mania Revisited, and Slowing Currents

Measurements vs constants. (via Ars Technica) Men tend to overestimate their intelligence compared to others, women tend to underestimate it. (via NBCnews) An explanation of the Tulip Bubble. (via theMarySue) Atlantic current slowing down to global warming. (via techtimes) Featured image credit:PBednarz via flickr

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Reality Checks: A Decades-Long Argument about Sweet Potatoes, Being a Mother and Senator, a Plant’s Defense, and Your Choice of Potato Chip

Archeologists are arguing about sweet potatoes. (via Popular Science) Tammy Duckworth is the first sitting senator to give birth, and that fact is shedding light on the crappy parenting policies in the US Senate. (via The Mary Sue) Some plants can tell when it might get eaten and can deploy …

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Reality Checks: Holocaust Ignorance, Charon’s Craters, Bottom-Up Melting, and Why Video Games are Great

Forty-one percent of American adults don’t know what Auschwitz is. (via The Washington Post) Pluto’s moon Charon gets names for its surface features. (via Gizmodo) Glaciers are melting from the bottom up, but scientists aren’t sure what’s driving it. (via Scientific American) Why do people like video games? (via JSTOR …

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Reality Checks: FOSTA, Fake News, Solar Holes, and Robbing Banks to Impress Women

FOSTA becomes law.  (via Ars Technica) Fake news and elections. (via NPR) There are holes in the sun. It’s fine. (via Geek) Wooing Taylor Swift by robbing a bank. (via Guardian) Featured image credit: Luca Bruno via flickr

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Reality Checks: Mussel Extinction, Half a Degree Celsius, the Mark Zuckerberg Apology Tour, and the Policy Implications of The Bell Curve

We’re losing America’s freshwater mussels. (via Scientific American) A tiny change in global temperatures can have a dramatic effect on Arctic sea ice. (via ImaGeo) Mark Zuckerberg has been on a decade and a half apology tour and it hasn’t fixed Facebook. (via Wired) The Bell Curve is a book …

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