Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 5.2

The RU-BY RHOD! edition How sci-fi makes us more accepting of different conceptions of sex and sexuality. “Sci-fi sex is fun to talk about, of course, but how can all of that help us understand the actual future of humanity? Simply put: we imagine what we hope to see. So …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.29

The Haters Gonna Hate edition Don’t expect “birthers” to shut up now that the POTUS birth certificate is out in the open. “Work in this field revealed that white Americans intrinsically think of whites as more American than are nonwhites, even if the white person is European. For example, English …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.28

The Bird Brain edition City birds have bigger brains than country birds. Let the culture war begin. “Scientists surveyed 82 species of passerine birds, including sparrows, pigeons and anything that perches, in and around 12 cities in central Europe. They classified the birds as those that breed in the heart …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.27

The Black Plants edition Plants in multi-star systems could be black instead of green. “According to a new study, Earth-like alien planets with multiple suns may host trees and shrubs that are black or gray instead of the more familiar green. It all depends on the particulars of the light …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.26

The Straight Line edition During migrations, humpback whales swim astonishingly straight. [Travis Horton, an environmental scientist at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand] worked with a team of biologists who have spent years tagging humpback whales near Brazil and tracking them as they migrate to Antarctic waters. The whales …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.25

The Clamoring for Cash edition The problems with financing science. “Not only does the current system make inefficient use of scientists’ time, it discourages precisely the kind of research that can most advance our knowledge. Many politicians go so far as to accuse scientists—particularly in politically contentious areas such as …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.22

The Importance of Being Vaccinated edition Due to lack of vaccination, Europe is having a measles outbreak. “To prevent measles outbreaks, officials need to vaccinate about 90 percent of the population. But vaccination rates across Europe have been patchy in recent years and have never fully recovered from a discredited …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.21

The Go With Your Gut edition Hey, what’s your gut-type? “The duo [Manimozhiyan Arumugam and Jeroen Raes from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory] collected stool samples from 22 Europeans from Denmark, France, Spain and Italy, sequenced all the DNA within them, and compared them to 13 similar samples from Japan. …

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