Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.20

The Estrogen in the Brain edition The problem with gender bias in animal studies. “A neuroscientist who recently completed her studies at the University of California, Berkeley, [Dr. Emily] Jacobs’ work provides an important example of why studying females yields insights about brain function that would be overlooked in a …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.19

  The Strongly Held Biases edition Ever wonder why you can’t get your friend to abandon the woo? We might not be as rational as we think. “The theory of motivated reasoning builds on a key insight of modern neuroscience: Reasoning is actually suffused with emotion (or what researchers often …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.18

The Whale Wails edition The mating songs of Humpback whales travel throughout communities. “This MJ-style spread of songs is cultural transmission on a massive scale, a scale that hasn’t been seen beyond humans before. Over the course of 11 years, researchers saw (or rather, heard) these songs ripple across six …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.15

The “Fossilized Reactionary Forces” edition Does religion hate women? “The truth is that the Abrahamic religions fear women and therefore go to extraordinary and sometimes brutal lengths to control them, constrain them, and repress them in every way. Show me a non-religious society that feels so threatened by the thought …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.14

The Steady as She Goes edition A new study indicates that a woman’s voice doesn’t change throughout her menstrual cycle. “At study’s end, the researchers ran the voice samples through acoustical analysis software to measure eight voice parameters, such as degree of voice breaks, number of voice breaks, fundamental frequency …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.13

The Level 7 edition Even though the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear crisis has been ranked the same as Chernobyl, there are still significant differences. “Though Fukushima and Chernobyl are both level 7 nuclear accidents, the health consequences in Japan to date are much less severe. In part, that’s because far more …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.12

The Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité? edition The ban on full-face veils has begun in France among modest protest. “The law forbids clothing intended to hide the face in public spaces such as streets, markets, private business, government buildings and public transportation. Violators may be punished with a fine of 150 euros, equivalent …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.11

The Improving Scientific Literacy edition A new source for teachers to help identify common scientific misconceptions. “A new web site is taking aim at this challenge, providing educators with quick lists of scientific statements broken down by subject matter, highlighting concepts that tend to be misunderstood by students. ‘This is …

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