Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.8

The Sleepless, Sightless Fish edition Blind cavefish in Mexico developed sleeplessness on three independent occasions. “[Erik] Duboué compared blind fish from three separate caves – Pachón, Tinaja, and Molino – as well as one of their sighted surface cousins. He found that the surface fish sleep for an enviable 13 …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.7

The Lost Girls edition India’s girl problem. “According to the latest national headcount, there are now just 914 girls for every 1,000 boys under the age of six, down from a ratio of 927 for every 1,000 a decade ago. Despite India’s steady economic rise in the past 10 years, …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.6

The Man v. Volcano edition Volcanologists try to predict when a volcano will erupt. “After a full day of hiking, [Ken] Sims and [Dario] Tedesco reached the barren, wind-wracked summit rim. A long line of porters hauled camping gear, climbing equipment, scientific instruments, food, and water. From here, the scientists …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.5

The Nuclear Waste edition Scientists find that pond algae could lead to breakthroughs in cleaning up nuclear waste. “The researchers are the first to show quantitatively how Closterium moniliferum, one of the bright green algae often seen in ponds, sequesters strontium (in the form of barium-strontium-sulfate crystals). They are using …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.4

The Godless Soldier edition Atheist soldiers fight for recognition. “In fact, atheists, agnostics, humanists and other assorted skeptics from the Army’s Fort Bragg have formed an organization in a pioneering effort to win recognition and ensure fair treatment for nonbelievers in the overwhelmingly Christian U.S. military. ‘We exist, we’re here, …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.2

The Search for a Goldilocks Planet edition Habitable planets may not need a Sun-like star. “But sun-like stars may not be the only game in town, as far as habitability is concerned. In a study in the April 20 issue of The Astrophysical Journal Letters, astronomer Eric Agol of the …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 4.1

The I Promise We’re Not April Fooling You edition Engineered protein shows promise in combating AIDS. “In what could be a potential breakthrough in the battle against AIDS and a major development in the rational design of new drugs, scientists have engineered a new protein that prevents the virus from …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.31

The First Rock from the Sun edition NASA snatches first-of-its-kind photo of Mercury. “Prior to MESSENGER’s arrival at Mercury, only half the planet had ever been seen in any detail. (Mercury’s size and proximity to the sun complicate Earth-based observation of the planet.) The spacecraft filled in a number of …

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