Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.30

The Pass the Gorilla Some Purell edition. Mountain gorillas are vulnerable to human diseases. “According to a study published this week in Emerging Infectious Diseases, respiratory diseases have been on the rise in mountain gorilla populations in recent years. The diseases not only occur more frequently but also have become …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.29

The Massively Powerful Leaf edition Scientists create an artificial leaf. “The playing-card-sized photosynthetic gadget creates uses sunlight to split water molecules into oxygen and hydrogen, which can then be used to produce energy, and is reputedly 10 times more efficient than a natural leaf. Researchers say they expect it to …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.28

The Making Parents Uncomfortable about Teen Sex edition Research indicates that sexually active teens need confidential medical care. “‘With almost half of teens in high school being sexually active, effective contraception screening and counseling is a critical component of adolescent health visits,’ explained Dr. [Rebecca] Allen, who is affiliated with …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.25

The Greasy Penguin edition Half of the rockhopper penguin population is in danger because of South Atlantic oil spill. “Nightingale [an island in the South Atlantic] is home to between 40 and 50 percent of the world’s northern rockhoppers. A 2005 study counted 19,500 pairs on the island. According to …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.24

The Trial Lawyer-cum-Radiation Expert edition An environmentalist explains why the Fukushima disaster converted him on nuclear power. “Like others, I have called for renewable power to be used both to replace the electricity produced by fossil fuel and to expand the total supply, displacing the oil used for transport and …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.23

The Don’t Let Your Houseplants Hit the Snooze edition Plants use an “internal alarm” to alert them to spring. “While digging through the DNA of a small cabbage-like plant called Arabidopsis, [Sibum] Sung and a colleague discovered that the production of a special molecule could be turned on or off …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.22

The Bring Back the Whooping Cough edition Because of budget woes, immunization programs get cut. “The House GOP’s 2011 budget would chop $156 million from the Centers for Disease Control’s funding for immunization and respiratory diseases. The GOP reductions are likely to hit the CDC’s support for state and local …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.21

The “Why do we still have apes if we came from them?” edition Florida tries to insert “intelligent design” into the science curriculum. *facepalm* “Stephen Wise, chairman of the [Florida] Senate Education Committee, has resurrected legislation he authored in 2009 that calls for a ‘thorough presentation and critical analysis of …

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