Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.18

The OMG the moon is sooooo big! edition It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s SUPER MOON!!!! “The best time to look is when the Moon is near the horizon. That is when illusion mixes with reality to produce a truly stunning view. For reasons not fully understood by astronomers …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.17

The Treat Your Radiation Sickness with Water edition Homeopathy peddled to those afraid of radiation exposure. “An e-mail titled ‘Guidelines for Homeopathic Prevention and Treatment of Radiation Sickness and Poisoning’ circulated by an Australian group called Homeopathy Plus states: ‘[R]adioactive material carried by wind and air currents may spread contaminated …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.16

The Get this sperm whale a name tag edition Potentially pathogenic microbes found on orthodontic retainers. It makes me happy I lost mine in the 10th grade. “Our mouths are full of different types of bacteria, some of which promote oral health. However, the researchers were looking for microbes which …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.15

The Princess Alice knows what you’re thinking edition Why we see meaning where there isn’t any. “The point is, the same basic cognitive processes—namely, a mature theory of mind—are also involved in the believer’s sense of receiving divine guidance from these other members of the more popular holy family. When …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.14

Horrifying and mind-boggling tragedy edition. Earthquake moves Japan 8 feet and shortens the day by 1.8 microseconds. “‘By changing the distribution of the Earth’s mass, the Japanese earthquake should have caused the Earth to rotate a bit faster, shortening the length of the day by about 1.8 microseconds,’ [Richard] Gross …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Check 3.11

The United Nations is worried about bees. “Much of the decline, ranging up to 85 percent in some areas, is taking place in the industralised northern hemisphere due to more than a dozen factors, according to a report by the UN’s environmental agency… ‘The way humanity manages or mismanages its …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.10

Severe cuts in science funding could hurt U.S. economic growth. “To some, that’s a very important $4.4 billion, because it cultivates the kind of new technologies that drive economic growth. ‘We’re eating our seed corn. A lot of this looks like mindless cutting,’ says retired Rep. Sherwood Boehlert, R-N.Y., former …

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Teen Skepchick’s Reality Checks 3.9

In U.S. political news, Rep. Henry Waxman lays the verbal smack down on politicians’ willful ignorance of science. “‘But I have never been in a Congress where there was such an overwhelming disconnect between science and policy,” [Rep. Waxman] said. ‘The Republicans in Congress have become the party of science …

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