Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Arrested for Not Pledging, Moving Magnetic North, Striking for Climate Action, and Farewell, Oppy

An 11-year-old was arrested for not saying the Pledge of Allegiance. (via Slate) Magnetic north has always been a moving target, but it’s moving faster than usual and no one knows why. (via Vox) Kid striking for climate action is completely reasonable. (via Popular Science) The mission of the Opportunity …

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Reality Checks: Rembrandt’s Paint, Depression and Anger, Moon Base Building, and New Antarctic Dinosaur

Rembrandt’s paint recipe. (via Ars Technica) Anger and irritability as depression symptoms. (via NPR) Moon base building difficulty. (via BBC) Antarctic king dinosaur found. (via Business Insider) Featured image credit:Enrique A Sanabria

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Reality Checks: A Newly Discovered Galaxy, Black Rebellions, the Emergent Brain, and Terrible Toilet Stalls

Astronomers accidentally discover a faint galaxy in a Hubble image. (via Bad Astronomy) The role Black rebellions played in the Civil War. (via JSTOR Daily) How “emergent” is the brain? (via Neuroskeptic) Why are American bathroom stalls so terrible? (via Slate) Featured image credit: m01229 via Flickr

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Reality Checks: The Link Between Suicide and Guns, the Mental Health of Graduate Students, Ancient Panda Diet, and Non-Existent Pro-Choice Extremists

There is a strong correlation between the rate of gun ownership and teen suicide at the state level. (via City Lab) Grad students are three times more likely than the average American to experience mental health issues. (via Scientific American) Ancient pandas had a much more diverse diet than just …

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Reality Checks: Gender of Pain, Terrorist White Supremacist, Least Efficient Coffee Bean Roasting with Space, and Farming Rice in Climate Change

People take girls’ pain less seriously than boys’ pain. (via Science Daily) White supremacist convicted as a terrorist. (via Law and Crime) Coffee roasting using space technology!  Because I guess we can?  (via Ars Technica) Farming rice in climate change. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Satanslaundromat via flickr

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Reality Checks: The Facts about Measles, Death Valley Damage, High School Censorship, and Testing for Lead

What everyone should know about measles. (via Vox) The damage done to Death Valley National Park could take centuries to recover. (via The Guardian) High school student journalists want to talk about sexual assault. High school administrators…not so much. (via Buzzfeed News) This eleven-year-old created a portable contraption to test …

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Reality Checks: Historical Children’s Books, Internet Access in Tonga, Auroras, and Diets for Planets or People

Free archive of 6000 historical children’s books. (via openculture) Tonga loses internet access because of undersea cable damage. (via Ars Technica) Auroras are different in the north and south of Earth. (via Space.com) Dieting for the health of the planet. (via NPR) Featured image credit: Billy Idle via flickr

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Reality Checks: Relying on Renewables, Muscle Memory, Linguistic Double Standards, and LGBT Health

Germany plans to close all 84 of its coal-fired power plants in the next two decades. (via LA Times) What is “muscle memory,” really? (via Popular Science) People still don’t like it when a woman swears. (via The Guardian) Medical students push for my training in LGBT health. (via NPR) …

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