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The Qur’an: a Readthrough. Juz 1 and Surah 2, Verses 73-113

Continued from here. I struggle with this series. Religious texts are so boring. Back when I was a good Christian girl I thought I was being a terrible Christian because I couldn’t muster any excitement or emotions for reading the Bible or attending services because it was all terribly dull. …

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Reality Checks: Vaccinating After Outbreaks, Measuring Medicine, Ballet History, and Cockroaches for Valentine’s

People start vaccinating in face of measles outbreak. (via Ars Technica) Measuring medicine for young children. (via NPR) First Hispanic principal ballerina in the US. (via ABC) A zoo will name a cockroach after your ex and feed it to a meerkat on live tv for valentine’s day. (via CBS News) …

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The Qur’an: a Readthrough. Juz 1, Sura 1 and part of 2.

I have a copy of the Qur’an, translated by Abdullah Yusuf Ali  A billboard near my home was offering them for free, so I filled out a form and got one.  The letter I received with it very politely asked me to treat it with respect, so I am going …

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Reality Checks: Why White Men Love Their Guns, One Student’s Protest Experience, Race and Empathy, and the Closing of a Historic Observatory

People who stockpile guns tend to come from a specific demographic. But why? (via Scientific American) One high school student’s experience at the the March for Our Lives. (via Wired) How race shapes empathy and blame. (via Slate) A historic, formerly-state-of-the-art observatory plans to close its doors. (via Astronomy) Featured …

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So… Here is why my poppy is white.

Remembrance Day is coming up, and in the UK that means poppies are everywhere. Remembrance Day is marked in many countries on the Eleventh of November, what used to be called Armistice Day. This marks the end of World War One. At eleven o’clock, the exact time that the war …

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Reality Checks: Google Translate and Mr. Squidward, Health Issues in Houston, Human Trafficking the RPG, and Russian Burger King Crypto Cash

Mr. Squidward and the problems of relying on the kindness of internet strangers. (via Ars Technica) Health issues in Houston. (via NPR) An RPG about human trafficking. (via the Mary Sue) Buger King is using crypto cash in Russia. (via the BBC) Featured image credit:microslervos via flickr

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Reality Checks: Bears Don’t Attack Menstruating Women, Talking Science Like a Normal Human, a Cicada Mystery, and Climate Change Isn’t Leveling Off

It’s a myth that bears are attracted to menstruating women, and this is how that myth developed. (via Jezebel) Tips for talking like a normal human while still being a scientist. (via Scientific American) Why are cicadas are waking up a few years early? (via Vox) Climate change isn’t “leveling …

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A Guide to LGBT+ Fiction

Hello!   Even though our society is beginning to accept LGBT+ people, (Gay marriage is now legal, etc.) the LGBT+ community is still very under represented and therefore we are treated as different, we are separated from the rest.   I am a big reader, especially of Contemporary YA books, …

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