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Reality Checks: Heavy Metal Knitting, Immunotherapy for Allergies, Coder Culture, and Drag Queen Story Time.

Heavy metal knitting championships. This is not a drill. (via Loudersound) Immunotherapy for allergies. (via NPR) A new book on coders and their culture. (via Ars Technica) Atlanta mayor hosts drag queen story time. (via AJC) Featured image via flickr

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Reality Checks: New Microbes Discovered, Legal Aid for Evictions in NYC, Predatory Scientific Publishing, and Cute Baby Animals

New branch discovered of life. (via CBC) Free legal aid for housing. (via NPR) Predatory scientific publisher gets fined. (via Ars Technica) New baby horsie on the outer banks! (via WCNC) Featured image via flickr

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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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