Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Teaching Evolution in Turkey, Turtle Evolution, How the Blind Observe the Eclipse, and Pictures of People Watching an Eclipse

Schools in Turkey will stop teaching evolution. (via NPR) The evolutionary history of turtles. (via Scientific American) How blind astronomers can observe a solar eclipse. (via The Atlantic) Here’s just a bunch of picture of people watching an eclipse. Delightful. (via Vox) Featured image credit: Karel Fort via Flickr

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Science

It’s Almost Eclipse Day!! Are You Ready?

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a total solar eclipse a-coming! A 70-mile-wide strip across North America will see totality, but the entire continent will get a shot at viewing at least a partial eclipse. That’s nothing to sneeze at. If you are in the path of totality …

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Teen Skepchick's Reality Checks

Reality Checks: Making an Eclipse Viewer, Injuries from Shaving Pubic Hair, Nixing Habitable Zone, and More Vaccine Fear-Mongering

How to make your own eclipse viewer. (via NPR) So…people are injuring themselves when shaving their pubic hair. (via Popular Science) The term “habitable zone” isn’t great for exoplanets. (via Scientific American) More fear-mongering about the HPV vaccine. (via Respectful Insolence) Featured image credit: JD Hancock via Flickr

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Politics

Defunct Confederate Monument in Baltimore

Cross Posted from Coffeefied, Operafied, Fluffified, Beglittered I saw a monument to Confederate Generals Lee and Jackson in Baltimore, and according to the NYTimes this has now been removed, which is at least a nice gesture though I have my doubts that it will be accompanied by meaningful change. The inscription read …

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Science

Science

It’s Almost Eclipse Day!! Are You Ready?

I’m not sure if you’ve heard, but there’s a total solar eclipse a-coming! A 70-mile-wide strip across North America will see totality, but the entire continent will get a shot at viewing at least a partial eclipse. That’s nothing to sneeze at. If you are in the path of totality …

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Religion

Religion and Spirituality

The Atheist Promise | Modernising Scouts

Scouting is a huge global movement, offering adventure and experiences for people age 6 to 25 years old. Over 450,000 people are part of the movement in the UK and it’s the United Kingdom’s largest mixed youth organisation. Find out more here.   About three weeks after you join one …

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Skepticism

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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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Feminism

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Doctor Who is being played by a woman; Sci-Fi ruined forever

After 54 years of men exclusively playing the alien known as ‘Doctor Who’ Jodie Whittaker will be taking on the role as the first woman to do so. Predictably this has not gone down well. After the announcement the wave of hateful comments poured in, which is not to say …

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