Hey, hey, all! It’s your friendly neighborhood astronomer. I am thrilled to bring back a Skepchick tradition, Cute Animal Friday! Amanda has brought us hundreds and HUNDREDS of adorable fauna from around the world, and I hope to do this fine tradition justice.
I’m also going to be a little selfish and share my favorite cute animal, the one that lives in my house, Macey the Mighty. I mean LOOK AT HER FACE! Anyway, I’ll try not to spam you with too many Macey pictures but if you DO want more, she has an Instagram.
Alright, on to the stories!
- Measles exposure at a midnight showing of Avengers: Endgame. No movie spoilers in link, but the anti-vax movement continues to spoil things for all of us. “‘The longer this continues, the greater the chances that measles will again get a foothold in the United States,’ Dr. Nancy Messonnier, the C.D.C.’s director for immunization, said at a news conference, the New York Times reported.”
- Mother and son team up to translate astrophysics into Blackfoot. “When Gray, who is a member of the Siksika Nation of Alberta, Canada, found out about this major scientific milestone, he began to think about the press releases. They would no doubt be translated into widely spoken languages—French, Japanese, Mandarin. ‘That’s when I thought it would be freaking cool to get my mom involved and translate this news into Blackfoot,’ Gray says, adding that he isn’t quite fluent in the language himself. ‘This way she would be a poet for Einstein and astrophysics. A code-talker for gravitational waves.'” Via our own Julia.
- How hip-hop helps us understand science. “I use hip-hop to frame and communicate science because I’m intentionally communicating science to broader audiences that public science outreach has traditionally overlooked. And in the process, I am affirming the genius that thrives in the young minds of people from every hood everywhere.” You will never forget this biology lesson in a new TED talk by the fabulous Dr. Danielle N. Lee.
- Making cute animals even cuter is the Fab Five from Queer Eye, who did a short makeover episode of an actual dog for National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day. I might have died when Karamo had a pep talk with the pupper, reminding her to say to herself, “I’m a good girl, and I deserve love!”
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