Quickies: Perspective on Iran, Presidential primaries, and lots of science…

... plus a dog-alicious Cute Animal Friday

This week, the headlines were dominated by military action between the United States and Iran. I am in no way qualified to begin to comment on these matters, but I do recommend an early episode of the NPR podcast Throughline on the history of US-Iranian relations. I have found Throughline’s deep dives into the history behind current events to be particularly enlightening over the past year.

In Presidential primary news, Julián Castro drops out of the race, a move which Ray Suarez of the Washington Post says means the race has lost “one of [the] most ardent champions” of those living with poverty. I haven’t covered US politics often here on this site, but I am particularly sad about his dropping out since he quickly won me over when I saw him speak at a small event here in New Hampshire.

Okay… now some fun stuff…

And now a bevy of cute animals for your weekend, once again with help by Muscadine in our Discord channel!

And the featured animal today is Luna! She’s a 3-year old hunk of love and the newest member of our household. I’ve updated Macey’s Instagram to include her and have been dumping adorable pictures of them there like there’s no tomorrow. Enjoy!

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Nicole is a professor, astronomer, educator, geek, dog mom, occasional fitness nerd, and maker of tiny comets. She is also very loud under the right circumstances. Like what you read? Buy me a coffee: https://ko-fi.com/noisyastronomer

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