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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
  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Fourth of July reflection, COVID fails, but a few spots of bright news…

    Quickies: Fourth of July reflection, COVID fails, but a few spots of bright news…

    A very quick Quickies today, as I’m staring down several immediate deadlines… Watch Fredrick Douglass’s descendants deliver his speech, “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” Reading and reflecting on this sounds like a good activity, so here’s the entire text, or you can attend a local live-reading. New COVID-19 cases have grown 90% in the US in…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Friday Quickies: Racism in science, COVID in the US, Pride fitness, and Cute Animal Friday

    Friday Quickies: Racism in science, COVID in the US, Pride fitness, and Cute Animal Friday

    Happy weekend, all. This’ll be the first Friday Quickies in a while without a theme. My brain is set to random… Systemic racism is a huge issue in science. So, here’s what Black scientists want from colleagues and their institutions. U.S. sets daily record for new COVID-19 cases, so, “Mission Accomplished,” right? As a resident of one of the few…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Celebrating Black joy in sci-fi, science, fatherhood, fitness, and nature…

    Quickies: Celebrating Black joy in sci-fi, science, fatherhood, fitness, and nature…

    Well, I definitely missed the Friday Quickies this week. Oops. So let’s end the weekend by celebrating some Black joy and accomplishments in the wake of Juneteenth. (And, yes, these selections are totally biased towards my loves of Star Trek, astronomy, and fitness.) Listen to the amazing Nichelle Nichols talk about the era of blaxploitation in film and how Dr.…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Anti-racist actions and discussions this week…

    Quickies: Anti-racist actions and discussions this week…

    Hey, all. Have you been keeping up with the list of direct actions that you can take from last week’s quickies? Because actions keep getting added. Tragically, names are as well, some of them seriously injured protestors. Some people feel (hope, even?) that we’ve hit a critical point in anti-racist actions in the United States… I don’t know enough to…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Quickies: Activism and #BlackBirdersWeek

    Quickies: Activism and #BlackBirdersWeek

    I honestly don’t know where to begin after a week like this in the United States. Or should I say, yet ANOTHER week like this, because, in a lot of ways, we’ve been here before. Last week, I posted a short list of actions and ways to learn about racial justice. That got expanded into a Google doc because making…

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  • ActivismPhoto of Quickies: Black Lives Still F***ing Matter

    Quickies: Black Lives Still F***ing Matter

    I’m not doing a usual Friday Quickies roundup today because I am still raging about the most recent spate of extrajudicial killings of Black people by police or just good ol’ boys here in the USA. Instead I’m going to share some ways we can all help the cause. Do something literally this minute. Sign any one of Color of…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: Viruses indoors, viruses outdoors, and Space Force shenanigans…

    Quickies: Viruses indoors, viruses outdoors, and Space Force shenanigans…

    Happy Friday! If I didn’t do my weekly Friday Quickies, would I even know what day it was? First, COVID-related items: Why, yes, I AM going to keep insisting that everyone read about how time duration of exposure affects infection risk, particularly with respect to indoor spaces. Want to get outdoors, instead? Here are some things to consider to avoid…

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  • QuickiesPhoto of Quickies: COVID models, #JusticeForBre, and more…

    Quickies: COVID models, #JusticeForBre, and more…

    What? The Friday Quickies are back on an actual Friday?! I mean, all time is Jeremy Bearimy anyway, but whatever bit of normalcy I can hang on to, I will. First, some COVID-related stuff: The Risks – Know Them – Avoid Them: A fascinating and straightforward explanation of exposure risks in everyday situations. Staying 6 feet apart won’t help anyone…

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