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  • Photo of Quickies: Astrophysical broccoli, science vids from Dragon Con, and Cute Animal Friday

    Quickies: Astrophysical broccoli, science vids from Dragon Con, and Cute Animal Friday

    I honestly don’t have a lot this week to share… because I’m coping with waves hands all this by still basking in the glow of the awesomeness that was Virtual DragonCon, particularly the programming from the Science Track, which you can now watch on their YouTube channel! 3.2 billion pixel camera for astrophysics tested on… broccoli? Specifically Romanesco broccoli for…

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  • Photo of Quickies Goes to (Virtual) DragonCon!

    Quickies Goes to (Virtual) DragonCon!

    Normally I’d be passing off the Quickies today as I would be in Atlanta, Georgia, for the annual DragonCon, a fan-run 80,000+ person mega-geek event. However… 2020 is doing its 2020 thing, and jamming tens of thousands of sweaty people together in five hotels is just not a good idea. So, DragonCon has gone virtual! In the FIRST episode of…

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  • Photo of Quickies: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a new march on Washington, and counting pandemic deaths…

    Quickies: Remembering Chadwick Boseman, a new march on Washington, and counting pandemic deaths…

    It’s been another fairly difficult week here in the Unites States. I’m pretty sure I don’t even have the spoons to cover it and do it justice. So really, here are just a few things that currently have my attention. Many people are sharing some of the most heartwarming videos of the luminous Chadwick Boseman in the wake of the…

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  • Photo of Quickies: How are all those college openings going?

    Quickies: How are all those college openings going?

    It’s only the middle of August, but due to extenuating circumstances, many colleges are starting their fall semesters early! Let’s check in on how that’s going… After one week, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill reversed course and moved to virtual learning. An editorial in their student newspaper points out that they all saw it coming. Notre Dame enacts…

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  • Photo of Quickies: Celebrating WAP, and other good news stories from the week

    Quickies: Celebrating WAP, and other good news stories from the week

    I’ve limited my media consumption these last few months in order to save what shreds of sanity I have left. Even still, every day feels like a barrage of awfulness that my anxiety disorder just loves to feed on. So, for this week, I’ve specifically sought out a few stories that I hope do NOT contribute to your anxiety, and…

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  • Photo of Quickies: Sending help to Lebanon and avoiding mystery seeds…

    Quickies: Sending help to Lebanon and avoiding mystery seeds…

    Hey, all! Sorry I missed last week’s round up. Getting prepared for the fall semester is hard enough when there’s not a pandemic raging. Also it was my birthday so goofing off was literally the only way I could think of to celebrate while in my house. Many thanks to our peeps on Discord for keeping me up to date…

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  • Photo of Quickies: Toxic hand sanitizer, side benefit of face masks, racism in NH policing, and more…

    Quickies: Toxic hand sanitizer, side benefit of face masks, racism in NH policing, and more…

    Your Friday Quickies are late again… because virtual academic conferences are surprisingly just as tiring as in-person events. First off, check your hand sanitizer bottles. The FDA has recalled 77 products to date that contain methanol, aka wood alcohol, the toxic kind that can make you blind. And yes, it’s even dangerous when applied to your skin. H/t to Bethany…

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  • Photo of Quickies: Racism at the CDC, bad COVID decisions, and more…

    Quickies: Racism at the CDC, bad COVID decisions, and more…

    I find myself catching up after a week in my online-teaching hide-y hole… Employees of the Centers for Disease Control call out a “toxic culture of racial aggressions.” Meanwhile, the Trump administration orders hospitals to bypass the CDC and send data to the White House, likely in an attempt to continue to deny reality. Due to a huge public outcry,…

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