• This composite image shows three radio-telescope views of the central region of the galaxy Messier 87 (M87)

    Quickies: Getting back on a positive note

    I haven’t been around much the last few weeks. To be honest, I’ve barely pulled myself away from work to see what’s going on around me. When I do pay attention, it feel like it’s a never ending barrage of hatred, violence, and lies. So, in coming out of hibernation for a bit, I’m going to focus on some positive…

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  • Photo of Perseverance Landing site on Mars labelled "Octavia E. Butler Landing"

    Quickies: Helping Jackson, reimagining space, and vaccinating Dolly Parton

    Happy International Women’s Day! Jackson, Mississippi, has been experiencing a water crisis for three weeks now, dating back to the winter storm that paralyzed Texas and other southern states. However, they’ve not gotten nearly the same amount of attention. Here is one way you can help a group that’s been working to help people on the ground. The Perseverance landing…

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  • Annotated image of Perseverance's parachute showing the code

    Quickies: MARS!, Mars?, passwords, and ferrets

    Welcome to March 2021! While we’re all… still… processing… March 2020. NPR’s Lulu Garcia Navarro has been collecting stories of “The Moment” when folks realized everything had changed. Perseverance took video of ITS OWN LANDING. Oh, and Space Twitter quickly figured out that the asymmetric parachute had a hidden message. The bizarre pattern was actually useful, so that the orientation…

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  • first full color image of Martian surface from Perseverance

    Quickies: Aid to Texas, pictures from Mars, and more

    It’s the start of a new week, but I’m still reeling over the devastation in Texas. If you’d like to help, check out this list of mutual aid organizations and another city-by-city list of resources. This isn’t necessarily news, but NPR recently put up a directory of where you can get all the info about COVID vaccine distribution in your…

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  • Jill Tarter giving a talk with a picture of an alien sunset in the background

    Quickies: Science Twitter doing its thing…

    Are you ready for some drama? University of New Hampshire professor who posed as a woman of color on Twitter so he could harass actual women on color has finally resigned. NPR might not be willing to name him, but the good old Science Drama Queen Twitter account figured out who it was long ago. Speaking of science drama… it’s…

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  • Quickies: Double masking, direct payments, and Q

    Hello and happy Monday! With my new teaching schedule, Thursday and Friday are actually my busiest days, so I’m moving my weekly roundups to Monday for the time being. First off, definitely check out this article on double-masking, and other ways to make your masks more effective amid more contagious strains of the coronavirus. Also from NPR, here’s a look…

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  • "GameStop" store sign

    Quickies: Vaccine Scandals, Stock Shenanigans, and more

    It’s the last Friday of my winter “break” which I put in quotes because I’ve been working on *all the things* this month with the hopes of moving some projects along before the waves of semester classes wash over me. It is nice to have a whole week where I don’t open the news to see the President doing something…

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  • Group of galaxies known as the Markarian Chain

    Inauguration and Vaccine Quickies

    Happy Inauguration Week, US friends! I hope you took a little time to take a breath before getting right back to work. Amanda Gorman. Amanda. Gorman. I didn’t know the inauguration could be “won” but she won it. Like many others, I greatly enjoyed the fashion choices, particularly Dr. Biden’s sparkly blue coat that is from a clothing line named…

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