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    NoisyAstronomer’s Holiday Telescope Buying Guide

    We’re coming up on the gift-giving season, and every year I get a few folks asking me, “what kind of telescope should I get for an X-year-old?” I thought it was high time to write up my own easily shareable list of tips and recommendations. That department store scope? It’s a trap First things first. DON’T buy a no-name brand,…

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  • Why Vaping Kills: Prohibition and Capitalism

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: A few weeks back I was talking about vaping with a friend, who asked me if I wasn’t worried about the spate of deaths that had happened due, apparently, to vape pens. As of this month, more than 2,000…

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    Quickies: Alito and Kavanaugh Meet with Homophobe, Climate Change Cost US over $500 Billion

    The Homophobic Activist Who Won an Audience with Two Supreme Court Justices, the New Yorker: Supreme Court justices Samuel Alito and Brett Kavanaugh met with an anti-LGTBQ activist only weeks after hearing oral arguments in two LGTBQ discrimination cases, providing yet another example of the partisanship of the court and the need for a strong ethics code. Aaron Belkin, director…

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  • How Much Should a Whale Cost? How Whales Control Carbon and Combat Climate Change

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Allow me to start this video by admitting my biases: I fucking love whales. I think if you take them as a whole they are in the top 5 animals on Earth, easily. Like, it would be whales, cephalopods,…

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  • Open-minded Politicians are LESS LIKELY to Get Elected!

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Back in my early 20s I made some extra money working as a political canvasser for a group called Washington Citizen Action. We were dropped off in a neighborhood around 5pm and knocked on doors, asking for money to…

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  • Study: Maybe You Can’t Orgasm Because of Rabbits on Antidepressants

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: I’m so excited, because I have yet another opportunity to talk about a study in my favorite scientific journal, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Today’s study is about rabbits. Or is it???  This study, “an experimental…

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  • Are Vegetarians & Vegans at Higher Risk of Stroke?

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Oh no, a new study shows that “Vegan and vegetarian diet could increase stroke risk!” Okay everyone, throw away your Impossible Whoppers. I mean, don’t throw them away…throw them at me. I will take them. They’re too dangerous to…

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  • Jonathan Franzen Finds a New Way to be Wrong about Climate Change

    This post contains a video, which you can also view here. To support more videos like this, head to patreon.com/rebecca! Transcript: Yet another outlet has made the incredibly stupid and money-grubbing decision to allow Jonathan Franzen to bloviate. If you’re not aware, Franzen is a novelist who got famous when he got angry that Oprah chose his book The Corrections…

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