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    Quickies: Snow art, top astronomy discoveries, and a Star War…

    On this week of Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa, I’m keeping the Friday Quickies light and fun. Hope you are enjoying your end of December festivities! WARNING – SPOILERS for latest Star Wars: Nine Spin-offs we want after seeing The Rise of Skywalker, via Topher. It doesn’t have the one I’d desperately like to see, but that’s also a spoiler so…

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    Quickies: Stars and Galaxies and BIRBS

    Anything big happen this week? I’m kidding… I was as delighted about the impeachment vote as anyone here. But, I’d like to start off my weekend with an all science quickies. Twin astronomer examines twin stars – Interestingly, he’s a fraternal twin, but he discovered that stars born together are chemically identical. Astronomers use MeerKAT, a radio telescope array in…

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    Quickies: Anti-vaxxer arrested for spreading deadly misinformation…

    Greetings from finals week in academia! Well, for me anyway… Ryan Reynold’s Aviation Gin presents a new chapter to last week’s Peloton ad… and it’s glorious. via Mary! Anti-vaccine campaigner is arrested in Samoa amid a deadly outbreak that has claimed 63 lives. via catherwood Saving the whales isn’t just about a headline-grabbing characteristic megafauna. They contribute greatly to capturing…

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    Quickies: Ally work for Non-Natives, sugar in space rocks, and silly trucks…

    Good morning, all! It’s a holiday weekend in the US, and I’m drowning under a pile of end-of-semester grading for which I have no one to blame but myself. So it’ll be a short one… In the US? Eyeing those Thanksgiving leftovers? If you’re non-Native, it’s not too late to do one (or more) of these 6 things that every…

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    Quickies: Lights in the sky (for better or for worse) and more…

    Happy Friday of the first impeachment hearing week! To be honest, I have been way busy at work and have no idea what’s going on with the hearings, save from the few snippets I hear on NPR on my short work commute. Instead, I am at PhysCon, a conference primarily for and by undergraduates in physics. I’m here as my…

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    Quickies: On the GM strike, Mauna Kea, vaping illnesses, Alexa making a bad nurse

    How are you all on this fine Friday? I’m just peachy. MMMMM PEACHES. No, seriously, if you haven’t already read Melanie’s roundup of articles relating to the latest push for impeachment of the Orange Mussolini, I encourage you to check it out, especially the call to action to encourage your representatives to keep putting pressure on this investigation. In other…

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    Quickies: Climate Strike, Asteroid Buzz, and the Abuse of Black Women Online…

    Fridays are for cute animals, but first, some important reads for the day… The Global Climate Strike happens today as young activists around the world are sick and tired of being handed a planet that is rapidly being changed by human activity in a way that will negatively affect human lives. The largest asteroid to come close to the Earth…

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    Quickies: Stunning Astronomy paired with Cute Animal Friday

    No intro this time… just the stories! The MeerKAT radio telescope in South Africa catches our galaxy’s supermassive black hole “blowing bubbles” in an image that I find stunning from a technical standpoint AND beautifully ethereal. (If you want to get really nerdy, a freely-available preprint of the scientific journal article can be found on arXiv.) Remember ‘Oumuamua, the asteroid…

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