• QuickiesThis 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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  • QuickiesPhoto 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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    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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  • Quickiesfirst 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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    Happy Eater Day! It’s the Sundaylies with Mars Rocks, Trans Visibility, Demolition Derby, Vaccination in California and Skeptability is BACK!

    HEYYYYYYO…..It’s me, Surly Amy filling in for Mindy! I have been the understudy for the Sundaylies FOR SO LONG. Quietly waiting in the wings, practicing my lines, perfecting my pirouettes. I feel like this is finally my chance to SHINE! And shine I shall because not only is today Sunday, it’s the best SUN day of the year! It’s Eater…

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    ICYMI: August 5 – August 11 on the Skepchick Network

    Now that the Olympics are over, I can stop pretending like I want to get in shape. Which means that I can sit in front of my computer reading blog posts guilt-free. And you – yes, you! – get the benefit, dear readers, because I have compiled a list of some of the best stuff you missed last week on…

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    Skepchick Quickies 8.8

    On August 8th, 1576, the cornerstone for the Danish astronomical observatory Uraniborg was laid on Hven (now a small Swedish island). The research institute was operated by Tycho Brahe, an astronomer known for his remarkably accurate work (and epic mustache).┬áKepler was Brahe’s assistant and used his data to develop his own astronomical theories. The Scam Wall Street Learned From the…

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    Skepchick Quickies 7.18

    On this date in 1955, Disneyland opened officially to the public. That’s not too interesting. However, the previous day was the special opening day for invited guestsonly, but it was a fantastic disaster. Thousands of people showed up with counterfeit tickets, ladies’ high heels sunk into the freshly-laid asphalt, and the water fountains were dry due to the plumbers’ strike.…

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