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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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    Quickies: Coronavirus precautions, hip hop at NASA, Peep science…

    It’s Friday, and I have science on the brain this week… I highly recommend this informational look at the coronavirus outbreak and the worldwide response from The Atlantic. Meanwhile, experts tell us not to panic, but to take common sense precautions, with the bonus that many of these practices will help stave off the cold and flu as well. I…

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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: 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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  • Quickiespronghorn antelope grazing near radio telescope

    Quickies: Barrier Busting DJ, Identified Flying Objects, Hacking NASA…

    Hey, y’all. It’s officially summer! Well, in the Northern Hemisphere, at least. Happy winter to our Southern Hemisphere friends! That little fact of opposite hemispheres having opposite seasons is helpful when I teach Astronomy 101. It also makes my geographically diverse Instagram feed confusing at times. Okay, enough chit-chat, we have some news and animals for you…

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    BREAKING: Starbucks to build on Pluto, universe rejoices

    @DrRubidium Maybe 20. ;) — Starbucks Coffee (@Starbucks) July 14, 2015 Plutoppuccinos FOR EVERYBODY!!! #PlutoFlyBy FTW!!! ___________ Featured image is our beautiful Pluto, credited to NASA/Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory/Southwest Research Institute, from NASA’s Three-Billion-Mile Journey to Pluto Reaches Historic Encounter. Neither NASA nor Starbucks have any actual plans for a Starbucks on Pluto. ALLEGEDLY.

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    Skepchick Book Club: An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth

    Welcome back to the Skepchick Book Club! This month we read An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield, otherwise known as “that Canadian astronaut who made all those neat videos.” I wasn’t too sure what to expect from this book, but it was a quick read. The general consensus from our in-person meeting was that the best parts…

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    Cross Post: Science Education – An Endangered Species?

    This post was originally posted on School of Doubt on 1 May 2013. I can’t even begin to wrap my brain around the attacks on science and science education that have been dog-piling on since the sequester began. It is as if everyone has just lost it all at once. What’s going on? Phil Plait does a nice job of…

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