stevesilberman , to random avatar

This Doug Muir essay on the long-delayed death of the Voyager 1 spacecraft is an instant classic, one of the most gorgeously written pieces you'll read all year. @clive

oarditi , to bookstodon avatar

Robert Sapolsky’s ‘Determined’ is a very thought-provoking, enjoyable book, and a surprisingly easy read for such a hefty tome.

Sheril , to random avatar

Born in 1906, computer scientist Grace Hopper invented the first compiler for computer programming language & was among the first programmers of the Harvard Mk1 computer.

Hopper popularized the idea of machine-independent programming languages & paved the way to develop COBOL (an early high-level programming language). She originated the term "bug" to describe computer glitches & became a celebrated Rear Admiral in the US Navy.

BioNavigator , to biology avatar
rossb_oxford , to histstm avatar

Just a reminder that, following the Royal Society event in Jan, my article 'Mendel's Closet: Genetics, Eugenics and the Exceptions of Sex in Edwardian Britain' has been made freely available until the end of Feb/LGBTQ+ History Month.

Download away while you can! 🧬🏳️‍🌈🐦

@histstm @histodons

coreyspowell , to random avatar

In the frigid outer solar system, beyond Pluto, dwarf planets appear to be surprisingly dynamic worlds.

The JWST observatory sees chemical signs of geologic activity on distant dwarf planets Eris and Makemake.
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bibliolater , to histodon avatar

"In contrast, Locke lived at a time when it was still possible for a well-educated man to master many branches of knowledge. The polymath was still a reality: John Locke, though primarily a philosopher, was a qualified doctor, and wrote on theology, political theory, and education. His herbarium (a collection of 3,000 flowers) preserved between sheets of his pupils' exercises, and now housed in the Bodleian Library at Oxford) is possibly the oldest surviving collection of English wild flowers."

Jeffreys M V. John Locke. Br Med J 1974; 4 :34 doi: @earlymodern @histodon @histodons @philosophy

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ChemicalEyeGuy , avatar

@bibliolater @earlymodern @histodon @histodons @philosophy There are polymaths still. Exemplars such as have been separated from the rabble of humanity by time. You will find living ‘diamonds in the rough’ if you travel, explore and engage!!

bibliolater , to science avatar

"We propose to conceptualize science-related populism as a set of ideas which suggests that there is a morally charged antagonism between an (allegedly) virtuous ordinary people and an (allegedly) unvirtuous academic elite, and that this antagonism is due to the elite illegitimately claiming and the people legitimately demanding both science-related decision-making sovereignty and truth-speaking sovereignty."

Mede, N. G., & Schäfer, M. S. (2020). Science-related populism: Conceptualizing populist demands toward science. Public Understanding of Science, 29(5), 473-491. @science

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New FDA-approved drug makes severe food allergies less life-threatening - Enlarge / Peanuts (credit: Getty | CFOTO/Future Publishing)

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bibliolater , to science avatar

"Are you bilingual? Or even multilingual? It turns out there are lots of upsides to speaking more than one language." @science

bibliolater , to ai avatar

"A peer-reviewed medical journal has published strange AI-made images, despite them containing imaginary words and letters as well as a very unusual rat." @science

BioNavigator , to biology avatar

Reposted from LI:

Are you a student and want to write your first paper?

Below I quote the paragraphs that I loved the most from the article in ACS Phys. Chem. Au:

  1. "You might be in the fortunate situation of having a mentor who is training you in this process or even formal courses as part of your studies. But even if you do not, there is nothing to worry about─there are many resources available to help you get started."

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TheConversationUS , to academicchatter avatar

Peer review theoretically works to improve – weeding out mistakes and highlighting the most valuable insights.

But politics and reliance on free labor are among factors that undermine the process

bibliolater , to anthropology avatar

"The results allow us to reconstruct the seasonal strategies employed by neolithic groups that occupied Campo de Hockey and to establish whether this island site was occupied all year round or seasonally."

García-Escárzaga, A., Cantillo-Duarte, J.J., Milano, S. et al. Marine resource exploitation and human settlement patterns during the Neolithic in SW Europe: stable oxygen isotope analyses (δ18O) on Phorcus lineatus (da Costa, 1778) from Campo de Hockey (San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain). Archaeol Anthropol Sci 16, 38 (2024). @science @archaeodons @anthropology

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bibliolater , to science avatar

"We show that the drastic increase in the human population at risk of exposure is partly due to historical changes in population density, but that climate change has also been a critical driver behind the heightened risk of WNV circulation in Europe."

Erazo, D., Grant, L., Ghisbain, G. et al. Contribution of climate change to the spatial expansion of West Nile virus in Europe. Nat Commun 15, 1196 (2024). @science

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  • bibliolater , to biology avatar

    "Notably, we reveal long IBD sharing between Corded Ware and Yamnaya groups, indicating that the Yamnaya herders of the Pontic-Caspian Steppe and the Steppe-related ancestry in various European Corded Ware groups share substantial co-ancestry within only a few hundred years."

    Ringbauer, H., Huang, Y., Akbari, A. et al. Accurate detection of identity-by-descent segments in human ancient DNA. Nat Genet 56, 143–151 (2024). @science @biology

    bibliolater , to geography avatar

    "Our analyses show that although societies that share similar ecologies are more likely to share cultural traits, the Eurasian continent is not significantly more ecologically homogeneous than other continental regions."

    Chira, A.M., Gray, R.D. and Botero, C.A. (2024) ‘Geography is not destiny: A quantitative test of Diamond’s axis of orientation hypothesis’, Evolutionary Human Sciences, 6, p. e5. doi: @geography @anthropology @biology @science

    AkaSci , to random avatar

    34 years ago, on Feb 14, 1990, Voyager 1 took this image of the "Pale Blue Dot" from 6 billion km away, minutes before its cameras were shut off forever.

    Carl Sagan, who played a key role in the mission wrote -
    "To me, it underscores our responsibility to deal more kindly with one another, and to preserve and cherish the pale blue dot, the only home we've ever known.”

    34 years later, how well are we doing on these 2 counts? How can we do better?

    AkaSci OP , avatar

    The "Pale Blue Dot" image was part of the "Family Portrait" set of images taken by Voyager 1 on Feb 14, 1990.

    Taken from a vantage point 6 billion km away and about 32 degrees above the ecliptic, this mosaic of 60 frames captured 6 planets - Jupiter, Earth, Venus, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.


    coreyspowell , to random avatar

    A new radio telescope just opened its eyes to the sky, and this is what it saw: a sky aglow with pulsars, forming stars, and black holes.

    Just a coincidence, I'm sure, but the radio image even looks like the first glimpse through half-opened eyelids...

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    bibliolater , to science avatar

    "I show that differentials in the early documents are introduced by geometric arguments, lacking dynamic meaning; however in hindsight can a dynamic meaning be recognized in them."

    Dias, P.M.C., 2023. Isaac Newton’s early documents on circular motion: can the dynamic reasoning in the “Principia” be found in them?. Rev. Bras. Ensino Fís. 45, e20230263.. @science @physics

    scienceactually , to random avatar

    Thanks to a poorly chosen font and some good natured fun, the The International Astronomical Union has officially named Venus' quasi-moon 2002VE as 'Zoozve'.

    Thanks to Kovi at @funfactscience for sharing!

    rossb_oxford , to histstm avatar

    'all nature is perverse & will not do as I wish it'

    • Charles Darwin to William Darwin Fox, 7 May 1855

    Poor ol' Chas.

    It's Darwin Day! 🌱🌈🐵

    My 2021 article 'Darwin's Closet: The Queer Sides of The Descent of Man (1871)' has been viewed over 33K times! Please keep sharing:

    @histstm @histodons

    bibliolater , to science avatar

    "Since 2019, we have been maintaining the Allen Ancient DNA Resource (AADR), which aims to provide an up-to-date, curated version of the world’s published ancient human DNA data, represented at more than a million single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) at which almost all ancient individuals have been assayed."

    Mallick, S., Micco, A., Mah, M. et al. The Allen Ancient DNA Resource (AADR) a curated compendium of ancient human genomes. Sci Data 11, 182 (2024). @science @biology

    pomarede , to random avatar

    Fabulous. I mean F.A.B.U.L.O.U.S. cover revealed for the relaunch’s inaugural issue of Worlds of IF, featuring Bob Eggleton's artwork.

    ➡️ Subscribe for updates and get more insights on this project at

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