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SCIENCE! I love this stuff. My Bad Astronomy blog: I use likes for bookmarks; no endorsement implied. He/him.

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Phil Plait
2 years ago
Apropos of nothing, here are some social media links for me: Newsletter (free on Mondays, paid subscribers get one on Thursdays too): Instagram: Everything else:
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Phil Plait
4 minutes ago
This is absolutely terrifying and @OhNoSheTwitnt is absolutely right. These far-right GOPers will deny they have anything in common with Nazis but their actions speak otherwise.
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The Volatile Mermaid
37 minutes ago
A good way to prove you’re not Nazis is to literally ban books about Nazis.
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Phil Plait
11 minutes ago
Ok somehow I managed to write 1300 words for the blog Friday. The day is saved.
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Phil Plait
3 hours ago
I'm having a day where emptying out my spam folder feels like progress.
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Phil Plait
5 hours ago
Twitter TL confluence where both Mur and Drucker are authors and friends of mine and I have a pile of books written by friends next to my desk that's a meter high.
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Phil Plait
5 hours ago
I'm assuming McConnell will now just claim it's illegal for a Democratic President to nominate a SCOTUS judge.
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NPR Politics
6 hours ago
Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer is retiring, giving President Biden his first chance to nominate a new justice. The two leading contenders are said to be federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson and California Supreme Court Justice Leondra Kruger.
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Phil Plait
5 hours ago
Happy birthday @thecrashcourse ! It premiered 10 years ago today, incredibly. I was and still am honored to have played a part in it: Crash Course Astronomy has something like 70 million accumulated views on it, which is difficult to comprehend. What a di…
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
9/9 I think this could be water, but it also may not be, so the best thing to do now is keep looking and seeing if there's some way to tell the difference. And beware of science by press release headline.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
8/ This is *very cool science*, very interesting, and could have far-ranging impacts on our understanding of Mars, its history, and its current environment… even the search for life there. It's worth cautious investigation, so that's good.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
7/ Where I get itchy is when I see words like "confirmed" or "disproven" in press releases. Neither is true here; it seems pretty clear to me that we don't know what's under the ice there. We need more evidence one way or the other before making firm claims.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
6/ The paper Tuesday uses lab experiment results to show that water brined heavily with perchlorates (also common on Mars) can stay liquid at -75°C, and could explain the radar signal as well. OK, cool. This is all fine, and is how science should work.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
5/ It is SUPER cold there, and liquid water would be a very very big surprise. But the radar results could be due to other things that are common on Mars. The paper from Monday shows it could be a kind of volcanic rock that reflects radar well.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
4/ I had a draft article all written yesterday when the 2nd paper came out and then I had to rewrite it all to include the new stuff. So what's the deal? Radar maps from orbit show what could be a layer of liquid water under the Martian south pole ice. That's… weird.
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Phil Plait
7 hours ago
3/ In this case, though, a paper came out ON MONDAY saying it's likely rock, then the original team pubbed a paper ON TUESDAY saying it really is probably water. Coincidence on the timing, but it does make a scicommer's job more difficult. 😁
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