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A bit more about the . I started the with my friend Manasa in 2017 (we were both teenagers then) to explain the world in an accessible way.

Since we're heavy readers, we use techniques like and to write better 😉

Simple doesn't mean shallow! At Snipette we often spend hours going through random or digging up little-known to make the article interesting 🔎

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Okay, I guess it's time to get on with the !

I'm Badri, based in (or should I say, !). I a lot, both and articles, which I sync to my to avoid bright screens.

I edit a mostly science and culture magazine called (more on that in a bit).

For my income, though, I'm working as a . I've been tooting at Fosstodon for a while as @badrihippo, but I decided to create an account here for the other side of me!

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#ScientistRebellion has published an open letter on the implausibility of maintaining average global temperatures below 1.5°C of warming given our current trajectories (heading for more than +3°C).

If this letter gathers more than 500 signatories from the scientific community, it will be "placed by Scientist Rebellion in a journal or mainstream news outlet ahead of COP27."

Help raise awareness about the gravity of the situation.

#climate #academia #globalWarming

Update: I found this Substack piece which mentions Mesopotamian tablets being used "more than 5000 years ago" to keep track of all the goods and labour that was being produced.

That in turn links to this piece with more details of the tablets themselves and the evolution of writing.

There's no actual mention of barter, but perhaps this is the closest we'll get to "things being exchanged and kept track of"?

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@eleanorkonik have you ever done research into the barter system?

I was trying to find a good story to add at the beginning of an article I'm editing, but there (perhaps naturally) doesn't seem to be much information on concrete historical evidence.

I've seen some statements like "barter was introduced my Mesopotamian tribes in 6000 BC" which, okay, but it would be nice to know how we *know* that such barter was taking place (eg. specific stories or artefacts).

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Is your gas stove bad for your health?

"there are many homes in which gas stoves contribute more to indoor nitrogen dioxide levels than pollution from outdoor sources does, especially for short-term “peak” exposures during cooking time. For example, a study in Southern California showed that around half of homes exceeded a health standard based on the highest hour of nitrogen dioxide concentrations, almost entirely because of indoor emissions. "

Are tales of Merlin/King Arthur included in the ? 👀

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We are still a massive €254 short for the server bills for,,, and some more free open source services :sad_cat:

Hopefully next month I can pay most of it with a new job but that doesn't help now..

If you can, please think about supporting me in paying the bills for the various #Fediverse services I host for free❤️

If not me perhaps your own server admin :cat_hug_triangle::fediverse:

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Update: urgent, still asking for donations for power bills and see my grandpa as much as possible since he's starting to suffer from Alzheimer. Please boost 🍀 

Thanks you so much to everyone who boost and for the the donations so far!

Halfway there for the power bills!

We still need money for food and to pay the train to see my grandparents, because nobody can take care of them and my grandpa really struggles with Alzheimer almost surely.

Please help me see him more 🙏🏻

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I think this is exciting for all ocean people and possibly space people too

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“A developed country is not a place where the poor have cars. It’s where the rich use public transportation” – Gustavo Petro, Mayor of Bogotá

help wanted, bioinformatics, kmergenie 

Hi Fedi! Apologies for the 2nd consecutive help request 😅

Does anyone here have experience with , the genome sequencing tool? Specifically, any small test datasets I can test on?

I know *nothing* about genetics, but I'm trying to help my friend get it running on their laptop; the first step is to get it running on mine but as the data files are dozens of GBs that's a bit hard unless I get smaller ones 😣

I seem to remember a experiment where participants were made to press a button in time with a periodically flashing light. Over time, they came to think that their button-pressing was causing the light to flash.

Did such a thing actually happen or am I mis-remembering? Maybe it was a demonstration rather than an experiment?


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i really love when people can post mundanely about life

just kind of grateful we can occupy a space where it's not about trying to entertain each other

like, on rare occasions, i'll see complaints about that kind of thing on twitter or whatever, but like, i actually kind of do care if you're learning to make meatloaf and it feels worth saying once in a while that it's good to have a casual atmosphere in which you can just exist

Do you think archaeologists of the future, upon digging down to our century, will find not smartphones and tablets but only durable phones?

Waiting with bated breath for my next two followers to join!

(Don't worry about the "Paid Members" thing; that's handled separately so it doesn't show up here).

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Shoutout to the student who submitted their creative writing thesis with the following keywords:

funny, comedy, comedic, short stories, sex, love, danger, mailman, fiction, superhero, fun, pegging, best thesis in town, gay, priest, CYO, penis, butthole, Utz, railroad, cool, awesome, amazing, talented, America, drag, action, iconic, friendship, buggery, sodomy, joy, too many keywords let's see if this gets me in hot water with the brass,

interesting psych question looking for answers 

I usually associate dreams with good sleep: if I remember vivid dreams, I know I'm sleeping well.

Recently, after a hectic and sleep-deprived week, I suddenly had this weird phase during my unusual afternoon nap, where I'd wake up every 5-10 minutes or so having had a very vivid (and not necessarily brief) dream.

That got me and my friend thinking: is there a connection between deprivation and the stage? Refs welcome! :boost_requested:

These CAPTCHAs are getting more and more annoying 🙄

I'm waiting for the day robots get so good they're able to solve CAPTCHAs better than humans 🤖

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The most powerful scientific instrument in existence is the human brain. For this reason many developing countries with very low government budgets for are doing science of the highest quality.

Let us not now allow the "pay-to-publish" model to dilute their precious contributions, erase their views and silence their valuable opinions.

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