I’m running laser power tests, and it’s not often I get told that it’s fine to burn the crap out of a sample with the laser. Trying not to take this as a personal challenge TBH.

Also, I realise a lot of this account seems to be me grumbling. I should probably make some attempt to rectify that...

DSS 43 receiving data from @NewHorizons2015 at 1.1kb/s.

Why's it called hemocyanin? Shouldn't it be called cyanoglobin?

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Hey everyone! I have a friend who’s looking for a book which introduces quantum physics. She’s a graphic designer, so she’s looking for one without maths and jargon and stuff. Any recommendations are much appreciated! 😊

My approach to research can be summed up quite simply: I’m not entirely sure what I’m doing, but that doesn’t usually stop me.

Scale model of the Solar System Show more

“We’re accepting applications for $10,000 Fellowships for women, trans, and non-binary people who would like to work on a project or research at the Recurse Center this winter.

You can work on whatever programming-related project you want. The only hard constraints on what you can do here are that it must involve code, and the code must be open source so that others may freely use, learn from, and build upon it.”


I love that I'm seeing young academics overcome the idea that certain disciplines are better, that some knowledge is more important than others. Thank y'all for doing good work.

Also, I'm probably never going to stop making jokes about the lasers being exciting.

But sunlight is exciting too, right?

Today's dilemma:
I have stuff I need to work on down in the lab, including a new laser to install. But the sky's actually clear today, and I want to enjoy the sunlight while it lasts. I haven't been getting nearly enough light recently.

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Scholar Social

A Mastodon instance for academics

Scholar Social is a microblogging platform for researchers, grad students, librarians, archivists, undergrads, academically inclined high schoolers, educators of all levels, journal editors, research assistants, professors, administrators—anyone involved in academia who is willing to engage with others respectfully.

We strive to be a safe space for queer people and other minorities, recognizing that there can only be academic freedom where the existence and validity of interlocutors' identities is taken as axiomatic.

"A Mastodon profile you can be proud to put on the last slide of a presentation at a conference"

"Official" monthly journal club!

(Participation is, of course, optional)

Scholar Social features a monthly "official" journal club, in which we try to read and comment on a paper of interest.

Any user of Scholar Social can suggest an article by sending the DOI by direct message to @socrates@scholar.social and one will be chosen by random lottery on the last day of the month. We ask that you only submit articles that are from *outside* your own field of study to try to ensure that the papers we read are accessible and interesting to non-experts.

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