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New blog post on the upcoming #bonfire beta release:

"In a few days' time we'd like to invite you to experiment with a 'playground' instance of Bonfire, the federated social networking toolkit for communities. Lots of what you'll see in the Bonfire beta will be recognisable from other social and/or federated apps. There is some functionality that may be a little different with Bonfire as well."

There is a war against nature. They are killing those who go to the front-line to defend her.

'Defenders of nature': a tribute to Bruno Pereira and Dom Phillips – video

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Heute Nacht wurde das #LNGBeschleunigungsgesetz im Bundesrat beschlossen.
So sollen jetzt 11 neue LNG Terminals gebaut werden.
Bei Vollastbetrieb von 2026-2043 würden sie zusammen fast das komplette deutsche CO2-Budget aufbrauchen🤯 - Schluss mit dem fossilen Wahnsinn!

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So, how do people run their own personal #fediverse instances? What software? Self-hosted or paying for hosting?

To do my part in ensuring the fediverse stays diverse, I think I'd rather not use mastodon. Also, I'd rather not run that kind of bloat on my small homelab when selfhosting


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Since we're all excited about the image of Sagittarius A*, here's a different view of the central regions of our galaxy.

In January the MeerKAT telescope in South Africa released a stunning radio dataset. In the image below I colorised it using what we call spectral index, which tells us what causes this radio emission, like electrons accelerated by magnetic fields.

Sgr A* would be an tiny spec at the center of this image.

More info:

#astronomy #astrophotography

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a poll about OpenSource in OpenScience 

Hi friends, I'd like to know your opinion about in . I think Open-Source must be for all the steps in the process of academic publishing to be Open-Science, not only if you develop a soft or for the results. What do you think?

Is Open Science if the research was written/developed/processed with non Open-Access Software?
For example: is Open Science if the research was written with Microsoft Office, or developed using SPSS?

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Do you use a note taking app?

Quite exciting to see more and more scientists joining the !

If your colleagues ask you about this place, please let them know we have three mastodon communities with focus:


I also participate as moderator in an academic Spanish/Portuguese speaking community:



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Today I will spend most of the day looking at the Event Horizon Telescope image of Sgr A*!

This is the first direct image of the emission immediately outside of our Milky Way’s central supermassive black hole!!!

Just submitted the mid-term reporting docs of my research project. Feierabend! :PizzaBlobCat:

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Me trying to convince some folks on the birdsite to migrate to the fediverse - Turns into a blockchain/bitcoin discussion 🤦‍♂️

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By now you might be wondering: Why is the telescope #gold?

The mirrors are actually made of Beryllium, which is a very strong and lightweight metal, and are coated in a very thin layer of gold. The total amount of gold on #JWST is only about the size of a marble!

Why gold? Gold is VERY efficient at reflecting infrared light! JWST is designed to search for this heat in the early universe

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A few years ago I made this flow chart of which Mastodon posts end up in which timelines!

So, you can see how each instance will have a different local timeline, and even a slightly different federated timeline - and you can see why the federated timeline moves so much faster than the local one, too.

This is why it's important to boost good posts and use hashtags - the fediverse is fragmented and harder to search by nature.

[ #mastodon #meta #tootorial #howto #mastopedia #mastotip ]

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A sincere tip for longtime fediverse people who would like their friends to stick around here longer than a week:

If you're on Mastodon or Hometown, you can click the "bell" icon in the profile of someone you follow. This will make it so that every time they post, it will appear in your notifications like an "@". I am enabling this temporarily for friends so that I remember to interact with them. This is important for making this place feel more lively and helps people stick around!

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since academictwitter isn't going to take off on here


might be what I use to share or highlight things to other scholars

on or off this instance

bc indie scholars are a total thing and many mutuals are that very thing without needing to be on this particular instance

Jorge S. :OpenAccess: boosted

Hello, new people! Welcome to the Fediverse.

It's a great place if you want to have conversations with human beings, or follow some funny or informative bots.

It is not a great place if you want to "ratio" each other, "build your brand", or be an "influencer".

If you are hoping to participate in an attention economy, you will eventually become very frustrated with this place.

Fair warning.

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