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We do not know what it is.
There seems to be huge amounts in the Universe.
We have no idea why.

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We know exactly what it is.
There seems to be almost none in the Universe.
We have no idea why not.

This is a great long read in the Times Higher about the current state of English studies across the English speaking world, behind a paywall alas. Very timely and relevant for me as I'm starting to seriously consider the dreaded and oft delayed doctorate.

timeshighereducation.com/featu

It should not be safe for Nazis to be outside.

They should not feel safe expressing their opinions.

When your "free speech" means the death of other people, your opinion is not welcome.

And don't give me your paradox bullshit. :bloboff:

Puns inside 

me showing the New Cool Science Thing to all my friends

Review of Caroline Criado Perez's book, Invisible Women, about how women are disadvantaged by data bias, with a focus on what the book covers in relation to the higher education sector. Added to reading list.

hepi.ac.uk/2019/04/08/invisibl

during autism awareness month, please remember that autism speaks is a terrible organization, and very few autistic people like them at all.

instead of supporting them or "light it up blue", you should instead support ASAN, the autistic self-advocacy network, and you should remind allistic people that A$ is a horrible company.

In the last few months:
- Tumblr purged adult content (and a bunch of stuff it misindentified).
- Flickr purged free storage above a limit of 1000 photos/account.
- Myspace deleted 12 years' worth of music.

And Google+ only has two weeks left before Google pulls its plug.

Back up your accounts!

And if you can, consider donating to the Internet Archive. archive.org

... and it’s gone. Got signed out on my iPad, now I can’t sign in because I have it on 4 devices. Now I have to ask myself who I hate least - Microsoft or Google? :/

death metal, vore, link to the BBC 

Be a pronoun professional in three easy steps:
1) Add your pronouns to your profile
2) Discover and use the pronouns people have in their bios before interacting with them
3) If you don't know their preferred pronouns default to they/them and don't presume anything

Turnitin sold to Advance for £1.3 billion, a US media company that owns the Discovery Channel, Wired, most of Reddit, and much more.

Why this is of concern from the THE article: "it reinforces a business model that relies on the collection and use of student data at students’ expense and without compensating them”.

timeshighereducation.com/news/

A thing of beauty:

“Hipster whines at tech mag for using his pic to imply hipsters look the same, discovers pic was of an entirely different hipster”

theregister.co.uk/2019/03/06/h

Technology rant / swearing 

Technology rant / swearing 

Good article about the suppressed contributions of women in science. While I would optimistically like to think that most people know about Rosalind Franklin's contribution to the discovery of the structure of DNA now, the problem goes much deeper.

theatlantic.com/science/archiv

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