One thing hard for me is to guess abbreviations on others' toots. Even Google translator cannot tell me. Google search and Wiki may give me multiple answers, but still hard to choose which one is right.

Want to use a link shortener on #Mastodon?

Don't! :blobsurprised: All links in Mastodon posts count for 23 characters, no matter how long they really are.

(via @jond )


"Du hast gelernt was Freiheit heisst und das vergiss nie mehr." Last year I went to Berlin, read this sentence on the Berlin Wall, almost cried.The best motto I ever read.

When reading a paper or attend a lecture, I always easily get tired and fall asleep. So hard to improve efficiency :(

‘Traditional masculinity’ deemed ‘harmful’ by American Psychological Association
– article:
'...The American Psychological Association (APA) officially labeled “traditional masculinity” as “harmful” in a new report.

The label is in the report titled “Guidelines for the Psychological Practice with Boys and Men,” a first of its kind for the association, which was featured in the January issue of “Monitor on Psychology” magazine.

“Traditional masculinity ideology has been shown to limit males’ psychological development, constrain their behavior, result in gender role strain and gender role conflict and negatively influence mental health and physical health,” according to an excerpt in the 36-page report...'

the .pdf report:

Just read the news that the great mathematician Atiyah passed away. I feel quite shocked. A lot of great scholars passed away in the past year.

Finally finish my final exam. If the grade is good, maybe from now on, there will be no exams for me at all :D

A new study says Coca-Cola exerted strong influence over the way the Chinese government addressed the country's growing obesity problem.

Scientists depend on the government for grant funding, expertise and — in some cases — regulatory approval. With the shutdown, some researchers are missing those key elements.

"Science #Wikipedia pages aren’t just for non-experts. Physicists – researchers, professors, and students – use Wikipedia daily." #openaccess

I just realized that "Einstein" can be separated as "ein stein" in German, which means "one stone" in English. Is this the true meaning of his family name?

Berlin's flourishing tech scene attracts talent from across the globe –– but many complain the city's Internet speed is too slow because it runs on old copper wires instead of fiber-optic cables.

Group theory is made to describe symmetry in system.There is Copernican theorem said the universe must be isotropic and homogeneous, but usually only statistics is used to study late universe. Why group theory is not quite used in late cosmology?This is strange.

Is there any interesting work to do in late cosmology? I do not think there is much. Programming about statistics like power spectrum to determine f or sigma8 more precisely, then the difference between Lambda-CDM and Modified Gravity may be found. That is the work they usually do in cosmology. But there is not much interesting physics reality in it, only statistics upon gravity. I am getting bored these years.

There are beautiful shapes in nature

Eggs, odd oval things with different variations of circumferences for the horizontal part

Kale, how it turns at the edges in tight exact pattern and is super resilient

How tomatoes have stars in their center when you cut them in a certain way

That purple lettuce gets me every time with its contrast

And dont even get me started on how fermentation is beautiful

A question about an English word:
What is the proper word to describe a person believing in Kant's moral philosophy? Kantian?Kantism?Kantianist?Kantianism?
I do not know which noun is right.

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@Ironpop So a lot of people came to Mastodon in order to avoid the exhausting rehashing of the "outrage of the day"

And there's a bunch of other reasons why you might want to add a content warning (CW), which I have written up here:

"Politics" is on that list

So what I'd do is click the three-dots menu at the bottom of the post here and then click "Delete & re-draft"

Then click "CW" in the editor and add a content warning for "US politics mention"

A Laser Strike at the Galactic Center

Image Credit: Yuri Beletsky (Carnegie Las Campanas Observatory, TWAN), ESO #APoD

In my opinion, one thing good in mastodon is that no phone number is needed to register a new account. I tried registering a new account in twitter, but twitter asked for a phone number. I really hate that Owellian setting in twitter, managers in twitter must be insane to set that.

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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 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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