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A Sciencey Valentine from the SciSchmooze

Hello to Those Who Schmooze Science,

I hope that you found what you wanted today with the Super Bowl. For me I found no lines at the grocery store or the gas station. I did have a lot of computer data issues with today’s SciSchmooze though. Which will make this one a bit briefer than usual. If you did stay home for the Super Bowl, I hope Taylor was able to join you, the ads were as good as hoped for, and my friend Jerry’s was a big hit with the clydesdale fans.

Now, on to the science! Did you know that Sunday 11 February was the International Day of Women and Girls in STEM. Science when it is at its best, is fueled by diverse voices, whether that’s someone’s gender, ethnicity, race or life experience. Science has always worked in ways not expected. With Valentine’s day coming up I think that this is some information that you should not follow… Cures to Improve ones Sex Life! For example…

Speaking of how women were not told the truth… The Radium Girls were so contaminated that if you stood over their graves today with a Geiger counter, the radiation levels would still cause the needles to jump more than 80 years later.

Let’s be honest here. It has often been the case that people and animals have been taken advantage of, and suffered horribly by some who have figured out how to use the science, but many times it was out of the ignorance of the “perpetrator”. We really need to be sympathetic to the knowledge of those involved and the time it was happening. Science today is often used the “wrong way”. It really is important to try and understand “the rest of the story”.

If you read my missives very often you might recognize that I am a fan of the universe and its’ complexity. My friends have heard me say it but to paraphrase… If it’s complexity that you strive to understand, the brain is the most complicated object in the universe. I hope you enjoy Trees, Stars, and the Wonder of Being Human

Now that the big holiday breaks are over, the opportunities for learning cool new stuff are back with a vengeance. Here are a few to consider out of many…

The big day for big shadow is approaching. It’s less than 2 months away. I hope you have made plans to go see it if that is what you are thinking. I hear that a lot of people will be there. There will be many other ways to see it as well. How will the 2024 total solar eclipse differ from the 2017 total solar eclipse? Eclipseophile has this cloud forecast for you! There’s still time to get involved too. Check out the Eclipse Soundscapes Project, it’s a NASA Citizen Science Project. We’re between Two Eclipses of the Sun Coming to North America 2023-24.

It is nice that we have been getting some good rainfall it probably won’t last. Speaking of water, check out How Wastewater Is Made to Be Safely Drinkable and It’s not true that these are just ecological voids where nothing is living there. You might also think about how Whales and dolphins in American waters are losing food and habitat to climate change

Here’s some more interesting science stuff!

So now that I hear the fireworks going off, the super bowl must be over! I wonder who won and if Taylor made it and the plot to rig the election have is working!

Go out and learn some cool new science this week.
herb masters

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