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Speaking of Moms and Aurora

Herb Masters
May 13 2024

Science Moms

Hello to the Children of Mothers, who Support and Love Science,

Let’s get this off and running as many mothers would do! I hope that even if you didn’t celebrate Mother’s Day you at least reflected a bit on how essential mothers have been throughout history to science. For instance…

Celebrating Some Mothers of Science and Engineering

Mothers of science

The Challenges of Being Both a Scientist and a Mom

On another timely note you may have heard a lot about the Aurora in the last few days. Alex Filippenko sent this link to catch the latest AURORA – 30 MINUTE FORECAST at the SPACE WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER You might also want to check out Night sky, May 2024

I can’t stress enough how important I think science is in helping us to understand the importance and understanding of The Lasting Impacts Of Scientific Fraud. Sadly lives are turned upside down or even ended by being duped into believing dangerous and/or at best, mistaken understanding of science. I do have to say that I’m concerned about what influence AI will have on our understanding of science or the news! On a related thought, I think it is important to recognize the impact of science and reason compared to how religion influences our lives and even government, consider abortion. To that point I suggest that you consider The Christian Nationalist Threat to American Democracy – Livestream on Thursday.

There is so much to learn and enjoy about science this week that I’m going to keep it short this week. Here are a few presentations that you might find worth your attention…

Low Tide Walk at Bair Island Mon 1:00 (One of my favorite places to walk.)

Exploring Quanta and Fields – Livestream Tue 3:00

Birdy Hour: Ask the Ornithologist: An Interactive Q & A with a Bird Expert Thu 5:00

After Dark: LASERs Thu 6:00 (It really seems like it should be Lasers After Dark!)

I’m a strong supporter of volunteering to help make things better. Here’s an article about how people help make a difference… How scientific breakthroughs and historical events have shaped the global fight against one of humanity’s oldest killers.

I love to see and here about crazy and fun ideas to communicate science. For instance this from the Illinois Park Employees Dressed Like Cicadas Act Out the Life Cycle of the 17-Year Cicada

I hope you enjoy The Science of (a well placed expletive)! You may notice a couple of references to CSICon ‘24, I hope to see some of you there!

It’s been one of those weeks and weekends! I hope that you have a great week celebrating all things science and the science of any and all things.

herb masters

“My mother made me a scientist without ever intending to. Every other Jewish mother in Brooklyn would ask her child after school, So? Did you learn anything today? But not my mother. Izzy, she would say, did you ask a good question today? That difference – asking good questions – made me become a scientist.” Isidor Isaac Rabi

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