The Faraday Christmas Lectures!

Some of us here at IReallyAppreciateScience.com have been a super fan of The Faraday Christmas Lectures since before the internet! While we cannot short-circuit the Royal Institute in their costly presentation of three scientific lectures every Christmas, we can highlight them with videos and clips and the past Christmas' lectures. Please, encourage your local TV …

Social Inequities Explain Racial Gaps in Pandemic, Studies Find

https://www.nytimes.com/by/gina-kolata "Higher rates of infection and mortality among Black and Hispanic Americans are explained by exposure on the job and at home, experts said. "When Dr. Gbenga Ogedegbe began to research coronavirus infections among Black and Hispanic patients, he thought he knew what he would find. Infected Black and Hispanic patients would be more likely …

Greta Thunberg: The media are the only ones who can reach out with the time we have left

(Translation from Swedish by Dr. Kenneth M. Beck and Google Translate) "To hand over the responsibility for Sweden's largest daily newspaper to a minor, uneducated activist is completely incomprehensible. It's crazy. If it were not for the absurd fact that we are in an existential crisis that is still ignored by our society," writes Greta …

Greta Thunberg: Medierna är de enda som kan nå ut med den tid vi har kvar

Att lämna över ansvaret för Sveriges största dagstidning till en omyndig, outbildad aktivist är helt obegripligt. Det är vansinne. Om det inte vore för det absurda faktumet att vi befinner oss i en existentiell kris som fortfarande ignoreras av vårt samhälle, skriver Greta Thunberg, gästande chefredaktör för DN den 6 december. Vi kan inte lösa …

‘Makes you ask why the hell we even bother.’ Infectious disease experts face disillusionment as COVID-19 pandemic worsens

My friend Kristen, a fellow and avid Northwestern Wildcat, introduced me to this article from The Boston Globe. I thought it was not only absolutely true - ergo quaecumque sunt vera - but captured another slice of the broader Trump legacy on science policy. If in fact it is solely his and not one of …

4 Vesta

The bright object, glowing at magnitude 8.1, is 4 Vesta. All images of 4 Vesta and its star field are aligned stacks of 9 images taken at f/10 FL2350mm, 2" exposure, 12800ISO; NIKON D-810. An image including 4 Vesta in the lower center at ~60% opacity, underlaid by a star chart using Keynote as my …