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…your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should…

— Dr. Malcolm

Quote posted March 20, 2023

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🫡 Spider Research 🕷️

Posted March 14, 2023

Started following the Entomological Society of America on Mastodon and today I learned 1) there are brown widow spiders in addition to black widow spiders and 2) a Florida study found that the brown widows killed and consumed nearby black widows 80% of the time (!)

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Happy 2023 Pie Day 🥧

Pic posted March 14, 2023

“Pi Day is a fake holiday made up by Big Math to sell more math”

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Lazy Sunday @ SMM, Saint Paul

Pic posted February 26, 2023

The early members-only hour is awesome

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The amount of sunlight that strikes the earth’s surface in an hour and a half is enough to handle the entire world’s energy consumption for a full year…

— U.S. Department of Energy

Quote posted August 1, 2022

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Celebrate Science 2022

Pic posted April 15, 2022

Science Museum of Minnesota – Go F Girl was truly an early explorer

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The nerds are getting vocal

Pic posted March 15, 2022

Science Museum of Minnesota lobby

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Not pregnant

Pic posted February 2, 2022

First rapid, home COVID test

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Mixed feelings on Portillo’s

Pic posted January 8, 2022

Love the cheese fries, but hardly any masks on staff

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Contact, it’s the secret. It’s the moment, when everything happens. Contact, it’s the answer. It’s the reason, why everything happens. Contact, let’s make contact!

— 3-2-1 Contact

Quote posted November 30, 2021

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Memorial Day 2021 🇺🇸

Posted May 31, 2021

Remembering those who perished in service to this country:

  • Civil War: 655,000
  • World War I: 116,516
  • World War II: 405,399
  • Korean War: 36,516
  • Vietnam War: 58,209

And as vaccines start to take hold, also thinking of these American lives lost:

  • Flu Pandemic of 1918: 675,000
  • COVID-19 Pandemic: 591,265

Rest in Peace 💜

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Science, FTW!

Pic posted May 31, 2021

Masks now not required at Target if you are fully vaccinated 🎯💉

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Link: Not a mortality trend we need

Linked May 26, 2021

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Ready for the jabs

Pic posted April 8, 2021

First of four days @ USBS

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Excited to help this weekend

Pic posted April 7, 2021

10,000 more shots in four days

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One jab in, one to go

Pic posted March 22, 2021

Grateful to everyone working on this

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This is so exciting!

Pic posted January 20, 2021

Keep it going, Land of 10,000 Lakes

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“Attending” MIT has been awesome

Pic posted December 10, 2020

Thanks to the faculty and speakers for the great COVID class

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Link: Thank you, Professor Zhang

Linked December 1, 2020

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Chance favors the prepared mind

— Louie Pasteur

Quote posted November 30, 2020

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Link: Minnesota joins Apple/Google

Linked November 22, 2020

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Pic posted November 17, 2020

Last week’s lecture was so over my head, it wasn’t even funny

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Link: Thanks, MIT – always learning

Linked September 17, 2020

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On Safety

Posted August 23, 2020

I’ve been thinking a lot about safety lately. The pandemic, political and economic turmoil, return to work plans – all of these have safety components that give me anxiety and make 2020 feel like even more of a challenge. What exactly is the condition of being safe? I like these definitions: freedom from danger, risk, injury or loss; unhurt, harmless, cautious. Of course, safe can also mean unlikely to produce controversy or contradiction – also sometimes useful, but not what I’m writing about today.

The spread of COVID and the tools and policies available to manage the threat have become overtly political, which is unfortunate. I’m lucky that I really don’t have to fight any physical battles with people who won’t wear masks or follow guidelines and have the economic stability to isolate at home as much as I can during the pandemic. I’ve already decided I don’t *need* to visit casinos, go to movie theaters or drink in bars right now and I tend to favor take-out over eating inside at restaurants that are offering that option (and winter is coming, patio people). Correctly wearing a face mask to Target or the grocery store is literally the easiest thing you can do to keep the economy running, limit the spread of the virus and help keep people safe.

Outdoor activities are safer than indoor activities, which has resulted in a surge of bike sales and golf rounds. These are both things I love to do in a “regular” year, so this has been a great way to pass the time (and keep my move streak alive). It’s funny that some of the outdoor things I like to do aren’t always considered safe: danger is part of the appeal with downhill skiing and single-track mountain biking, for example. But even with those activities, I’m more cautious the older I get. Running has always been important to me, but I’ve even turned that down a notch, preferring strenuous hill walks to full out running for speed (at least for now).

Read more…

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Bill The Gates

Pic posted August 18, 2020

I ❤️ The Economist

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