Geek (Linux, science in general), pedant, experiencer of far too much social and generalised anxiety. He/him.

Andover, England
Joined July 2010
Hi, if you've recently followed me due to tweets about Elite Dangerous and the 'Market Connector' app I help maintain... ... well, no, I'm not going to stop (re)tweeting political stuff, random funny stuff, or anything else unrelated to ED. NOT a sub-tweet!
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The 2020 U.S. astrophysics decadal survey is out, and it's a big deal! Imagine a new fleet of "great observatories" and the capability to scan hundreds of exoplanets for biosignatures. Here's your guide to the 2020 astrophysics decadal survey: planetary.org/articles/the-2…
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It is genuinely terrifying that the govt are trying to pass laws enabling them to: β€’ lock up peaceful protesters β€’ strip people of their citizenship β€’ undermine judicial independence …and every newspaper, media outlet, commentator and opposition MP is like, β€œBUT THE PARTY!”
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Replying to @rkiplagat
I like this animation
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The Express suggested that post-Brexit trade deals will deliver a Β£766 billion boost. This figure refers to the total value of trade between the UK and countries it has agreed trade deals with, most of which were rolled over from when it was an EU member fullfact.org/economy/express…
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So, if we all make these images, and they turn all of them into NFTs, they won’t be able to afford the electricity to run the block chain. Please tell me the NFT generation is automatic and we can do NFT hyperinflation…
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Why is there more matter in the universe than anti-matter? Does this mea Dirac's theory of anti-matter is wrong? An if anti-particles are mirror particles of our normal matter could there be "anti-stars" in our galaxy, stars made of anti-matter? invidious.fdn.fr/watch?v=5EBgo6rV…
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If someone tells me something bad has happened to them, my first response is to share a similar experience I have had, as a way to show solidarity and remind them they're not alone. /1
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Would it help if we were to drop the phrase "natural immunity " in favour of "infection induced immunity" in scientific writing, when the contrast is with "vaccine induced immunity "? We might otherwise be reinforcing the common assumption that natural is best.
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URGENT: As we feared, @TwitterSafety is already locking and suspending the accounts of extremism researchers under its new "Private Media" policy. The video is from September (predating the policy) and shows two right-wing extremists IN PUBLIC, planning violent assaults.
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Nationality and Borders Bill: Two in five people (6 million British citizens) from an ethnic minority background in England and Wales may become eligible to be stripped of their citizenship without warning under new plans proposed by the government. newstatesman.com/politics/20…
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NEW: Two women victims of criminal harassment have disclosed privately that their stalkers have used @TwitterSafety's new "Private Media" policy to force the victims to delete several screenshots that detail ongoing criminal threats. Twitter's new policy is deeply flawed.
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Plague Island maintaining its reputation for being Plague Island.
Oh the shame. A UK-based *medical conference* appears to have been the super-spreader event for the infection that took #Omicron to Israel. "not everyone was wearing masks. The conference was attended by 1,250 people in person". theguardian.com/world/2021/d…
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What are some examples of technology that help prevent outbreaks? How about… toilets? 🚽 That’s right. Toilets, like sewer drains, are part of infrastructure. And infrastructure plays a big role in our health by keeping our surroundings free of germs. invidious.fdn.fr/k0WGXeWPb1M
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Naturally coloured eggs showing the variations produced by different chicken breeds.
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Sajid Javid claimed the UK has resettled more refugees than any other European country since 2015. This is true, but resettlement schemes are only a small part of the figures. Other European nations accepted far more people for protection as a whole. fullfact.org/immigration/saj…
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The way the Tories have just let cases bounce along like this for 6 months, killing around 1k people a week, and people act like it's normal.
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So, instead, the Government gave the contract to their pal via Alpha Laboratories in such a way that you were supposed never to find out. Except for the work done by the Guardian theguardian.com/world/2021/m… - oh, and that small bird.
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Remember the story of Matt Hancock and Alex Bourne, the publican turned medical equipmemt supplier, a photo of whose pub Mr Hancock kept on his office wall?
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