NASA let’s the Women Drive

In case you haven’t heard it from Phil enough times, Emily Lakdawalla is one of the coolest bloggers out there. Her blog touches on all things planetary and when some thing is not quit right or clear with an image, Emily will download the raw mission images and put them together and explain what we’re seeing with the authority of an image junkie with a strong science background. She does all this while raising a cute little kid and finding the time to participate in the astronomy community on neat projects like the International Year of Astronomy. Emily is a great role model for anyone thinking of balancing family and career (so are Fraser and Phil – they are two dads to little kids who have both abandoned me in Skype to play with little ones...

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Carnival of Space

I’m a day late, but hopefully not a dollar short (but does it matter – the internet offers free  rides most of the time 😉 ) This week’s Oscar themed Space Carnival is over on Starts with a Bang. Go read and enjoy!

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Star Formation in the Center of the Galaxy

Star Formation in the Center of the Galaxy

I saw a really cool paper (to me) on the pre-print server today. Astronomers Kuzic et al. have made detailed measurements of two groups objects in the center of the galaxy within half a parsec of the center of the Milky Way. These objects, named IRS 13E and IRS 13N (aren’t those exciting names?) are each composed of very young stars (less then 1 million years). The objects in 13E are Wolf-Rayet and O-Type giant stars that will quickly blow themselves out and the stars in 13N are still embedded in dust and gas. This paper caught my attention for one simple, stupid reason.  Every read Ringworld by Niven? It depicts a bunch of stars all going Nova at once in the center of the galaxy. Well, O-stars that are sufficiently large enough can do just that! The...

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Freedom to like who I want to like

I will be the first to admit that I sometimes don’t understand why politicians do what they do, even when they do what is generally considered the right thing. Last night Hilary Clinton made a complaint against Barack Obama that I just can’t understand.  Background: Recently, Nation of Islam Leader Louis Farrakhan endorsed Obama.  Obama has said that he didn’t seek this endorsement and has made it clear he doesn’t agree with all of Farrakhan’s beliefs. I’m good with that. This is, in middle-school term’s, akin to what happens when clean-cut cool kid finds out one of the scary smoker chicks has a crush on him and loudly says “Hey, I’m not into her stuff, and I never flirted with her or led her...

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The internet and morality

The internet and morality

As you probably know, my name is Pamela Gay. This is the name I was born with (yes, middle school was hell). I could have taken my husband’s last name when I got married a couple years ago, but at 32 I didn’t feel like changing, and I quite honestly can’t pronounce my husband’s very French, fairly long, last name properly. (Really. I say it and anyone who can speak French giggles rather violently.) So, Pamela Gay it is. This can be problematic. Our lab manager at SIUE didn’t get any of my emails for the first several months I was here because because my last name was considered sexually explicit content that needed block by his spam filter. Now, a good colleague in the UK (and possibly a second colleague) has been unable to receive...

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