Carnival of Space

I love the name of this blog: The Angry Astronomer! And his angry self is hosting this week’s carnival of space. Check it out.

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The Grant Application Pwnd Me

If you noticed I’ve been strangely silent for the past couple weeks, it’s because I’ve been writing in other windows. Earlier today, I had the rather frightening realization that between writing a grant, writing documentation, and some personal writing projects, I’d (with a lot of help from colleagues) produced 150 pages of worth of potential dead trees. That means the group of us averaged 20 pages a day. Kinda cool. Kinda scary. The primary source of tree death was a grant that I and colleagues submitted as part of a NASA request for proposals. This is a process that led my husband to determine astronomers are truly insane. The reason for his decision is simple: The group of us working on this project wrote the grant outside of our normal...

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Carnival of Space

This week’s carnival of space is over on the Discovery Blogs, where several folks I know (including my collaborator Chris Lintott) contribute. Check out the carnival of space, and while you’re there, take a look around.

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Galaxy Evolution and the Language of Violence

Galaxy Evolution and the Language of Violence

One thing that has always fascinated me is how readily humans (myself certainly included) anthropomorphize everything around us. Even in the precise language of science, the tendency to use emotionally loaded words persists as we discuss the stress or strain on everything from physical structures (calculating the point of failure of building supports), and the failure of ecological niches (determining the tipping point that triggers an estuary to die). The equations we use to describe these failures differ, but the words – the same one we use when a human is breaking – are equally applied. Stressed and strained are not the only emotional states that describe the physical world. In the field of galaxy evolution, the words cannibalism, harassment,...

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Carnival of Space

A bit late this time. I was distracted by the real world show last night 🙂 But don’t worry, the Carnival is still running over on the Bat Page. Enjoy!

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