I’ve made the conscious decision today to have a ‘nothing day’. My sister-in-law calls them a ‘Day of Salvation’. I really like that. Now, more than ever, is a good time to remind yourself you don’t need to always be doing something. You don’t need to always be growing and learning; you don’t need to always be productive; you’re allowed to just do nothing. It’s not a waste of time. It’s important to practice self-compassion, to rest, and most importantly to enjoy that rest. Doing nothing is a perfectly fruitful use of your time. I’m currently lying on the couch watching movies (Hunt for the Wilderpeople ) and I don’t have plans to do anything else other than enjoying this day of rest and relaxation. And I have absolutely no guilt about that.
Well this is awesome! To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Hubble Space Telescope NASA has provided a super easy way to find an image that was discovered on your birthday (sans year )! Here’s mine (29 July ): Star Cluster Trumpler 14! I’ll pop a story/feature with the link up so you can see yours #Hubble30
I clumsily forgot to save the Live video, so I had to MacGyver myself a solution and rip the stream off my story feed. Apologies for the lower quality! Hopefully you still enjoy some of the science and fun had last Saturday! What’s dark energy? What’s a shooting star? Why aren’t monkeys evolving into humans? Tune in again this Saturday at 12:30 AEST with all your science questions and I’ll do my best to unpack them!
If you missed out on my live Science Saturday Q&A, never fear! Here’s a lovely little, bite-sized morsel of fun science put together from all the amazing questions I received! In this session I tackle why Pluto isn’t a planet, is time travel possible, why do we dream and much more!
This is really interesting! As a result of lockdowns, a group of seismologists (scientists that study earthquakes and planetary activities ) in Belgium found that human induced planetary vibrations have significantly decreased (by about one-third! ). It might be unsurprising, but it’s a gentle reminder that while the Earth is so extraordinarily more massive than humans, we can still influence change on it (and anything much bigger than us ) by cooperating and working together. We can, quite literally, move mountains. Sources: Nature, Royal Observatory of Belgium, The Guardian (François Lenoir/Reuters, Yves Herman/Reuters, Stéphanie Lecocq/EPA )
After last weeks success I was going to post a short clip of me answering a question as a sort of “look how much fun this was” type thing, but in a staggering display of my absolute ineptitude at Instagram I forgot to save the video. So here’s a picture of me at a machine learning networking event instead. I’ll be doing another round of Science Saturday tomorrow at 12:30pm (AEDT )! Jump on my story to post those burning science questions that you’re dying to know the answer to!
My kind of brew. Wish I had this in my house right now. #v60coffee
The World Health Organization (WHO ) has now characterised COVID-19 as a pandemic. As they state, “Pandemic is not a word to use lightly or carelessly. It is a word that, if misused, can cause unreasonable fear, or unjustified acceptance that the fight is over, leading to unnecessary suffering and death. Describing the situation as a pandemic does not change WHO’s assessment of the threat posed by this virus. It doesn’t change what WHO is doing, and it doesn’t change what countries should do” Panic and hysteria is not the right response. It is important to continue to remain calm and vigilant. WHO provide plenty of guidance and resources as to how to approach the pandemic in a safe, smart and kind way. I’ve popped a few here, but follow the link in my bio should you need more information. WHO continue to reiterate, “let’s all look out for each other, because we need each other ... We’re in this together, to do the right things with calm and protect the citizens of the world. It’s doable.”