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Einsteinian physics gives us our best understanding of the natural world, so why are we still hung up on Newton?

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An interesting article in Quanta Magazine, highlighting issues with a recent paper dismissing dark energy

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Just wanted everyone to know that effective immediately I'll be stepping down as a Mod at QOTO.

I'm really just not enjoying it, and I've found I'd much rather be on Fedi doing silly stuff.

Qoto is my first instance, and I've always liked it here. I hope everyone continues to love QOTO and the community continues to grow.

So long, and thanks for all the Fish. :)

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@design_RG You've taught me never to send you a DM. It won't happen again.

I looked up the term "ascerbic."

I don't see how this adjective applies to my words. Maybe if I change some of the words, it will mitigate the stigma.


I decided not to express any opinion in the QOTO moderator selection process because it is a procedural charade.

The fact that my point-of-view is missing will have no effect on the short-term outcome, of course.

But it does make sense to acknowledge a problem which has potential long-term consequences.

Without more, a sham process is meaningless except for the unanticipated consequences going forward.


A. FACT. My support or lack of it will have no effect on the short-term process of selecting you as a QOTO moderator.

B. QUESTION. Does it make sense to acknowledges a problem that has long-term consequences?

C. PROBLEM. Without more, a procedural charade is a meaningless in the short-term and potentially meaningful consequences long-term are not unlikely.

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Some people are not happy with my spider obsession. Well, this one is for you. It could be so much worse.

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➽=ALL The future that graphene builtMove over, flat carbon. Meet borophene, phosphorene and the rest of the next generation of “atomically thin” super-materials.
The wonder material graphene — an array of interlinked carbon atoms arranged in a sheet just one atom thick — promised a world of applications, including super-fast electronics, ultra-sensitive sensors and incredibly durable materials. After a few false starts, that promise is close to realization. And a suite of other extremely thin substances is following in its wake.

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RT @michaeldthomas
My epiphany of the day is that with the combo of poorly researched slim articles, bad jokes, and ads for crap I don’t need, the Internet basically replicated the pile of Reader’s Digest Magazines and Fingerhut catalogs from my grandparent’s bathroom in 1988.

To what extent is altruism an expectation?
If any, what is the point of altruism?
Do you practice interspecies altruism?

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@binsrc There's never a stupid question. In eukaryotes the process begins within the cell as the DNA and organelles begin to divide and line up in preparation of mitosis (or meiosis). What you're describing occurs in a form of binary fission within some prokaryotes. Check out:

If I were a single-celled eukaryotic microorganism I would be free to swim, mate, hunt, kill and devour other microorganisms as I see fit and I would pay no attention to social norms living freely with gay abandon.

Has a eukaryote ever been observed to mistakenly divide inside of itself?

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STEM ≥ scientific data & ukiyo-e 



Although the color has now faded in many of the woodblock prints Hokusai made and sold in the 1830s, art historians confirm that the sky was originally pink in initial prints of "The Great Wave."

We can't know why the artist selected pink, but we do know that Hokusai researched available literature and illustrations before working on his own pictures. -- see "Rare Hokusai woodblock is themed on 1707 Mt. Fuji eruption" (Akihiro Tanaka & Yoshito Watari). Asahi Shimbun. May 6, 2019.

The pink sky may be intended to suggest dawn. -- see Metropolitan Museum of Art, "Dawn at Isawa in Kai Province," 1930-32.

Or maybe science provides another valid explanation?

VOLCANIC ASH IN ATMOSPHERE. In 1829, Klyuchevskaya Sopka erupted on the Kamchatka peninsula. -- see Wikipedia "List of large volcanic eruptions in the 19th century"; and see "Volcanos of Kamchatka"

The magnitude of this Klyuchevskaya eruption was much like the 2011 eruption of Grímsvötn in Iceland. -- see "List of large volcanic eruptions in the 21st century"

Like the paintings of J.M.W. Turner after the 1815 eruption of Mt. Tambora, Hokusai's pink skies may simply depict the presence of volcanic ash and dust in the atmosphere. -- see "How Paintings of Sunsets Immortalize Past Volcanic Eruptions" (Sarah Zielinski). Smithsonian. March 25, 2014.

Skies more polluted by volcanic ash scatter sunlight more, so they appear redder. -- see "How 19th century art is painting a picture of Earth's polluted past: Turner's sunsets reveal volcanic ash and gas in the sky" (Sarah Griffiths). Daily Mail. 25 March 2014.

WHAT A GREAT ARTIST SEES? Red-to-green ratios measured in paintings by great masters correlate well with the amount of volcanic aerosols in the atmosphere, regardless of the painters and of the school of painting. -- see Zerefos, C.S. et al. "Further evidence of important environmental information content in red-to-green ratios as depicted in paintings by great masters," Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, 2014 14:6, 2016, pp. 2987-3015.,
DOI = 10.5194/acp-14-2987-2014; and see below, compare Hokusai with J.M.W. Turner's "Sea and Sky," c.1820–30.
QUESTION: Does the pink sky of Hokusai suggest plausibly accurate and useful environmental observation?
QOTO = Question Others to Teach Ourselves?

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A gentle note to our fellow QOTO users. 

@freemo @design_RG

This was a very dense topic. I managed to read most of it, but I'm still having a hard time figuring out the core of the discussion,

I don't think we should invite users to not list posts. We could invite them to not public posts at a 3 seconds rate, but that's it.

Also, about STEM, I'm totally with freemo. I study in a scientific field, I am in a lab most of the week, but when I write here I don't feel like always talking about it.
I just like to know that the people in the instance are somewhat similar to me, as an approach to things, the sense of humor, the sensibility in general. That doesn't mean the ideas, the opinions, the alignment at all, but the approach we can use to talk about it. It's like the coffee machine outside of the lab.

Also I think that posts about etiquette should be shorter, I have a hard time going through all this messages =D

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What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make. - Jane Goodall

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Support the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots! “Killing in the Age of Algorithms”, a NYT documentary examining the future of artificial intelligence and warfare @BanKillerRobots

Australia wants to use carbon credits assigned to developed economies under the Kyoto Protocol, a precursor climate accord, to meet its greenhouse gas targets under the Paris accord.

Britain, Germany, New Zealand and others have ruled out such an approach, saying it undermines the spirit of the Paris deal.

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