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long, meta, pretentious explanation of why this "place" is different Show more

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Scientists have discovered a way to suck CO2 from the atmosphere and turn it into biodegradable building products! Show more

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32000 years ago, during the last ice age, an Arctic ground squirrel was gathering food, which it took back to its burrow. That squirrel never ate all of the fruit and seeds it stashed, and so they stayed there, buried under the Arctic permafrost. Forgotten.

Until the squirrel's ancient home was discovered by a group of Russian scientists. The research team managed to grow 36 plants from those ancient seeds. Here's one of them – an ancient type of campion (Silene stenophylla).


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Wow, Extinction Rebellion bridge blockage bigger on the 3rd night than it was on the first

#xr #london

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Ola Bini is a long-time privacy activist and should be released immediately. We are very concerned about the implications of his arrest and his safety.

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I want a browser extension that automatically removes the "?ref=____" extensions from links that tell the site/page you're going to what site/page you came from. Is that kind of thing possible?

#infosec #opsec #privacy #tor #foss

Paul Schrader's First Reformed and Darren Aronofsky's Mother! make for an unexpectedly awesome double bill.
They couldn't be more different tonally but the environmental and religious themes are sparking mad resonances off of each other in my head right now. Can't say why without spoilers! Watch them both!

Looks interesting, haven't heard any of it yet:
"Bedtime Stories for the End of the World asks some of the UK’s top poets to re-imagine their favourite myths, fairytales and legends. The stories they want to seal up and protect against rising waters, from nuclear disaster, and from the mundane tragedy of human forgetfulness."

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4 year old about guitar strings: "This one makes the bing sound. Makes the bumba sound. Makes the bup sound. Makes the bum sound. Makes the thunder sound. Makes the bang sound."

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RT @gretathunberg
”We declare: Their concerns are justified and supported by the best available science. The current measures for protecting the climate and biosphere are deeply inadequate.”
World leading climate scientists support #FridaysForFuture #schoolstrike4climate

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crosspost from @matrix since their instance is currently down:

We’ve taken down the servers which host (link: and (link: for emergency security maintenance - estimated downtime is several hours. More updates as we have them.

the security maintenance is to address issues with (link:'s production infrastructure. This is not a Synapse issue.

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I'm saving this article. My sons will be ready for computers before I know it. The 2 yo has already tried gcompris and got along OK. He's not quite to the level of most of the activities just yet.

climate change politics, parents for future, contact me, redrafted without twitter link Show more

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offtopic, interesting elephant fact Show more

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I aspire to have violas self-seed around my yard, so this is heartening. (in someone else's yard though)

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How to take a picture of a Black Hole - just a lovely explanation by Dr Katie Bouman of what yesterday's Black Hole picture is all about.

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So I have recently come back to Mastadon (mainly and I'm looking for more people to follow.
Specifically looking for people interested in:

#laboratory / #laboratory_science

And like pretty much anything else similar to the above. So if you toot a lot of things related to the above I would greatly appreciate if you retoot, favourite or reply to this.

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Left: MIT computer scientist Katie Bouman w/stacks of hard drives of black hole image data.

Right: MIT computer scientist Margaret Hamilton w/the code she wrote that helped put a man on the moon.

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#EHTblackhole #BlackHoleDay #BlackHole

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