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Atheists who love Science!

A group for science enthusiasts of all types -- professionals, amateurs, students, anybody who loves science.

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Whether you're a professional, a student, an amateur, an enthusiast, whatever! Lots of atheists love science. Might as well have a group for it!

Feel free to nerd out, link articles, talk about your favorite field of research, whatever!

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9/28/2008
I've been super busy with school this semester -- no time for Atheist Nexus, sadly!!
If anyone who's around here a lot wants me to toss them moderation privileges to run this group or anything, just send me (Sara) a message! Thanks!

11/14/2009
Removed ability to send mass messages to everyone in the group. At 1000+ members, that seems like asking for spam.

Offer still open if anyone active in the group wants moderation privileges, but it appears everything has been going smoothly with all kinds of great discussions without moderation. Fantastic! :)

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time viewing

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Corrupt Science

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Michelle Thaller on Science Denial

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Data Analytics and the Disintegration of Public Knowledge

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Peas learn by association

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 1 Reply

Hyperkeystone Species

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Sean Murphy Jan 18. 2 Replies

Super-Silk

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Oct 10, 2016. 1 Reply

Planetary Context of the Anthropocene

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Chris Oct 2, 2016. 1 Reply

3-D Printed Bone Repair

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 28, 2016. 0 Replies

Cold Vaccine Progress

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 28, 2016. 0 Replies

Publish-Or-Perish Guarantees Flawed Research

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Sep 22, 2016. 1 Reply

Earth like planet may be only 4.25 light-years away.

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 26, 2016. 8 Replies

Acoustic Prism

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 13, 2016. 1 Reply

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 7:52pm

Ruth, this article, White dwarfs crashing into neutron stars explain loneliest supernovae, offers a very nice example of what happens in our sky, far beyond our ability to see. There is so much activity, and interesting new discoveries, it is better than a mystery series. Thanks. I am reposting. 

Tom, the photo by NASA Collapse in Hebes Chasma on Mars, is so clear and beautiful, and to think it has been there all along and we just didn't have the technology to see it. I am so grateful to be alive at this time. I am reposting this as well. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 7:25pm

If you like astronomy pix you'll like NASA's pic of the day at:

http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/

In 1999 I started using it as desktop background. In my spare time I looked at the pix since their start in June 1995. (I'm not compulsive.)

It was dark during the damngop (one word) gov't shutdown last year.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 12, 2014 at 6:37pm

Randall, there's lots of interesting new astronomy, just not the kind we see with personal telescopes.

I didn't even know that there were "lonely" supernova events in deep space, far from galaxies, when I woke up today.

"What we therefore propose is these are systems that have been ejected from their galaxy. A good candidate in this scenario is a white dwarf and a neutron star in a binary system. The neutron star is formed when a massive star goes supernova. The mechanism of the supernova explosion causes the neutron star to be `kicked' to very high velocities (100s of km/s). This high velocity system can then escape its galaxy, and if the binary system survives the kick, the white dwarf and neutron star will merge causing the explosive transient."

White dwarfs crashing into neutron stars explain loneliest supernovae

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 6:35pm

I've been president of a few clubs and to friends described myself as the club's fearful leader.

It has some truth to it. When presiding I usually act with what looks like confidence; I know that with short notice I may have to reverse a ruling.

Politics taught me the folly of using the authoritarian language drilled into me by my dad and in Catholic schools, words like "we must ...." or "we cannot ...."). I tell some people I had to learn another language.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 12, 2014 at 4:53pm

Tom, yes, "Nothing in life is to be feared" is just one more of my hyperboles. Thanks for pointing it out to me. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 1:16pm

Good point Tom.  I also don't think the word nothing is correct.  I guess I was just looking at it from the viewpoint of personally having too many fears and knowing I would be better off if I could get rid of most of them.

Comment by tom sarbeck on August 12, 2014 at 1:00pm

Nothing in life is to be feared?

Nothing?

A nickel says she and her husband were wealthy and living calm lives.

I hear her speaking for herself. PERIOD!

I have a right to hear her as speaking for me but I won't exercise it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 12, 2014 at 11:34am

Randy, I'm about the same as you.  I was interested in astronomy when young, but not now.  I still have an 8 inch reflector telescope, but it's been disassembled for many years now.  

The images that I can see with my telescope are nothing compared with what I can find online from NASA & others.

However, I did take a little interest in the moon after Joan mentioned it on "Hang With Friends", and I remembered it being much brighter than normal in the early morning, although It didn't appear larger than normal.

I looked for information about it and found out the distance between it's furthest and closest points, are about 10% different, and so look 10% larger at times.  That makes it 30% brighter.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 12, 2014 at 7:21am

I guess I must be getting old. Astronomy just doesn't hold the fascination it used to. Like everybody was so excited about the last full moon. What is the big deal? So it was larger looking than normal. And looking at stars through a telescope is pretty boring if you ask me. Once you've "done that, been there", there's not much more you can see. I think a lot of amatuer astronomers like to show off and try to persuade newbies that star gazing is exciting. It's really not--at least not for me.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 25, 2014 at 3:59pm

Very sad news about the Joshua Trees, Randy. Are they moving into new locations yet? Some of our plants are moving either up-slope or down-slope, and some die out completely. 

Spud, wonderful quote and image. Fear is our friend; it tells us where our "cutting edge" is. Kind of like anger and grief. 

 

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