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Fellow #Top5Under40  scientist Amber Beavis interviewed me for The Science Show on Radio National!  Here it is in its entirety...
Amanda Bauer is a research astronomer and science communicator. She studies galaxies and takes astronomy to the people in events and presentations.  Amanda is interviewed here by fellow Top 5 Under 40 winner Amber Beavis.
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The Lady Gaga of French Mathematicians Comes Stateside: Mathematics, Cedric Villani says, is “the most hidden of all fields.” http://www.newyorker.com/tech/elements/cedric-villani-france-famous-mathematician-birth-theorem 
Mathematics, Villani says, is “the most hidden of all fields.” Credit Photograph by Eyevine / Redux
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Did a living beast actually haunt Scotland's Glamis Castle for the better part of a century? http://skep.us/4276
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jupiter in the daytime sky!
have you ever spotted jupiter during the daylight hours?   i have not, but philip cruden has, and captured this great photo that even shows one of the galilean moons!
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beautiful lighting to make FLOWERWORKS!
almost time to enjoy sydney's famous end of the year ritual - FIREWORKS!   but first, a slightly different perspective of the festive explosions... Flowerworks by Sarah Illenberger
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Slow Life: a remarkable video of marine organisms that move so slowly we would ordinarily never even notice.
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2014/12/13/slow-life/
Watch and savor this remarkable video by Daniel Stoupin. It shows tiny marine animals in motion — motions that are typically so slow that we would never notice, here enormously sped-up so that humans can appreciate them. Slow Life from Daniel Stoupin on Vimeo.
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if youre interested in astronomy and havent watched the bad astronomer's "crash course in astronomy", it's well worth the time. 
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What is the source of the Australian outback's mysterious channel country jack o' lantern? http://skep.us/4133
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Honored to be included on this list, which features some of my own fave books from the past year. io9 says this of ME, MYSELF AND WHY: "Using the latest research from neuroscience, genetics and more, she explores and experiments with her own self-perceptions (yes, there is an LSD session — for science!), always in a humane, funny voice that makes this book feel like you're talking to your favorite smart friend." http://io9.com/the-best-science-books-of-2014-1676872472
There's no better way to learn about science than by reading a book that makes it relevant to your everyday life. That's why 2014's best science books show us how science and culture are interconnected, two threads in the same story, braided together in ways that can be funny, engrossing, and often deeply moving.
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Carl Sagan: November 9th, 1934 - December 20th, 1996

There are many science communicators these days willing to enlighten the masses and explain the amazing things we can do because of science and technology. It could be said that we have so many today because Carl Sagan inspired others to follow in his path, including two of the preeminent science communicators of our day; Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson.

There were not as many science communicators in Carl Sagan’s time, making him unique, and extremely important. From Cosmos to Pale Blue Dot and The Demon-Haunted World, Sagan didn't just teach us why science and technology are amazing, he taught us a way out of the superstitions and fears from our ancient history, and how to make a fantastic future possible. He passed away on this day in 1996, still fighting against pseudoscience and the dangers of being ignorant of the science and technology that holds our civilization together. In his last television interview he spoke on this subject. You can view a segment here:

http://www.upworthy.com/a-science-icon-died-17-years-ago-in-his-last-interview-he-made-a-warning-that-gives-me-goosebumps-5

These words relate to NASA as well. The efforts and achievements of NASA are sometimes taken for granted or misunderstood. If the public has a better understanding of NASA, they can see why it deserves a budget that can help humanity become more than it is now. To honor Sagan’s legacy, you can take action now to invest in our future:

http://www.penny4nasa.org/take-action

#NASA   #Penny4NASA   #Sagan  
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As we await the awakening of the New Horizons spacecraft on its way to Pluto, several of us were discussing it's probably need for coffee. +Matthew Francis suggested a cartoon and @KerbalCast delivered. Sometimes I love the internet....

https://twitter.com/kerbalcast/status/541269207208714240
“@DrMRFrancis @NoisyAstronomer @LauraKeeney @NewHorizons2015 Ask and ye shall receive.”
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