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Sheril

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Author. Scientist. Host of PBS Serving Up Science. Sustainability, Politics & Science Communication at Michigan State. #HistoryRemix for stories of diverse trailblazers in science & the arts. #SharedPlanet to explore biodiversity

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Sheril, to books
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Once again, I’m in need of a new book to get lost in & would love recommendations 📚

Some of my favorite genres include science fiction, historical fiction & satire. What are you reading?

Sheril,
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Thanks friends. You’ve provided many intriguing book recommendations here /2 ⬇️

Sheril, to ai
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We were taught to fear humanoid robots & drones, but bots & algorithms have proven quite effective at promoting geopolitical instability.

Sheril, to space
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“The universe is expanding, and faster now than it did in the past. Scientists don't know why, but the leading explanation is that the universe contains something that has a repulsive gravitational effect - it pushes the universe apart instead of pulling it back together. This phenomenon is called dark energy.”

  • NASA, image by the Euclid European #Space Agency telescope ✨
Sheril, to random
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‘Tis the season I lose my kitchen for a week. But that also means I get to hang out with the great WKAR-PBS folks who make Serving Up Science so much fun. Season 5 should be a good one 🌶️

Sheril, to animals
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Some flowers from the compost pile to start your day. 🌼

Sheril, to random
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Controversial, but shouldn’t be:

Science & religion are not mutually exclusive.

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Nothing “shocking” here.

Sheril, to random
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Science isn’t “truth.” It isn’t simply a series of facts.

Science is an iterative process. We continue to test hypotheses & refine ideas.

Science is always changing as we learn more.

Sheril, to random
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Whirlwind trip to Washington, DC as we prepare to move to the city later this summer.

Sheril, to random
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“We keep moving forward, opening up new doors & doing new things, because we’re curious… and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

-Walt Disney

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Wow.

Sheril, to random
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There’s a lot of commentary about the film The Idea of You bc Anne Hathaway plays a 40 year old mom who is attractive.

I have not seen the movie, but as a mom of 2 who is also older than Anne Hathaway, the seemingly widespread surprise(?) that women of a certain age can still be engaging & lovely seems so silly.

Sheril, to science
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Henrietta “Etty” Darwin was born in 1843, the eldest of Charles Darwin’s daughters to reach adulthood.

She became a key editor of her father’s scientific writing, most notably The Descent of Man & Selection in Relation to Sex, published in 1871.

Charles Darwin considered Etty a “dear coadjutor, fellow-labourer” & lively member of an intellectually stimulating household. https://www.cam.ac.uk/research/news/unpublished-journal-offers-new-take-on-darwins-daughter #science #HistoryRemix

Sheril, to mastodon
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A year and a half on #Mastodon & I still really like this algorithm-free experience in the #fediverse.

Thanks @Gargron.

Sheril, to random
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I’m thrilled to share that I’ll be an International Affairs Fellow through the Council on Foreign Relations starting this Fall!
https://www.cfr.org/fellowships/international-affairs-fellowship

Sheril,
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@Lizette603_23 Thank you ☺️

Sheril, to books
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I’m nearing the end of a book & it’s one of those instances where I’m simply not ready to say goodbye to the complex set of characters I’ve come to know.

Oh well. I suppose that’s a sign of great storytelling. 📚 #books #reading

Sheril,
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@SteveDuncan It’s a draft so it’s not out yet, but I sure hope to see it published soon. It would make an excellent film too. Historical fiction.

The author is Matthew Chapman.

Sheril, (edited )
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The last time I felt this way, incidentally, was when I approached the end of Cloud Cuckoo Land by Anthony Doerr. Still one of my favorite reads. /2 #books

Sheril,
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Since a few folks have asked & I don’t mean to be mysterious, it’s a draft so it’s not out yet, but I sure hope to see it published soon. It would make an excellent film too. Historical fiction.
The author is Matthew Chapman. /3

Sheril,
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@stveje Oh this is not a book I’m writing… Just a wonderful story I’m reading!

I haven’t written a book in a long time!

Sheril, to animals
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Dogs are good. #dogsofmastodon

Sheril, to books
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Travis Rieder's new book, Catastrophe Ethics, "aims to advise the well-intentioned, morally anxious & philosophically curious person" confronting the questions about whether our personal choices about the environment, technology, & justice matter.

Sounds like an interesting read: https://www.the-tls.co.uk/articles/catastrophe-ethics-travis-rieder-book-review-simone-gubler/?fbclid=IwZXh0bgNhZW0CMTEAAR19D-hRL6rg9nJAbWo2SQGS_7vd9N64fz4WwkPSFd9ervE4Re_tRBogcLM_aem_AWx9zZLA-6Qbe9TD49IQpT4_NCUTkPzyCI599uGf6HoM49zJWkyjDAiD4tawWPNcszU_ShkQLob1-i1w43z43lAE

Sheril, to random
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Do you see a series of sunken rectangles or 16 circles?

This is The Coffer Illusion.

Our brains are geared toward identifying objects & here, “pixels” are grouped to form edges & contours, shapes, & objects. The image is inherently ambiguous so there is no “right” grouping.

Rectangles dominate first for most people - including me, but keep staring & the image may flip to circles.

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