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[personal profile] holyschist asked: "If you could get the public to understand one key thing about your field or science in general, what would it be?"

Space-based planetary exploration isn't just blue-skies curiosity-driven research. It has a very pertinent message for us: the Earth is special. Really special. At this point, for us, irreplaceably special, because there are no planetary bodies within reach of our feeble spaceflight technology that could possibly support its diverse ecosystem. So we'd better start caring for it much more wisely than we have been.
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I didn't see this link posted yet on passing glance, so I decided to go ahead and throw it out there. Apologies if this is an old hat.
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Calling all space enthusiasts: you can help physicists & astronomers by tracking storms on the Sun. Using data from the cameras aboard the two STEREO spacecraft orbiting the sun, movies have been placed on the galaxyzoo forum to bring in support from amateur astronomers. The identification tool is currently in the beta version and can be found here.

A movie narrated by Chris Davis from the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory (RAL) to demonstrate the kind of phenomena amateur astronomers will be asked to identify is here, on YouTube.

Those of you in the UK may be interested to know that this project, which is led by the team at RAL, has the support of the Greenwich Observatory who have set up a solar storm season to mark the start of this project. An exhibition opens Saturday, 6th February. Details can be found here.
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In about a week, I'm supposed to be opening a "Girls Into Physics" event at a sixth-form college with a 20-25 minute talk. The aim of the day-long event, which includes break-out discussion groups and practical activities, is "to show girls how studying physics at A-level and beyond at university can open up career possibilities that they probably haven't thought of and that it's not just a male industry." The organizers asked me not to use PowerPoint, which I'm okay with as I try not to use PP excessively anyway, but it's challenging trying to prepare. I've attempted to write an outline, but I find I keep thinking of clever ways to phrase things and I start scripting, which is incredibly boring. Anyway, I'm looking for a bit of help here.

I'm planning to structure the talk as follows behind the cut. )

Assuming that wasn't Teal Deer for you, please let me know if you feel there's anything I haven't touched on. For those who've known me for a while: Is there a personal experience I've discussed with you that you think I ought to include?

It's been a while since I was a 16-year-old girl. If you are one, know one, play one on telly or have more recently been one than I have, I would really appreciate it if you'd let me know whether you'd find this encouraging and inspirational.


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