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Science (and Silliness) with the VLA, using MS Paint

1 Oct 2018, 14:41 UTC
Science (and Silliness) with the VLA, using MS Paint
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The end of the summer can be a stressful time for many scientists. Professors, researchers, and graduate students returning from busy months of presenting their work at conferences, writing journal papers, and catching up on research must now prepare for the return of university students and the coming school year. If you can remember the dread of going back to school after the summer holidays, you probably don’t find it surprising then that many of us end up looking for distraction on social media.
In the first week of August, a procrastinating biologist on Twitter decided to paint his study subject in Microsoft Paint and tweeted it, along with a call for others to do the same under the tag #MSPaintYourScience. The scientific corner of the “Twitter-sphere” was immediately delighted, and hundreds of child-like drawings of animals, environmental processes, geology, and more poured forth. As a distracted graduate student myself, I couldn’t help but get in on the fun (and nostalgia) of using MS Paint to do a somewhat wobbly laptop trackpad portrait of the telescope I use for my science, the Very Large Array (VLA) in New Mexico.
As a relatively new Twitter user, I was surprised at how ...

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