(a.k.a. Dr Katherine J Mack) astrophysicist/cosmologist, occasional freelance science writer, connoisseur of cosmic catastrophes
I don’t think I should be the one to decide what the night sky will look like for the entire world. And I don’t think Musk should be either. Or a committee from the AAS. I think this should be a global conversation that includes many, many more voices.
The whole point of the process is to save us from ourselves by throwing us at each other. Every scientist wants to be right & have a breakthrough. That causes bias. So we have incentives to say “maybe your breakthrough isn’t real; that’s MY breakthrough!” Ideally it balances out
@warden_dios_57 It's difficult to say that *anything* is safe or not safe -- the research is not always very clear. There doesn't appear to be any reason to be alarmed about aluminum right now; from what I can find, it's likely as safe as anything else you might cook with.
Retweet if it's by absolute sheer meaningless luck that you weren't born in Syria with bombs falling all around you, desperate for refuge.
Stating scientific facts about the atmosphere of our planet is not and must not be "politics." Reality should not be a political stance.