Wir sind dann mal hier! 😀

Die Universität Freiburg freut sich auf Kommunikation und Austausch hier auf Mastodon. 🤝


We launched a new group to promote the translation of the scientific literature variable-variability.blogspot.

We are naturally also on the Fediverse: @TranslateScience

In my own post on the group I write about how I changed from thinking English is just a basic science skill, like statistics and coding, to starting this group due to my work as #climatologist.

Translating scientific works is part of #OpenScience. Language barriers should not waste scientific talent.

#ClimateChange #Climatology

Next week Wednesday is our first online Homogenization Colloquium. homogenisation.grassroots.is/h

Last year one of our main seminars on the homogenization of climate data was online. We noticed that there were many participants who were normally not there.

People who could not afford the travel and people who did do some homogenization, but where the weather service would only send their main expert to the seminar.

So we will try to regularly meet online to be more inclusive.

In this week's edition of the Corona Virus Update Prof. Christian Drosten made an observation that has serious policy implications. German media reported on it, but I have not seen much in English. So I wrote a blog post on it.

Antigen rapid tests much less effective for screening than previously thought according to top German virologist Drosten variable-variability.blogspot.

It sounds credible to me. If true using a rapid test does not make indoor activities like dining safe.

The international signal for help.

Let's make it known all over the world. It will make a difference.


's Peter Bauer will give a online talk on a big new project .

"The objective of the Destination Earth initiative is to develop a very high precision digital model of the Earth to monitor and simulate natural and human activity, and to develop and test scenarios that would enable more sustainable development and support European environmental policies." ec.europa.eu/digital-single-ma

It will be on the 17th of March at 16h CET (Berlin) using Zoom:

Language barriers are a problem within science & for communication with science-adjacent professions.

A journalist who should know more about viruses. An agricultural advisor. A climatologist in Peru. An architect designing a building for the weather of the next century. A biologist who found an invasive species.

With some colleagues were are thinking of a switchboard for translated articles, where you can give an article DOI & get links to any translations.

Our next call is this Tuesday.

The skeptics guide to the universe 12 hour live stream starts at 16UTC.
Tune in if you are interested in critical thinking and science communication. There will be quizzes with audience participation.

New #ClimateServices2020 report on #DRRDay
#Climatechange has led to more extreme weather. Yet 1 in 3 people are not covered by #EarlyWarning systems.
Being prepared and able to react at the right time, in the right place, saves lives and livelihoods.

[:tw: tweets.newsbots.eu/WMO/status/#bot]

Arctic odyssey ends, bringing home tales of alarming ice loss

The biggest #Arctic expedition in history will return to the German port of Bremerhaven on Monday after a year-long mission, bringing home observations from scientists that sea ice is melting at a "dramatic rate" in the region.


#ClimateScience #MOSAIC

Just realized I never did an on Fediscience...
So hi there! (better late than never)
I'm a physicist by training doing a postdoc on and

I like books, and I'm generally interested in and
I mostly talk about my research fields here, if you want to hear about FLOSS, (in) and , check my alt: @tfardet

The university of Bonn is organizing an online seminar:

"Why Internationalization? - Old and new rationales in diverse higher education systems" uni-bonn.de/die-universitaet/v

It made sense in the past. With the ease with which we communicate globally nowadays, I wonder whether it still makes sense.

Carleton et al. (2020): Valuing the Global #Mortality Consequences of #ClimateChange Accounting for #Adaptation Costs and Benefits, #NBER Working Paper 27599

The new study estimates
that the mean increase in #mortalityrisk due to climate change "is valued at roughly 3.2% of global GDP in 2100"

Mortality rates increase in extreme cold and hot #temperatures, especially for the elderly, flattened by both higher incomes and #ClimateChangeAdaptation.


Fawkes, a software developed by the Univ. of Chicago, can be used to modify your images at a pixel level so that they look they same to humans, but can no longer be used for automated image (i.e. person) recognition.
Would people be interested to have this integrated into Mastodon so it can be used on images they upload?

I wrote an announcement of to explain to people who do not know Mastodon yet why it is good for them and society.

Micro-blogging for scientists without nasties and surveillance variable-variability.blogspot.

The links on Twitter and Reddit are up.



Please help create some buzz on the legacy silos. So that we can move some scientists from to past to the future.

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Micro-blogging for scientists without nasties & surveillance variable-variability.blogspot.

The announcement of FediScience got 500 boosts.

More important would be to spread the news outside of Mastodon. They need more explanation, so I wrote the above blog post to explain why Mastodon is better for us & for society.

Please spread on social networks this Monday at 3pm (Berlin), 2pm (London), 9am (New York). You will find a post here:

And a Tweet here:

This year the North Eastern Conference on Science and Skepticism is an online event and therefore available world wide.


New people of , who did not do so yet, please introduce yourself using the hashtag and indicate your expertise and interests in your bio. It is good to know who we are talking with.

P.S. Yes, I know I used . My mistake.

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