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A Smithsonian guide to the galaxy you will hear lots about but maybe don’t need?

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Here, via the Smithsonian Magazine:

The reporter in me suddenly feels this could be a huge scoop, a cosmic scoop—just yesterday the curtain may have been lifted on much of the 96 percent of the universe we have been clueless about. But the math program dropout in me despairs at truly understanding what she’s telling me.

Fortunately, she shows me a copy of her notes for her AAAS talk, titled “What Is Dark Matter?” Although it leaves many things obscure to me, it gives a great sense of her voice when speaking to her peers—careful but sometimes exuberant.

Here are a few samples:

We spoil no more but raise no more expectations.


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