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'sup, Tardigrades!

One thing I learned this month is that learned societies and science associations are chronically out of money, while foundations don't seem to have the regulatory foundation to support science communication. The more grateful am I for my generous, but few patrons on Patreon! You, too, could be one of them for just a Euro per month, you know?

Also, Science for Progress is now officially a potential danger to democracy! I was trying to promote the latest podcast episode on Instagram. It was blocked, because in order to advertise social and political issues, you need to register as an organization with Facebook. They then ask you which country's democracy you are trying to subvert. This is a bit of an annoyance since things like "international" or even "EU" aren't options. If I want to advertise in more than one country, I will have to 'authenticate' myself for each one of them... I really don't want to sign up for 195 countries!

Obviously I am all for limiting the reach of populist propaganda. I just didn't expect to be considered part of that group of suspect parties. Anyways, the more important it becomes for all of you to help me spread the word about Science for Progress!

Our rotating curation account is sadly suffering from lack of availability of curators. I contacted a lot of people, but it is clearly conference / graduation / travel season all over. So, unfortunately there is only one safe candidate for July, so far. Do you know someone who would be interested?

I really hope you enjoyed our latest podcast episode on the Energiewende. I was really happy when not one but two leading scientists volunteered to talk to me about it, after I contacted the Helmholtz Institutes. So, in a few months there will be a second episode on renewable Energy in Germany and Europe, where I talk with Tom Brown about energy network models. Do you have any questions you want answered?

In other news: In case you didn't listen to the last two episodes, yet (shame!!), Bart and I will do a LIVE SHOW!! It will happen on July 7, 4 pm central European time (3 pm in Portugal and Britain) on our YouTube channel! Part of the show will be a game where Bart and I try not to laugh at the weirdest pseudoscience stories. So you can help us out! Send stories to support Bart (bart@scienceforprogress.eu), or me (Dennis@scienceforprorgess.eu), and we will pick the funniest! Also, YOU CAN WIN A T-SHIRT! We will randomly draw a name from one of the contributors, and the winner can choose a shirt from our shop! I am looking forward to your contributions and to see you in the chat during the show!

And finally: I need to find a place to live in Lisbon, any tips? ;)

Have a good day!
Bye bye!


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