Welcome back to SciCurious!
Back in February, I called up Ashley Spindler for a chat. Ashley is a very busy person, and she wouldn't have it any other way. Besides working on machine learning for galaxy identification, she's using generalised methods, meaning that her work can find all sorts of anomalies in all kinds of data! Besides that, she's a twitch streamer, aspiring novelist, and amateur model!
A note from Ashley: I made a slight mistake in described the timescales that different methods of star formation are related to. H alpha, the main method discussed, is related to timescales of 10^8 years, which is the lifetime of high-UV producing stars. Other methods instead look at timescales of 10^9 years, as they rely on the lifetimes of different stellar populations. (See Kennicutt 1998 for an in depth review.)
.You can find more of Ashley on twitter, where she's @DrAshleyNova, on twitch at twitch.tv/ashleynova, or check out her Patreon for her novel and modelling work!
Special thanks to IOP Scotland, for funding this short series about LGBT physicists. You can find out more about IOP scotland at their website.
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The music for this episode was Mamma Mia by Austin Weber. You can find Austin's music on iTunes and Spotify. He's got a new album called Love Songs For No One coming out on May 11th, so keep an eye out for that.
Things that made me happy this week:
Cupboards and wardrobes
The trainline outside my window
You'll hear from me again soon, and until them, have good weeks!