It's August and climate change deniers/trolls are clearly out and about, as a grim exchange between physicist Professor Brian Cox and climate change denier Malcom Roberts shows.
Another astrophysicist had to face off trolls after she shared on Twitter her worries over the consequences of climate change:
Dr. Katherine J. Mack is based at the University of Melbourne and currently holds a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) on the topic: “Dark matter particle physics and the first sources of light in the universe.”Honestly climate change scares the heck out of me and it makes me so sad to see what we're losing because of it.— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 15, 2016
So she kind of knows what she's talking about. But clearly that wasn't enough for a particular guy:
To which Mack had this burning reply:@AstroKatie Maybe you should learn some actual SCIENCE then, and stop listening to the criminals pushing the #GlobalWarming SCAM!— Gary P Jackson (RAT) (@gary4205) August 15, 2016
Twitter was all over the burn:@gary4205 I dunno, man, I already went and got a PhD in astrophysics. Seems like more than that would be overkill at this point.— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 16, 2016
@finkowska You get extra physics points for that— Katie Mack (@AstroKatie) August 16, 2016
@AstroKatie @gary4205 this is tweet of the Year! which emoji best describes your facial expression whilst u were typing that burn: 🙄🤑😌😴😔😏— Scotty Finlayson (@FinScotty) August 16, 2016
@AstroKatie Best utterly cool burn of an ignorant jerk EVER. Who knew that was going to be a side benefit of your PhD? Yea, you!— Daemon (@DaemonAAc) August 16, 2016
@mostobviousname @AstroKatie @gary4205 I love this so, so much 🙌🏼 #scienceisjustawesome pic.twitter.com/cScQh9atC5— Nic Stark (@nicknack1981) August 16, 2016
And for those who are interested, this is Mack's full CV:The existence of Twitter is forever validated by the following exchange. pic.twitter.com/f3TciHPFFh— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 16, 2016
I am currently holding a Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) from the Australian Research Council on the topic: "Dark matter particle physics and the first sources of light in the universe."
I am based at the University of Melbourne in the Astrophysics Group, part of theSchool of Physics.Previously, I held a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the STFC at the University of Cambridge in the Kavli Institute for Cosmology / Institute of Astronomy.
I received my PhD in astrophysics atPrinceton University and my undergraduate degree in physics at Caltech.My research has mainly been in particle physics, cosmology and theoretical astrophysics. My PhD thesis was on connections between early universe theory and astronomical observation with Professor Paul Steinhardt.