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Binary systems are a sticky subject for Dr. JJ Eldridge, a theoretical astrophysicist based in Aukland, New Zealand. “I joke that I study exploding binary stars while exploding the myth of a gender binary,” they say.
JJ is known for having an extensive science-themed wardrobe that helps make science accessible and fun for everyone. Some favorites include a particle physics dress, a galaxy dress, and a star cluster dress. When lecturing on neutron star mergers, for example, JJ likes to wear gold shoes to remind students that these mergers may create much of the universe’s gold.
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