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1 Summary

Here's a selection of… how to say it nicely… let's stick with "strange" paper titles I've been finding while browsing arXiv… Some titles just have a completely unnecessary, uninformative first part (e.g., "The penguin in the box: observations of my favorite galaxy, the latte coffee galaxy"). Some titles try to make a pun or a reference to some popular movie or book… Some are just hard to describe… As you guess, I'm advocating for simple, straight to the point titles. The title should be serious, informative, provide enough elements so the reader knows what it is about, without being too long. The list is only for astro-ph papers (hep-ph and hep-th papers are also worth it). There's no link, just look for the title in astro-ph!

2 Newspaper headlines (fake news maybe?)

2.1 Yes, the result is that clear

  • Ultra-light Dark Matter is Incompatible with the Milky Way's Dwarf Satellites
  • Supersoft X-ray emission from a white dwarf binary not powered by nuclear fusion
  • 50% of Quasar Outflows are Situated at Least 100 Parsecs From the Central Source
  • Enhanced atomic gas fractions in recently merged galaxies: quenching is not a result of post-merger gas exhaustion
  • Star-forming galaxies are predicted to lie on a fundamental plane of mass, star formation rate and α-enhancement
  • The gas-phase metallicities of star-forming galaxies in aperture-matched SDSS samples follow potential rather than mass or average surface density
  • Optically thick HI does not dominate dark gas in the local ISM
  • AGN must be very efficient at powering outflows
  • The Milky Way has no in-situ halo but it has a thick disc. Composition of the stellar halo and age-dating the last significant merger with Gaia DR2 and APOGEE
  • No magnetars in ULXs
  • Comments on "No magnetars in ULXs" waiting for remarks on comments on "No magnetars in ULXs"
  • Yes, multi-periodic dwarfs in Upper Scorpius are binaries waiting for the competitor's paper: No they are not
  • Dense gas is not enough: environmental variations in the star formation efficiency of dense molecular gas at 100pc scales in M51
  • Outflows from dwarf starbursts are ubiquitous: kinematics of z<0.3 GRB-SN hosts resolved with FLAMES
  • The fundamental metallicity relation emerges from the local anti-correlation between star formation rate and gas-phase metallicity existing in disk galaxies
  • There is no magnetic braking catastrophe: Low-mass star cluster and protostellar disc formation with non-ideal magnetohydrodynamics
  • LAMOST J202629.80+423652.0 is not a symbiotic star
  • Wide binaries are rare in open clusters
  • From lenticulars to blue compact dwarfs: the stellar mass fraction is regulated by disc gravitational instability
  • No Redshift Evolution in the Broad Line Region Metallicity up to z=7.54: Deep NIR Spectroscopy of ULAS J1342+0928

2.2 Clickbait

  • Supernovae from blue supergiant progenitors: What a mess! oh boy
  • Spectacular HST observations of the Coma galaxy D100 and star formation in its ram pressure stripped tail the point of the paper is to show some spectacle
  • MUSE sneaks a peek at extreme ram-pressure stripping events - IV. Hydrodynamic and gravitational interactions in the Blue Infalling Group
  • Denuded Dwarfs Demystified: Gas Loss from dSph Progenitors and Implications for the Minimum Mass of Galaxies astroporn?
  • Ultimate Merging at z~0.1
  • Molecular clumps disguising their star formation efficiency per freefall time: What we can do not to be fooled
  • Reproducing the Universe: a comparison between the EAGLE simulations and the nearby DustPedia galaxy sample
  • CAB: Towards the RNA-world in the interstellar medium – detection of urea, and search of 2-amino-oxazole and simple sugars
  • Prebiotic precursors of the primordial RNA world in space: Detection of NH2OH

2.3 Covid-19 special

  • On Socially Distant Neighbors: Using Binaries to Constrain the Density of Objects in the Galactic Center
  • Discovery of Four New Clusters in the Cygnus Cloud

3 Join the dark side of astrophysics

  • Can dark energy evolve to the Phantom? a new superhero maybe
  • Cloudshine: New Light on Dark Clouds too many light/dark words, I'm confused
  • Through a Mini Halo, Darkly
  • Peering into the dark side: magnesium lines establish a massive neutron star in PSR J2215+5135
  • Black vs. Dark: Rapid Growth of Supermassive Black Holes in Dark Matter Haloes at z ~ 6
  • Into the Darkness: Classical and Type II Cepheids in the Zona Galactica Incognita
  • Heart of Darkness: the influence of galactic dynamics on quenching star formation in galaxy spheroids
  • Solitons in the dark: non-linear structure formation with fuzzy dark matter

4 Forced puns (sigh…)

  • Crossing the Line: Active Galactic Nuclei in the Star-forming region of the BPT Diagram
  • Taller in the saddle: constraining CMB physics using saddle points
  • Gone after one orbit: How cluster environments quench galaxies
  • Sunscreen: Photometric Signatures of Galaxies Partially Cloaked in Dyson Spheres
  • The Shocking Power Sources of LINERs- Stars behind bars I: The Milky Way's central stellar populations
  • Go with the Flow: Understanding Inflow Mechanisms in Galaxy Collisions
  • The Red Dead Redemption Survey of Circumgalactic Gas About Massive Galaxies. I. Mass and Metallicity of the Cool Phase
  • Be it therefore resolved: Cosmological Simulations of Dwarf Galaxies with Extreme Resolution Alleluia
  • Reionization in Technicolor coming soon to your screens
  • The alignment is in their stars: on the spin-alignment of stars in star clusters
  • Roll of the Dice: A Stochastically Sampled IMF Alters the Stellar Content of Simulated Dwarf Galaxies
  • The Lazy Giants: APOGEE Abundances Reveal Low Star Formation Efficiencies in the Magellanic Clouds
  • 'The Brick' is not a brick: A comprehensive study of the structure and dynamics of the Central Molecular Zone cloud G0.253+0.016
  • The gentle monster PDS 456: the kpc scale molecular outflow and its implications for QSO feedback
  • Space Telescope and Optical Reverberation Mapping Project. X. Understanding the Absorption-Line Holiday in NGC 5548 Holiday?!
  • LARgE Survey. I. Dead Monsters: the Massive End of the Passive Galaxy Stellar Mass Function at Cosmic Noon
  • Through thick or thin: Multiple components of the magneto-ionic medium towards the nearby HII region Sharpless 2-27 revealed by Faraday tomography
  • Dirt-cheap Gas Scaling Relations: Using Dust Absorption, Metallicity and Galaxy Size to Predict Gas Masses for Large Samples of Galaxies
  • Putting binning in the bin: strong evidence for a continuous relationship between galaxy starburstiness and AGN power
  • Keeping it Cool: Much Orbit Migration, yet Little Heating, in the Galactic Disk
  • Roll of the Dice: A Stochastically Sampled IMF Alters the Stellar Content of Simulated Dwarf Galaxies
  • AGNs are not that cool: revisiting the intrinsic AGN far-infrared spectral energy distribution

5 Rise and shine, rise and fall, fall and rise…

  • The Fall of a Giant. Chemical evolution of Enceladus, alias the Gaia Sausage
  • The Fall of the Youngest Planetary Nebula, Hen3-1357
  • The Rise and Fall of ASASSN-18pg: Following a TDE from Early to Late Times
  • Differential Speckle Polarimetry of Betelgeuse in 2019-2020: the rise is different from the fall
  • The Fall and the Rise of X-Rays from Dwarf Novae in Outburst: RXTE Observations of VW Hydri and WW Ceti
  • The Fall and Rise of V854 Centauri: Long-Term Ultraviolet Spectroscopy of a Highly Active R Coronae Borealis Star

6 Seasonal astronomy

  • Late Bloomer Galaxies: Growing Up in Cosmic Autumn followed by…
  • After The Fall: The Dust and Gas in E+A Post-Starburst Galaxies
  • Changes: The Past, Present, and Future of the Nearby Dwarf Galaxy NGC 55

7 Culinary astronomy

  • Sausage & Mash: the dual origin of the Galactic thick disc and halo from the gas-rich Gaia-Enceladus-Sausage merger
  • Do stellar-mass and super-massive black holes have similar dining habits?
  • \(\pi\) Earth: a 3.14 days Earth-sized Planet from \textit{K2}'s Kitchen served warm by the SPECULOOS Team
  • Salt, Hot Water, and Silicon Compounds Tracing Massive Twin Disks
  • Orion Source I's disk is salty
  • Alcohols on the rocks: solid-state formation in a H3CCCH + OH cocktail under dark cloud conditions

8 Star-trek astronomy

  • Does Nature use neutral beams for interstellar plasma heating around compact objects?
  • X-raying winds in distant quasars: the first high-redshift wind duty cycle

9 Do you see what I see?

  • Do You See What I See? Exploring the Consequences of Luminosity Limits in Black Hole-Galaxy Evolution Studies
  • Appearances can be deceiving: clear signs of accretion in the seemingly ordinary Sextans dSph
  • Hyperluminous starburst gives up its secrets
  • From the Outside Looking in: What can Milky Way Analogues Tell us About the Star Formation Rate of Our Own Galaxy?
  • Hidden in plain sight: a massive, dusty starburst in a galaxy protocluster at z=5.7 in the COSMOS field
  • Galactic extinction laws: II. Hidden in plain sight, a new interstellar absorption band at 7700 Å broader than any known DIB

10 What's the matter with your title?

  • Does Matter Matter? Using the mass distribution to distinguish neutron stars and black holes
  • When Matter Matters

11 It's more impressive with letters

  • A Thirty-Four Billion Solar Mass Black Hole in SMSS J2157-3602, the Most Luminous Known Quasar
  • A 40 Billion Solar-mass Black Hole in the Extreme Core of Holm 15A, the Central Galaxy of Abell 85
  • A probabilistic case for a large missing carbon sink on Mars after 3.5 billion years ago

12 Conversation with officemate

  • Star Formation Occurs in Dense Gas, but What Does "Dense" Mean?
  • Population and spectral synthesis: it doesn't work without binaries
  • Being careful with field formation interpretation of GW190412
  • Is this an Early Stage Merger? A Case Study on Molecular Gas and Star Formation Properties of Arp 240
  • What is the price of abandoning dark matter? Cosmological constraints on alternative gravity theories
  • Does the HR 6819 triple system contain a dormant black hole? Not necessarily
  • Where is the Western Part of the Galactic Center Lobe Located really?
  • How much electric surcharge fits on … a white dwarf star?
  • Two Flares One Shock: the Interesting Case of 3C 454.3
  • Two stripped envelope supernovae with circumstellar interaction – but only one really shows it

13 Deep questions (and some of the worst titles…)

  • Where's the flux? seriously?
  • The Sagittarius dwarf galaxy: Where did all the gas go? Fate of the gas in the Sagittarius dwarf galaxy maybe?
  • Tip of the iceberg? Selection effects in X-ray AGN and their impact on black hole-galaxy evolution studies
  • How big is the Sun: Solar diameter changes over time
  • Cepheid and RR Lyrae Variables as Standard Candles and What Else? Nespresso product placement?
  • The Metal-poor non-Sagittarius (?) Globular Cluster NGC 5053: Orbit and Mg, Al and Si Abundances is the (?) a missing piece of latex symbol?
  • Dwarfs or giants? Stellar metallicities and distances from ugrizG multi-band photometry
  • How Good a Clock is Rotation? The Stellar Rotation-Mass-Age Relationship for Old Field Stars
  • Hot Corinos Chemical Diversity: Myth or Reality?

14 Humble titles

  • An uncertainty principle for star formation – V. The influence of dust extinction on star formation rate tracer lifetimes and the inferred molecular cloud lifecycle

15 Not all titles are good / not so good of a title

  • Not All Stars Are the Sun: Empirical Calibration of the Mixing Length for Metal-Poor Stars Using 1-D Stellar Evolution Models is that right?
  • Not all stars form in clusters – Gaia-DR2 uncovers the origin of OB associations
  • Not so fast: LB-1 is unlikely to contain a 70M⊙ black hole
  • Not So Heavy Metals: Black Hole Feedback Enriches The Circumgalactic Medium
  • The not so simple stellar system Omega Cen. II. Evidence in support of a merging scenario

16 To be a good title or not to be a good title

  • KIC 2568888: To Be or Not to Be a Binary
  • To use or not to use synthetic stellar spectra in population synthesis models?
  • To beta or not to beta: can higher-order Jeans analysis break the mass-anisotropy degeneracy in simulated dwarfs?

17 Popular references

  • Ghost busting: introducing a new, robust galaxy finder algorithm for simulations
  • The curious case of the companion: evidence for cold accretion onto a dwarf satellite near the isolated elliptical NGC 7796
  • Jekyll & Hyde: quiescence and extreme obscuration in a pair of massive galaxies 1.5 Gyr after the Big Bang
  • Dust in the Wind: Composition and Kinematics of Galaxy Outflows at the Peak Epoch of Star Formation
  • The Little Engines That Could? Globular Clusters Contribute Significantly to Reionization-era Star Formation
  • A Tale of Two Narrow-line Regions: Ionization, Kinematics, and Spectral Energy Distributions for a Local Pair of Merging Obscured Active Galaxies
  • A tale of two clusters: dynamical history determines disc survival in Tr14 and Tr16 in the Carina Nebula
  • Two-Face(s): ionized and neutral gas winds in the local Universe
  • Do Androids Dream of Magnetic Fields? Using Neural Networks to Interpret the Turbulent Interstellar Medium
  • Smoking Gun of the Dynamical Processing of the Solar-type Field Binary Stars
  • An outer shade of Pal: Abundance analysis of the outer halo globular cluster Palomar 13
  • Kraken reveals itself – the merger history of the Milky Way reconstructed with the E-MOSAICS simulations
  • A Blast from the Pasture: Studying the environment of AT 2018cow with MUSE
  • The Edge of the Galaxy
  • One, No One, and One Hundred Thousand – Inferring the properties of a population in presence of selection effects L. Pirandello
  • Knocking on giants' doors: I. The evolution of the dust-to-stellar mass ratio in distant dusty galaxies

18 WTF category

  • But What About… Cosmic Rays, Magnetic Fields, Conduction, & Viscosity in Galaxy Formation
  • The axis of evil
  • Local Pancake Defeats Axis of Evil
  • The TP3-WFS: a new guy in town
  • Red, redder, reddest: SCUBA-2 imaging of colour-selected Herschel sources
  • Evolution of spatio-kinematic structures in star-forming regions: are Friends of Friends worth knowing?
  • Three candidate double clusters in the LMC: truth or dare?
  • Should I Stay or Should I Go: Stellar Wind Retention and Expulsion in Massive Star Clusters
  • Does slow and steady win the race? Investigating feedback processes in giant molecular clouds
  • The K2 M67 Study: Revisiting Old Friends with K2 Reveals Oscillating Red Giants in the Open Cluster M67
  • When H II Regions are Complicated
  • Rapid Reionization by the Oligarchs: The Case for Massive, UV-Bright, Star-Forming Galaxies with High Escape Fractions
  • Growing Pains: The Formation Times and Building Blocks of Milky Way-mass Galaxies in the FIRE Simulations
  • Cardiopulmonary Arrest and Resuscitation of a Nearby Super Massive Black Hole published during the covid-19 crisis!!
  • What did the seahorse swallow? APEX 170 GHz observations of the chemical conditions in the Seahorse infrared dark cloud
  • Say hello to Algol D and Algol E
  • A massive mess: When a large dwarf and a Milky Way-like galaxy merge
  • You Can Always Get What You Want: The Impact of Prior Assumptions on Interpreting GW190412
  • Neutron Star Mergers as the Main Source of R-process: Natal Kicks And Inside-Out Evolution to The Rescue
  • Ultra-faint dwarfs in a Milky Way context: Introducing the Mint Condition DC Justice League Simulations

19 Necrology

  • Autopsy of the Supernova Remnant Cassiopeia A
  • Dissecting star-formation in the "Atoms-for-Peace" galaxy: Ultra-Violet Imaging Telescope observations of the post-merger galaxy NGC7252 this one is a doubly strange… atoms-for-peace galaxy… oh boy, I think I prefer catalog numbers

20 Zoology

  • Birds of a Feather? Magellan/IMACS Spectroscopy of the Ultra-Faint Satellites Grus II, Tucana IV, and Tucana V
  • Snake in the Clouds: A new nearby dwarf galaxy in the Magellanic bridge
  • The Elephant in the Room: The Importance of Where and When Massive Stars Form in Molecular Clouds
  • Cuckoo's Eggs in Neutron Stars: Can LIGO Hear Chirps from the Dark Sector?
  • Giant Elephant Trunks from Giant Molecular Clouds

21 Musicology

  • The Well-Tempered Cosmological Constant: Fugue in B\(^\flat\)
  • The Well-Tempered Cosmological Constant: The Horndeski Variations
  • Totally Metal: A Relationship Between Stellar Metallicity Gradients and Galaxy Age in Dwarf Galaxies

22 Anthropocentric titles

  • A rogues gallery of Andromeda's dwarf galaxies II. Precise Distances to 17 Faint Satellites
  • The Greenhouse Effect in Buried Galactic Nuclei and the Resonant HCN Vibrational Emission
  • Galactic chimney sweeping: the effect of 'gradual' stellar feedback mechanisms on the evolution of dwarf galaxies

23 Life where there is none

  • The Life Cycle of the Central Molecular Zone. I: Inflow, Star Formation, and Winds

24 Naming

  • Radio continuum emission from local analogs of high-z faint LAEs: Blueberry galaxies
  • A Sparkler in the Fireworks Galaxy: Discovery of an Ultraluminous X-ray Transient with a Strong Oxygen Line in NGC 6946

25 Home improvement

  • Sandblasting the r-Process: Spallation of Ejecta from Neutron Star Mergers
  • Cleaning our own Dust: Simulating and Separating Galactic Dust Foregrounds with Neural Networks

26 But what is the paper about?

  • Festina Lente

27 Dance, poetic and other artsy-fartsy inspired references

  • Dancing in the Dark: Satellites of dwarf galaxies as probes of the first star formation
  • Cosmic dance in the Shapley Concentration Core - I. A study of the radio emission of the BCGs and tailed radio galaxies
  • Dances of the Stars: Constraining the Polarization Content of Gravitational Waves with Astrometry
  • The seven sisters DANCe IV. Bayesian hierarchical model
  • The Shards of Omega Centauri
  • Shape is Destiny: Configurational Entropy as a Lifetime Predictor and Pattern Discriminator for Oscillons
  • Sailing on the Sagittarius Stream with Gaia DR2. I. The globular cluster NGC5634
  • The Maxwell's demon of star clusters
  • Looking Under a Better Lamppost: MeV-scale Dark Matter Candidates
  • Stars that Move Together Were Born Together
  • Fire in the Heart: A Characterization of the High Kinetic Temperatures and Heating Sources in the Nucleus of NGC253
  • Neutron skins of atomic nuclei: per aspera ad astra
  • Clouds in Arms
  • A pot of gold at the end of the cosmic "raynbow"?
  • Catching butterflies in the sky: Extended catalog of winged or X-shaped radio sources from the latest FIRST data release
  • Voracious vortexes in cataclysmic variables: II. Evidence for the expansion of accretion disc material beyond the accretor's Roche-lobe
  • Truth or delusion? A possible gravitational lensing interpretation of the ultra-luminous quasar SDSS J010013.02+280225.8 at z=6.30
  • Echoes from the Abyss: A Status Update
  • The BRITE-SONG of Aldebaran – Stellar Music in three voices
  • The rise and fall of an extraordinary Ca-rich transient – The discovery of ATLAS19dqr/SN 2019bkc
  • Shouts and Murmurs: Combining Individual Gravitational-Wave Sources with the Stochastic Background to Measure the History of Binary Black Hole Mergers
  • Pulsing and Non-Pulsing ULXs: the Iceberg Emerges
  • Painting a portrait of the Galactic disc with its stellar clusters
  • Feeding and feedback from little monsters: AGN in dwarf galaxies
  • The Art of Modeling Stellar Mergers and the Case of the B[e] Supergiant R4 in the Small Magellanic Cloud
  • Through a dark crystal: CMB polarization as a tool to constrain the optical properties of the Universe
  • The heavy-elements heritage of the falling sky
  • A little FABLE: exploring AGN feedback in dwarf galaxies with cosmological simulations
  • A sea of tides: star formation and the central-satellite dichotomy in a continuum of tidal environments

27.1 Related: tales

  • A Cautionary Tale of Attenuation in Star Forming Regions
  • When the tale comes true: multiple populations and wide binaries in the Orion Nebula Cluster
  • A Tale of Two Clusters: An Analysis of Gas-Phase Metallicity and Nebular Gas Conditions in Proto-cluster Galaxies at z~2

28 Is the first part of the title really necessary?

  • Variations on a theme of AGN-driven outflows: luminosity evolution and ambient density distribution
  • Precision Pollution - The effects of enrichment yields and timing on galactic chemical evolution
  • In disguise or out of reach: first clues about in-situ and accreted stars in the stellar halo of the Milky Way from Gaia DR2
  • Modeling with the Crowd: Optimizing the Human-Machine Partnership with Zooniverse
  • All at once: transient pulsations, spin down and a glitch from the Pulsating Ultraluminous X-ray Source M82 X-2
  • And yet it flips: connecting galactic spin and the cosmic web
  • Not so different after all: Properties and Spatial Structure of Column Density Peaks in the Pipe and Orion A Clouds
  • The little things matter: relating the abundance of ultrafaint satellites to the hosts' assembly history
  • A family picture: tracing the dynamical path of the structural properties of multiple populations in globular clusters
  • Testing the paradigm: First spectroscopic evidence of a quasar-galaxy Mpc-scale association at cosmic dawn
  • Reviving old controversies: is the early Galaxy flat or round? Investigations into the early phases of the Milky Way formation through stellar kinematics and chemical abundances
  • Live Fast, Die Young: GMC lifetimes in the FIRE cosmological simulations of Milky Way-mass galaxies
  • The better half – Asymmetric star-formation due to ram pressure in the EAGLE simulations
  • Full of Orions: a 200-pc mapping of the interstellar medium in the redshift-3 lensed dusty star-forming galaxy SDP.81
  • One star, two stars, or both? Investigating metallicity-dependant models for Gamma-Ray Burst progenitors with the IllustrisTNG simulation
  • Alone but not lonely: TESS and Gaia suggest binary interaction is always required to form hot subdwarf stars
  • Shaken and stirred: When Bond meets Suess-de Vries and Gnevyshev-Ohl
  • Broken into Pieces: ATLAS and Aliqa Uma as One Single Stream
  • Stirred and shaken: dynamical behavior of boson stars and dark matter cores
  • Less than the sum of its parts: the dust-corrected Halpha luminosity of star-forming galaxies explored at different spatial resolutions with MaNGA and MUSE
  • Faint Stars in a Faint Galaxy: I. Ultra Deep Photometry of the Boötes I Ultra Faint Dwarf Galaxy
  • The rocky road to quiescence: compaction and quenching of quasar host galaxies at z~2

29 New sayings

  • The Fastest Travel Together: Chemical Tagging of the Fastest Stars in Gaia DR2 to the Stellar Halo
  • Think Global, Act Local: The Influence of Environment Age and Host Mass on Type Ia Supernova Light Curves
  • What Is Inside Matters: Simulated Green Valley Galaxies Have Centrally Concentrated Star Formation as heard in Disney's Frozen songs
  • The Rich Lack Close Neighbours: The Dependence of Blue-Straggler Fraction on Metallicity

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31 Acronyms

Author: Vianney Lebouteiller

Created: 2020-09-10 Thu 13:57

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