wilwheaton:

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postcardsfromspace:

According to a Pew Research survey, only 37% of white Americans think the events in #Ferguson raise important issues about race.

Okay, fellow white people. We need to talk.

Let me tell you a story: I was an angry punk teenager. Not violent, but I did a shitton of…

afro-dominicano:

NGC 2070 (30 Doradus, The Tarantula Nebula) in Dorado

In HaLRGB and Ha filters, and an annotated version.

The Tarantula Nebula (also known as 30 Doradus, or NGC 2070) is an H II region in the Large Magellanic Cloud (LMC).

The Tarantula Nebula has an apparent magnitude of 8. Considering its distance of about 49 kpc (160 000 light years), this is an extremely luminous non-stellar object. Its luminosity is so great that if it were as close to Earth as the Orion Nebula, the Tarantula Nebula would cast shadows. In fact, it is the most active starburst region known in the Local Group of galaxies.

It is also the largest such region in the Local Group with an estimated diameter of 200 pc. The nebula resides on the leading edge of the LMC, where ram pressure stripping, and the compression of the interstellar medium likely resulting from this, is at a maximum.

At its core lies the compact star cluster R136 (approximate diameter 35 light years) that produces most of the energy that makes the nebula visible. The estimated mass of the cluster is 450 000 solar masses, suggesting it will likely become a globular cluster in the future.

© Velimir Popov, Emil Ivanov

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thedemon-hauntedworld:

Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

 Credit: Mike Deep

thedemon-hauntedworld:

Flight Deck of Space Shuttle Endeavour.

Credit: Mike Deep

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science-junkie:

Cats’ pupils

It’s always challenging to establish with precision the reason for an evolutionary adaptation. I can answer this question with a well-supported theory, but the exceptions are not lacking.

Generally, the eyes of nocturnal animals —like small cats— have multifocal lenses that allows them to increase contrast and depth of field in low light conditions. A circular pupil, contracting to protect the eye against bright light, would interfere with this type of structure (the iris shades the peripheral zones of the lens) leading to the loss of well-focused images. The slit pupils, therefore, may have developed in association with multifocal optical systems because more effective. 

Vice versa, big cats are generally diurnal predators and they have monofocal eyes like us. So, their pupils tend to be circular because they are an adequate adaptation to monofocal optical systems.

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Images credit: Felipe Santana - fPat Murray

"I think Bigfoot is blurry, that’s the problem. It’s not the photographers’ fault. Bigfoot is blurry and that’s extra scary to me. There’s a large, out-of-focus monster roaming the countryside."

Mitch Hedberg

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nerdiegirlie:

tip for the holidays: interrupt any family argument with “I will take it! I will take the ring to Mordor. Though I do not know the way”

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becausebirds:

Goshawk testing its flying capabilities. It is shown flying through a circular opening, horizontal opening, vertical opening and a tunnel. [video]

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archiemcphee:

What could possibly be better than a pile of LEGOs, each tiny piece so full of potential? How about LEGO bricks made of mouthwatering chocolate? Yep, that’ll do it. These awesome, completely functional and 100% edible Chocolate LEGO bricks are the work of Japanese illustrator and designer Akihiro Mizuuchi.

The bricks are made by pouring melted chocolate into precisely designed molds. After the chocolate has cooled, the edible LEGOs can be popped out of the molds and used just like regular LEGO bricks. That is, until you’re overcome by the urge to start eating them.

Now we’re one step closer to living in a Land of Chocolate.

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clumsyoctopus:

flower language has always been an intense source of disappointment for me

like, they all mean really generic things like “love” or “forever” or “i’m sorry” 

i thought you could combine flowers

like you could just send someone a bouquet and from the combination of hibiscus and posies and tulips they’d understand “the rebel leader is dead, rendezvous at the docks at 8, bring the dog, you will need lighter fluid and  a large tomato”

I really hope no one’s answered this for you yet, I saw this and got so excited that my obscure knowledge base might come into use.  I had to stretch a few flowers so to speak but Victorian flower language allows for alteration in meaning depending on colour, fruit, flower, bud, steam, leaves and thorns, so I didn’t feel I was too far out of line.  This message would work best as two bouquets bound together.  First red Nasturtium with no leaves (red denotes a leader, the nasturtium a patriot) mixed with white or red Mask Flowers (rebellion, red if you want to emphasize fighting, white martyrdom) around Cypress (death).  Then Chick weed (rendezvous) and Blue Convolvulus (night) surrounded by eight White Popular Leaves (symbolises the time: eight), Yellow Iris (flame, and a flower that grows by rivers) and Yellow Prarie Dock Flowers (this was closest I could find to docks)and one large Tomato Leaf, all bound in Dogwood Bark.  Dogwood represents deceit, but as far as I could find the bark wasn’t used symbolically, and as you referred to the dog instead of a dog, I thought it was likely the pun should be a dead giveaway.  

So there’s your rebel message!

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we-are-star-stuff:

futurescope:

Robofrog jumps on revolving chair

we need to stop making robots nothing good can come of it

we-are-star-stuff:

futurescope:

Robofrog jumps on revolving chair

we need to stop making robots nothing good can come of it

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cool-critters:

Feather horned beetle (Rhipicera femorata)

The Feather-horned Beetle is a rather uncommon, tiny species of beetle of which very little is known about its biology. Adults range in size from 10-25mm in length and are easily recognized by their over-sized fan-like antennae. The males differ from the females in that their anntenae are much larger and more pronounced. photo credits: ron_n_beth,

ted:

mentalflossr:

Math’s Top Prize Given to a Woman for the First Time
The International Mathematical Union has awarded the Fields Medal to four mathematicians—including, for the first time, a woman: Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, a 37-year-old professor at Stanford.

Applause all around. 

ted:

mentalflossr:

Math’s Top Prize Given to a Woman for the First Time

The International Mathematical Union has awarded the Fields Medal to four mathematicians—including, for the first time, a woman: Iranian Maryam Mirzakhani, a 37-year-old professor at Stanford.

Applause all around. 

"If you were a computer-loving male child who took a lot of shit from your peers, I suspect you heard something similar from the adults in your life. Maybe it was “Sure, things are bad now, but when you’re a little bit older, women will LOVE guys like you!” Or maybe it was “That kid who makes fun of you now will be working at a gas station when you run a big fancy computer company and marry a supermodel!” If you were once young, nerdy and male, it is not unlikely that your future sense of self-worth was funded with a non-consensual IOU from the world’s women. It’s taken me a long time, but at this point I genuinely believe that much of this “GEEKS SHALL INHERIT THE EARTH” rhetoric is little more than patriarchy’s bespectacled wingman. It excuses the pain that systems of power exert on children by promising little boys future dominion over little girls. It is deeply and massively fucked."

What (Else) Can Men Do? Grow The Fuck Up. — Medium (via imamandanelson)

oh my god this…

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Are computer-loving female children fed these same lines? Are they told “SOME DAY YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE MONEY AND POWERS AND MEN WILL FLOCK TO YOU LIKE AUTONOMY-DEPRIVED MAN-ZOMBIES?” If you insist that the presence of enough computers magically transforms the world into a meritocracy, you might want to think about that one for a second.

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