dorkygoodness:

theuppitynegras:

brownglucose:

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

How petty


that is some hating ass bullshit

A man’s ego:the most fragile shit in the world

dorkygoodness:

theuppitynegras:

brownglucose:

nextyearsgirl:

The absence of women in history is man made.

How petty

that is some hating ass bullshit

A man’s ego:the most fragile shit in the world

queen-margaery-tyrell:

Despite the white male nerd’s adoration of Carl Sagan, nobody ever talks about Contact because

  • universally admired female president with a happy supportive husband
  • female Indian doctor/Cambridge professor who becomes prime minister and goes to space
  • despite Cold War publishing date, the two best men in the entire book are from China and Russia
  • "Do we have to put men on the shuttle to intelligent life?”
  • narrative villainizes man for choosing his career over his girlfriend
  • most intelligent man on Earth is a peaceful Muslim from Morocco
  • evangelical preacher is not a terrible person
  • does not condemn women for sleeping with more than one partner

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Also, Sagan obviously thought about sex in zero gravity a lot….

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Tonight’s episode of Cosmos was fantastic. I learned so much about Clair Patterson’s contributions to both our understanding of the age of the earth and public health (and how science cuts through anything, including corporate bullshit). If you haven’t watched the series yet, I highly recommend it.

queen-margaery-tyrell:

Actual footage of Carl Sagan repressing a memory.

scienceyoucanlove:

An adult male Sumatran orangutan that had been shot by poachers has his wounds stitched by a veterinarian at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). To learn more, visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2606932/No-not-Big-Foot-Drowsy-orangtutang-shot-poachers-wounds-tended-extended-operating-table-Sumatra.html.
source 

scienceyoucanlove:

An adult male Sumatran orangutan that had been shot by poachers has his wounds stitched by a veterinarian at the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP). To learn more, visit http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2606932/No-not-Big-Foot-Drowsy-orangtutang-shot-poachers-wounds-tended-extended-operating-table-Sumatra.html.

source 

f-l-e-u-r-d-e-l-y-s:

 faig ahmeds Embroidered Art 

When you think of traditional carpets from Azerbaijan, the thought of contemporary art does not quickly spring to mind… but these beautiful, and modern works will change that. Faiq Ahmed, a native of the Eurasian nation, has taken his countries old-school art form and brought it beautifully into the current era, deconstructing the ancient process of weaving and adapting it to todays contemporary art forms.

queen-margaery-tyrell:

Lol, all these white male nerds are finding my Carl Sagan posts and going “well aaaaaactually, nobody loves Carl Sagan the right way like Iiiiiiii do” and “I’m a white male nerd and I like x, stop judging us.”

Carl Sagan made it pretty clear in everything he wrote that there’s nothing he cared less about than the feelings of a population that already made up most of STEM in the first place, so jog on with your feelings there.

Your posts are fantastic. Please don’t stop
distant-traveller:

Airglow, gegenschein, and Milky Way

As far as the eye could see, it was a dark night at Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama desert of Chile. But near local midnight on April 11, this mosaic of 3 minute long exposures revealed a green, unusually intense, atmospheric airglow stretching over thin clouds. Unlike aurorae powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, the airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light in a chemical reaction, and found around the globe. The chemical energy is provided by the Sun’s extreme ultraviolet radiation. Like aurorae, the greenish hue of this airglow does originate at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so dominated by emission from excited oxygen atoms. The gegenschein, sunlight reflected by dust along the solar system’s ecliptic plane was still visible on that night, a faint bluish cloud just right of picture center. At the far right, the Milky Way seems to rise from the mountain top perch of the Magellan telescopes. Left are the OGLE project and du Pont telescope domes.

Image credit & copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution)

distant-traveller:

Airglow, gegenschein, and Milky Way

As far as the eye could see, it was a dark night at Las Campanas Observatory in the southern Atacama desert of Chile. But near local midnight on April 11, this mosaic of 3 minute long exposures revealed a green, unusually intense, atmospheric airglow stretching over thin clouds. Unlike aurorae powered by collisions with energetic charged particles and seen at high latitudes, the airglow is due to chemiluminescence, the production of light in a chemical reaction, and found around the globe. The chemical energy is provided by the Sun’s extreme ultraviolet radiation. Like aurorae, the greenish hue of this airglow does originate at altitudes of 100 kilometers or so dominated by emission from excited oxygen atoms. The gegenschein, sunlight reflected by dust along the solar system’s ecliptic plane was still visible on that night, a faint bluish cloud just right of picture center. At the far right, the Milky Way seems to rise from the mountain top perch of the Magellan telescopes. Left are the OGLE project and du Pont telescope domes.

Image credit & copyright: Yuri Beletsky (Las Campanas Observatory, Carnegie Institution)

wiseyoungravenclaw:

See this guy? This is astronaut Ron McNair, and he was awesome.
In 1959, when he was nine-years-old, he single-handedly desegregated a South Carolina library by going in, picking some books, trying to check them out, and refusing to leave until he could take the books with him.
He went on to be a physicist and became the second African American in space when he flew on STS-41-B aboard Challenger in 1984.
When he was selected for STS-51-L, which was to be his second mission, a special piece of music was composed for him to play on his saxophone for what would have been the first original piece of music recorded in space.
McNair tragically died in 1986 when the shuttle disintegrated seconds after lift-off, claiming the lives of all seven members of the Challenger crew.
There’s even a kids’ book about him.

wiseyoungravenclaw:

See this guy? This is astronaut Ron McNair, and he was awesome.

In 1959, when he was nine-years-old, he single-handedly desegregated a South Carolina library by going in, picking some books, trying to check them out, and refusing to leave until he could take the books with him.

He went on to be a physicist and became the second African American in space when he flew on STS-41-B aboard Challenger in 1984.

When he was selected for STS-51-L, which was to be his second mission, a special piece of music was composed for him to play on his saxophone for what would have been the first original piece of music recorded in space.

McNair tragically died in 1986 when the shuttle disintegrated seconds after lift-off, claiming the lives of all seven members of the Challenger 
crew.

There’s even a kids’ book about him.

queen-margaery-tyrell:

My biggest takeaway from reading Carl Sagan’s works is that had anything happened to Ann Druyan, he would have become a Batman villain overnight.

sci-universe:

Estonian astrophotographer Raivo Hein captured Moon with Jupiter and its moons!

"Like most sensitive souls, you already know you’re sensitive.
You soak up others’ moods and desires like a sponge. You absorb sensation the way a paintbrush grasps each color it touches on a palette. The ethereal beauty of a dandelion, the shift of a season, the climax of a song, or a certain stirring scent can evoke such wonder it’ll behave as your very breath itself- moving through cells as fuel does to fire and wind does to waves."

Victoria Erickson  (via awakenedvibrations)

twinkletwinkleyoulittlefuck:

cell-mate:

crackerhell:

ethanwearsprada:

i think it’s a universal truth that everyone in our generation takes pluto’s losing its planetary status as a personal offense

yes

pluto is smaller than russia. why did we ever even consider it a…

Pluto does not deserve planetship. Y’all are too unwilling to accept change

"

I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

"

Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

"Are there genetic differences between men and women? Explain why more men are in science."

(via we-are-star-stuff)