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19

Oct

Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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18

Oct

If there’s one thing I’ve learned from How to Get Away with Murder, it’s that the lynchpin to every case is a gay man dying to sleep with Connor.

That, and the actual way to get away with murder is to murder someone who someone else really, really wants dead. Because motive.

15

Oct

numinous-queer:

bebinn:

youngmarxist:

So if we have to show women what the baby looks like in their womb and tell them how the process works before allowing them to get an abortion, does that mean we should teach our soldiers about the culture of the lands we’re invading, and explain to them that the people we want them to kill have families and feel pain, just like Americans?

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MIC DROP

(Source: freemarketsocialist)

14

Oct

Lunch 101 (requested by anon)

(Source: emlary)

12

Oct

wickedclothes:

Moon Watch

While wearing the Moonwatch, the moon is possible to observe despite potentially cloudy positions. By studying the moon’s different phases, one can determine how the moon affects their behaviors and moods. A quick push of a button changes the Moonwatch into a normal watch, with a black background during the day and a white background during the night. Found on Behance.

thesexqueen:

tiger03lily:

wrapyourlipsaroundmyname:

badgalfaashion:

brainy-beauty:

inmytwistedfairytale:

HE HANDED THAT SHIT TO HIMMMMM

Farrakhan does not fear man. Amen.

DANM!!

I think this make the 10th time ive reblogged this 

amazing

How to passionately respond to American ethnocentrism. This guy has some amazing points, and if you find the need to argue him, I’d recommend investigating ethnocentrism, and aversive racism.

(Source: cagedlions)

10

Oct

fuckyeahpaulgross:

Bit late, but - thank Fraser it’s Friday!

(and yes for the first time in about 2 years I will actually have a weekend and therefore a Friday to look forward to because YAY NEW JOB WITH MON-FRI HOURS THAT ARE NOT RIDICULOUS)

BENTON I WANT TO MARRY YOU

fuckyeahpaulgross:

Bit late, but - thank Fraser it’s Friday!

(and yes for the first time in about 2 years I will actually have a weekend and therefore a Friday to look forward to because YAY NEW JOB WITH MON-FRI HOURS THAT ARE NOT RIDICULOUS)

BENTON I WANT TO MARRY YOU

09

Oct