April202014
“This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”

In 1944 a children’s book club sent a volume about penguins to a 10-year-old girl, enclosing a card seeking her opinion.

She wrote, “This book gives me more information about penguins than I care to have.”

American diplomat Hugh Gibson called it the finest piece of literary criticism he had ever read.

(via excitementanddisbelief)

(Source: futilitycloset.com, via prairielights)

April192014
Rites Rites RITES

Rites Rites RITES

5PM
11AM

tedx:

At TEDxYouth@Manchester, genetics researcher Dan Davis introduces the audience to compatibility genes — key players in our immune system’s functioning, and the reason why it’s so difficult to transplant organs from person to person: one’s compatibility genes must match another’s for a transplant to take.

To learn more about these fascinating genes, watch the whole talk here»

(Images from Davis’s talk, Drew Berry’s animations, and the TED-Ed lessons A needle in countless haystacks: Finding habitable worlds - Ariel Anbar and How we conquered the deadly smallpox virus - Simona Zompi)

5AM

thekidshouldseethis:

An abandoned Victorian Sail factory becomes the stage for London’s Circulus, a circus company that mixes traditional and modern performing arts in found and forgotten spaces around the UK.

With tricking, hand-to-hand, free running, dancing, juggling, tumbling, aerial hoop, cyr wheel, banquine, breakdancing, hand balancing, trampoline and more we transformed this desolate yet decadent space into a thriving hub of movement and creativity.

Also: fireworks!

Previously: Angelica Bongiovonni rides a Cyr wheel, juggler Yanazo wins the JJF2012 first prizeSelyna Bogino juggles basketballs with her feet while upside down (yes, it’s true), and 13 dogs skip rope (yes, seriously). 

via The Awesomer.

April182014
lacigreen:

daisiesforprudence:

rubyreed:

A few of my favorite activities.

i like how they put capitalism in fun letters

i rly need this framed on my wall

lacigreen:

daisiesforprudence:

rubyreed:

A few of my favorite activities.

i like how they put capitalism in fun letters

i rly need this framed on my wall

(via pleaserefrigerateafteropening)

11AM

Fox and Friends: Obamacare and Climate Change (x)

(Source: northgang, via nbcsnl)

5AM

trevlee:

For those who don’t know me, I currently live and work in Yosemite National Park.  During the government shutdown I didn’t have to leave the park, so I had the whole park to myself, and I took full advantage of it!  There were no tourists, hardly any rangers, it was just me and my fellow employees.  The first day of the shutdown Melissa and I hiked to the top of Yosemite Falls and went to Eagle Peak to Camp.  

(via pianoaddict1990)

April172014
11AM

a short doctor who episode by steven moffat

liamdryden:

coffee-iv:

[you know thing that impossible well now IT HAPPEN]

Spunky Assistant: BUT DOCTOR NO THAT IMPOSSIBLE

Doctor: YES SPUNKY ASSISTANT IT IMPOSSIBLE

[duramtic pause]

Doctor: …BUT HAPPEN

[title card doo wee ooo HAPPEN OF THE DOCTOR by STEVEN MOFFAT]

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5AM
“Do stuff. Be clenched, curious. Not waiting for inspiration’s shove or society’s kiss on your forehead. Pay attention. It’s all about paying attention. Attention is vitality. It connects you with others. It makes you eager. Stay eager.” Susan Sontag

(Source: misswallflower, via mustangblood)

April162014
I went to my first smelt fry today. Very tasty.

I went to my first smelt fry today. Very tasty.

5PM
11AM

thekidshouldseethis:

From the Ri Channel's View the Tales from the Prep Room series, this is how you make a fluidized bed of sand: Making Sand Swim. Watch how these solids suddenly behave a lot like a fluid as air escapes between the sand particles, causing them to float. It’s definitely one of the more strange and fascinating demonstrations that we’ve seen. 

Related watching: ScienceDemo.org, and at RIGB.org, a video list that I put together for The Royal Institution that has our favorite STEM videos for kids… well, at least some of our favorites. There are so many.

5AM
“The bottom line is that saying there are differences in male and female brains is just not true. There is pretty compelling evidence that any differences are tiny and are the result of environment not biology,” said Prof Rippon. “You can’t pick up a brain and say ‘that’s a girls brain, or that’s a boys brain’ in the same way you can with the skeleton. They look the same.” Prof Rippon points to earlier studies that showed the brains of London black cab drivers physically changed after they had acquired The Knowledge – an encyclopaedic recall of the capital’s streets. She believes differences in male and female brains are due to similar cultural stimuli. A women’s brain may therefore become ‘wired’ for multi-tasking simply because society expects that of her and so she uses that part of her brain more often. The brain adapts in the same way as a muscle gets larger with extra use. “What often isn’t picked up on is how plastic and permeable the brain is. It is changing throughout out lifetime. The world is full of stereotypical attitudes and unconscious bias. It is full of the drip, drip, drip of the gendered environment.” Men and women do not have different brains, claims neuroscientist - Telegraph

(via mustangblood)