October 11th, 2011
October 9th, 2011
Dan: “You know, I am missing my legs. Is that an issue?”

Rebecca: “I never dated a guy because he had nice knees. But I do like nice arms.”

Love after War
 [via washingtonpoststyle :: Photo by Nikki Kahn (TWP)]

Dan: “You know, I am missing my legs. Is that an issue?”

Rebecca: “I never dated a guy because he had nice knees. But I do like nice arms.”

Love after War

 [via washingtonpoststyle :: Photo by Nikki Kahn (TWP)]

(via npr)

October 7th, 2011
October 6th, 2011
Is The White House Flunking Science? 


When President Obama took office, science and environmental journalists  were optimistic that they would see an improvement in the Executive  Branch’s approach to science and the openness with which it treated that  science. The assertion in 2006 by James Hansen, NASA’s leading climate  researcher, that the Bush administration had attempted to prevent him from speaking out on the dangers caused by greenhouse gas emissions in many ways  crystallized what was often seen as a distinct lack of scientific  transparency over the previous eight years, a state of affairs that  reporters hoped would be corrected.

Is The White House Flunking Science?

When President Obama took office, science and environmental journalists were optimistic that they would see an improvement in the Executive Branch’s approach to science and the openness with which it treated that science. The assertion in 2006 by James Hansen, NASA’s leading climate researcher, that the Bush administration had attempted to prevent him from speaking out on the dangers caused by greenhouse gas emissions in many ways crystallized what was often seen as a distinct lack of scientific transparency over the previous eight years, a state of affairs that reporters hoped would be corrected.

(via discoverynews)

The Obama administration said Monday it was moving forward with oil-drilling leases off the coast of Alaska issued by the Bush administration in 2008, a victory for oil companies in the battle over Arctic Ocean drilling.

A particularly devastating decision considering the extremely delicate nature of the Arctic Ocean ecosystem. A single oil spill in this area would have catastrophic consequences — these are mistakes we cannot afford to make.

(via ecoevolution)

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Quasi-Crystals
 

A type of crystal so strange and unusual that it upset the prevailing views on the atomic structure of matter, leading to a paradigm shift in chemistry, and ridicule for Dan Shechtman, the scientist who discovered them.

Dan Shechtman has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
(via newshour)

Quasi-Crystals

 

A type of crystal so strange and unusual that it upset the prevailing views on the atomic structure of matter, leading to a paradigm shift in chemistry, and ridicule for Dan Shechtman, the scientist who discovered them.

Dan Shechtman has just been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry.

(via newshour)

Support for the nation’s biggest institutions (including “the media”) has steadily declined over the last four decades, except for the military (which is silly considering we don’t “win” wars anymore, and we invade countries without moral cause).
(via motherjones)

Support for the nation’s biggest institutions (including “the media”) has steadily declined over the last four decades, except for the military (which is silly considering we don’t “win” wars anymore, and we invade countries without moral cause).

(via motherjones)

Fred Shuttlesworth Dead at 89 — Hard-Charging Civil Rights Figure

The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement, and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader.



[Shuttlesworth] was the last of the civil rights movement’s “Big Three.” He, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.
(via ryking)

Fred Shuttlesworth Dead at 89 — Hard-Charging Civil Rights Figure

The Rev. Fred L. Shuttlesworth died Wednesday, a blunt-talking preacher who braved beatings, bombings and fire-hosings to push Birmingham, Ala., to the forefront of the civil rights movement, and advanced the historic fight with a confrontational strategy that often put him at odds with its most charismatic leader.

[Shuttlesworth] was the last of the civil rights movement’s “Big Three.” He, along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Rev. Ralph David Abernathy, founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in 1957.

(via ryking)

(Source: diadoumenos)

October 5th, 2011
October 1st, 2011
Do you have “inequality intuition”?
Test it in this quiz
The U.S. is one of the worst. No other “rich”/”developed” nation is as unequal as the “land of the free.”

Do you have “inequality intuition”?

Test it in this quiz

The U.S. is one of the worst. No other “rich”/”developed” nation is as unequal as the “land of the free.”

(via newshour)

September 28th, 2011
Americans Get Pot From US Government


For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around as part of a little-known program that grew out of a 1976 court settlement and created the country’s first legal pot smoker. The program once provided 14 people government pot. Now, there are four left.

Advocates for legalizing marijuana or treating it as a medicine say the program is a glaring contradiction in the nation’s 40-year war on drugs — maintaining the federal ban on pot while at the same time supplying it.

[…] The four patients remaining in the program estimate they have received a total of 584 pounds from the federal government over the years. On the street, that would be worth more than $500,000.


All of the marijuana comes from the University of Mississippi, where it is grown, harvested and stored.



“Twenty-one years I’ve been smoking marijuana legally provided by the federal government. And they still don’t want to know how well it works.” — Irvin Rosenfeld, as quoted on Penn & Teller: The War on Drugs is Bullshit!
(via fuckyeahdrugpolicy)

Americans Get Pot From US Government

For the past three decades, Uncle Sam has been providing patients with some of the highest grade marijuana around as part of a little-known program that grew out of a 1976 court settlement and created the country’s first legal pot smoker. The program once provided 14 people government pot. Now, there are four left.

Advocates for legalizing marijuana or treating it as a medicine say the program is a glaring contradiction in the nation’s 40-year war on drugs — maintaining the federal ban on pot while at the same time supplying it.

[…] The four patients remaining in the program estimate they have received a total of 584 pounds from the federal government over the years. On the street, that would be worth more than $500,000.

All of the marijuana comes from the University of Mississippi, where it is grown, harvested and stored.

Twenty-one years I’ve been smoking marijuana legally provided by the federal government. And they still don’t want to know how well it works.”Irvin Rosenfeld, as quoted on Penn & Teller: The War on Drugs is Bullshit!

(via fuckyeahdrugpolicy)

September 27th, 2011
Why do eggs have coloration?

A new study proposes seven possible answers why.
(via sciencecenter)

Why do eggs have coloration?

A new study proposes seven possible answers why.

(via sciencecenter)

September 26th, 2011
"Miracle Fruit" — We Now Know How It Works
This West African red berry can make anything taste sweet — lemons, beer, pizza, etc. And, now, scientists finally know how the berry trips up the tongue. 

"Miracle Fruit" — We Now Know How It Works

This West African red berry can make anything taste sweet — lemons, beer, pizza, etc. And, now, scientists finally know how the berry trips up the tongue. 

(Source: discoverynews)