posted : Friday, July 25th, 2014

posted : Friday, July 25th, 2014

“ 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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I believe they did a segment on her in the recent Cosmos remake…

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posted : Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

reblogged from : Science as a Candle in the Dark

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thecosmosmadeconscious:

Starry Night using Hubble images.

MY SPACE BONER AND ART BONER HAVE COLLIDED.

THE SPACE FANDOM DOESN’T FUCK AROUND

WE HAVE A SPACE FANDOM

WE DO NOW

Mind = fully blown

posted : Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

reblogged from : Here

kenyatta:

Eventual collapse of West Antarctica’s glaciers “appears unstoppable” - Vox

The massive ice sheet in West Antarctica has always been a major wild card for climate change. There’s enough ice in that sheet to raise global sea levels at least 10 to 13 feet. But there are still plenty of questions about how quickly that ice might melt.
Two new studies released Monday suggest that several glaciers in West Antarctica’s ice sheet are now in an irreversible state of decline and their eventual disappearance "appears unstoppable." That process, however, is expected to take centuries.
The research suggests that future sea-level rise could be higher than expected. Scientists are currently predicting that global average sea levels could rise by 1 to 4 feet by 2100.
But these glaciers in West Antarctica — which are already major contributors to sea-level rise — appear to be melting faster than we thought. And those glaciers alone contain enough ice to raise sea levels an extra 4 feet.
"This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come," said UC Irvine glaciologist Eric Rignot, author of one of the two studies. “A conservative estimate is it could take several centuries for all of the ice to flow into the sea.”

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Are we beyond redemption?

kenyatta:

Eventual collapse of West Antarctica’s glaciers “appears unstoppable” - Vox

The massive ice sheet in West Antarctica has always been a major wild card for climate change. There’s enough ice in that sheet to raise global sea levels at least 10 to 13 feet. But there are still plenty of questions about how quickly that ice might melt.

Two new studies released Monday suggest that several glaciers in West Antarctica’s ice sheet are now in an irreversible state of decline and their eventual disappearance "appears unstoppable." That process, however, is expected to take centuries.

The research suggests that future sea-level rise could be higher than expected. Scientists are currently predicting that global average sea levels could rise by 1 to 4 feet by 2100.

But these glaciers in West Antarctica — which are already major contributors to sea-level rise — appear to be melting faster than we thought. And those glaciers alone contain enough ice to raise sea levels an extra 4 feet.

"This sector will be a major contributor to sea level rise in the decades and centuries to come," said UC Irvine glaciologist Eric Rignot, author of one of the two studies. “A conservative estimate is it could take several centuries for all of the ice to flow into the sea.”

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Are we beyond redemption?

posted : Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

reblogged from : Final Boss Form

posted : Monday, March 24th, 2014

reblogged from : Here

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Cosmic Inflation Explained.

Here’s PHD Comics with a great explanation of the HUUUUGE physics news this week.

posted : Saturday, March 22nd, 2014

reblogged from : Digital Collage

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click to trip balls


Totally mind blowing…

rocknroll-hippie:

click to trip balls

Totally mind blowing…

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posted : Monday, March 10th, 2014

reblogged from : Here

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Toolbox porn!

WAU

i need all of these

MUST BE FUCKING NICE.

😍😍😍

Holy hell

Wow, just plain wow. Tool envy!

posted : Monday, February 24th, 2014

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posted : Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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Bill Murray by Andrea Austoni.

eatsleepdraw:

Bill Murray by Andrea Austoni.

posted : Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

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kenyatta:

Yup.

Infiltration art!

kenyatta:

Yup.

Infiltration art!

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posted : Sunday, February 23rd, 2014

reblogged from : Final Boss Form

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Crazy Ideas That Are Borderline Genius [via]

Previously: Useless Things You Don’t Need to Know

THE LAST ONE. DEFINITELY THE LAST ONE.

Pure gold

posted : Friday, February 21st, 2014

reblogged from : Here

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posted : Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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posted : Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

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