i just repost things i find inspiring, interesting, educational, and inane.
Reblogged from wonka51
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.
Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, a truly extraordinary woman.
I GOT SO MAD ONCE I FOUND OUT ABOUT ROSALIND FRANKLIN.I AM MAD EVERYDAY ABOUT ROSALIND FRANKLIN
Reblogged from fewthistle
Suffragettes, early 1900’s.
It’s International Women’s Day 2014. How sad it is that this sign is just as relevant and true today as it was 100 years ago. O, the times, they AREN’T a changin’ as much as they should.
Celebrate all the women you know. The ones who inspire you. The ones who make you think, who make you feel. The ones who make the world a little bit better place.
Reblogged from thelearningbrain
A Form of Happiness: Dopamine
We have all felt the rush and experienced the feeling of happiness, and Speculative Design artist Jessica Charlesworth, along with her husband, Product Designer Tim Parsons, has made it tangible. The couples’ A Form of Happiness project has masterfully resulted in their creation of a wood and magnetic representation of the neurotransmitter responsible for releasing the chemical that fuels our desire for happiness. The effects of the organic chemical, dopamine, are likened to the euphoric feeling and pleasurable physical reaction to things such as searching through sale racks while shopping, enjoying a delicious meal, or the pleasure received from engaging in sexual activity.
A Form of Happiness, displayed as the physical model of dopamine, is part of a kit that allows user to assemble the wooden pieces into the chemical compound strand. Each part is held together by embedded neodymium magnets. The kit includes examples of the various roles that the physical piece could take on and provides a more vivid display of what occurs during moments when dopamine is released. Charlesworth and Parsons pose the question, ‘What makes you happy?’ and while the answers will vary by person, as their model and kit prove, the feeling is the same for everyone. Happiness is a simple chemical reaction we seek it throughout life; a chemical bit of magic.
- Lee Jones
Art like this makes me happy.