October12014
10AM

kidsneedscience:

On this day in 1958, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration opened for space exploration.  Signed into law in July 1958 by President Dwight Eisenhower, as the National Aeronautics and Space Act, establishing NASANASA absorbed its 46-year-old predecessor NACA ( National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) intact, taking its 8,000 employees, its annual budget of $100 million, and three major research laboratories.  A NASA seal was approved by President Eisenhower in 1959.  Since that day, NASA’s contributions to the United States and humanity in general have been vast-we have walked on the moon, sent probes out beyond the heliosphere, peered 13-16 billion light years out to the edge of the universe.  Any one of these accomplishments would have been significant on their own merits-the fact that a single agency has overseen such a staggering array of projects is simply amazing.  Happy Birthday, NASA!

NASA logos courtesy NASA.

Still super jealous my folks got to go to NASA :(

September282014
fuckyeahbehindthescenes:

In order to acquaint himself with his three lead actors, director Alfonso Cuarón had each of them write an essay about their characters, from a first-person point of view. Emma Watson wrote a 10-page essay. Daniel Radcliffe wrote a one-page summary, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in. (x)
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

fuckyeahbehindthescenes:

In order to acquaint himself with his three lead actors, director Alfonso Cuarón had each of them write an essay about their characters, from a first-person point of view. Emma Watson wrote a 10-page essay. Daniel Radcliffe wrote a one-page summary, and Rupert Grint never even turned his in. (x)

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)

September232014
science-junkie:

How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature
John Harte, a professor of ecology at the University of California, Berkeley,has developed what he calls the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) theory of ecology, which may offer a solution to a long-standing problem in ecology: how to calculate the total number of species in an ecosystem, as well as other important numbers, based on extremely limited information — which is all that ecologists, no matter how many years they spend in the field, ever have. […] He and his colleagues will soon publish the results of a study that estimates the number of insect and tree species living in a tropical forest in Panama. The paper will also suggest how MaxEnt could give species estimates in the Amazon, a swath of more than 2 million square miles of land that is notoriously difficult to survey.If the MaxEnt theory of ecology can give good estimates in a wide variety of scenarios, it could help answer the many questions that revolve around how species are spread across the landscape, such as how many would be lost if a forest were cleared, how to design wildlife preserves that keep species intact, or how many rarely seen species might be hiding in a given area. Perhaps more importantly, the theory hints at a unified way of thinking about ecology — as a system that can be described with just a few variables, with all the complexity of life built on top.
Read the article @WIRED

science-junkie:

How Information Theory Could Hold the Key to Quantifying Nature

John Harte, a professor of ecology at the University of California, Berkeley,has developed what he calls the maximum entropy (MaxEnt) theory of ecology, which may offer a solution to a long-standing problem in ecology: how to calculate the total number of species in an ecosystem, as well as other important numbers, based on extremely limited information — which is all that ecologists, no matter how many years they spend in the field, ever have. […] He and his colleagues will soon publish the results of a study that estimates the number of insect and tree species living in a tropical forest in Panama. The paper will also suggest how MaxEnt could give species estimates in the Amazon, a swath of more than 2 million square miles of land that is notoriously difficult to survey.

If the MaxEnt theory of ecology can give good estimates in a wide variety of scenarios, it could help answer the many questions that revolve around how species are spread across the landscape, such as how many would be lost if a forest were cleared, how to design wildlife preserves that keep species intact, or how many rarely seen species might be hiding in a given area. Perhaps more importantly, the theory hints at a unified way of thinking about ecology — as a system that can be described with just a few variables, with all the complexity of life built on top.

Read the article @WIRED

8AM

misandry-mermaid:

thebaconsandwichofregret:

markatch:

unfriendlyblasianhottie:

the-goddamazon:

jeankd:

teamocorazon:

x

bless them for letting baby girl keep her heritage

I peep them braids and that dress

I was just thinking this. She actually takes the children back to visit their family in their home country and they study about their own cultures. She isn’t one of those white people trying to assimilate her non-white children. 

She doesn’t use her kids as props and accessories, and she loves and cherishes them all equally it looks like.

Not to mention how she lets John (Shiloh prefers to be called John) dress and act how they like

Also, I’m pretty sure her wedding dress has her kids’ drawings on it, which is just unbelievably adorable.

it does have her kids drawings on it, they also helped to write the vows and Maddox the eldest boy made the cake with his friends, which is probably why he looks so nervous in the picture of them cutting it.

Every single thing I hear about this wedding makes me so happy even though they’re complete strangers to me because it just seems so joyful.

I remember reading a while ago that when they hire nannies, they have a nanny from each child’s country of origin, who is fluent in their country’s native language, and can teach not just the individual child but the whole family about that country and culture. It’s really incredible how non-assimilative they’ve made their household.

(Source: annilovesjolie, via anderson-coopers-cats)

September212014

dwarfsmut:

cccrystalclear:

Cell block tango: Dwarf edition

added thorin

wtf XD

This made me laugh way too much haha

(via melissa-the-gerudo)

10AM

martinipistache2:

martinipistache:

Book Challenge | Day 13 – Your favourite writer

Stephen King… How do I begin to explain Stephen King?
Stephen King is flawless.
I hear he was insured for $10,000.
I hear he did commercials for American Express and SportsCenter.
His favourite movie is Night of the Living Dead.
One time he met Ronald McDonald on a plane…
And he told him he was scary.
One time he killed off my favourite character… it was awesome.
September182014

dorkly:

How Many of These Movie Tropes Did You Actually Believe Were True?

That feeling when you realize that you will probably never have to dodge asteroids…

3PM
kidsneedscience:

Today is the birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, born in 1821 to a publisher in Paris. In addition to defining and inventing the Foucault pendulum, Foucault is credited with naming the gyroscope. But first, the pendulum. Since the time of Galileo who defined the laws governing the motion of pendulums, but Foucault was the first to use the pendulum to show the rotation of the earth independent of celestial observation. Before he was thirty he devised an experiment to measure the speed of light. Today he is known more for the pendulum that bears his name than any of his other achievements. The word pendulum is a New Latin neuter of the noun pendulus meaning hanging down from the verb pendere meaning to hang. Image of a Foucault pendulum at the Pantheon in Paris.

kidsneedscience:

Today is the birthday of Jean Bernard Léon Foucault, born in 1821 to a publisher in Paris. In addition to defining and inventing the Foucault pendulum, Foucault is credited with naming the gyroscope. But first, the pendulum. Since the time of Galileo who defined the laws governing the motion of pendulums, but Foucault was the first to use the pendulum to show the rotation of the earth independent of celestial observation. Before he was thirty he devised an experiment to measure the speed of light. Today he is known more for the pendulum that bears his name than any of his other achievements. The word pendulum is a New Latin neuter of the noun pendulus meaning hanging down from the verb pendere meaning to hang.
Image of a Foucault pendulum at the Pantheon in Paris.

September132014

dorkly:

Jeff Goldblum Leads a Jurassic Park Sing-A-Long

On a recent episode of Late Night with Seth Meyers American treasure Jeff Goldblum shared his golden voice in homage to his greatest film role.

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