So I just asked Chris Hadfield for his NATO pay grade, because celebrites on social media are adorbs.

Find me Jay-Z’s tumblr, because I want to ask what Beyonce calls him. Does his wife call him “Shawn” or has he gone the full Alice Cooper/Teller route and uses his brand name on his legal documents?

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Trials of the Cherokee Can Be Seen in SkullsResearchers from North Carolina State Univ. and the Univ. of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.“We wanted to look at these historically important events and further our understanding of the tangible human impacts they had on the Cherokee people,” says Ann Ross, a professor of anthropology at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the work. “This work also adds to the body of literature on environmental effects on skull growth.”Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/trials-cherokee-can-be-seen-skulls

That’s … not … even … wow, this is racist as hell. Edit: the actual article says "The researchers analyzed the data, looking only at adults and organizing the adults by year of birth, which ranged from 1783 to 1874. The year of birth, a critical piece of information, provided clues to stressors in an individual’s life. For example, the western band of the Cherokee was subject to the Trail of Tears in 1838, intertribal warfare in the West, disease epidemics and the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.
The researchers found that head length decreased over time in both bands, for males and females.”
A hundred years is not statistically significant on the scale of evolution, and “environmental stressors” is meaningless. You fuck or you die. That’s the only way you can change the characteristics of your species, last I heard. A random mutation may enable you to do more fucking than dying, but it sure as hell isn’t going to be statistically significant in a century. Well, it’s possible, I guess, if half the population has a trait that makes them especially susceptible to genocide.
This is just the big head cheat code from N64 Goldeneye.

laboratoryequipment:

Trials of the Cherokee Can Be Seen in Skulls

Researchers from North Carolina State Univ. and the Univ. of Tennessee have found that environmental stressors – from the Trail of Tears to the Civil War – led to significant changes in the shape of skulls in the eastern and western bands of the Cherokee people. The findings highlight the role of environmental factors in shaping our physical characteristics.

“We wanted to look at these historically important events and further our understanding of the tangible human impacts they had on the Cherokee people,” says Ann Ross, a professor of anthropology at NC State and co-author of a paper describing the work. “This work also adds to the body of literature on environmental effects on skull growth.”

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/trials-cherokee-can-be-seen-skulls

That’s … not … even … wow, this is racist as hell. Edit: the actual article says
"The researchers analyzed the data, looking only at adults and organizing the adults by year of birth, which ranged from 1783 to 1874. The year of birth, a critical piece of information, provided clues to stressors in an individual’s life. For example, the western band of the Cherokee was subject to the Trail of Tears in 1838, intertribal warfare in the West, disease epidemics and the U.S. Civil War from 1861 to 1865.

The researchers found that head length decreased over time in both bands, for males and females.”

A hundred years is not statistically significant on the scale of evolution, and “environmental stressors” is meaningless. You fuck or you die. That’s the only way you can change the characteristics of your species, last I heard. A random mutation may enable you to do more fucking than dying, but it sure as hell isn’t going to be statistically significant in a century. Well, it’s possible, I guess, if half the population has a trait that makes them especially susceptible to genocide.

This is just the big head cheat code from N64 Goldeneye.

laboratoryequipment:

Ants Inspire Help for Human EvacueesAn escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map of showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of emergency workers and those caught up in the disaster.Koichi Asakura of Daido Univ. in Nagoya and Toyohide Watanabe of the Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute in Japan have carried out successful simulations of the construction of navigational maps using this approach and report details in Inderscience Publishers’ International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence. Following a major earthquake, tsunami, typhoon or other disaster it is crucial for those affected, including emergency workers, to obtain and share accurate and timely information about the situation as it unfolds. Lives can only be saved if evacuation to safe areas and shelters is not stymied by blocked roads, fires and other problems.Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/ants-inspire-help-human-evacuees

Ants inspire human evacuees
Grab onto each other and form a big ball when the tsunami hits, the ones on top will survive on a raft of corpses. That’s how Darwinism works!

laboratoryequipment:

Ants Inspire Help for Human Evacuees

An escape route mapping system based on the behavior of ant colonies could give evacuees a better chance of reaching safe harbor after a natural disaster or terrorist attack by building a map of showing the shortest routes to shelters and providing regular updates of current situations such as fires, blocked roads or other damage via the smart phones of emergency workers and those caught up in the disaster.

Koichi Asakura of Daido Univ. in Nagoya and Toyohide Watanabe of the Nagoya Industrial Science Research Institute in Japan have carried out successful simulations of the construction of navigational maps using this approach and report details in Inderscience Publishers’ International Journal of Knowledge and Web Intelligence. Following a major earthquake, tsunami, typhoon or other disaster it is crucial for those affected, including emergency workers, to obtain and share accurate and timely information about the situation as it unfolds. Lives can only be saved if evacuation to safe areas and shelters is not stymied by blocked roads, fires and other problems.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/04/ants-inspire-help-human-evacuees

Ants inspire human evacuees

Grab onto each other and form a big ball when the tsunami hits, the ones on top will survive on a raft of corpses. That’s how Darwinism works!

You know, funny story: There’s this craft store called Michaels. Look, my sister knits, and she goes to Michaels. So my sister called me and she’s like, “Oh my god, I’m at Michaels, picking up yarn. You have a poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “What?” She’s like, “There’s a poster, there’s a Falcon poster at Michaels.” I’m like, “Holy s**t!” She’s like, “I’m gonna come and pick you up, and we’re gonna see your poster in this store.” So she picks me up and we go to Michaels.

We go in, and I see the poster and I’m like, “Oh, this is….” She’s like, “I know, I know.” I said, “I’m gonna sign these posters.” I was like, “That would be amazing, you buy a poster and it’s like, actually signed by the Falcon.” Like, it would blow my mind. So I go to the front, I buy a Sharpie, I run back to the back of the store. And she’s like, “I’m gonna take a picture of you signing it.”

I’m in this store and I’m signing all the posters. The manager comes out, he’s like, “Hey, whatcha doing?” I was like, “Oh man, I’m signing these posters so when people buy ‘em, they’re signed.” He’s like, “Well, people are not gonna buy ‘em if they’re signed.” And I was like, “No, no, no, it’s cool. I’m pretty sure there won’t be a problem.” And he goes, “Yeah, but it is gonna be a problem, you’re messin’ up my inventory.” And I’m like, “No, my man, trust me. I mean, I’m the Falcon, that’s me!” And he goes, “Yeah, right. You’re gonna buy those posters.” I said, “What?” He’s like, “You’re gonna buy all those posters or I’m gonna call the police.”

He rolls up all the posters and goes to the front of the store. And I had to buy like 60 Falcon posters that I signed in Michaels.

-Anthony Mackie getting in trouble for signing his posters at a Micheals  (x)

I still cannot believe that this happened oh my god

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On the one hand, famous-ish actor signing posters at his local store is p. cute.

OTOH, you should probably ask permission before taking a Sharpie to the merchandise. If he’d gone to the manager first, they could’ve made it an advertised special, but as it happened he comes off as kind of a dick and was lucky he didn’t get arrested.

(via notcuddles)

laboratoryequipment:

Floating Nuclear Plants Would Withstand Tsunamis

When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects — specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, because of a shutdown of all power at the station — that caused most of the harm.

A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid such consequences in the future. Such floating plants would be designed to be automatically cooled by the surrounding seawater in a worst-case scenario, which would indefinitely prevent any melting of fuel rods, or escape of radioactive material.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/videos/2014/04/floating-nuclear-plants-would-withstand-tsunamis

Any floating fucking thing would withstand tsunamis because tsunamis are only a thing when they hit the shore WHY THE FUCK DID I EVER FOLLOW THIS SHITTY BLOG?

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Photography of biography.

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Photography of biography.

rstevens:

HULK POOP http://ift.tt/1hPJnlJ

The place I worked at this week, the stall door had drooped on its hinges, leading to maybe a 1/16” mismatch at the latchy bits. Instead of shimming it to fit right, they just bunged on a gate latch above the original lock.

rstevens:

HULK POOP http://ift.tt/1hPJnlJ

The place I worked at this week, the stall door had drooped on its hinges, leading to maybe a 1/16” mismatch at the latchy bits. Instead of shimming it to fit right, they just bunged on a gate latch above the original lock.

Famous last words

Man, if I were ever in imminent peril, my last text messages wouldn’t be “ILU mom <3”, but more along the lines of “Thermite my HDDs plz” and “for hate’s sake I spit my last breath at thee.”

Because unless you’re the worst kid ever, your mom knows you love her. Better use of limited time to tell the trusted friend to nuke your data and saddle people you don’t like with a lifetime of regret for pissing you off. Third, tell your mom you won’t be home for dinner.

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xlizardx:

Apparently this is "The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken."

why isnt everyone getting so excited about this, it is literally another planet look at how beautiful it is stop what your doing and look at how alien like this planet is what is living there oh my god mercury

Nothing is living there and it&#8217;s not beautiful. That&#8217;s a false-color image shot in parts of the spectrum we can&#8217;t see, like infrared, ultraviolet, and maybe even x-ray. If you were looking through a telescope from the same distance, it would be a grey featureless sun-blasted hellscape, sort of like the Moon, but with less interesting craters. Don&#8217;t get me wrong, the science around it &#8212; a day on Mercury is two of its years longs &#8212; is amazing, but visually, it&#8217;s boring as shit.
Here&#8217;s a color photograph of Mercury that approximates what we&#8217;d see:

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xlizardx:

Apparently this is "The clearest photo of Mercury ever taken."

why isnt everyone getting so excited about this, it is literally another planet look at how beautiful it is stop what your doing and look at how alien like this planet is what is living there oh my god mercury

Nothing is living there and it’s not beautiful. That’s a false-color image shot in parts of the spectrum we can’t see, like infrared, ultraviolet, and maybe even x-ray. If you were looking through a telescope from the same distance, it would be a grey featureless sun-blasted hellscape, sort of like the Moon, but with less interesting craters. Don’t get me wrong, the science around it — a day on Mercury is two of its years longs — is amazing, but visually, it’s boring as shit.

Here’s a color photograph of Mercury that approximates what we’d see:

(via mydrunkkitchen)

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hoodbypussy:

Évolution inversée

these dont even look like him

Well, when Picasso was starting out, cameras were becoming really popular, and traditional portraits of people were becoming really obsolete because of this. So a lot of painters at this time were trying to figure out how to keep people’s attention (this is how we got the impressionists and popartists). I’m pretty sure the story goes that Picasso went to some museum or show that displayed art from different countries and he was absolutely fascinated by the harsh angles and exaggerated features African masks. So he took inspiration from that and began to work on his own style- Cubism.

And there’s your art history of the day ^.^

By the time Picasso was starting out, everybody had a Brownie, and painting art critics were declaring painting dead and buried.

Anybody who’s still in school should take an art history elective. It’s an easy A, and suddenly all this shit makes sense.

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