Interested in astronomy and physics but a lover of all of the sciences. Listener of Vampire Weekend, Talking Heads, and The Shins. Carl Sagan and Richard Feynman enthusiast.
Dear Christian Americans,
If you wouldn’t say “on nation under Allah” then you should 100% understand why others do not want to say “one nation under God.”
- Carl Sagan, Contact (via likeafieldmouse)
Oh look, racism.
What do you get when a legitimate science program is hosted by a person of color?
Racism, of course.
“Black Science Man” is a thing now on the Internet. I don’t know what to say about it except that it’s sad.
Oh wait, yeah. “It’s just a joke.” That’s like the White Man Motto. Yeah, it is “just a joke.” But what makes that joke funny to you?
See the answer to the first question above.
This is disgusting.
Figure caption with the NPR political article/source:
"A display of a series of skeletons showing the evolution of humans at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, Conn., circa 1935."
That, and copying Huxley’s famous figure, might be what the museum exhibit creator had in mind, but these 80 or so years later we’re all done recklessly and inaccurately insinuating that we evolved from gorillas, that evolved from chimps, that evolved from orangutans, that evolved from gibbons.
A row of primate skeletons does not depict human evolution any more than a row of dog skeletons depicts the evolution of beagles.
It’s images like this that perpetuate misunderstandings that contribute to the obstacles to evolution acceptance. And of all places to mislead readers about evolution, an article about evolution denial is definitely not one.
edit (added after initial post): If NPR readers don’t see a problem with this depiction of human evolution but still feel superior to the evolution deniers in the article, then Darwin help us.
These images capture some of the talent of the winning astrophotographers in the Royal Museum of Greenwich’s Astronomy Photographer of the Year (2013)
Shown above are the winners of the Earth & Space (and overall), Our Solar System, Deep Space and Robotic Scope portions of the competition.
Read more about the competition, and see other winning photographs, as well as see how you can enter the 2014 competition at RGF’s website.
- Haruki Murakami, Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World (via larmoyante)
This, ladies and gentlemen and genderqueer folks, is Pascal’s tetrahedron, a three dimensional analogue of Pascal’s triangle, and it’s pretty freaking great.
I’ve never heard of this before!
Happy Earth Day
Happy Earth Day! Celebrate with Richard Feynman’s wonderful poem on the glory of evolution
Earth DayThe course of human actions really brings me down. To think that humankind has gone so far with damaging the natural environment that we need a day to remember we should show support for environmental protection. It should be a basic and common way of thinking that we take care of our aboriginal birthplace. Nature was here before us.
NASA’s recent discovery of Kepler-186f, the first habitable Earth-sized planet is big news in humankind’s long search for extraterrestrial life.
A universe full of exoplanets: Thanks to the Kepler Space Telescope, which was launched in 2009 to hunt planets across the universe, we’ve managed to find around 1800 exoplanets so far, many of which have been discovered in just the last year or so.