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unwinona:

This is pure amazing.

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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.
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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.

(via bansheewhale)

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So, police can now search your home if they arrest you first.

Thanks, Supreme Court! I’m trying to write more about things I find important, and this is definitely one.

Here’s the deal: it used to be, that if you expressly denied entrance to your home for a search, police had to obtain a warrant, which presumbly put up a barrier to illegal searches. Police have previously found ways around this, such as locating sympathetic judges, etc. to sign off on warrants quickly.

However, the Court’s ruling recently kind of blows my mind. Now, if there are two occupants in a place that police want to search, and they disagree on whether to allow police to search the place, police can arrest the dissenter and they will then be considered “absent”, allowing the search to proceed.

I’m not normally a paranoid one, but how is that not some Kafka-esque police-state shit going on there? “Oh, you dissent but your friend doesn’t, so we’ll just arrest you. Problem solved!” Definitely not erring on the side of protecting citizens there.

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lucaluca:

torontobluejays:

The trendiest celebration in baseball.

Not a Jays fan but THIS IS AWESOME.

This made me laugh hard enough that I’m using it as my first Tumblr reblog in maybe ever.

lucaluca:

torontobluejays:

The trendiest celebration in baseball.

Not a Jays fan but THIS IS AWESOME.

This made me laugh hard enough that I’m using it as my first Tumblr reblog in maybe ever.

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Happy Five year anniversary to my Tumblr!

…which has really had the effect of making me aware that I am terrible at using Tumblr.

Really going to try to use this great service more in the coming year. 

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