black hole sun; won't you come?

A blog dedicated to science and all things wonderful, with a specific love to the emptiness of space and the field of physics. This is run by a 18 year old girl in university. I am an engineering major who wishes she had the brains to become a physicist. I'd be happy to talk to anyone, introduce yourself!

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micdotcom:

55 Twitter photos from space that will fill you with ethereal wonder

Reid Wiseman is a national treasure.

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if you aren’t in awe of our tiny little beautiful planet, you’re doing it wrong.

… the two processes, that of science and that of art, are not very different. Both science and art form in the course of the centuries a human language by which we can speak about the more remote parts of reality …

Heisenberg, Werner
Physics and Philosophy

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spaceplasma:

Planets of Our Solar System

Our solar system officially has eight planets and one star: the Sun. The discovery of an object larger than Pluto in 2005 rekindled the debate over whether such objects, belonging to the Kuiper Belt – a collection of icy bodies located beyond Neptune – should be called planets. Pluto and other large members of the Kuiper Belt are now considered “dwarf planets.”

Planet facts: space-facts.com

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nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street. A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

or how tons of blacks and latinos end up in prison for carrying a joint or less worth of weed. 

On a semi-related side note, this is how jury duty works. I am one of those people who have been eagerly waiting for the day I get to serve on a jury and I finally got that call and was so pumped. I wanted to be sure to be unbiased and objective and see things from all view points, look at evidence and make a good choice. Jury duty is such an important task.On the first day they read to us a sample scenerio and then asked us all several questions. The people who answered the questions and used fair critical thought.. those were the people who were removed from the jury. I was the first person kicked out. It was a devistating look at how “fair” a jury can be. I ran into another lawyer on the way out of the court house and she noticed I looked sad and she told me simply. “they arent looking for a fair jury, just one who will get the conviction they want.” It sucked.

THIS ^^^

This makes me very sad because I really want to be on a jury and…

mariposakitten:

hardhatpartycat:

petitedeath:

steppauseturnpausepivotstepstep:

nativefemboy:

thartist72:

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

powerful Black Science Man

or how tons of blacks and latinos end up in prison for carrying a joint or less worth of weed. 

On a semi-related side note, this is how jury duty works. I am one of those people who have been eagerly waiting for the day I get to serve on a jury and I finally got that call and was so pumped. I wanted to be sure to be unbiased and objective and see things from all view points, look at evidence and make a good choice. Jury duty is such an important task.

On the first day they read to us a sample scenerio and then asked us all several questions. The people who answered the questions and used fair critical thought.. those were the people who were removed from the jury. I was the first person kicked out. It was a devistating look at how “fair” a jury can be. I ran into another lawyer on the way out of the court house and she noticed I looked sad and she told me simply. “they arent looking for a fair jury, just one who will get the conviction they want.”
It sucked.

THIS ^^^

This makes me very sad because I really want to be on a jury and…

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curiosamathematica:

Cabbage exhibits a beautiful geometric pattern.

I hate cabbage in my salad but ooo prettt fractals!!

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samspratt:

"Neil deGrasse Tyson" - Illustration by samspratt

Finally got around to wrapping up this portrait of everyone’s favorite astrophysicist. With his huge impact on new generations of aspiring scientists, I knew I wanted the background to be children’s space drawings. With my 6 year-old niece’s planetary masterpieces as inspiration, I did my best imitation with my left hand. (prints available here)

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terminal-dogma:

a chunk of ENIAC in the flesh. er. in the vacuum tubes (and diodes, relays, capacitors, and resistors)? I’m bad at adapting sayings stfu

Damn!

kqedscience:

Scientists Create 3D Model That Mimics Brain Function

"A doughnut created in a lab and made of silk on the outside and collagen gel where the jelly ought to be can mimic a basic function of brain tissue, scientists have found.

Bioengineers produced a kind of rudimentary gray matter and white matter in a dish, along with rat neurons that signaled one another across the doughnut’s center. When the scientists dropped weights on the material to simulate traumatic injury, the neurons in the 3D brain model emitted chemical and electrical signals similar to those in the brains of injured animals.
It is the first time scientists have been able to so closely imitate brain function in the laboratory, experts said.”
Read more from the nytimes.

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try-and-touch-my-asymptote:

Take Pascal’s Triangle

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Colour all the even numbers black.

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Colour all the odd numbers white.

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Zoom Out

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You have Serpinski’s triangle!

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thoughtsandsquats:

myampgoesto11:

X-Ray GIFs by Cameron Drake | Behance 

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Crazy all the things we can do with those movey spinny floaty things.

Holy shit joints are cool

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shmitchey:

stunningpicture:

Jupiter cake

I want this and the other seven planets all on cake format

just how

I want to get married solely for an excuse to have a solar system wedding cake.

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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

so 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.

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.

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