mexicanist:

"Van Gogh from space." That’s how Rebecca Roth at NASA Goddard describes this stunning image, which looks like Starry Night. But these are not stars. It’s right here, on planet Earth.

prokopetz:

grrspit:

nessanotarized:

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

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.
This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.

prokopetz:

grrspit:

nessanotarized:

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

Exactly.

“I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

This is a good illustration of what’s wrong with the US criminal justice system.

I’m more struck by the second anecdote, in which he was evidently disqualified from jury duty for displaying the ability to do math.

mvgl:

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air 2x09 - “Cased Up” (November 11, 1991)

mothernaturenetwork:

Egyptians made mummies earlier than thought
The ancient mummification yarns were coated in tree resin and aromatic plant extracts that had powerful antibacterial properties.

mothernaturenetwork:

Egyptians made mummies earlier than thought

The ancient mummification yarns were coated in tree resin and aromatic plant extracts that had powerful antibacterial properties.

nemfrog:

Fig. 1. The Little Sea Devil of the Arcturus. Diabolidium arcturi Beebe. 3x natural size. 1926.

nemfrog:

Fig. 1. The Little Sea Devil of the Arcturus. Diabolidium arcturi Beebe. 3x natural size. 1926.

likeafieldmouse:

The Lobed-tooth Crabeater Seal

"The mouth of a crabeater seal is uniquely adapted to feed on Antarctic krill by acting like a sieve. A hungry crabeater will take a mouthful of water, close its jaws, squeeze the water out through its teeth and filter out all the krill, which it then consumes.These microscopic krill comprise over 90% of the crabeater seal’s diet (despite its name, the crabeater seal does not actually feed on crabs).”

1956- Gordon Parks documented the everyday lives of an extended black family living in rural Alabama under Jim Crow segregation for Life magazine’s photo-essay “The Restraints: Open and Hidden.” (via)

strangeremains:

Skull, found in France, with a knife still embedded it it.  The skull belonged to a Roman solider who died during the Gallic Wars, ca. 52BC. It was on display at the Museo Rocsen in Argentina.  

strangeremains:

Skull, found in France, with a knife still embedded it it.  The skull belonged to a Roman solider who died during the Gallic Wars, ca. 52BC. It was on display at the Museo Rocsen in Argentina.  

(Source: derwiduhudar)

likeafieldmouse:

Nick Brandt 

Selections from the series Across the Ravaged Land (published 2013)

…..

Photographs 4-6 are of animals calcified by Tanzania’s Lake Natron (named after the chemical compound natron):

"The water has an extremely high soda and salt content, so high that it would strip the ink off my Kodak film boxes within a few seconds. The [alkali] causes the creatures to calcify, perfectly preserved, as they dry."

my-little-underground:

prussianinamerica:

I had a teacher who refused to let any of us say “its okay” because of this exact reason.

This tweet has actually changed the way I accept apologies and its so fucking true!

my-little-underground:

prussianinamerica:

I had a teacher who refused to let any of us say “its okay” because of this exact reason.

This tweet has actually changed the way I accept apologies and its so fucking true!

(Source: blvckvanilla)

smalldisgruntledcorgi:

tardis-mind-palace:

smalldisgruntledcorgi:

fun things to do in front of nerdy boys

intentionally mix up zelda and link
mispronounce “anime”
refer to anime as “japanese kids cartoons”
pronounce pokemon as pokey-mon
respond to everything they say with “oh yeah my baby brother likes that!”

I am a nerdy boy and I assure you the only reactions you would get from this are crying or outbursts of rage

you act like your tears aren’t EXACTLY what i want

(Source: cephalodogs)

sixpenceee:

VICTORIAN MOURNING JEWELRY 

During the Victorian era, it was common to wear “mourning jewelry”. This jewelry typically included hair from deceased loved one.

The deceased loved one’s hair would be carefully arranged within the brooch, often creating intricate pictures or designs.

Hair was considered to be an ideal keepsake, since it does not break down over time.

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thesoftghetto:

Jesus…really?

So he got across town and changed clothes in five minutes. Yeah, okay.

I checked it on Google Maps. It’s three quarters of a mile away, and he supposedly got there in six minutes.

literally bye.

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jean-luc-gohard:

jean-luc-gohard:

thesoftghetto:

Jesus…really?

So he got across town and changed clothes in five minutes. Yeah, okay.

I checked it on Google Maps. It’s three quarters of a mile away, and he supposedly got there in six minutes.

literally bye.