Figs and milk.

A sound elimination is the basis of good health.

eft:

thedailywhat:

Miss u.
(inb4 dwarf planets also orbit the Sun.)
[eatliver.]

:(

eft:

thedailywhat:

Miss u.

(inb4 dwarf planets also orbit the Sun.)

[eatliver.]

:(

theponzischeme:

Sound-triggered high-speed flash photography. These experiments were performed as part of the 2009 Astro-Science Workshop of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL.

theponzischeme:

Sound-triggered high-speed flash photography. These experiments were performed as part of the 2009 Astro-Science Workshop of the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, IL.

Science, religion, and … sharks!

squashed:

Vruz, who quite obviously is not fan of religion, writes:

Is it any wonder that striving on ignorance and fear whilst believing in magic solutions from a heavenly father doesn’t work better than a system for organised learning and sharing information in an orderly manner? it’s pretty amazing when those in their perceived higher moral ground use the internet to propagate their beliefs. Hint: the internet is a creation of science, through cumulative work and understanding of how the universe is organised. And you know what? A god didn’t make the internet! all those vaccines that saved you from a certain death in your childhood? God didn’t put them in the world for you! Clever scientists engineered them.


With all respect to Vruz, the Science vs. Religion debate has a lot in common with the Cats vs. Sharks debate. It’s nonsense. And, with the exception of a few zealots on either side, everybody who knows what they’re talking about—be they physicists, theologians, or marine biologists—understands this. They are debates that don’t even make sense. A shark is a water-dwelling death machine. A cat is an often-domesticated feline. Science is a set of empirical methods used to answer questions. And religion is … well, it’s something else. It’s an over-broad word that means radically different things to different people. But for now, let’s say religion is an individual or communal response to existential inquiries regarding value and purpose.

Vruz talking about religion is something like Ted Stevens talking about the Internet. You can sort of decipher a point—but it’s pretty clear he has no idea what he’s talking about. I don’t mean to be a hater, Vruz, but it takes hubris to write off the faith that has brought people through darker horrors than we bear to imagine with their minds intact as mere ignorance, fear, and superstition.

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Vruz and I still disagree on religion. He writes:

superstition

vruz: therefore, organisations that propagate fear of supernatural powers are agents of organised superstition.

Vruz’s dictionary, unfortunately, is not very good. It leaves out any sort of atheistic or pantheistic…

haworthprojections:

fuckyeahmath:

co27:

Oh theoretical science… your place in reality is iffy at best.

haworthprojections:

fuckyeahmath:

co27:

Oh theoretical science… your place in reality is iffy at best.

colamonstrosity:

Kids Complain About Pluto’s Declassification
A bunch of children took the time to send letters to famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson complaining about Pluto’s declassification as a planet. As you’ll see, those little kids can get pretty vicious! And I’ll tell you one thing — I wouldn’t want to meet any of them in a dark alley.
I miss Pluto too.

colamonstrosity:

Kids Complain About Pluto’s Declassification

A bunch of children took the time to send letters to famed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson complaining about Pluto’s declassification as a planet. As you’ll see, those little kids can get pretty vicious! And I’ll tell you one thing — I wouldn’t want to meet any of them in a dark alley.

I miss Pluto too.

noisyman:

lolwutjayme:

zekashis:

That’s a lot of barriers you crossed, son.

noisyman:

lolwutjayme:

zekashis:

That’s a lot of barriers you crossed, son.

mutations:

crowned:yoursummerheart:longlivethequeen:fuckyeahtheuniverse:

Something to ponder over today. This is why I love the universe.

How long we take off probably counts for less than we think, and in the aggregate, taking more short trips leaves us happier than taking a few long ones.

We’re often happier planning a trip than actually taking it. And interrupting a vacation — far from being a nuisance — can make us enjoy it more.

How a trip ends matters more than how it begins, who you’re with matters as much as where you go, and if you want to remember a vacation vividly, do something during it that you’ve never done before.

And though it may feel unnecessary, it’s important to force yourself to actually take the time off in the first place — people, it turns out, are as prone to procrastinate when it comes to pleasurable things like vacations as unpleasant ones like paperwork and visits to the dentist.

The best vacation ever - The Boston Globe

Via global-culturemadstatler

(via travelhighlights)

“Most educated people are aware that we are the outcome of nearly 4 billion years of Darwinian selection, but many tend to think that humans are somehow the culmination. Our sun, however, is less than halfway through its lifespan. It will not be humans who watch the sun’s demise, 6 billion years from now. Any creatures that then exist will be as different from us as we are from bacteria or amoebae.”
Sir Martin Rees (via diyorgasms)(via rassilon)(via novazembla)(via so-treu) (via robot-heart)

mutations:

toldorknown:

Natural gas—the kind that heats ovens and boils water—specifically methane, is the culprit behind the mysterious disappearances and loss of water and air craft. The evidence for this astounding new insight into a mystery that’s bedeviled the world is laid out in a research paper published in the American Journal of Physics.

(via Neatorama)

I liked it better when we all thought it was aliens or sea monsters or cats or whatever.

baddie:

radextraordinaire:

via tofuttibreak

(via somewhatgolden)
I KNEW IT!
apio:

confusioninhereyes | hmizzle | lotus-island:



Say hello to Gliese 581c. A possible new homeworld that has been newly  discovered to be completely covered in ocean; a waterworld deeper than  ten times that of Earth’s deepest trenches.



And the shitstorm of bad science raining down on tumblr continues.
Whenever a non-science tumblr tries to do science, I think someone should just shine a silhouette of my face on the sky; I feel like batman catching evildoing gnomes who sit on their laptops at home and write up random shit and decide “I SHALL MAKE THIS SCIENCE” by ejecting it unchecked into the tumblrsphere.
I mean, I like, don’t even DO science.  I occasionally write science-fiction, but this is straight up fiction, because if any of you lazies bothered looking into this, you’d know that there’s absolutely no way to know what’s on the surface of any of the bodies orbiting Gliese 581 because IT’S TOO FAR AWAY.  And I’m not talking “Oh this is someday doable” far away, not even “Oh technology’s so fast it’ll happen by next gen” far away.  This motherfucker is 20.3 LIGHT YEARS away, that means it takes light TWENTY YEARS to travel from there to here.  When we are hypothetically looking at that planet (WHICH WE CAN’T, BECAUSE IT’S TOO FAR AWAY TO PHOTOGRAPH, SO NO ACTUAL IMAGE OF THE PLANET EXISTS, IT HASN’T EVEN BEEN DIRECTLY DISCOVERED, WE CAN ONLY CONJECTURE THAT IT’S THERE BECAUSE OF SLIGHT SHIFTS IN THE STAR’S ORBITAL PATTERNS—see: radial velocity method), we are looking at a picture that was essentially taken before I was born.  If an asteroid comes the fuck out of nowhere and destroys the damn thing today, we wouldn’t even know for another two decades.  But even then we’d be no way even near to coming up with the technology to travel there or even travel close enough to take a picture, because like I said, it’s TWENTY SOMETHING LIGHT YEARS AWAY.
The technology that would be required to travel there in a reasonable amount of time isn’t even feasible in the laws of science and physics under which our existence operates.  There is no thing that can travel at or faster than the speed of light because in my very elementary understanding of astrophysics, space-time actually just stops operating correctly at that point; mass and matter begin to distort and it’s just a barrier that physicality cannot cross.  This isn’t like creating the light bulb or airplane or microprocessor; it’s not even a problem we can fix—it’s a fact that can’t be un-fact-ed.  We can create something that flies or lights up or transmits information because there are physical methods of doing these things that can be broken down into mechanics, but the fact that nothing travels faster than light is like, the basic law anchoring quantum physics.  Or something.  Anyway, this means that getting there or even getting close enough to take a picture or evaluating what it’s like would require around 50-100 years of advances at the current rate that the government is funding NASA, and—assuming we’re even able to invent a hypothesized laser-propelled space-sailing unmanned thing—about a 400-600 year journey at max 10% the speed of light.
I learned about the Gliese system way back when I started writing my space movie, and aside from everything being wrong with what the OP said, there’s also the matter of everything being wrong with what the OP said.  Because like, everything is wrong. 581 c was thought to be in the habitable zone of its star, but then real science folk were starting to realize that there was a great likelihood of it having the Venus-like runaway greenhouse effect on its surface, rendering any possibility of water moot because if it exists, it would likely be vapor.  Another planet in the system, 581 d, is the closest hope that system has for liquid water, though its stats are all entirely different from 581 c which is by now largely deemed unsuitable.  Like, come on tumblr babies, you could’ve taken a minute to check the wiki page before reblogging this shit 400 times:

Gliese 581 c is likely to lie outside the habitable zone.[8][31] No direct evidence has been found for water to be present, but it is probably not present in the liquid state.  Techniques like the one used to measure the extrasolar planet HD 209458 b may in the future be used to determine the presence of water in the form of vapor in the planet’s atmosphere, but only in the rare case of a planet with an orbit aligned so as to transit its star, which Gliese 581 c is not known to do.

And fyi, it’s not “newly discovered”, it was discovered three years ago.  And its mass is not 1.5x the size of earth, it’s 5.36x.  You’re almost four whole earths off on that measurement, OP.  And how is it you somehow know that it has an atmosphere when its EXISTENCE is largely theoretical?  Do you like, have a cousin who went there for spring break?  “Dude, no I swear, it’s got a minibar and everything.  What?  No no yeah it totally has an atmosphere too I swear.”  AND SOMEHOW YOU ALSO KNOW HOW DEEP ITS SUPPOSED OCEAN’S TRENCHES GO?  LIKE, ARE YOU A WIZARD?  “What science cannot tell me, I SHALL LEARN BY MAGIC.”  I’m just shaking my head so much right now, tumblr.  
Whatever.  I don’t even have the energy to be nice about this.  There’s just wrong wrong WRONG ALL UP OVER THIS THING.  And you know the masses are eating it up all “wow u guise my kids could like, live there”.  Sit the fuck down and stfu.  For humanity’s sake, I hope none of you have kids.
REEN, OUT.

apio:

confusioninhereyes | hmizzle | lotus-island:

Say hello to Gliese 581c. A possible new homeworld that has been newly discovered to be completely covered in ocean; a waterworld deeper than ten times that of Earth’s deepest trenches.

And the shitstorm of bad science raining down on tumblr continues.

Whenever a non-science tumblr tries to do science, I think someone should just shine a silhouette of my face on the sky; I feel like batman catching evildoing gnomes who sit on their laptops at home and write up random shit and decide “I SHALL MAKE THIS SCIENCE” by ejecting it unchecked into the tumblrsphere.

I mean, I like, don’t even DO science.  I occasionally write science-fiction, but this is straight up fiction, because if any of you lazies bothered looking into this, you’d know that there’s absolutely no way to know what’s on the surface of any of the bodies orbiting Gliese 581 because IT’S TOO FAR AWAY.  And I’m not talking “Oh this is someday doable” far away, not even “Oh technology’s so fast it’ll happen by next gen” far away.  This motherfucker is 20.3 LIGHT YEARS away, that means it takes light TWENTY YEARS to travel from there to here.  When we are hypothetically looking at that planet (WHICH WE CAN’T, BECAUSE IT’S TOO FAR AWAY TO PHOTOGRAPH, SO NO ACTUAL IMAGE OF THE PLANET EXISTS, IT HASN’T EVEN BEEN DIRECTLY DISCOVERED, WE CAN ONLY CONJECTURE THAT IT’S THERE BECAUSE OF SLIGHT SHIFTS IN THE STAR’S ORBITAL PATTERNS—see: radial velocity method), we are looking at a picture that was essentially taken before I was born.  If an asteroid comes the fuck out of nowhere and destroys the damn thing today, we wouldn’t even know for another two decades.  But even then we’d be no way even near to coming up with the technology to travel there or even travel close enough to take a picture, because like I said, it’s TWENTY SOMETHING LIGHT YEARS AWAY.

The technology that would be required to travel there in a reasonable amount of time isn’t even feasible in the laws of science and physics under which our existence operates.  There is no thing that can travel at or faster than the speed of light because in my very elementary understanding of astrophysics, space-time actually just stops operating correctly at that point; mass and matter begin to distort and it’s just a barrier that physicality cannot cross.  This isn’t like creating the light bulb or airplane or microprocessor; it’s not even a problem we can fix—it’s a fact that can’t be un-fact-ed.  We can create something that flies or lights up or transmits information because there are physical methods of doing these things that can be broken down into mechanics, but the fact that nothing travels faster than light is like, the basic law anchoring quantum physics.  Or something.  Anyway, this means that getting there or even getting close enough to take a picture or evaluating what it’s like would require around 50-100 years of advances at the current rate that the government is funding NASA, and—assuming we’re even able to invent a hypothesized laser-propelled space-sailing unmanned thing—about a 400-600 year journey at max 10% the speed of light.

I learned about the Gliese system way back when I started writing my space movie, and aside from everything being wrong with what the OP said, there’s also the matter of everything being wrong with what the OP said.  Because like, everything is wrong. 581 c was thought to be in the habitable zone of its star, but then real science folk were starting to realize that there was a great likelihood of it having the Venus-like runaway greenhouse effect on its surface, rendering any possibility of water moot because if it exists, it would likely be vapor.  Another planet in the system, 581 d, is the closest hope that system has for liquid water, though its stats are all entirely different from 581 c which is by now largely deemed unsuitable.  Like, come on tumblr babies, you could’ve taken a minute to check the wiki page before reblogging this shit 400 times:

Gliese 581 c is likely to lie outside the habitable zone.[8][31] No direct evidence has been found for water to be present, but it is probably not present in the liquid state. Techniques like the one used to measure the extrasolar planet HD 209458 b may in the future be used to determine the presence of water in the form of vapor in the planet’s atmosphere, but only in the rare case of a planet with an orbit aligned so as to transit its star, which Gliese 581 c is not known to do.

And fyi, it’s not “newly discovered”, it was discovered three years ago.  And its mass is not 1.5x the size of earth, it’s 5.36x.  You’re almost four whole earths off on that measurement, OP.  And how is it you somehow know that it has an atmosphere when its EXISTENCE is largely theoretical?  Do you like, have a cousin who went there for spring break?  “Dude, no I swear, it’s got a minibar and everything.  What?  No no yeah it totally has an atmosphere too I swear.”  AND SOMEHOW YOU ALSO KNOW HOW DEEP ITS SUPPOSED OCEAN’S TRENCHES GO?  LIKE, ARE YOU A WIZARD?  “What science cannot tell me, I SHALL LEARN BY MAGIC.”  I’m just shaking my head so much right now, tumblr. 

Whatever.  I don’t even have the energy to be nice about this.  There’s just wrong wrong WRONG ALL UP OVER THIS THING.  And you know the masses are eating it up all “wow u guise my kids could like, live there”.  Sit the fuck down and stfu.  For humanity’s sake, I hope none of you have kids.

REEN, OUT.

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