Sep 26, 2014

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Sep 16, 2014

"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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Sep 16, 2014

kitty-in-training:

ioccasionallyburnthings:

acquaintedwithrask:

ramavoite:

toad-hollow:

puffpuffpeace:

smokeweeedgethigh:

greeneyed-l4dy:

popadoseyo:

what did i just watch

dead

Lmao

dying

OMFG

At first I thought it was guys trying to make pattycake sound like a demonic summoning ritual. Fortunately I kept listening.

THIS IS LITERALLY ONE OF MY FAVORITE VIDEOS OF ALL TIME THO I HAVEN’T SEEN THIS IN YEARS OMG

Oh my god

This used to be the video I went to when I needed cheering up!

"It’s over!" "It’s never over! Patty cake is never over!" Oh my god gotta watch the whole thing

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Sep 14, 2014

super-sandri:

glumshoe:

This was my chemistry professor.

#was

Was this at MSU? One of my chem profs there set a chunk of metal on fire and it fell off the table it was on and bounced around the room while the people in the first two rows jumped over their seats screaming. All he could do was say “Jesus christ!”

super-sandri:

glumshoe:

This was my chemistry professor.

Was this at MSU? One of my chem profs there set a chunk of metal on fire and it fell off the table it was on and bounced around the room while the people in the first two rows jumped over their seats screaming. All he could do was say “Jesus christ!”

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Sep 12, 2014

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Sep 10, 2014

Sep 6, 2014

Sep 5, 2014

Good news, my foster kitty was adopted! But also bad news because I’ve been without a kitty for 24 hours and I don’t know how much longer I can live like this

Sep 5, 2014

seri0uslybecca:

flowers in my quills

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Sep 4, 2014