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                                     Chien-Shiung Wu

“There is only one thing worse than coming home from the lab to a sink full of dirty dishes, and that is not going to the lab at all” 

  • Chien Shiung Wu was born in the Liuhe, Jiangsu province of China on May 29, 1912
  • She grew up in Taicang, China where her father was an advocate for girl’s education and founded a women’s school in China
  • In 1936, she graduated from the National Central University in Nanking China
  • After graduating she went to study physics at the University of California at Berkeley
  • In 1940, she received her Ph.D. and taught at both Smith College and Princeton University
  • In 1944, she was recruited by the U.S. government to work on the Manhattan Project at Columbia University
  • During this time, Chien helped developed a process of enriching uranium to be used as fuel
  • In 1956, Chien devised an experiment that helped disprove the Parity Law (a law of physics)
  • This experiment is still thought to be one of the most important developments in atomic and nuclear physics
  • Despite her research and experiments, Chien was not awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics
  • The honor went to her male colleagues instead
  • After the war, she continued to work at Columbia where she became the Dupin professor of physics in 1957
  • Chien continued to do research in atomic and nuclear physics, and the structure of hemoglobin
  • In 1975, Chien was awarded the National Medal of Science and became the first female president of the American Physical Society
  • Chien was also the first woman to receive an honorary doctorate degree from Princeton and she was the first woman to receive National Academy of Sciences Comstock Prize
  • She retired from teaching at Columbia in 1981
  • Chien is not only known for her work but she was also an advocate for women in science
  • Chien died on February 16, 1997 in New York

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at this point, unqualified love for Neil de Grasse Tyson is almost as much a red flag as unqualified love for Richard Dawkins


Like, obviously NdGT hasn’t said quite as many unambiguously horrible things as Dick buuut people who uncritically love him and everything he stands for tend to be singing the same ~*~Science makes no mistakes and rich societies are rich because lots of Science and entire cultures die out because not enough Science~*~ song and that is full-on angry-entitled-child nonsense.

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Eggplant is an Indian crop, so [Monsanto does] genetic engineering of eggplant. They could have chosen 500 vegetables. Why don’t they choose potatoes for India? Why eggplant? Because it is native to India and we have 4,500 varieties. Why do they want to plant – by bullying – on six million acres – GM corn in Mexico? Because corn is the sacred crop of Mexico and the Andes. So basically, while the justification is, “We are doing science,” the reality is they are unleashing a war against our sacred cultures.
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Top 5 misconceptions about evolution: A guide to demystify the foundation of modern biology.

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I don’t believe in science

's exclusive claim to truth or the idea that science is an objective institution which experiences no influence from other cultural institutions


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Chinese Periodic Table

 Four radicals used for elements: 釒 (jīn “gold”) for solid metals, 石 (shí “stone”) for solid non-metals, 水/氵 (shuǐ “water”) for liquids, and 气 (qì “air”) for gases.

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Here’s further proof that science and scientists are awesome:

A 7-year-old girl named Sophie wrote a lovely letter to the scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, politely asking if they could work on creating a dragon for her. She even included a drawing to help them out. (click here to read Sophie’s entire letter)

The scientists at CSIRO wrote back to Sophie:

We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put polymer banknotes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices. But we’ve missed something. There are no dragons.

Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs. We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety. And for this Australia, we are sorry.

(click here to read the agency’s complete response)

But then something truly awesome happened. The scientists had a bit of a think, as scientists are wont to do, and decided to rapidly accelerate their Dragon R&D Program. That’s right, they made a dragon for Sophie - Toothless, a 3D printed titanium dragon, blue, female, species: Seadragonus giganticus maximus.

“Being that electron beams were used to 3D print her, we are certainly glad she didn’t come out breathing them … instead of fire,” said Chad Henry, our Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager. “Titanium is super strong and lightweight, so Toothless will be a very capable flyer.”

Toothless is currently en route from Lab 22 in Melbourne to Sophie’s home in Brisbane.

Now Sophie wants to work at CSIRO when she grows up.

Click here to watch a video of the creation of Sophie’s dragon.

[via Geeks are Sexy and Neatorama]

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Emotional Body Atlas

A new study has attempted to create a physiological map highlighting areas of the body where there is activity during various emotional states - via Discovery Magazine:

More than 700 participants in Finland, Sweden and Taiwan participated in experiments aimed at mapping their bodily sensations in connection with specific emotions. Participants viewed emotion-laden words, videos, facial expressions and stories. They then self-reported areas of their bodies that felt different than before they’d viewed the material. By coloring in two computer-generated silhouettes — one to note areas of increased bodily sensation and the second to mark areas of decreased sensation — participants were able to provide researchers with a broad base of data showing both positive and negative bodily responses to different emotions.

Researchers found statistically discrete areas for each emotion tested, such as happiness, contempt and love, that were consistent regardless of respondents’ nationality. Afterward, researchers applied controls to reduce the risk that participants may have been biased by sensation-specific phrases common to many languages (such as the English “cold feet” as a metaphor for fear, reluctance or hesitation). 

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why is the article at the link referring to the results from sampling two scandinavian and one asian country’s populations as ‘universal’ though

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These videos blow my damn mind. Every time. 

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is Tired of Your Shit - Imgur

NDT is tired of just about everyone’s shit

The last one though

I’m not even kidding about any of these, science isn’t your enemy.

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Bill Nye The Science Guy, “Atoms” (1997).

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A racist society will give you a racist science.

R. M. Young (1987). Racist society, racist science. In D. Gill & L. Levidow (Eds.) Anti-racist science teaching(pp. 16-42). London: Free Association Books. (via homoarigato)

remember when i posted about how science can be oppressive and i got hate mail and hundreds of notes of people calling me stupid

yeah that was fun 

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Remember that time when they made up a disease for black ppl when we didnt wanna be stuck as slaves?

Remember when they operated on black women with no anesthesia to get modern gynecological surgical procedures?

Remember when they sterilized poor woc without consent to keep us from ‘creating more undesirables’?

Remember when the government allowed Black men to go untreated with Syphilis even after a cure was discovered?

Remember when minority heavy areas in cities were sprayed with radioactive material to ‘test’ how America could handle a nuclear fallout?

Oh, you dont? Because I do…

Go look it up. Every single one was done by a white supremacist nation called America.


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See, now whenever I bring up race, I never want to see any one of you rolling your eyes EVER again unless you want to lose them. Because THIS may not have a ~direct~ effect on you, but it sure as heck does on me. And if you don’t care, then bye.

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Nearly All Sun-Like Stars Have Planetary Systems

The latest analysis of data from the Kepler planet-hunting spacecraft reveals that almost all stars have planets, and about 17 percent of stars have an Earth-sized planet in an orbit closer than Mercury. Since the Milky Way has about 100 billion stars, there are at least 17 billion Earth-sized worlds out there, according to Francois Fressin of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA), who presented new findings today in a press conference at the American Astronomical Society meeting in Long Beach, California. Moreover, he said, almost all Sun-like stars have planetary systems.

The holy grail of planet-hunting is finding a twin of Earth – a planet of about the same size and in the habitable zone around similar star. The odds of finding such a planet is becoming more likely Fressin said, as the latest analysis shows that small planets are equally common around small and large stars.

While the list of Kepler planetary candidates contains majority of the knowledge we have about exoplanets, Fressin said the catalog is not yet complete, and the catalog is not pure. “There are false positives from events such as eclipsing binaries and other astrophysical configurations that can mimic planet signals,” Fressin said.

By doing a simulation of the Kepler survey and focusing on the false positives, they can only account for 9.5% of the huge number of Kepler candidates. The rest are bona-fide planets.

On Average, Every Star Has At Least One Planet, New Analysis Shows

Each star in the Milky Way shines its light upon at least one companion planet, according to a new analysis that suddenly renders exoplanets commonplace, the rule rather than the exception. This means there are billions of worlds just in our corner of the cosmos. This is a major shift from just a few years ago, when many scientists thought planets were tricky to make, and therefore special things. Now we know they’re more common than stars themselves.

“Planets are like bunnies; you don’t just get one, you get a bunch,” said Seth Shostak, a senior astronomer at the SETI Institute who was not involved in this research. “So really, the number of planets in the Milky Way is probably like five or 10 times the number of stars. That’s something like a trillion planets.”

Of course there’s no way to know, at least not yet, how many of these worlds could be hospitable to forms of life as we know it. But the odds alone are tantalizing, Shostak said.

“It’s not unreasonable at this point to say there are literally billions of habitable worlds in our galaxy, probably as a lower limit,” he said. “Maybe they’re all sterile as an autoclave, but it doesn’t seem very likely, does it? That would make us very odd.”

Other astronomers maintain that we are odd indeed, and that increasing the known planet population does not increase the odds of finding intelligent life on any of them.

“The numbers are huge by any human standard, but we are still looking at only a tiny bit of our galaxy,” said John Gribbin, an astronomer and science writer who just published a book called “Alone in the Universe.” “[This research] does further our understanding of how things like planets form and how stars form, but there is a long way to go before we can say there is life on any of these planets, and further to go before we get to civilization.”

Image 2 | A Plethora of Planets: This artist’s impression shows how common planets are around the stars in the Milky Way. The planets, their orbits and their host stars are all vastly magnified compared to their real separations. A six-year search that surveyed millions of stars using a technique called microlensing concluded that every star has at least one planet orbiting around it.  ESO/M. Kornmesser

Image 3 | A new analysis examined the frequencies of planets of different sizes based on findings from NASA’s Kepler spacecraft, correcting for both incompleteness and false positives. The results show that one in six stars has an Earth-sized planet in a tight orbit. Credit: F. Fressin (CfA)

Image 4 | This artist’s illustration represents the variety of planets being detected by NASA’s Kepler spacecraft. Credit: C. Pulliam & D. Aguilar (CfA)

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the adventures of jane + science

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