Never Stop Asking

An aspiring (astro)biologist. Lover of both the telescope and microscope. I eat. I tweet. I science. I climb. I sleep.

staglove:

bookishbutcorruptible:

thisiskaylaerin:

Sunday Cosplay is the best

HOLY MOTHERFUCK SHIT GOD BLESS YOU

Eeee!

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— 5 days ago with 81556 notes
uniofnottingham:

Lake or puddle? This swan chose puddle… 

uniofnottingham:

Lake or puddle? This swan chose puddle… 

— 1 month ago with 52 notes

deluxesherlock:

iamthedukeofurl:

knightsgambit:

fyeahflutes:

swagarolli:

flutes players need to breathe

flute players need to breathe 

flute players need to breathe

fluTe PLAYeRS NEED TO BREAHTE

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the soften part is where the flute players begin to die off one by one

Those that make it to the end of the song go on to reproduce, ensuring the next generation of flute players is stronger. This is known as Survival of the Flutist. 

SURVIVAL OF THE FLUTIST

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— 2 months ago with 169998 notes

In a far away land you start your journey and travel through out the region in order to become a Pokemon Master. After collecting 8 badges, you head of the Victory Road and reach the Elite Four. There you battle the top 4 trainers in the land who are also Pop Stars. Battle after battle you fight to become the Champion, but what you don’t expect is two people waiting for you after your fourth battle…

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— 2 months ago with 7510 notes
jtotheizzoe:

Sticking plungers to chickens’ butts… you know, for science!
Chickens and other birds are modern relatives of non-avian theropods, a large order of dinosaurs that contains Tyrannosaurus rex, raptors (like Deinonychus), and other primarily bipedal reptilian beasts. They stood mostly on their two rear legs and used massive muscular tails for balance:

They weren’t all big monsters, though. There were also cute little theropods like these guys:

If you need help keeping your dino-groups straight, contrast theropods with sauropods, which include these large, long-necked, four-on-the-floor herbivores:

There’s many more sub-orders of dinosaurs, find out where more of your favorites fall on this Wikipedia page. 
Seeing as chickens and their relative are the closest living thing to theropod dinosaurs, a group of biologists thought they’d be a great model to study how T. rex and friends walked. The only problem is that chickens don’t have the long tails that their dino ancestors carried around.
Solution? Stick one on and film ‘em!
The addition of a plunger-butt tail affected the bird’s center of mass and its gait, as well as where it held its bones during standing and walking. You can read more about the research at io9, or check out the original paper (open access) at PLOS One. 
Previously: Check out a great TED-Ed video about the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, narrated by Carl Zimmer.

jtotheizzoe:

Sticking plungers to chickens’ butts… you know, for science!

Chickens and other birds are modern relatives of non-avian theropods, a large order of dinosaurs that contains Tyrannosaurus rex, raptors (like Deinonychus), and other primarily bipedal reptilian beasts. They stood mostly on their two rear legs and used massive muscular tails for balance:

They weren’t all big monsters, though. There were also cute little theropods like these guys:

If you need help keeping your dino-groups straight, contrast theropods with sauropods, which include these large, long-necked, four-on-the-floor herbivores:

There’s many more sub-orders of dinosaurs, find out where more of your favorites fall on this Wikipedia page

Seeing as chickens and their relative are the closest living thing to theropod dinosaurs, a group of biologists thought they’d be a great model to study how T. rex and friends walked. The only problem is that chickens don’t have the long tails that their dino ancestors carried around.

Solution? Stick one on and film ‘em!

The addition of a plunger-butt tail affected the bird’s center of mass and its gait, as well as where it held its bones during standing and walking. You can read more about the research at io9, or check out the original paper (open access) at PLOS One

Previously: Check out a great TED-Ed video about the evolution of feathers in dinosaurs, narrated by Carl Zimmer.

— 2 months ago with 1372 notes
agonoszikred:

I HGAVE TOE SAVE TEhe priNCESS

agonoszikred:

I HGAVE TOE SAVE TEhe priNCESS

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— 2 months ago with 325416 notes
phosphofructoisomerase:

starkidkay1230:

I literally just threw my phone.

I can’t stop laughing even though when I laugh I cough

phosphofructoisomerase:

starkidkay1230:

I literally just threw my phone.

I can’t stop laughing even though when I laugh I cough

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— 4 months ago with 97335 notes
edwardspoonhands:

zetasigma:

Emily was on the front page of Yahoo! which makes me very happy. Her video about sexism is fantastic and I am so happy she took the time to talk about the topic.

wwwoooooaaaahhhhh

edwardspoonhands:

zetasigma:

Emily was on the front page of Yahoo! which makes me very happy. Her video about sexism is fantastic and I am so happy she took the time to talk about the topic.

wwwoooooaaaahhhhh

— 4 months ago with 5962 notes
#Sexism - Where next?

uonsu:

So, let’s set the record straight.

There has been a lot of discussion/buzz/hype about a certain song for what seems like the last 6 months (at least to me). In case you’re wondering, Mooch no longer will be playing the song, URN have taken it off their core playlist and Oceana have removed it from their DJ playlist – it has not, however, had a formal ban. If you ask me- I think we’ve talked about it enough, and given the song far too much press.

The one positive I would take out of the media frenzy, would be the fact that there is now the potential for students to make real change tackling the culture of sexism, sexual harassment and ‘lad culture’.

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Now I’m not saying we’re perfect as a Union, neither am I saying that we have larger problems than any other institutions. What I do think is pertinent - is that for the first time, gender inequalities were brought in to the light and discussed on a wide level – with students actively challenging both their University and Union in a productive way.

The messages that the music industry sends out, and the media as a whole, is only one part of a large puzzle when it comes to sexism. Now of course we have a policy which clearly states we have a zero tolerance approach to sexual harassment, but we have to do more to change a culture, and these things take time. I urge anyone reading this to think about the underlying issue, and how we can truly work to make significant, lasting change.

Why are less female students becoming society presidents?

Why did we have only 5 female JCR presidents last year?

Why is Ellie the first female president the Student’s Union has seen in 15 years?

I’m not saying I have all the answers in anyway, but I do know we need to address the root cause. Let’s try to change our culture, and embed a new culture where students are elected purely on merit, without gender having an effect on their odds. Let’s aim to embed a culture where female students feel just as comfortable in a nightclub as male students, without the risk of being harassed. Let’s work towards creating a Union where this is the norm, without the need for censorship.

If you are interested in making a change for the better, please contact our Women’s Officers – Nina and Krishna; suwomens@nottingham.ac.uk or myself suwelfare@nottingham.ac.uk

Mike

Follow Mike Dore on Twitter @UoNSU_Welfare

— 6 months ago with 21 notes
jtotheizzoe:

Faux Feces Species
Meet Macrocilix maia, the moth whose patterning mimics two flies feeding on bird poop. As Alex WIld notes at MYRMECOS, there are plenty of bugs that mimic poop itself, or flies, but nothing so elaborate as this scene.
Think it beats this incredible dead leaf moth, complete with depth perception illusion?
Finally, check out this video on moths vs. butterflies from The Brain Scoop.

jtotheizzoe:

Faux Feces Species

Meet Macrocilix maia, the moth whose patterning mimics two flies feeding on bird poop. As Alex WIld notes at MYRMECOS, there are plenty of bugs that mimic poop itself, or flies, but nothing so elaborate as this scene.

Think it beats this incredible dead leaf moth, complete with depth perception illusion?

Finally, check out this video on moths vs. butterflies from The Brain Scoop.

— 6 months ago with 7340 notes
bikeclimblive:

Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell in pursuit of the Dawn Wall project, 19 pitches of 5.13/5.14. The season is here and I got fingers crossed that they will free climb it this season. They will have Chris Sharma and Jonathan Siegrist joining them so this could be the dream team. Photograph by Jimmy Chin.

bikeclimblive:

Kevin Jorgeson and Tommy Caldwell in pursuit of the Dawn Wall project, 19 pitches of 5.13/5.14. The season is here and I got fingers crossed that they will free climb it this season. They will have Chris Sharma and Jonathan Siegrist joining them so this could be the dream team. Photograph by Jimmy Chin.

(Source: National Geographic, via climbofreak)

— 6 months ago with 180 notes

kc-architecture:

Out climbing in font with a few new faces and my general cooking set up and dinner pour moi!

The climbing area in these pictures is called the elephant and this is because one of the, well… looks like a elephant. (see above)

Cooking and eating at the site, listening to music and chilling on the boulder mat.

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— 6 months ago with 83 notes
house-under-a-rock:

Christine Zalecki climbing Sunny Side Up (5.11d), The Egg, Mickey’s Beach, California
photo: Jim Thornburg.

house-under-a-rock:

Christine Zalecki climbing Sunny Side Up (5.11d), The Egg, Mickey’s Beach, California

photo: Jim Thornburg.

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— 6 months ago with 49 notes