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    the point of pouring a shit ton of ice water over yourself is because when one suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) one of the effects the disease has is a numbness throughout the body, as well as struggling to breathe, and both these are meant to temporarily happen when doused in freezing water. It’s to raise awareness of what ALS feels like and encourage donations towards research and cures.

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    lavenderkidz:

    d-dracarys-s:

    You freaking guys. I FINALLY own a piece of Angel Aura quartz, and it is even more beautiful in person than I ever could have imagined. Wow.

    damn

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    charizard:

    joshunf:

    if a charmander running in circles chasing its tail doesnt fit your blog then you are running the wrong kind of blog

    god i hate when people leak my baby pictures

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    bl-ossomed:

    play-the-game:

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    oaktreegirl:

    I scrolled past this at first and then I thought about it and I realized what it means

    what does it mean?

    It means do you need someone for the sake of not feeling alone and or sad or do you want me because you actually love me, not solely on comfort and fear but you actually want me.

    Thank you ^^^^

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    alohasophh:

    sixpenceee:

    In high school I took a lot of social science classes. It was interesting, but all the politics and the roaring debates in classroom was a major turn off. Don’t get me wrong. I recognize it’s important. But to me, it was a whirling pool of anger and resentment.

    That’s not the major reason I chose to be a science major, but it’s a contributing factor. I thought science was all factual information. People in lab coats striving to better understand our world. To me that was beautiful and I wanted to be a part of it. Burning people at stake for a different viewpoint was centuries ago… right? 

    Wrong. Science is just as susceptible to that “whirlpool of anger and resentment” as anything else. Even if something has been proven with impeccable data and results, it does not guarantee acceptance with open arms.

    Take Dr.Bruce Lipton for example. We now take epigenetics seriously. But in the 1990’s when the topic was first introduced, scientists blew up into hysterics at the thought of the concept. This is why Dr.Lipton left the academia for good in 1992, because although his experiments supported his views, he felt his message was falling onto deaf ears.

    An interesting book, I’m reading called The Mind (edited by John Brockman) also highlights an example. When Darwin came back from his voyage, he displayed his Galapagos finches and reptiles, the crucial evidence of evolution. John Gould who was a great ornithologist at the time and knew a lot about birds, corrected some of Darwin’s information and gave him more crucial information in support of evolution. 

    But Gould himself still remained a creationist and didn’t stand for evolution. As the book says "the man who knew more saw less and the man who knew less saw more"

    I learned that great things take time. Facts and statistics don’t persuade people. Some are forever imprisoned by their own beliefs.

    Here is a great article on how some people respond to scientific evidence by twisting information to fit their preexisting views (LINK)

    Ofcourse science is a ever changing field and I’m sure by the time I’m 40, science textbooks will be revised and edited many times over. But many new concepts are heavily ridiculed and then gradually accepted generations later. 

    "A new scientific truth does not triumph by convincing its opponents and making them see the light, but rather because its opponents eventually die and a new generation grows up that is familiar with it."

    -Max Planck

    I aspire to be you.

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    trapbuddha:

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    nirvanatrill:

    Albert Einstein teaching a physics class at Lincoln university (HCBU in Pennsylvania) in 1946

    Sure as hell never mention that about him.

    HOMIE

    His anti-racism views and work are often totally ignored by historians.

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    txchnologist:

    Graphene-Based Artificial Retina Sensor Being Developed

    Researchers at Germany’s Technical University of Munich are developing graphene sensors like the ones depicted above to serve as artificial retinas. The atom-thick sheet of linked carbon atoms is being used because it is thin, flexible, stronger than steel, transparent and electrically conductive. 

    TUM physicists think that all of these characteristics and graphene’s compatibility with the body make it a strong contender to serve as the interface between a retinal prosthetic that converts light to electric impulses and the optic nerve. A graphene-based sensor could help blind people with healthy nerve tissue see, they say.

    Read More

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    scienceyoucanlove:

    Dennis Dimick

    National Geographic

    Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.

    We are at our best when we can see a threat or challenge ahead. If flood waters are rising, an enemy is rushing at us, or a highway exit appears just ahead of a traffic jam, we see the looming crisis and respond.

    We are not as adept when threats—or threatened resources—are invisible. Some of us have trouble realizing why invisible carbon emissions are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere and warming the planet. Because the surface of the sea is all we see, it’s difficult to understand that we already have taken most of the large fish from the ocean, diminishing a major source of food. Neither of these crises are visible—they are largely out of sight, out of mind—so it’s difficult to get excited and respond. Disappearing groundwater is another out-of-sight crisis.

    Groundwater comes from aquifers—spongelike gravel and sand-filled underground reservoirs—and we see this water only when it flows from springs and wells. In the United States we rely on this hidden—and shrinking—water supply to meet half our needs, and as drought shrinks surface water in lakes, rivers, and reservoirs, we rely on groundwater from aquifers even more. Some shallow aquifers recharge from surface water, but deeper aquifers contain ancient water locked in the earth by changes in geology thousands or millions of years ago. These aquifers typically cannot recharge, and once this “fossil” water is gone, it is gone forever—potentially changing how and where we can live and grow food, among other things.

    A severe drought in California—now approaching four years long—has depleted snowpacks, rivers, and lakes, and groundwater use has soared to make up the shortfall. A new report from Stanford Universitysays that nearly 60 percent of the state’s water needs are now met by groundwater, up from 40 percent in years when normal amounts of rain and snow fall.

    Relying on groundwater to make up for shrinking surface water supplies comes at a rising price, and this hidden water found in California’s Central Valley aquifers is the focus of what amounts to a new gold rush. Well-drillers are working overtime, and as Brian Clark Howard reported here last week, farmers and homeowners short of water now must wait in line more than a year for their new wells.

    In most years, aquifers recharge as rainfall and streamflow seep into unpaved ground. But during drought the water table—the depth at which water is found below the surface—drops as water is pumped from the ground faster than it can recharge. As Howard reported, Central Valley wells that used to strike water at 500 feet deep must now be drilled down 1,000 feet or more, at a cost of more than $300,000 for a single well. And as aquifers are depleted, the land also begins to subside, or sink.

    Unlike those in other western states, Californians know little about their groundwater supply because well-drilling records are kept secret from public view, and there is no statewide policy limiting groundwater use. State legislators are contemplating a measure that would regulate and limit groundwater use, but even if it passes, compliance plans wouldn’t be required until 2020, and full restrictions wouldn’t kick in until 2040. California property owners now can pump as much water as they want from under the ground they own.

    California’s Central Valley isn’t the only place in the U.S. where groundwater supplies are declining. Aquifers in the Colorado River Basin and the southern Great Plains also suffer severe depletion. Studies show that about half the groundwater depletion nationwide is from irrigation. Agriculture is the leading use of water in the U.S. and around the world, and globally irrigated farming takes more than 60 percent of the available freshwater.

    read more from Nat Geo

    photo one and two by PETER ESSICK

    Photo three by GEORGE STEINMETZ

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    becausejensenackless:

    earthandanimals:

    giraffeinatree:

    realrandomsam:

    zinge:

    thatvegancosplayer:

    imgonnamakeachange:

    ball-deep:

    natmare:

    natmare:

    This is a recent occurrence.,Hollie F. Jackson had a litter of puppies and decided to use them as target practice. She let them bleed out in her front yard.
    She calls it ‘taking care of business’ but the rest of us call it murder.
    Please please get this attention. She needs to be put in prison.

    This is seriously so important and I wish people would care about this as much as I do.
    If this doesn’t get attention, nothing is going to happen.
    She murdered helpless, starving puppies for fun and posted it on fb like it was something to be proud of.

    Fuck that.

    i’m going to find this person and use her as target practice

    Does anyone know if this person is local to them? If so can you please call the cops? They are literally confessing to animal abuse.

    This person can be charged with at least a year and a half to two years for each puppy mercilessly shot.

    If anyone who sees this knows this person and their address, please do not post it online, but do report it to the local authorities so that she may be dealt with because this is the behaviour of a killer.

    Someone who is willing to viciously kill innocent animals who are need of help without any remorse is a dangerous human being.

    PLEASE SIGNAL BOOST THIS

    We need to make sure this bitch rots in jail.

    Statistics show a very high correlation between those who abuse animals and people who end committing serious crimes later in life. And she seems like the type. If you know anything about this woman, please report it. Get her off the streets where she can only do more harm.

    I’m going to throw up.

    And I am reminded why I hate people so much. Who the fuck would do something like this?

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