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Katie. 19. College sophomore apparently.

"A science major looking at courses about religion?" "I find it interesting."

Really I just have no idea what I'm doing with my life.

penelopgarcia:

if they dont play ‘year 3000’ at least once on the new year’s of 3000 i will literally rise out of my grave and set everyone on fire

kqedscience:

Prepare to Have Your Mind Blown by a Balloon and a Minivan

If you don’t already know why a helium balloon tethered to the floor of a minivan has the power to make your jaw drop, you’re going to want to see this. Seriously – set aside five minutes of your time, have a seat and watch. You won’t regret it.”

(via io9)

superwhohannilockpotter:

I will never not reblog this gif set whenever it comes across my dash.

bookoisseur:

themysciranqueen:

Steve Rude’s Wonder Woman <3

These are amazing. I had never seen Wonder Woman like this until perpetua tweeted. H/T my friend!

kateoplis:

Nardò Ring, Nardò, Italy

Amazon Rainforest deforestationPara, Brazil

Terraced rice paddies, Yunnan, China

Soybean fields, São Domingos, Brazil 

Mount Whaleback Iron Ore Mine, Pilbara, Australia

Alang Ship-breaking yards, Gujarat, India

Plasticulture / Greenhouses, Almeria, Spain

Oil Extraction Wells, Texas

Vineyards, Huelva, Spain

Daily Overview

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cyndicyanide:

So a friend had this image of Joffrey as her Facebook ‘timeline’ cover and it turned into some sort of caption contest. This by far was the winner.

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okbel:

Earth Day + Tumblr + Hank Green + PS + Me

snucy:

zogwargqueen:

zogwargqueen:

folie-a-deuxme:

zogwargqueen:

im at starbucks right now and some other person with a mac just put this word doc into my air drop???????????????? 

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Did you say yes

my response:

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tHEY JUST CALLED OUT A FRAPPUCINO FOR SWAG MONEY (thats the name of my computer on airdrop) IM GONNA CR Y

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a modern love story

jtotheizzoe:

 

"To know that no one before you has seen an organ you are examining, to trace relationships that have occurred to no one before, to immerse yourself in the wondrous crystalline world of the microscope, where silence reigns, circumscribed by its own horizon, a blindingly white arena — all this is so enticing that I cannot describe it."

- Vladimir Nabokov, born on this day, April 22, 1899

Such a beautiful description of the pleasure of investigation, capturing the intensely personal joy that accompanies a moment of discovery.

Nabokov was a man of few passions, but to writing and butterflies, his two most beloved arenas, he devoted himself completely. Both of these, though, seem to pale in comparison to his love for Vera, Nabokov’s wife, translator and muse.

Nabokov was no mere hobbyist when it came to the study of Lepidoptera. He dedicated much of his life to observing, collecting and drawing butterflies. So serious was his study that a major theory of butterfly evolution was proven correct by molecular biologists decades after he proposed it.

Thanks to Open Culture, I learned that Nabokov would often draw butterflies for Vera, sketched in the first few pages of books he would give her (above). Many, if not all of them, were imagined species, based on specimens from his study, but created and named solely for her. Vanessa verae, for one, is a midnight and blue variant of the Vanessa genus. These belonged to her alone, an unmatchable gift of pure fantasy. Who among you ladies wouldn’t swoon if you were given your own butterfly? Looks like I’ve got some work to do for Christmas or Valentine’s Day.

Vanessa appears again in Nabokov’s work, in both human and insect form, as the “crimson-barred” and “Admirable butterfly” wife of John Shade in Pale Fire. Brian Boyd wrote that no other author “…has been a more passionate student of the natural world or a more accomplished scientist.”

Although perhaps not as deeply as Nabokov, many (most?) artists have taken notes from science and nature, and their work has been made all the richer for it. I wonder what we would discover if we did the same for science, accepting that our act of observation, interpretation and creation is not that different from drawing butterflies, an act we undertake simply for the love of seeing something new, and giving it to another?

If you enjoyed this intersection of lepidoptery with love, don’t miss Nabokov’s hand-written margin notes on the entomology of Kafka’s Metamorphosis.

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thisistheverge:

Lytro changed photography — now can it get anyone to care?
An exclusive look at the company’s new Illum camera

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allthingseurope:

Bridge of Sighs, Cambridge, UK (by Cambridge University)

Gene Wilder is the adult I strive to be

being responsible for a boner is pretty cool.

guldo:

worldwarbutts:

kuzannagi:

TEAM ROCKET IS BLASTING OFF AGAAAAAAAIN

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