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Reblogged from lordenation November 14th, 2013 at 9:09 pm 41,151 notes
Everybody Wants to Rule the World by Lorde
originally by Tears for Fears
Cecilia H. Payne-Gaposchkin is recognized today as a founder of modern astrophysics. But in 1923, Harvard’s physics department rejected her as a graduate student because women were not allowed to be doctoral candidates.
Fortunately she had a mentor, Harlow Shapley, the director of the Harvard College Observatory, who took her on as a student. Within two years she had published six papers and completed a doctoral thesis that a leading astronomer of the day called the most brilliant ever in the field.
But Harvard treated her shabbily. She taught graduate courses and advised Ph.D. students, but was paid a pittance and denied a real faculty position, despite Shapley’s lobbying on her behalf.
She was not made a professor until 1956, when she also became head of the astronomy department — the first chairwoman of any department at Harvard.
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My science homework had an interesting Lewis Carroll-inspired question tonight: If we were able to construct a reinforced hollow tunnel that passed directly through the center of the earth and continued through to the other side, what would happen if you were to jump feet-first into the hole? Assume that pressure and temperature remain consistent all the way through. My answer: You'd be killed. What do you think?
As long as you didn’t hit the walls, you’d fall for a long time, through the center, then you’d slow down and fall back toward the center until, eventually, you ended up in a completely gravity-neutral spot at the center of the earth which you could never be removed from. Assuming people kept throwing food and water down for you (and it didn’t hit you in the head and kill you) you would survive just fine.
It actually wouldn’t take very long at all. If you could reduce air resistance to zero, it only takes 42 minutes to fall through the center and past it to the other side. If nothing caught you on the other side, you would yoyo back and forth. It’s actually really interesting and cool that this 42 minutes of travel works if you free fall between any two points on the earth.Reblogged from edwardspoonhands November 14th, 2013 at 2:43 am 696 notes
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1-4. Mr & Mrs Vanderbilt II, 1883, their house at 51st & Fifth Ave, followed by their drawing and dinning rooms.
5. William Backhouse Jr. & Caroline Astor’s ballroom & gallery in their Fifth Ave. house, 1887.
6. Mrs. William Backhouse Astor Jr. & John Jacob Astor IV’s ballroom in their Fifth Ave. house, 1895.
During the summer, nothing is better than the smell of freshly cut grass. That is, unless, you have a giant vegetable garden growing in the place of your lawn. Instead of turf, this awesome homeowner, user locolukas on Reddit, opted for tomatoes. The results are absolutely epic.
Instead of mowing grass, one man decided to say “screw the lawn” and plant vegetables. He filled his yard’s grid with compost that the city gave away. Seeds began growing quickly and he had to keep up by planting support systems around them. He even developed an irrigation system, which is much more difficult than it looks. He lined his garden with cinder blocks, covered the ground with wood chips and filled the cinder blocks with compost as well. The man even began giving out the veggies he couldn’t possibly eat, helping to spread the wealth.
i love this idea, and it’s shameful that in some parts of america that this is literally against the law
I’m sorry that this is turning into Ranting Tuesday, so I’ll try to keep this one brief. Check this out:
That’s bullshit. For those who can’t see the image, it’s a graph of acres of irrigated land in the United states. Starting from the bottom:
- Orchards, vineyards, and nut trees: 4.1 million
- Soybeans: 5.3 million
- Alfalfa and alfalfa mixtures: 6.2 million
- Corn: 9.7 million
- Lawn: 40.5 million
That’s 40.5 million acres of lawn just for lawn’s sake. That’s 63,281.2 square miles (163,897.68 square km). That’s larger than the U.S. state of Georgia (at 59,425 square miles).
I think that more people should be using their personal acreage to grow their own foods, when possible. Bans against converting one’s useless lawn into a garden should be fought against.
And don’t even get me started on golf courses.
I’ve wanted to do this for a while once I have my own house.
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