I worked for the company that made and sold these. They are awesome and totally worth it. You can get them off Amazon, Mindware, or you can find them in lots of toy stores. Reblogged from phoenixwrong November 16th, 2013 at 11:56 pm 222,249 notes
this looks fu-
sweet pissing jesus
But it’ll be okay. We decided that I’m going to make my move here in early January and I can’t wait.
I’ve been here for two months and four days. We originally only planned for about two weeks, so I think it’s been pretty successful. It’s been the best two months ever and I’m even more sure that I want to move here. I’m so glad we’ve seen each other so much this year, it’s been really great after going an entire year without seeing each other. And if everything goes according to plan, it’ll be less than two months until we see each other.
I love you, Diane. ♥♥♥November 16th, 2013 at 11:31 pm 11 notes
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