huffingtonpost:

People have offered many potential explanations for this discrepancy, but this ad highlights the importance of the social cues that push girls away from math and science in their earliest childhood years.

Watch the powerful Verizon advertisement to really understand what a little girl hears when you tell her she’s pretty.

(Source: youtube.com, via flamingphoenixfour)

mathwork:

so useful. wish I had this in when i took calc.

(via likeaphysicist)

smartercities:

Making the Grand River Watershed Smarter using Analytics | A Smarter Planet Blog
Watersheds are complex. Traditionally, watershed research has been limited by the inability to store massive amounts of data collected from monitoring sites, merge information to evaluate trends, and capture sporadic events that could be crucial in understanding a watershed. The picture that emerges from sampling a nutrient like nitrogen in a stream, for example, can be vastly different if one looks at 5-minute intervals rather than every 3 hours. Managing the sampling frequency is a challenge.
Today, thanks to advances in both hardware and software, we are able to gather the information needed to analyze and interpret a watershed unlike ever before.

smartercities:

Making the Grand River Watershed Smarter using Analytics | A Smarter Planet Blog

Watersheds are complex. Traditionally, watershed research has been limited by the inability to store massive amounts of data collected from monitoring sites, merge information to evaluate trends, and capture sporadic events that could be crucial in understanding a watershed. The picture that emerges from sampling a nutrient like nitrogen in a stream, for example, can be vastly different if one looks at 5-minute intervals rather than every 3 hours. Managing the sampling frequency is a challenge.

Today, thanks to advances in both hardware and software, we are able to gather the information needed to analyze and interpret a watershed unlike ever before.

NPR Science: Sorry, Lucy: The Myth Of The Misused Brain Is 100 Percent False


  • ERIC WESTERVELT, HOST:
  • If you went to the movie theater this weekend, you might've caught the latest Scarlett Johansson action movie called "Lucy." It's about a woman who develops superpowers by harnessing the full potential of her brain.
  • (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LUCY")
  • SCARLETT JOHANSSON: I'm able to do things I've never done before. I feel everything and I can control the elements around me.
  • UNIDENTIFIED MAN: That's amazing.
  • WESTERVELT: You've probably heard this idea before. Most people only use 10% of their brains. The other 90% of the basically dormant. Well, in the movie "Lucy," Morgan Freeman gives us this what-if scenario?
  • (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "LUCY")
  • MORGAN FREEMAN: What if there was a way of accessing 100% of our brain? What might we be capable of?
  • DAVID EAGLEMAN: We would be capable of exactly what we're doing now, which is to say, we do use a hundred percent of our brain.
  • WESTERVELT: That is David Eagleman.
  • EAGLEMAN: I'm a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine.
  • WESTERVELT: And he says, basically, all of us are like Lucy. We use all of our brains, all of time.
  • EAGLEMAN: Even when you're just sitting around doing nothing your brain is screaming with activity all the time, around the clock; even when you're asleep it's screaming with activity.
  • WESTERVELT: In other words, this is a total myth. Very wrong, but still very popular. Take this clip from an Ellen DeGeneres stand-up special.
  • (SOUNDBITE OF STAND-UP SPECIAL)
  • ELLEN DEGENERES: It's true, they say we use ten percent of our brain. Ten percent of our brain. And I think, imagine what we could accomplish if we used the other 60 percent? Do you know what I'm saying?
  • AUDIENCE: (LAUGHTER).
  • (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "TOMMY BOY")
  • DAVID SPADE: Let's say the average person uses ten percent of their brain.
  • WESTERVELT: It's even in the movie "Tommy Boy."
  • (SOUNDBITE OF FILM, "TOMMY BOY")
  • SPADE: How much do you use? One and a half percent. The rest is clogged with malted hops and bong residue.
  • WESTERVELT: Ariana Anderson is a researcher at UCLA. She looks at brain scans all day long. And she says, if someone were actually using just ten percent of their brain capacity...
  • ARIANA ANDERSON: Well, they would probably be declared brain-dead.
  • WESTERVELT: Sorry, "Tommy Boy." No one knows exactly where this myth came from but it's been around since at least the early 1900's. So why is this wrong idea still so popular?
  • ANDERSON: Probably gives us some sort of hope that if we are doing things we shouldn't do, such as watching too much TV, alcohol abuse, well, it might be damaging our brain but it's probably damaging the 90 percent that we don't use. And that's not true. Whenever you're doing something that damages your brain, it's damaging something that's being used, and it's going to leave some sort of deficit behind.
  • EAGLEMAN: For a long time I've wondered, why is this such a sticky myth?
  • WESTERVELT: Again, David Eagleman.
  • EAGLEMAN: And I think it's because it gives us a sense that there's something there to be unlocked, that we could be so much better than we could. And really, this has the same appeal as any fairytale or superhero story. I mean, it's the neural equivalent to Peter Parker becoming Spiderman.
  • WESTERVELT: In other words, it's an idea that belongs in Hollywood.
immersus:
Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.
i can’t stop staring at this

immersus:

Every airline flight in the world over 24 hours.

i can’t stop staring at this

(Source: youtube.com, via ohitsjustkim)

thepeoplesrecord:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.
Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

The U.S. funds genocide, plain & simple.

thepeoplesrecord:

anarcho-queer:

U.S. Democrats plan to give Israel an addition $225 million for military spending. The same bill also cuts $1 billion of emergency funds meant to deal with the 50,000 undocumented child migrants held in crowded and unsanitary border facilities.

Israel already received $504 million for the joint U.S.-Israel Missle Defense Program for the Fiscal Year of 2014. That is not including the $3.1 Billion the Obama Administration spent on Foreign Military Financing (FMF) for Israel for the Fiscal Year 2014.

The U.S. funds genocide, plain & simple.

faypants:

Three photos taken in the same place, different times of the year.

(via stayspectacular)

thepeoplesrecord:

saveplanetearth:

More good solar news! South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of solar power to their grid, moving it into tenth place among the solar powered countries of the world. The 15 solar plants in South Africa contribute 503 MW to the country’s electricity grid - that much energy could power around 200000 homes.This is amazing news, and yet the South African government in barrelling ahead with plans for a third mega coal-fired power station, and fracking in the Karoo. Let’s make government see that solar is the future! #FightClimateChange @ 350 Africa

To fracking & coal we say no, solar power is the way to go. 

thepeoplesrecord:

saveplanetearth:

More good solar news! South Africa has now connected more than half a gigawatt of solar power to their grid, moving it into tenth place among the solar powered countries of the world. The 15 solar plants in South Africa contribute 503 MW to the country’s electricity grid - that much energy could power around 200000 homes.

This is amazing news, and yet the South African government in barrelling ahead with plans for a third mega coal-fired power station, and fracking in the Karoo. Let’s make government see that solar is the future! #FightClimateChange @ 350 Africa

To fracking & coal we say no, solar power is the way to go. 

anarcho-queer:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

anarcho-queer:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Ya’ll think i’m playing. Here is proof that gentrification is heading to the Bronx, and the new Kingsbridge Armory ice skating center is accelerating this. Our landlord wants to charge us $45 more per month for “improvements” to the building. We have 30 days to respond, in English.
Tell me, how many working class tenants in this building speak or understand English? How many have the time to find out how to understand this and fill it out? How many even know that they have the right to say NO to this bullshit??! We have a lot of work to do. We’ll be doing work in my building, let me know if you wanna help us fight this.

You should contact the Crown Heights Tenants Union. They’re a grassroots movement that recently started in Brooklyn and has unionized over 40 buildings.
They can help you fight this and organize your building as well.
On June 30th (Monday), the organization is hosting a training event at 7pm in 727 Classon.
You can contact them by email (crownheightstenantunion@gmail.com) or through their Facebook Page. There website is crownheightstenantunion.org

Thank you so much for this info. We started talking to tenants today and we are having a meeting this Wed. about how to deal with this rent increase request. We’re planning to send a couple of our people to the Monday session and see how we can connect with Brooklyn folks. The CHTU sounds dope and i’m feelin their politics!

No problem. Let me know how it goes, I’ll be glad to help in any way.

anarcho-queer:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

anarcho-queer:

revolutionary-afrolatino:

Ya’ll think i’m playing. Here is proof that gentrification is heading to the Bronx, and the new Kingsbridge Armory ice skating center is accelerating this. Our landlord wants to charge us $45 more per month for “improvements” to the building. We have 30 days to respond, in English.

Tell me, how many working class tenants in this building speak or understand English? How many have the time to find out how to understand this and fill it out? How many even know that they have the right to say NO to this bullshit??! We have a lot of work to do. We’ll be doing work in my building, let me know if you wanna help us fight this.

You should contact the Crown Heights Tenants Union. They’re a grassroots movement that recently started in Brooklyn and has unionized over 40 buildings.

They can help you fight this and organize your building as well.

On June 30th (Monday), the organization is hosting a training event at 7pm in 727 Classon.

You can contact them by email (crownheightstenantunion@gmail.com) or through their Facebook Page. There website is crownheightstenantunion.org

Thank you so much for this info. We started talking to tenants today and we are having a meeting this Wed. about how to deal with this rent increase request. We’re planning to send a couple of our people to the Monday session and see how we can connect with Brooklyn folks. The CHTU sounds dope and i’m feelin their politics!

No problem. Let me know how it goes, I’ll be glad to help in any way.

(via disciplesofmalcolm)

“There is a poetry in small spaces, isn’t there? Confinement can be utterly beautiful, but only if it’s a matter of choice.”

Ginger and Rosa (2012)

(Source: splitterherzen, via lifeinpoetry)

nativnuance:

The 8 White Identities, by Barnor Hesse. Breaking down the white gaze.

nativnuance:

The 8 White Identities, by Barnor Hesse. Breaking down the white gaze.

(Source: until-i-can-be-quiet, via nomadbaby)

underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

  • 2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)
  • 3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)
  • sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) - like Earth & Venus
  • sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….

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(via visualizingmath)

sixpenceee:

If only everything really complicated was explained this way. 

THE AUTHOR & MORE OF HIS BOOKS

(via likeaphysicist)

“Claiming there is no other life in the universe is like scooping up some water, looking at the cup and claiming there are no whales in the ocean.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson in response to “Aliens can’t exist because we haven’t found them yet” (via unusual-entities)

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