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please please read this. it will only take a minute of your time and it’s impotant.

the-knitwear-bitch:

There’s an alley by my university that has had up to five sexual assaults and attempted rapes in the last week. It’s known to students as “rape alley” due to its reputation of having a crazy high number of rapes and sexual assaults.

A week ago I started a petition to increase safety measures in the area. The counsel issued a statement essentially blaming women for using the path, despite it being an unavoidable path to get to campus and town for many women

I would appreciate your signature on this so much. I have a meeting with two important university staff members next week and i would love to tell them that we have 1000 signatures on the petition, a number that we are 16 names away from. This petition has got a lot of press and has the potential to do a lot of good, i just need your help! Please please please sign and signal boost the shit out of this!!

http://www.change.org/en-GB/petitions/new-zealand-police-increase-safety-measures-and-patrolling-at-around-the-boyd-wilson-path-to-the-terrace?utm_source=share_petition&utm_medium=facebook&utm_campaign=share_facebook_mobile&recruiter=2646443

Only 10 to go HELL YEA. Good luck with the meeting next week!

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schrodingersowen:

bombing:

[tries to crowd surf at a TED talk]

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kirimoth:

omg the new batman movie actually looks really good u guys

kirimoth:

omg the new batman movie actually looks really good u guys

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Breaker of Chains
Breaker of Chains
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uimapcoll:

erikkwakkel:

Blue world
This amazing image is part of a series of maps in a manuscript from the 1460s. What is striking is not just that we can so clearly recognize Europe, Asia and Africa, but that these continents are depicted so incredibly beautifully, in deep blue and gold. The map seems to float in space and above it various winds are blowing, produced by men with toy trumpets. Clouds are quietly drifting by. Who can resist jumping in and becoming part of this intoxicating blue world?
Pic: New York, Public Library, MS 87 (15th century). More blue maps from this book here.

A truly lovely map!

Love the wee wind-blowers!

uimapcoll:

erikkwakkel:

Blue world

This amazing image is part of a series of maps in a manuscript from the 1460s. What is striking is not just that we can so clearly recognize Europe, Asia and Africa, but that these continents are depicted so incredibly beautifully, in deep blue and gold. The map seems to float in space and above it various winds are blowing, produced by men with toy trumpets. Clouds are quietly drifting by. Who can resist jumping in and becoming part of this intoxicating blue world?

Pic: New York, Public Library, MS 87 (15th century). More blue maps from this book here.

A truly lovely map!

Love the wee wind-blowers!

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apassportaffair:

Vintage Travel | via Tumblr on We Heart It.

apassportaffair:

Vintage Travel | via Tumblr on We Heart It.

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Lord of the Rings Sketchbook - Alan Lee

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thematildaeffect:

Spotlight on Dr. Nettie Stevens

Dr. Nettie Stevens was an American geneticist who was the first person to describe the XY sex determination system in animals happens due to chromosomes, not some other factor like the environment. Nettie was born on July 7, 1861 in Vermont. She had an unusual childhood in the fact that she attended school until she graduated at 19, at which time she became a teacher. Eventually, after attending a teaching school, Nettie would enroll at Bryn Mawr College at the age of 39 to get her Ph.D. in cytology (the study of chromosomes). She is also one of the worst victims of the Matilda Effect.

After getting her Ph.D. in 1903, Nettie began studying sex determination in mealworms. In 1905, Nettie noticed that male mealworms would produce sperm with either an X chromosome or Y chromosome, but female mealworms would only produce eggs containing X chromosomes. However, her theory was not widely accepted in the scientific community, partially due to the fact that the chromosomal theory of inheritance was not accepted in the scientific community. However, Nettie’s gender almost certainly played a role as well. Sadly, Nettie died in 1912 at the age of 50 from breast cancer.

At a slightly later date then Nettie Stevens, a researcher named Edmund Beecher Wilson independently discovered the same thing as Nettie Stevens (that sex determination had to do with chromosomes). However, unlike Nettie, he only looked at male gametes as he found female eggs too fatty and hard to work with. He later edited his original paper to include a thank you to Nettie Stevens for her findings in female gametes. Although Wilson acknowledged her contributions, it is usually either Wilson or Thomas Hunt Morgan that get credited with the discovery of the XY sex-determination system.

Thomas Hunt Morgan was a very famous and influential American geneticist from the early 1900’s. He was a contemporary of Nettie Stevens, and used to correspond with her regularly. Usually in his letters to other scientists, Morgan would discuss his own theories with them. However, as Laura Hoope, a professor of Biology at Pomona college noted, his letters with Nettie were mostly just him asking for the details and findings from her experiments (Lee, National Geographic)

Following Nettie’s death, Morgan wrote an obituary on her for the famous and reputable science journal Nature. In it, he dismissed her importance and wrote that she didn’t have a broad view of science. This was a disgusting oversight and purposeful snub of Nettie Stevens. It is largely because of him (other factors such as misogyny in science also play a role) that Stevens does not get the recognition or credit she deserves for her crucial discovery. Stevens is also a female scientist with comparatively few things written about her (at least in comparison to scientists like Barbara McClintock and Rosalind Franklin). There is no published long form biography of her that I can find, but I encourage you to check out the sources below I have provided. As well, to honor her, teach everyone you know about Dr. Nettie Stevens and how her accomplishments were forgotten.

Sources: National Geographic, Nature

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We have lingered in the chambers of the sea
By sea-girls wreathed with seaweed red and brown
Till human voices wake us, and we drown. 
- T.S. Eliot, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock (via vanished)
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