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For fantasy is true, of course. It isn’t factual, but it is true. Children know that. Adults know it too, and that is precisely why many of them are afraid of fantasy. They know that its truth challenges, even threatens, all that is false, all that is phony, unnecessary, and trivial in the life they have let themselves be forced into living. They are afraid of dragons, because they are afraid of freedom.
Ursula K. LeGuin, “Why Americans are Afraid of Dragons” (via lowereastnowhere)

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F.O.U.N.D.E.R.S. : aka Harry Potter meets Merlin meets Friends meets Brooklyn Nine Nine, probably


Howard Charles as Godric Griffyndor

Angel Coulby as Helga Hufflepuff

Aiysha Hart as Rowena Ravenclaw

Richard Armitage as Salazar Slytherin


Before they were famous, before they founded a wizarding school that would last through the years, and before they were the brightest witches and wizards of their age, they were four twenty-somethings with a lot of talent and not a lot of future.

Through a series of mishaps and miscommunications, the four all end up occupying the same house. Egos clash as four very different personalities must learn how to coexist.

(Godric works at a local pub, Helga works as an all purpose maid/nanny for a wealthy family, Rowena is a tutor for young children, and Salazar is a duelist for hire.)

Best Episodes:

  • The One With the Snake: Salazar finds a baby basilisk in the woods and brings it home. Helga thinks it’s cute. Rowena and Godric, however, are not so sure.
  • The One With the Midsummer’s Eve Party: Helga’s bosses put her in charge of planning their Midsummer’s Eve Party. Given that she’s also meant to be looking after their three children that same day, she enlists Godric, Rowena, and Salazar to help. It goes about as well as you’d expect.
  • The One With the Duel: Godric manages to get himself into a duel with someone far stronger than himself, and Rowena, Salazar, and Helga all attempt to get him out of it.
  • The One With the Wedding: At the end of an incredibly stressful week, the four go out drinking. They wake up the next morning to find that Godric is gone, Rowena is stuck on the ceiling, and Helga and Salazar accidentally got married.
  • The One With the Muggles: Rowena decides to temporarily live as a muggle to learn more about their society, and Helga convinces the others to join her. Spoiler alert: they are not great at being muggles.

coming to a computer screen near you if i have to write it myself


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Anonymous asked: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it















It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.


Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:


"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops

Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  


On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)


Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire


So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.


I’ve got image 




oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—


Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this


While dressed fabulously like this


Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

It just gets better and better and better.

Can we also send this to the morons who say women don’t like science fiction because they can’t understand it?

We should totally send this to those same morons. 

I should be shocked by these dumbass statements about women in science…


But I’m too busy sending my NY Times & international bestselling science fiction novel into space. [video] And you know, writing more of them.


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Shintaro Ohata  Seamlessly Blends Sculpture and Canvas to Create 3D Paintings

When first viewing the artwork of Shintaro Ohata up close it appears the scenes are made from simple oil paints, but take a step back and you’re in for a surprise. Each piece is actually a hybrid of painted canvas and sculpture that blend almost flawlessly in color and texture to create a single image.

(Source: asylum-art, via technicaltiger)

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