When Did Life Steal All My Marbles?
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)

OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.

Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

(via bansheewhale)

artingkrusca:

 TEAM AMERICA
[muffled fuck yeah eagle noises in the distance]

artingkrusca:

 TEAM AMERICA

[muffled fuck yeah eagle noises in the distance]

ursulavernon:

Portrait Of The Artist With Her War-Badger, Mister Digglesworth
(Apparently it is just a fan kinda day. Also, after writing that fic, my head-canon now states that all Hufflepuff are given a war-badger upon graduation.)

ursulavernon:

Portrait Of The Artist With Her War-Badger, Mister Digglesworth

(Apparently it is just a fan kinda day. Also, after writing that fic, my head-canon now states that all Hufflepuff are given a war-badger upon graduation.)

My Least Favorite Trope (and this post will include spoilers for The Lego Movie, Guardians of the Galaxy, The Matrix, Western Civilization, and—cod help me—Bulletproof Monk*.) is the thing where there’s an awesome, smart, wonderful, powerful female character who by all rights ought to be the Chosen One and the hero of the movie, who is tasked with taking care of some generally ineffectual male character who is, for reasons of wish fulfillment, actually the person the film focuses on. She mentors him, she teaches him, and she inevitably becomes his girlfriend… and he gets the job she wanted: he gets to be the Chosen One even though she’s obviously far more qualified. And all he has to do to get it and deserve it is Man Up and Take Responsibility.

And that’s it. Every god-damned time. The mere fact of naming the films above and naming the trope gives away the entire plot and character arc of every single movie.

Elizabeth Bear - My Least Favorite Trope (via feministquotes)

copperbadge:

historymiss: It’s like Who Do You Think You Are for Natasha
copperbadge: Which is now a fic I want to write
copperbadge: Natasha goes on the show because it’s the best of a bad lot of PR options. Also she DID say she wanted to find herself
copperbadge: MCU-wise, if Nicholas had a couple of…

getoffmysheetmycroft:

lastallianceofelvesandmen:

escapedninja:

Friendly reminder that Fili and Kili weren’t born until almost a hundred years after the fall of Erebor and are rescuing a home they never knew

#a home they will also never know

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cracked:

90 minutes with those green gimps is more fun than any Superman movie after the ’80s.
4 Behind-the-Scenes Moments That Will Brighten Your Day

#4. Shampoo Commercials and Superman
The fact that Brandon Routh maintained a straight face while two fucking green men were puppet-mastering in the background is the only argument I need to demand an Academy Award for him. Those guys were on set all day in some giant green void waving their hands around like assholes while a nearby director was yelling “Flappier! Flappier goddammit!”

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cracked:

90 minutes with those green gimps is more fun than any Superman movie after the ’80s.

4 Behind-the-Scenes Moments That Will Brighten Your Day

#4. Shampoo Commercials and Superman

The fact that Brandon Routh maintained a straight face while two fucking green men were puppet-mastering in the background is the only argument I need to demand an Academy Award for him. Those guys were on set all day in some giant green void waving their hands around like assholes while a nearby director was yelling “Flappier! Flappier goddammit!

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Listen up dweebs

daylight-savings-thyme:

daylight-savings-thyme:

  1. I just unfollowed about 200 blogs.
  2. My dash is now absolutely dead.
  3. Reblog this if you post this stuff, and I will follow you.
  •  Marvel
  •  Sherlock
  •  Hunger games
  •  Disney/Pixar/Dreamworks
  •  Generic Funny/fandomy stuff
  •  Supernatural
  •  Chuck
  •  Pushing Daisies

You don’t have to follow me to be followed, you just have to reblog.

Let’s add some stuff

•whales
•Game of Thrones
•science
•Beyonce
•Firefly / Serenity
•Lee Pace