Inside My Head

no one said it was easy to hear
but i am well on my way

“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.”

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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.

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Meanwhile, in Montréal…

Photographer Marianne Kjølner snapped this pair of photographs of a bizarre tree in Denmark. Of the photo she says: “This old pink house is situated at the old dunes, a few hundred meters from the west coast, a very windy place were there isn’t much that can grow. So the tree can only grow where it has shelter.”

Photographer Marianne Kjølner snapped this pair of photographs of a bizarre tree in Denmark. Of the photo she says: “This old pink house is situated at the old dunes, a few hundred meters from the west coast, a very windy place were there isn’t much that can grow. So the tree can only grow where it has shelter.”

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invisiblelad:

spillboy:

More proof that Paul Ryan is a despicable human being.

Objectivisim at its finest. When the cause he defunded becomes a pop culture fad, why let’s get our photo op in! 

As much as I despise Paul Ryan I would just like to point out that this is not at all hypocritical nor does it make him a bad person to get involved. He believes people have a right to spend their money how they choose and that includes giving to whatever charity you wish. Republicans don’t necessarily think charity is bad, though they do think Americans have the right to choose where their own money goes, which means governments shouldn’t be deciding who gets what. I tend to agree with this. Government should be about regulation, not about spending money. Unfortunately Republicans also want to destroy regulation and that’s where we differ.

invisiblelad:

spillboy:

More proof that Paul Ryan is a despicable human being.

Objectivisim at its finest. When the cause he defunded becomes a pop culture fad, why let’s get our photo op in! 

As much as I despise Paul Ryan I would just like to point out that this is not at all hypocritical nor does it make him a bad person to get involved. He believes people have a right to spend their money how they choose and that includes giving to whatever charity you wish. Republicans don’t necessarily think charity is bad, though they do think Americans have the right to choose where their own money goes, which means governments shouldn’t be deciding who gets what. I tend to agree with this. Government should be about regulation, not about spending money. Unfortunately Republicans also want to destroy regulation and that’s where we differ.

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cosmeticevolution:

letmespitonit:

borrachooo:

redsuns-n-orangemoons:

i-write-wrongs:

realest thing I’ve seen in a while

this was so amazing. so thought provoking. an eye-opening social criticism.

Yup.

These are good some of them I’ve seen thousands of times here others are new, all are absolutely amazing

God damn

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Well this is great, I’m on vacation and now I have a cold. Probably because my immune system is weak from the pills I took at Pride last weekend. Of course if summer was acting like summer instead of being cold and rainy for the last week I’d probably be fine.

We have all these plans today and all I want to do is go back to bed.

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