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I think my sex drive has been replaced with the desire to cuddle anything that is remotely cute.

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Lego Microscope

This build was originally inspired by the Lego X-Pod sets. While trying to find a use for the pod itself, I realized that it was very close to a deep petri dish. I used a planetary gear system to allow both coarse and fine adjustment of the objective “lens”. A little more tinkering and I connected the focus to a magnifying glass and fiber optic light in the eyepiece, so adjusting the focus knobs would actually bring the writing on a Lego stud in and out of focus.

via Geeky Gadgets

But how are they supposed to turn the knobs with those useless U-shaped hands?!?

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As many as 15 percent of freshmen at America’s top schools are white students who failed to meet their university’s minimum standards for admission, according to Peter Schmidt, deputy editor of the Chronicle of Higher Education. These kids are “people with a long-standing relationship with the university,” or in other words, the children of faculty, wealthy alumni and politicians.

According to Schmidt, these unqualified but privileged kids are nearly twice as common on top campuses as Black and Latino students who had benefited from affirmative action.

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  • Question: 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 - Anonymous
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    currentsinbiology:

    molecularlifesciences:

    polymath4ever:

    drkrislynn:

    muchtoofullofsand:

    hannahoort:

    astropheminism:

    nonlinearfluctuations:

    chemistry-of-chaos:

    dinostuck:

    scientistsarepeopletoo:

    adventuresinchemistry:

    smilesandvials:

    shychemist:

    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.

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    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.
    But…
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    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.

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    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.

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

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    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. 

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    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:

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    Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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    And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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    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.

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

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

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

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    Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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

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    Sorry, anon:  I’d love to stay and chat, but I’m afraid I’m too busy living in the future.

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    Dang anon by the time I was 22 I had already worked for a geology department at a museum, a lab at a university, and was a lab technician for a hospital.

    Oh and my girlfriend interned for a cancer research facility before graduating from high school.

    ^ Said girlfriend. I also interned at a bioprocessing lab in high school, and I am going study biochemistry/molecular biology at a top liberal arts college.

    Way to go ladies! I love how proud everyone is to be in the sciences!

    So exciting to read what all of these amazing scientists, who happen to be female, are working on! YEA!!!

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What my train of logic SHOULD have been before running today, and why I should have realized it was a terrible idea:

  • Going running in the rain 
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths 
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths with a bad knee 
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths with a bad knee and a cold 
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths with a bad knee and a cold and exercise induced asthma 
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths with a bad knee and a cold and exercise induced asthma without an inhaler
  • Going running in the rain on dirt paths with a bad knee and a cold and exercise induced asthma without an inhaler or a phone to call for help.

What my train of logic ACTUALLY was when I left for my run: 

  • OMG IT’S SUNDAY AND THERE ARE PONIES AT THE PARK ON SUNDAY OMG PONIES PONIES PONIES I HAVE TO GO RUN TO THE PONIES 
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"You can’t just make me different and then leave."

- Looking for Alaska, John Green (via e-vaporate)

(via it-will-all-make-sense)

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