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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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This was beautiful

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happynoodlegirl83:

kardafricanz:

This is Iceberg, the first white orca whale on earth. Scientists studying a pod of orcas saw his pure white dorsal fin breaking the surface and followed him, thinking that this was a trick of the eye. But Iceberg is the first reported albino killer whale, living in a large pod. Behavioural experts believed that orcas would exile a whale that did not look like the rest of the pod, but since Iceberg was born, his pod has accepted him and he is living a happy and healthy life.

Proving that whales are smarter than people.

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happynoodlegirl83:

kardafricanz:

This is Iceberg, the first white orca whale on earth. Scientists studying a pod of orcas saw his pure white dorsal fin breaking the surface and followed him, thinking that this was a trick of the eye. But Iceberg is the first reported albino killer whale, living in a large pod. Behavioural experts believed that orcas would exile a whale that did not look like the rest of the pod, but since Iceberg was born, his pod has accepted him and he is living a happy and healthy life.

Proving that whales are smarter than people.

(Source: flightofmeraxes)

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popsci:

GIFs: Deep-Sea Creatures 

Introducing: Amazing creatures that live at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico, as captured on this live-stream for the past three weeks. Keep in mind, some of these animals are experiencing bright light for the first time (pic #2, the “wow-what-is-this-thing" fish).  

More GIFs here - you also get to find out what they are.

Brought to you by: Researchers aboard the Okeanos Explorer who operated the sub; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) who led the expedition; and GIF-extraordinaire Rose.

lokis-green-and-golden-queen:

mecto-amorous:

sleepyshibe:

1 sqft of bun

Fun fact: a group of bunnies is called a fluffle.

1 SQFT OF FLUFFLE

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lokis-green-and-golden-queen:

mecto-amorous:

sleepyshibe:

1 sqft of bun

Fun fact: a group of bunnies is called a fluffle.

1 SQFT OF FLUFFLE

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Prince George’s First Royal Tour

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bookoisseur:

psychopopwebcomics:

Denis Medri draws Star Wars as an 80’s high school movie

This is awesome.

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kittea-cat:

YES HELLO

YES I WOULD LIKE TO ORDER ALL THE CARROTS

THANK YOU

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tastefullyoffensive:

Emails from the House Sitter [grimmalkin/picrequests]

pinecunt:

russellcampot:

fallonfanatic:

Inspirational stuff. He’s trying to find the man that saved his life.
Hits home that reblogging those ‘please don’t do it’ posts can definitely make a difference.
Linky to full story: [X]

Respect

He found him: http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/30/finding-mike-jonny-benjamin-reunited-with-the-stranger-who-saved-him-from-suicide-bid-4282482/

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pinecunt:

russellcampot:

fallonfanatic:

Inspirational stuff. He’s trying to find the man that saved his life.

Hits home that reblogging those ‘please don’t do it’ posts can definitely make a difference.

Linky to full story: [X]

Respect

He found him:
http://metro.co.uk/2014/01/30/finding-mike-jonny-benjamin-reunited-with-the-stranger-who-saved-him-from-suicide-bid-4282482/