Allie Loves Absinthe

Allie. 23. F. Taken. Intellectual whore, knowledge deprived, and curious to the bones. Loves absinthe. I like girls and so what?

huffingtonpost:

HERE’S JUST HOW MUCH IT PAYS TO BE CONVENTIONALLY ATTRACTIVE

We’ve come to expect impossible, even improbable standards of beauty to populate our magazines and our television shows. It’s another thing entirely to find they’ve invaded our workplace.

Watch Vox’s full video to see the many other ways these unrealistic beauty standards effect where we work.

(Source: vox.com)

How does Tylenol work? The truth is, we don’t know…

Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in Tylenol™, is one of the most popular pain relievers in the world, selling more than 27 billion doses in 2009 alone. It can reduce fevers, eliminate aches and pains and relieve cough and cold symptoms. But how does it work? The truth is, no one knows exactly. This week, Reactions examines the theories about the popular pill. 

Special thanks to C&EN — find out more about this story at http://cenm.ag/tylenol

(Source: youtube.com, via carlsagan)

legosaurus:

I am Shredder and I fear no one!
Image by Andy Pang

legosaurus:

I am Shredder and I fear no one!

Image by Andy Pang

historicaltimes:

First selfie in space: Buzz Aldrin, Gemini 12, 1966.

historicaltimes:

First selfie in space: Buzz Aldrin, Gemini 12, 1966.

explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.
Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.
Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.
Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.
The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

explore-blog:

Ann Friedman's Disapproval Matrix for handling criticism is a thing of genius, not to mention essential internet-age literacy. She explains:

Critics: These are smart people who know something about your field. They are taking a hard look at your work and are not loving it. You’ll probably want to listen to what they have to say, and make some adjustments to your work based on their thoughtful comments.

Lovers: These people are invested in you and are also giving you negative but rational feedback because they want you to improve. Listen to them, too.

Frenemies: Ooooh, this quadrant is tricky. These people really know how to hurt you, because they know you personally or know your work pretty well. But at the end of the day, their criticism is not actually about your work—it’s about you personally. And they aren’t actually interested in a productive conversation that will result in you becoming better at what you do. They just wanna undermine you. Dishonorable mention goes to The Hater Within, aka the irrational voice inside you that says you suck, which usually falls into this quadrant. Tell all of these fools to sit down and shut up.

Haters: This is your garden-variety, often anonymous troll who wants to tear down everything about you for no rational reason. Folks in this quadrant are easy to write off because they’re counterproductive and you don’t even know them. Ignore! Engaging won’t make you any better at what you do. And then rest easy, because having haters is proof your work is finding a wide audience and is sparking conversation. Own it.

The general rule of thumb? When you receive negative feedback that falls into one of the top two quadrants—from experts or people who care about you who are engaging with and rationally critiquing your work—you should probably take their comments to heart. When you receive negative feedback that falls into the bottom two quadrants, you should just let it roll off your back and just keep doin’ you.

Complement with Benjamin Franklin’s trick for neutralizing critics, Daniel Dennett on how to criticize with kindness, and Anne Lamott’s definitive manifesto for handling haters.

starbuqzz said: Why is yawning contagious?

science:

Mirror neurons, These are neurons with a curious property: they fire both when you do something, but also when you observe the same action in others. Much speculation surrounds the functional role of mirror neurons, and in particular how they might factor into developing empathy, and whether defects in the mirror neuron system could contribute to autistic spectrum disorders, which are characterized by poor cognitive empathy.

In this instance, we’re seeing a primitive kind of “motor empathy,” which might underlie cognitive empathy, our ability to understand others’ thoughts, feelings, motivations and so on from their outward behavior. Brodmann’s area 9, a part of the mirror neuron system in the brain, lit up when test subjects engaged in contagious yawning. This area of the brain has also been implicated in mentalizing, i.e., precisely in understanding other people’s mental states. Interestingly, in people with Major Depressive Disorder, we have found neurons in this area to be smaller, and glia—the support cells which are more numerous than neurons, and increasingly are understood to play more than just a passive role in thought—to be fewer and further between.

It remains to be seen exactly what role mirror neurons play in human empathy, but they’re certainly interesting. It’s fascinating that not only we can automatically do something because we saw someone else do it; this automatic act is caused by parts of our perfectly healthy brain not being able to distinguish between ourselves and our fellow human beings.

canadian-space-agency:

Stunning Vine video of aurora borealis lights lighting up the Earth as Orion rises in the background as seen from the ISS.

Credit: NASA Astronaut Reid Wiseman

(Source: vine.co)

mapsontheweb:

Commercial airplanes avoiding Ukraine’s airspace after the crash of #MH17.

mapsontheweb:

Commercial airplanes avoiding Ukraine’s airspace after the crash of #MH17.

(Source: twitter.com)

My thoughts and prayers goes with all passengers, crews, and families of MH 017 AMS-KUL. I was on that plane when I got to The Netherlands and a lot of my friends use that flight to return to Indonesia from here.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jul/17/malaysia-airlines-plane-crashes-ukraine-live

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/malaysian-airlines-plane-crashes-ukraine-russian-border-article-1.1870413

http://www.smh.com.au/world/malaysian-airlines-plane-crashes-in-east-ukraine-near-russian-border-reports-20140718-zu9p2.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/17/malaysia-airlines-plane-cras_n_5595516.html

scifigeneration:

Scientists Physicists Work On ‘Quantum Superclock’ To Reveal Mysteries Of Time Itself
Physicists say they believe they’re on track to creating a “quantum superclock” that would revolutionize the way the world tells time.
If the work proves to be a success, than the concept of time as it’s currently understood could be changed drastically and allow a whole new idea of accuracy to prevail.
Source: rtamerica

scifigeneration:

Scientists Physicists Work On ‘Quantum Superclock’ To Reveal Mysteries Of Time Itself

Physicists say they believe they’re on track to creating a “quantum superclock” that would revolutionize the way the world tells time.

If the work proves to be a success, than the concept of time as it’s currently understood could be changed drastically and allow a whole new idea of accuracy to prevail.

Source: rtamerica

(via shychemist)

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“It gets better”

zzzeal:

Shoutout to all the artists on Tumblr who work on something for weeks and only get 4 notes

Shoutout to all the artists on Youtube who do amazing speedpaints and, if they’re lucky, will get 500 views

Shoutout to all underappreciated artists who do amazing work and receive no recognition

(via fuck-everyone-i-love-you)

thecraftychemist:

zerostatereflex:

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body
"Scientists Wednesday the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body."
"Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human.""The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms." (Crazy!) "The human we see in the mirror is made up of more microbes than human," said of the National Institutes of Health, who’s leading the Human Microbiome Project.

By the proportion of human to bacterial DNA perhaps, but definitely not by volume.

thecraftychemist:

zerostatereflex:

Finally, A Map Of All The Microbes On Your Body

"Scientists Wednesday the first catalog of the bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms that populate every nook and cranny of the human body."

"Researchers hope the advance marks an important step towards understanding how microbes help make humans human."

"The human body contains about 100 trillion cells, but only maybe one in 10 of those cells is actually — human. The rest are from bacteria, viruses and other microorganisms." (Crazy!)

"The human we see in the mirror is made up of more microbes than human," said of the National Institutes of Health, who’s leading the Human Microbiome Project.

By the proportion of human to bacterial DNA perhaps, but definitely not by volume.

(via tfloscience)