Just 5 More Things

because things come in groups

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underthesymmetree:

Fibonacci you crazy bastard….

As seen in the solar system (by no ridiculous coincidence), Earth orbits the Sun 8 times in the same period that Venus orbits the Sun 13 times! Drawing a line between Earth & Venus every week results in a spectacular FIVE side symmetry!!

Lets bring up those Fibonacci numbers again: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, 34..

So if we imagine planets with Fibonacci orbits, do they create Fibonacci symmetries?!

You bet!! Depicted here is a:

  • 2 sided symmetry (5 orbits x 3 orbits)
  • 3 sided symmetry (8 orbits x 5 orbits)
  • sided symmetry (13 orbits x 8 orbits) - like Earth & Venus
  • sided symmetry (21 orbits x 13 orbits)

I wonder if relationships like this exist somewhere in the universe….

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i dofnt know what any of this means but these gifs are so raw im gonna rbelog it anyway

the fibonacci sequence is as close to a universe easter egg as we can possibly get. it’s a repeating pattern of numbers that you see fucking everywhere!

it appears in shit like this, from things like mathematic fractals, to the way fruits and plants grow, to the golden ratio that ALL of our proportions fit into, and a ton of other totally unrelated fucking things like the bending of light through water, how veins, rivers and lightning are connected in pattern shapes, and so on and so on

some people say it’s evidence of god, some people say it’s an artifact of us 3D beings travelling through higher dimensions, many agree it’s the truest essence of beauty and the connection between math, science and artwork…

its p. neat tho you gotta admit

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Interview with Maryam Mirzakhani, the brilliant Iranian mathematician who was the first woman to win the Fields Medal

Interviewer:
What advice would you give lay persons who would
like to know more about mathematics—what it is,
what its role in our society has been and so on?
What should they read? How should they proceed?
Dr. Mirzakhani:
This is a difficult question. I don’t think that everyone
should become a mathematician, but I do believe that
many students don’t give mathematics a real chance.
I did poorly in math for a couple of years in middle
school; I was just not interested in thinking about it.
I can see that without being excited mathematics can
look pointless and cold. The beauty of mathematics
only shows itself to more patient followers.

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thatssoscience:

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Cutting The Scientific Process Out of Education
While the battle of science standards isn’t new in the halls of government, this one hits close to home (As a former Ohioan). A bill is currently under consideration that would change the Common Core standards. In particular, the wording of this bill seeks to limit the way that science is taught. The idea is to eliminate “political… interpretation of scientific facts”, but in actuality it cuts out critical thinking. 
Memorizing facts is a crucial component of any scientific education but it isn’t enough. Understanding the scientific process builds a foundation on critical thinking. It becomes a way of looking at the world. It helps people assess the validity of information. It isn’t about “interpreting” facts, it’s about processing evidence. More importantly, it’s not just about finding answers, it’s also about knowing how to ask questions. And asking questions, is just so science. 
Photo credit: @ AlbertHerring

thatssoscience:

Ohio Lawmakers Propose Cutting The Scientific Process Out of Education

While the battle of science standards isn’t new in the halls of government, this one hits close to home (As a former Ohioan). A bill is currently under consideration that would change the Common Core standards. In particular, the wording of this bill seeks to limit the way that science is taught. The idea is to eliminate “political… interpretation of scientific facts”, but in actuality it cuts out critical thinking. 

Memorizing facts is a crucial component of any scientific education but it isn’t enough. Understanding the scientific process builds a foundation on critical thinking. It becomes a way of looking at the world. It helps people assess the validity of information. It isn’t about “interpreting” facts, it’s about processing evidence. More importantly, it’s not just about finding answers, it’s also about knowing how to ask questions. And asking questions, is just so science. 

Photo credit: @ AlbertHerring

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nprbooks:

Last week we said goodbye to Nicole and Cara, our awesome summer interns. But before she left, intern Nicole conducted a literary survey: She asked NPR staffers to share some of their favorite books from when they were kids that still speak to them as grown-ups. Here’s what they sent back:

Arts editor Tom Cole says his favorite book, “being the slightly melancholic person that I am,” is The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness by Colin Thompson: 

It’s about an orphaned boy who finds love and a sense of purpose in a three-legged dog at the shelter. The drawings are wonderful.

Lynette Clemetson says she absolutely loves Zen Shorts by Jon Muth:

It’s a story about three siblings and their individual interactions with a wise Panda named Stillwater. A general theme through the tales in the book is keeping things in perspective and letting go of things you cannot change. I find it particularly soothing during major transitions at work and in life, and I often read it to my children as much for my own benefit as for theirs.

Arts reporter Neda Ulaby says Frederick by Leo Lionni is “an early lesson about the value of creative capital.” The book is about a mouse named who, instead of collecting food and supplies to store away for the winter, collects rays of sun, the colors of the rainbow and words. 

Code Switch’s Shereen Meraji had a lot to learn from Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery:

Anne (with an E) is a smart, outspoken orphan with a bit of a temper. I saw a lot of myself in her and she made me feel like it was just fine to be the quirky girl (now woman) I am. Whenever I’m at a crossroads in my adult life, I pick up Anne of Green Gables for a little inspiration. She reminds me that there ain’t nothin’ wrong with having an over-active imagination, speaking your mind and being a bit dramatic, in the process – despite what your bosses may say!

And finally (for today), fellow tumblrer Petra Mayer says the original Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs taught her"that as AWESOME as it is when hot dogs fall from the sky, it does kind of make a mess."

Stay tuned for more tomorrow! 

The Big Little Book of Happy Sadness is one of my top 10 most favorite books of all time. A sympathetic book agent gave me her only copy after I shed tears on her display copy at ALA annual one year. She also offered me her only chair.

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alternate names for black boys
by Danez Smith


1. smoke above the burning bush
2. archnemesis of summer night
3. first son of soil
4. coal awaiting spark & wind
5. guilty until proven dead
6. oil heavy starlight
7. monster until proven ghost
8. gone
9. phoenix who forgets to un-ash
10. going, going, gone
11. gods of shovels & black veils
12. what once passed for kindling
13. fireworks at dawn
14. brilliant, shadow hued coral
15. (I thought to leave this blank
but who am I to name us nothing?)
16. prayer who learned to bite & sprint
17. a mother’s joy & clutched breath

As the world watched the tumultuous events in Ferguson, Mo., over the last week, a new hashtag was born: #IfTheyGunnedMeDown. The meme was photographic: what images would the media use if I died? But the question, at its heart, was one of naming.

Kid or criminal? Victim or threat? Brother, son, friend — or thug? One of us, or other?

Danez Smith grapples with the power of naming, and the powerlessness of being named, in this poem. Poetry Magazine tweeted it out earlier today, and I haven’t stopped thinking about it since.

— Camila

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women-in-science:

shattered-earth:

I present, a microbiologist magical girl! Or a microbe magical girl, whichever you prefer i guess, with guest stars from Moyashimon Microbes!

This was a commission from a really cool MCB grad student, and i was more than happy to work on it because it combines so many many many of my favorite things :D I was basically given more or less free reign with some input on the science side of things, so cookies to people who see all the little references in the picture to microbiology and lab work :3 I may do a rework of this with generic microbes and not moyashimon ones to bring to otakon and awa as a print, but we’ll see in a week or two. 

I wanted to post this earlier but a giant headache basically pooped on the last 8 hours of my life v_v

Her staff is an inoculation loop. Too cute!