"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."


Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


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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"Though Mean Girls was rated PG-13 for “sexual content, language, and some teen partying,” that was a rating Paramount had to fight for, says Waters. “We had lots of battles with the ratings board on the movie. There was the line, ‘Amber D’Lessio gave a blow job to a hot dog,’ which eventually became ‘Amber D’Lessio made out with a hot dog.’ Which is somehow weirder! That’s the thing we found: When you’re trying to make a joke obey the rules and not use any bad words, it can actually become seamier, even.” Still, there were some things that Waters simply refused to change. “The line in the sand that I drew was the joke about the wide-set vagina. The ratings board said, ‘We can’t give you a PG-13 unless you cut that line.’ We ended up playing the card that the ratings board was sexist, because Anchorman had just come out, and Ron Burgundy had an erection in one scene, and that was PG-13. We told them, ‘You’re only saying this because it’s a girl, and she’s talking about a part of her anatomy. There’s no sexual context whatsoever, and to say this is restrictive to an audience of girls is demeaning to all women.’ And they eventually had to back down.”"

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On Asian "accents"


It started when I was in kindergarten, and I was so proud I did not have to go to Bingo class, unlike my friends, because I could speak good English -

although I had no idea what a yellow dog that could spell had anything to do with Chinese.

(I figure out now that it was…

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Nirvana, Minneapolis, October 14, 1991 

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21 year old transgender female Islan Nettles died after being savagely beaten to death by her attacker Paris Wilson. According to witnesses, Wilson was shouting homophobic and transphobic slurs before being pulled off the victim by police.
Wilson only received misdemeanor assault charges that were dropped after only spending 10 hours in jail… Today he is walking free in New York City. He has not been charged with murder.
Islan was an aspiring fashion designer who’s dreams were cut short by the same type of hate crimes that have taken the lives of countless other lgbt youth.
Spread the word about this injustice and raise awareness about savage hate crimes like this towards lgbt youth.
#Regram #Justice4Islan

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Genocide is defined by the United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide as “any of the following acts committed with intent to destroy, in whole or in part, a national, ethnical, racial or religious group, as such: killing members of the group; causing serious bodily or mental harm to members of the group; deliberately inflicting on the group conditions of life calculated to bring about its physical destruction in whole or in part; imposing measures intended to prevent births within the group; [and] forcibly transferring children of the group to another group.” 

Let’s not have this be a trend, guys. 

The constant killings of Black people in this country is not a trend. Discrimination and criminalization of the Black body is not a trend.             The systematic elimination of peoples from Africa both in the US and abroad is not a trend. We’re targets and it’s not a trend.

We’re dying and it’s not a trend, it’s the standard.

Fight with us by creating your own #BloodBucketChallenge video. 

Instructions here

Spread the word. Refuse silence. Stand. #WeChargeGenocide

Reblogging to add that the people behind this challenge have specifically asked that no one who isn’t black do this challenge. if you want to support this, they’ve asked that we talk about it, share videos and pictures, tweet, etc., but do
not do this challenge yourself.

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The community releases balloons into the sky in remembrance of VonDerrit Myers.

Thursday, October 9th

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Happening Now (10.11.14): 1000s march to Ferguson for an end to police brutality and justice for all lives lost from it. The people united will never be defeated. #staywoke #fergusonoctober

Follow the Argus Livestream as events unfold tonight.

Check out Bella Eiko’s UStream.

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Congratulations to the remarkable Malala Yousafzai — fearless activist, inspiring leader, and the youngest-ever winner of the Nobel Peace Prize

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Shaun King’s latest story — (10/08)

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The parents of a Wake County high school student are outraged thatpolice pepper-sprayed him inside their homeafter a neighbor mistook him for an intruder.

Fuquay-Varina police said when a neighbor saw DeShawn walk in; they called 911 to report a break-in. Soon, three officers were inside the house, all to DeShawn’s surprise.

"They was like, ‘Put your hands on the door,’” said DeShawn. “I was like, ‘For what? This is my house.’ I was like, ‘Why are y’all in here?’”

DeShawn said he became angry whenofficers pointed out the pictures of the Tyler’s three younger children on the mantle, assuming he didn’t belong there, because he was black and they were white. An argument ensued and DeShawn said one of the officers pepper-sprayed him in the face.

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So you say “Capitalism is the only system that works?”

This is such a ridiculously good way to show how it all ‘works.’ Amazing shot.

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