Narwhal tusk length linked to testes mass suggesting its purpose is for attracting females

( —A team of researchers studying narwhal and beluga whales in their native Arctic ecosystem has found what appears to be a correlation between testes mass and tusk length in narwhals—suggesting the horn-like appendage exists as a means for males to attract females. In their paper published in Marine Mammal Science, the team describes how they obtained narwhal anatomy measurements and why they believe the tusk serves mostly as a fertility draw.

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IT’S FINALLY HERE!! PREMIERE DAY!!! We are so so so excited for agents of shield to finally return to our screens and to see new episodes again! think of all the possibilities! And while we spend our day shaking with nervous excitement we will also be posting all about  the SCIENCE BUS TEAM

are you excited, I’m excited

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Team Applied Science


This day is a lucky day for us. Wooooh. Grabe unexpected yung pagiging 2nd place namen kase wala na talagang word na “Hope” kaming iniisip kanina. Pano ba naman, nung kaharap na namen yung judge, di pa kame tapos mag-explain tapos nag-fly away na sila sa next station. Akala talaga namen, Wala na as in wala na kaming pag-asa manalo kasi may ilang error na di namen naiexplain ee. Kaya ayun, nung nagsimula yung awarding, sobrang tamlay namin. Inaantok na kami nun, tapos nung category na ng SIP (science investigatory project), parang ayaw talaga namin marinig kung sinong panalo tapos yung tinawag yung 3rd place tas hindi kami yun, lalo kaming naging matamlay tapos nung second place na … narinig nmin yung  word na “The potential … ” bigla na kaming kinabahan pero di muna kami nagrereact kase baka may kaparehas lang kami sa other school ng start ng title tapos nung tinuloy na  .. ” of the refined extract of soro soro as combusting agent” .. *O* grabe halos mapatili na kami pati yung mga kasama namin HAHAHA. Parang maiiyak na nga kami nun ee kase di talaga namin inexpect yun. HAHA. Kahit di kame nagfirst place, contented na kami dun :) May lesson na din kaming natutunan, Dont lose hope and be positive always :)) 

Hayyss :)) Ang saya :)) 

If you’ve never been near the West Point Military Academy, I feel bad for you.

Back when I was on my high school’s science team we used to have competitions on their campus and let me say I have never seen a more beautiful place.  Normally the campus is completely closed off to civilians (it’s a functioning military base) so once I graduated I said a teary goodbye to one of my favourite places in the country.

Two weeks ago I was incredibly privileged to go back for an Army football game.  My cousin recently married a West Point grad, and since I wasn’t able to make the wedding I jumped at the chance to meet my new cousin and their daughter, as well as go back to West Point.

It. was. a. blast!
First off I went straight to the statue of Eisenhower to recreate some pictures:


I’m a huge sucker for doing the same picture with different people.  To me it’s the best kind of tradition.
My new cousin gave me a tour of campus and I even got to see some obstacle courses (sorry no pictures!)  We hung around all day for parades

a football game

and some quality cousin bonding time

I think Emma may grow up to be me.  She is a Let It Go singing selfie taking Iron Man fan that does not stop talking.  Somehow she’d sucker me into carrying her on my back with a sunburn and she’d sit on my lap while we ate.  I have to update my resume with new certifications because apparently I’m like the pink power ranger because I “have brown hair and am awesome”!

This really meant a lot to me because I’m 16 years older than Emma, and Megan is 16 years older than I am.  Growing up with an older cousin was awesome!  She would take me to movies, buy me candy and make grown up jokes in front of me.  Whenever I hung out with Megan and her sisters, I felt like the coolest person in the world.  I can’t wait to take Emma out, buy her dinner and candy, tell her dirty jokes and make fun of our parents like I used to with Megan.  If I can be even a fraction as cool to Emma as Megan was to me I would be so, so happy.  This little girl really touched my heart in a way only your family can.

92 Things

Once you’ve been tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 92 Truths about you. At the end, choose 25 people to be tagged. You have to tag the person who tagged you.

Tagged by the lovely lpulverized

1. last beverage = cup of blueberry tea (my favorite ~)
2. last phone call = my best friend two day ago
3. last text message = my mom
4. last song you listened to = My Michelle, Guns ‘n’ Roses
5. last time you cried = two weeks ago.

6. dated someone twice = no
7. been cheated on = no
8. kissed someone & regretted it = no 
9. lost someone special = no
10. been depressed = no
11. been drunk and threw up = no

black, red and violet.

15. Made a new friend = yes 
16. Fallen out of love = i didn’t even fell in love, so no 
17. Laughed until you cried = yeah
18. Met someone who changed you = yes and you don’t know how grateful I am for it.
19. Found out who your true friends are = yes
20. Found out someone was talking about you = no
21. Kissed anyone on your FB friend’s list = no

22. How many people on your FB friends list do you know in real life = twenty, at least
24. Do you have any pets = 2 cats (one of them is pregnat), three dogs, plus the homeless dogs and cats I feed.
25. Do you want to change your name = yes, I want to erase my middle name 
26. What did you do for your last birthday = nothing special
27. What time did you wake up today = 6:00 am, kill me
28. What were you doing at midnight last night = reading a frostiron fic
29. Name something you CANNOT wait for = lots of things. Sherlock s4, Avengers Age of Ultron, Marvel phase 3, to put my hands in certain comics (JiM #645 “A Comedy In 30 Parts, or a Tragedy in 31”, Loki: Agent of Asgard, Black Widow)
30. Last time you saw your Mother = this morning
31. What is one thing you wish you could change about your life = i always have to think what i’m going to say like ten times and i still screw up the sentence or the tone in which i say it. It’s the only thing i’d change.
32. What are you listening to right now = Hey There Delilah
33. Have you ever talked to a person named Tom? Never
34. What’s getting on your nerves right now = my p.e. teacher  
35. Most visited webpage = Tumblr
36. Blood type = A+
37. Nickname = Iri, Ira (short for Irina)
38. Relationship Status = single

39. Zodiac sign = Aquarius
40. Pronouns = she????
41. Elementary = ————-
42. High School = —————-
43. College = ——————-
44. Hair color = brown
45. Long or short = short
46. Height = 1.6m 
47. Do you have a crush on someone? on actors, fictional characters and my best friend
48. What do you like about yourself? i rarely get nervous or stressed, so i’m able to think quick when i’m in a hurry or something like that
50. Tattoos = no
51. Righty or lefty = righty

52. First surgery = never needed one
53. First piercing = ears
54. First best friend = an asshole named Aylen
55. First sport you joined = handball
56. First vacation = the beach
58. First pair of trainers = no idea

59. Eating = nothing
60. Drinking = nothing 
61. I’m about to = go to p.e.
62. Listening to = You Shook Me All Night Long, AC/DC
63. Waiting for = Sherlock season 4
64. Want kids? = no
65. Get Married? = no
66. Career? = idk, maybe psychologist, psychiatrist, ambassador, writer, something like that

67. Lips or eyes = lips
68. Hugs or kisses = idk, both make me feel awkward 
69. Shorter or taller = both??
70. Older or Younger = depends
71. Romantic or spontaneous = spontaneous
72. Nice stomach or nice arms = ARMS
73. Sensitive or loud = both
74. Hook-up or relationship = both????
75. Trouble maker or hesitant = BOTH

76. Kissed a stranger = no

77. Drank hard liquor = sort of
78. Lost glasses/contacts = i don’t need glasses, so no
79. Sex on first date = no
80. Broke someone’s heart = i doubt it, but who knows
81. Had your own heart broken = no 
82. Been arrested = no
83. Turned someone down = yes

84. Cried when someone died = pets count?
85. Fallen for a friend = yes, right now, she has a boyfriend who is an asshole and she doesn’t know i’m bisexual, send help

86. Yourself = yes
87. Miracles = no 
88. Love at first sight = maybe? 

89. Heaven = no
90. Santa Claus = no 

91. Kiss on the first date = no 
92. Angels = sort of

I tag: team-science, lyrangalia, bookfairyfox, the-aksiz-inator, thedominatrixandthevirgin, iadler 

Week 1- Stevens presentation!

Last weeks main presentation was a revelation. I never looked at concept art from that perspective at all. Looking at the fact that all art that is produced now is just other artists interpretations of previous artists work. It was kind of depressing to think that noting truly original will be produced, because everything has already been though up.

The shocking realization that everything I see is just a copy of another artists idea, but that it all still look amazing. The first thing the presentation mentioned was the inspirations the creators of “destiny” looked at for concept at in designing their game, 

"The team studied science fiction art from the 70’s

the work of surrealists including Zdzisław Beksiński and Peter Gric, as well as seventies and eighties manga.

There are elements of Andrei Tarkovsky movies”

this wasn’t shocking as the games is so vast and had so many different themes, it would have been amazing for one team to come up with all the elements.

the next things he showed was art through time. Showing images of artists who took inspiration. or whose art looks similar, to artist before them. 

Then going on to mention how everything you see may be con-sieved as art and design, from movies to cars, not just posters and paintings

and then that some people find that recreating something is easier that coming up with it yourself, giving an example of the titanic movie that everything was made to specifications rather than making it up

History of Art - Introduction 15/09/14

The 2014 release of the video game Destiny isn’t as modern as I first imagined, the team actually studied science fiction art from the 70s, which gave them inspiration for the futuristic, yet vintage style game look. 

The artists looked at the work of surrealists Zdzislaw Beksinski and Peter Gric, as well as 70s and 80s manga. The team then went from this to creating their own concept sketches, paintings and computer generated art. 


This piece of work is by artist Chris Foss and from playing the game Destiny myself, it does have a few similarities with the Tower in the game. For a piece of work from the 70s-80s it does have a very modern interpretation of what space buildings and ships would’ve looked like.

Other images which the creative team behind Destiny drew inspiration were "Untitled" by Zdzislaw Beksinski…


Again potentially ignoring the main central focus of the image, in my opinion, the look of the bricks and the buildings in this piece of work are very similar to the finished outcome style in the final game. 

Golden Scarab by Peter Gric…


The last piece of work based on Destiny, immediately you get the picture of the loading screen sequences and other in-game styles from this Golden Scarab piece, the dots and lines, almost like a grid, features in the game quite a lot, maybe one of its most important visual designs. 


Later in the first presentation, I discovered the work of Pablo Picasso and his piece of work “Guernica” from 1937. It was interesting to hear the story behind this piece of work… at first glance it looked like the work of a psychotic child, but when you hear the story about how Picasso was contacted by the local people in Guernica, Spain, you start to understand it, after German war planes bombed and killed an estimated 300 civilians, mostly women and children during the Spanish Civil War.


It is interesting to piece by piece look at this piece and you can see the immediate destruction caused by the German bombers in this small town. You can see limbs, people screaming, horses (the transport at the time) and other animals such as livestock. On looking at the painting, you will notice that there is a bull. The bull would usually be associated with Spanish Culture and Heritage, giving me the idea that maybe Picasso was trying to tell the story of how a little piece of Spain, a little piece of Spanish Culture died that day along with the civilians and the destruction of buildings, etc. 

It may look strange but does tell a great story at the same time. 

Progression from Classical to Modern Day…

It is clear to see after only looking at the History of Art for a short period of time that not much has changed in the way of techniques, styles and what looks good.

Examples were given from as far back as 1498 with Albrecht Durer - St Michael Fighting the Dragon using simple black/grey and white to create an effective piece of art.


You can then see the similarities in the work of Venus by Aubrey Beardsley (1895) where you can see the black/white style to create his interpretation of Venus. 


Finally, coming to the the last 20-25 years, Frank Miller’s Sin City (1991) a personal favourite of mine, using exactly the same idea as the two previous. 


It shows you that everybody takes inspiration from those that have created things before them. If you see something you like, that you think looks good, you should go ahead and try and achieve a similar style. It is not stealing somebody’s idea, unless you copy it exactly, but by using the same techniques, the same colours and the same effects, you can achieve your own unique piece of work with a bit of inspiration from somebody that has come before you. 

Another example showing us that basically nothing has changed is taking The Birth of Venus by Sandro Botticelli (1486)…


An interesting task was carried out and a colour scheme was taken from this painting which could easily be used to create a very modern poster, website or painting. Showing us that the colours used back then weren’t dull and boring but they were in fact bright and interesting. 


Inspiration for a Blank Canvas

One of the main points taken from the first presentation was the story about Paul Louden Brown- a Titanic enthusiast who had spent his life creating and collecting pieces of furniture, cutlery, badges, etc. from the Titanic. When the Hollywood film Titanic was being made, he was contacted by the director to help him create the set of the Titanic for him, because he knew exactly what way things should look, what should be certain places, etc. 

The point I had taken from this is, when starting with a blank canvas, why sit and stress for hours, even days over a new idea or trying to figure out what something might look like, when there is always somebody who has tried to achieve something similar before you. There is always inspiration for the task at hand, you just have to look hard enough and look in the right places. The director of Titanic obviously contacted Paul because he knew how things should look and how things should be set up, rather than stressing and trying to recreate it himself when he was able to get somebody with the knowledge to give him inspiration and the tools to make a better and correct final outcome. 


An Introduction to Manic Science & an Album by Nébuki

This is one collaboration you really don’t want to miss.

For the first time in the history of the world, Pretty Lights Music artists Manic Focus and Break Science have teamed up, and what they’ve created is pure genius.  Together, the trio of Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee (Break Science) and John McCarten (Manic Focus) might just flip the world of Electro-Soul upside-down.

On September 16th, Manic Science released their first song “You Gotta Move”.…

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ONLY TWO MORE SLEEPS! Today is a continuation of Guest/Recurring Character Weekend!! because we love the science bus team, but we know this show would not be what it is without the help of these many more minor characters. As we wait and see who will be filling that role in this coming season (and get excited about some of them coming back!) lets celebrate the contributions these characters have made.

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by 1forrest1

Some less than savoury things have happened in Will, Alana, and Abigail’s lives. Tucked away in their beach house in Florida, much of it seems like a bad dream, the after effects having long since dissolved in a warm, salty wind and lazy beers on a beach alongside intertwined fingers.
But when an old acquaintance manages to strike a deal with Will and Alana, the Grahams soon discover their problems are far from over…

Words: 3129, Chapters: 1/?, Language: English

Series: Part 1 of la graine

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How to make a paper plane, with science! | Do Try This At Home | At-Bristol Science Centre

How can you use science to make a better paper airplane? Join Ross of the Live Science Team as he investigates how a wing works, the physics of flight and the science behind making a paper plane:

I really want a lot more of Jemma this season like

Jemma with the other members of the team

Jemma doing science and smirking when the others have no idea what half the things she says mean

Maybe a scene of Jemma putting together a cosplay because that big comic con is coming up and she hasn’t had any time to herself lately

Just Jemma being Jemma