Ever want to ask a real life astronaut a question? Here’s your chance!

Astronaut Jessica Meir will be taking your questions in an Answer Time session on Saturday, March 11 from 4:30-5:30pm ET/1:30-2:30pm PT here on NASA’s Tumblr. Make sure to ask your question now by visiting!

Jessica Meir was selected to become an astronaut in 2013 and was part of NASA’s first astronaut class that was 50% female. She and her astronaut classmates are training to fly to space now and are involved in the future of our human exploration program. She’d like to be one of the first astronauts to set foot on Mars and pursue technological and scientific advances. 

She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Brown University, a Master of Science in Space Studies from the International Space University, and a Doctorate in Marine Biology from Scripps Institution of Oceanography (UCSD). In her research, the Caribou, Maine native studied the physiology of animals in extreme environments. 

Follow Jessica on Twitter at @Astro_Jessica and follow NASA on Tumblr for your regular dose of space.


I decided that I needed to draw, you know, more than just Tucker, Wash, and Junior for the mermaid/man au, so have some sketches for, as follows:

Caboose, Local Church Enthusiast and his behemoth sized english mastiff dog, Freckles

Church, local computer tech and support shop owner, and unfortunate frequent victim of Caboose hugs

Palomo, Jensen, Bitters, and Andersmith are all employees and various marine life handlers at the New Republic Marine Institute, as well as part time mermaid conspiracists (or at least, Palomo is)

(heads up I’m tagging the whole au as “tuckington merman au”)


Idelisa Bonnelly is a Dominican marine biologist who is considered the “mother of marine conservation in the Caribbean”. She founded the Institute of Marine Biology and the Dominican Foundation for Marine Research. She was also central in the creation of the first Humpback Whale Sanctuary of the North Atlantic.

Bonnelly has won numerous awards, including induction into the UNEP’s Global 500 Roll of Honour and Unesco’s Marie Curie Medal. In 2013, the BBC recognised her as one of the ten most important women scientists in Latin America.

Got this rad lil yoga towel today and also helped saved the fishes and oceans at the same time!

Use my code {YogiVibes25} to get 25% as well and help support amazing organizations such as Marine Conservation Institute, Surfrider Foundation and San Diego Coastkeeper by purchasing a towel for your sustainable summer needs.

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Mushroom jellyfish was photographed by Steven Kovacs in the waters of the  Lake Worth Lagoon

2011 Underwater photography contest held annually Institute for Marine and Atmospheric Research «Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science» University of Miami. The competition has more than 600 photographs taken by photographers from 20 countries.

EPCOT overhaul

Okay, most Disney fans have heard the rumors floating around about EPCOT and what its future looks like (haha, get it?). I’ve heard a lot of things that are contrasting, so lets take a look. (WARNING: its really long)

Ellen’s Energy Adventure Replacement

Ok, this ones tough. One one hand, we know for a fact that Disney has filed permits to reroute the canal behind the attraction:

Clearly, this is not a small area. Some have speculated that a ride similar to the TRON Lightcycle Power Run at Shanghai will be in this area. I think this would be really cool, as the ride vehicle is unique and not like anything at WDW. 

Others have guessed that a Guardians of the Galaxy roller coaster will occupy this area. I really, really, really hope not. First of all, they just put one in Disneyland in California. Secondly, it doesn’t fit EPCOT’s theme at all, other than the fact that it has vaguely futuristic characteristics. 

What really EPCOT needs, more than anything, is another original ride. Something like Soarin’ or Horizons that is entirely unique and new, not just another ride based on a movie that nobody will remember in 20 years. 

Retheming the entrance to EPCOT 

Rumors have been flying that the Disney company is planning to take out Leave a Legacy and the garden in front of Spaceship Earth. I really don’t think this is true by any measure, but if the imagineers are going 100% on this supposed overhaul, then I could see it happening. I’m not entirely sure what they would replace it with, maybe just a new garden, or a few fountains? There isn’t a whole lot of leverage for this rumor beacuse the entrance to EPCOT is so influentual to the whole theme.

New Countries in the World Showcase

So far, the biggest contenders are Spain, Brazil, Isreal, Puerto Rico, and Africa (even though Africa is entirely too diverse to accurately make a WS pavillion on). Unlike a lot of people, I can actually see a few new countries being added. There’s clearly enough space (picture below, orange), and it would definately bring in crowds and spike attendance. One thing that does concern me is that if they add in Spain and Puerto Rico, there will be three Spanish speaking countries. I know there’s already three English speaking countries, but I feel like we should bring in a lesser known/smaller country (like they did with Morocco and Norway). Also, what if Puerto Rico becomes a state? 

New Rides In France and Mexico?

According to some, the Ratatouille ride from Disneyland Paris will have a twin in France. The ride would operate on a new trackless ride system and bring guest into the world of Remi and his friends. I don’t think this would be a great idea, since the movie is already 10 years old and most kids wouldn’t have seen the movie. It just seems like it’ll be a bit of a flop, even if the technology is great. Below is a picture of the ride in France.

In Mexico, Disney is likely to gut the Gran Fiesta Tour (formerly El Rio de Tiempo) and replace it with a boat ride that coincides an upcoming movie, Coco. Again, I’m not seeing a whole lot of hype for this movie (or maybe I’m just not looking in the right places), and if they take the plunge and throw in a ride from a potentially disasterous movie, then they’ll be stuck with it for at least a few years. 

Journey Into Imagination Retheming?

I have heard that Disney is considering turning JII into an Inside Out themed ride. I really hope this goes through. Unlike GOTG, I really think that Inside Out embodies the idea of EPCOT, especially if they incorporate some kind of new tech into the ride. VR, maybe? They could also make it so each of the five sensory rooms corresponds to an emotion. 

Innoventions, Electric Umbrella, and Mouse Gears

There isn’t a whole lot of info out there on this one, except that Disney has plans to entirely rebuild Innovations. I’m super happy for this because most of Future World is on its last leg, and this will hopefully give it the boost it needs. Along with this, the Electric Umbrella is rumored to be expanded and refurbished and Mouse Gears (Disney’s largest gift shop) is said to be replaced with a new gift shop.

New Marine Life Institute Theme for The Seas With Nemo and Friends

This is one of the more minor updates that will supposedly be coming to EPCOT. It is said that the outer wall and entrance to the building and aquarium will simply be getting a new Finding Dory look and that the inside will stay largely the same. Here’s a look at Disneyland Tokyo and how theirs looks:

That’s all I have for now! As always, this is entirely speculation and none of it could ever come true. PLEASE MESSAGE ME WITH RUMORS YOU WANT ME TO DO!!! I will go much more in depth than this one (there were just so many). Have a magical day!

anonymous asked:

I have a questions about the One Piece Heirarchry, specifically within the World Gov and Marines. In terms of authority, are Cp9(or any of the cipher pols) higher than vice-admirals?

So from what we know the Marines and the World Government do indeed have a sort of ranking system,

the highest authority in the Marines is the Fleet Admiral (Akainu), and the Nr 1 of the World Government are the Gorosei.

And although the World Government and the Marines are technically institutions independent from each other (this is what some people always seem forget) the Gorosei still have power over the Marines and have the last say when push comes to shove.

Admittedly the Marines are the military force of the world government but they’re still an organization in their own right with the right to execute people and initiate Buster Calls without asking for permission.

That’s why almost all The Cipher Pol units (CP10-CP1) are neither higher nor lower than Vice-Admirals, since they entirely work as a secret agency for the World Government.

The only exception for that is CP0, CP0 work directly under the World Nobles (who have essentially the most power and influence in all of the world, even surpassing the Gorosei, who are the ones that rule world) So the CP0 probably do have a say over the Vice-Admirals in certain situations.

Big Lessons From Finding Dory

So I saw Finding Dory tonight and let me just highlight a few things that are very important that were shown in the movie but may have gone over other’s heads (none of these are spoilers, really but im tagging them anyways):

1. Not all marine life institutions are like SeaWorld. This film demonstrates there are a lot of really helpful marine life institutions out there who are dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of animals. It takes place in California and although they never directly call it the Monterey Bay Aquarium you can tell that is what it is based off of. Many aquariums like the one in Monterey and a local aquarium by me are completely dedicated to the rehabilitation of marine life/mammals and yes, they tag some animals, but it is just to track their migration patterns and conduct research. SeaWorld has given such a bad name to other marine life centers out there and to be honest, these centers are the kind of organizations we need to preserve our marine life. Most operate on a vast network of volunteers and they could really use your donations–especially when it is apparent that our government does not care about our waters to make any laws protecting it.

2. PAY VERY CLOSE ATTENTION TO THE FINAL SCENE. (The one where Dory says the view before her is “unforgettable”). If you’ve seen the movie, you might have noticed something….well missing. In fact, a lot was missing. Much of the coral reef in this scene as they pan out has become discolored and is dead. Pixar clearly wanted to draw your eye to this scene. Our coral reefs are dramatically dying and if we don’t stop to care for them now, they can be gone easily in a lifetime–as little as 15 years. Those beautiful views will become forgettable if we do not do something about them now. Back when Finding Nemo came out 12 years ago, scientists were just starting to notice the dramatic changes in iur coral reefs. Now if you see recent pictures of the Sydney Harbor, the same one featured in FN, most of those beautiful colorful corl reefs are dead and gone. Although Finding Dory is supposed to take place one year after Finding Nemo, Pixar was really trying to bring that important message out.

So please, keep in mind as you spend money towards a movie ticket, maybe next time use that money and donate to ocean conservation funds. We really do only get one world, and she takes care of us so we should take care of her.

Scientific careers provide personal, professional rewards

As Black History Month 2016 draws to a close, some of our NSF Graduate Research Fellows share insights about what they find rewarding about their careers in science.

“What makes me proudest in my scientific career is participating in initiatives that support women and underrepresented minorities to pursue interests in science. My involvement in eco-evolutionary research allows me to be the positive change I want to see in the world because seeing other underrepresented groups in graduate studies helps create a diverse student body and future faculty that is more inclusive and representative of our community.”

– Lekeah A. Durden, Ph.D. student, Department of Biology, Indiana University 

“My research looks at connectivity of reef fish across various spatial scales with the use of genetic methods. This information will be used to inform local communities regarding the dispersal patterns for species considered subsistence fisheries. I receive great satisfaction knowing that my research has a direct impact on the strategies of both state and community-based management efforts. I intend to continue to engage younger generations and act as an example for individuals from low socioeconomic backgrounds that one is able to pursue fulfilling careers in fields that are disparate from what is traditionally represented in our communities.”

– Richard Coleman, Ph.D. candidate, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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anonymous asked:

I've heard about how bad PETA is. Is the ASPCA any better? Their commercials are depressing but they seem to genuinely care.

Apparently not

However, these charities all have good ratings from Charity Watch:

African Wildlife Foundation A-
American Bird Conservancy A
American Humane Association B+
Animal Welfare Institute A+
Bat Conservation International A-
Best Friends Animal SocietyB+
Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International A
Friends of AnimalsA
Humane Farming Association A-
Jane Goodall Institute A-
Marine Mammal Center A-
Performing Animal Welfare Society A
PetSmart Charities A+

Idelisa Bonnelly (b. 1931) is a marine biologist from the Dominican Republic, referred to as “the mother of marine conservation” in the Caribbean. She is the one responsible for bringing the study of biology in the Dominican Republic, and the founder of the country’s Institute of Marine Biology.

As there were no biology schools in her native country, she pursued her higher studies in New York. Upon her return, she founded the University of Santo Domingo, as well as the national Academy of Sciences. She was instrumental in creating the first conservation sanctuary for humpback whales.