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The ‘Human Computer’ Behind the Moon Landing Was a Black Woman
She calculated the trajectory of man’s first trip to the moon, and was such an accurate mathematician that John Glenn asked her to double-check NASA’s computers. To top it off, she did it all as a black woman in the 1950s and ’60s, when women at NASA were not even invited to meetings.And you’ve probably never heard of her.

“Meet Katherine Johnson, the African-American woman who earned the nickname “the human computer” at NASA during its space race golden age.

An upcoming movie called Hidden Figures will celebrate her life and those of her black female colleagues, all of whom did important work against unbelievable odds but whose stories have gone largely unknown.  

In interviews, Johnson, now 97, remembers how her brilliant calculations—which she did largely by hand—forced NASA to accept her.

“I just happened to be working with guys,” she said, “and when they had briefings I asked permission to go. They said, ‘The girls don’t usually go.’ I said, ‘Is there a law?’ And they said, ‘No.’ So then my boss said, ‘Let her go.’

Read the full piece and see a video here

To see my excitement level about the Hidden Figures movie, with Taraji P. Henson as Katherine Johnson, Janelle Monáe(!!!) as Mary Jackson, and Octavia Spencer as Dorothy Vaughan, click here.

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We just got an unprecedented look at a black hole ripping apart a star

For the first time ever, astronomers got a close-up peek at a black hole ripping apart a star, a rare event that results in some of the star’s material getting ejected out into space. To research this phenomenon, astronomers used data from a tidal disruption that happened 3.9 billion years ago. Studying tidal disruptions like this one is revealing new information about how black holes behave.

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“Black people can’t be pilots, find another job”
“Aren’t you scared?”
“You’re tall, you GOTTA be playing football or basketball right?”
“What you’re studying is too hard, you should try changing majors”

The statements above are only a few that I’ve heard over the last 4 years at an institution were I saw 80% of my freshman classmates drop out or transfer after the first year, and a school that holds only a 52% graduation rate overall. I’m happy to say that I’ve made it, and in 4 months I will be a proud alumni of the #1 Aviation University in the World, Go Eagles!

Ah yes. The dark side of studying.

As I write this post it’s 2:44 in the morning. The reason I’m still up and studying is due to poor scheduling and not always having my priorities straight. It sucks, but I try and see it as a learning experiences. Everyone makes mistakes and thus I do too. All-nighters are not as glamorous as people make them up to be, but in the end if you focus hard enough and make sure you catch up with all the sleep deprivation, they can be real lifesavers.

Going back to studying now.

For The First Time Ever, NASA Saw Something Come OUT Of A Black Hole

Pretty much everyone knows that black holes suck things in, not spew them out. But, for the first time ever, the notable space organization NASA captured a supermassive black hole releasing something into space. View the evidence below!

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Black Cat Appreciation Day | 17 August

10 Reasons Why Black Cats Should Be Appreciated Today and Every Other Day of the Year

1. Black Cats are less likely to be adopted from animal shelters for a variety of reasons. 

2. They have beautiful eyes. Black cats have high melanin levels causing their eyes to be golden in colour. 

3. In Japan, it is believed that a woman who owns a black cat will have many suitors. 

4. They always look silky and clean as dirt is camouflaged. 

5. Contrary to popular belief, in many countries black cats are considered good luck. 

6. They match with everything! 

7. They’re fantastic hunters so your rat population will always be under control. 

8. They’re just like Toothless from How to Train Your Dragon. 

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9. Black kittens are adorable! 

10. They absolutely deserve to be loved just as much as the next cat! 

Neil deGrasse Tyson and the 8 books every intelligent person should read

1.) The Bible – “to learn that it’s easier to be told by others what to think and believe than it is to think for yourself.”

2.) The System of the World by Isaac Newton – “to learn that the universe is a knowable place.”

3.) On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin – “to learn of our kinship with all other life on Earth.”

4.) Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift – “to learn, among other satirical lessons, that most of the time humans are Yahoos.”

5.) The Age of Reason by Thomas Paine – “to learn how the power of rational thought is the primary source of freedom in the world.”

6. The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith  – “to learn that capitalism is an economy of greed, a force of nature unto itself.”

7. The Art of War by Sun Tsu – “to learn that the act of killing fellow humans can be raised to an art.”

8. The Prince by Machiavelli – “to learn that people not in power will do all they can to acquire it, and people in power will do all they can to keep it.”

“If you read all of the above works you will glean profound insight into most of what has driven the history of the western world.”

(Information from Open Culture, image from imigur)