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Alex Morgan, Forward

  • FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup Silver Ball: 2008
  • ESPY Award Best Breakthrough Athlete nominee: 2012
  • ESPY Award Best Moment Nominee: 2013
  • Women’s Sports Foundation Sportswoman of the Year, Team Sport: 2012
  • U.S. Soccer Athlete of the Year: 2012
  • FIFA World Player of the Year finalist: 2012
  • National Women’s Soccer League Second Best XI: 2013
  • CONCACAF Player of the Year: 2013
  • USWNT All-Time Best XI: 2013
  • SheBelieves Cup Golden Ball and MVP: 2016
  • FIFPro: FIFA FIFPro World XI 2016
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A messy little comic where Otabek calls it out.

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It only gets happier from here, I promise. Next part coming out next week 👍🏾

Okay no but imagine the different sides of Thomas Sanders as main characters from Heathers.

Thomas would be Veronica, because he’s the one being influenced by everyone around him and is also the main person of the story.

Logic would be Heather Chandler, because he’s the leader and makes most of the decisions. He’s the top dog, and he’s the one mostly in charge.

Morality would be Heather Duke, because I feel like he gets pushed around by Logic more than the other sides of Thomas and lives in Logic’s shadow.

Prince would be Heather McNamara, because he’s the more tame one out of all the sides. Also, he tends to get overshadowed and not taken as seriously, just like Heather M.

That leaves Anxiety as JD, because he brings out the darker side of Thomas, just like JD does with Veronica. Also, they probably both have an equal love for trenchcoats and eyeliner.

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Scientists have created an artificial embryo

  • Scientists at the University of Cambridge may have just found a way to create life — without sperm or an egg.
  • The researchers, who published their findings in the journal Science, created an artificial mouse embryo using only stem cells.
  • While scientists have previously created embryos without sperm — as with the Dolly the Sheep clone — creating life without an egg has previously been impossible, Gizmodo reported.
  • The mouse embryo was created using embryonic stem cells and trophoblast stem cells, which are the cells that produce placenta.
  • Both were grown separately before being combined using a three-dimensional scaffold, and the mixture began to resemble a mouse embryo after four days. Read more (3/8/17 2:45 PM)

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He learned this thing from Jeff Bhasker, the words don’t have to be completely logical. Sometimes you can be not exactly what you’re saying lyrically and you’ll get the same feeling across. So I think this kind of serious thought behind ‘Sign of the Times,’ he was able to shade it a little bit, so that it’s not obviously about that. He talked about that song more than any other song. I think because it was a breakthrough for him. Everybody was kind of living together at this place, and they were all eating. He was so jazzed that there was no time limit on the studio, that it was available to them around the clock. He left this table and went and found a piano and was just trying out these chords using his phone to record whatever ideas happened. And ‘Sign of the Times’ comes out. And as he said, it was nothing like the song that he was trying to write. What it ended up being was kind of a statement about today without trying to be a capital ’S’ statement about today. In his mind, it’s about a mother saying goodbye to a newborn child, but I think he was a little shy about saying that’s what it was about period. I think that’s what it’s about to him, but it’s about whatever you want it to be about as a listener. He said, 'It’s the one song I listen to every word as I sing it.’ It has that kind of meaning to it.
—  Cameron Crowe on ‘Sign of the Times’

Massive search for alien life finds 11 “significant” signals 

  • The search for alien life just got a new burst of hope.
  • On April 20, Breakthrough Initiatives, a nonprofit dedicated to the search for extraterrestrial life, announced it found 11 “significant” signals coming from outer space as part of its 10-year, $100 million program known as Breakthrough Listen.
  • For the last year, Listen has gathered data using several different technologies including the Green Bank Radio Telescope in West Virginia, and the Lick Observatory’s Automated Planet Finder on Mt. Hamilton in California, Business Insider reported. The data was then analyzed by a team at the Berkeley SETI Research Center.
  • In its newly published report, the researchers explained they were able to observe signals by comparing “L-band” receiver data in the range between 1.1 and 1.9 GHz.
  • At these frequencies, Universe Today reported, artificial signals can be distinguished from natural sources. Read more (4/28/17)

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DMT-Breaktrough Trip Report

Today I am gonna write about another DMT experience I’ve had a while back. It was around 9 pm or something and I had nothing to do so I decided to smoke some DMT. I smoked around 135mg of extracted N N DMT powder and in the moment I exhaled the DMT I already felt the first effects. 

It started with a tingling located in my chest, close to my heart which began to take over in waves through my whole body. The tingling got more and more powerful and it felt like the ground I was sitting commenced to dissolve. My heart was racing more and more and the tingling feeling reached my head. I heard strange deep noises and a really loud rushing noise. The visuals also got more and more intensive. I saw psychedelic patterns all over my room and the walls were moving and breathing. The more powerful the tingling and the noises became the crazier my visuals began to be. The patterns were morphing into faces that seemed to be talking because they were moving their mouths. It felt more and more like that the ground and almost everything material was dissolving and then I heard kind of a really loud crack or bang and whoop.

I was falling through my ground faster and faster. I saw lights, colors and patterns moving beside me and everywhere were those faces I saw on my walls. The noises I heard began to sound more like super deep voices and it really felt like these faces were actually trying to communicate with me. The deeper I fell the slower I got until I stood completely still. I was looking around and all I saw was black and moving lights all around me. Theses dancing lights were in the most beautiful colors I’ve ever seen. Colors so exceptionally uncommon that I am pretty sure those colors don’t exist in our world. I really don’t have words to describe this breathtaking moment. It felt like I was enjoying this light-dance for hours and then something amazing happened. The lights got more and more, I was only able to see colors everywhere but they still got more. The more colors I saw the more it became white, which makes sense because white is basically every color at maximum. In the moment my view turned completely into white I heard another crack or bang noise and I was in the DMT-World again. I visited this world two times before that trip and I already wrote a trip report about my first arrival in this world but this time I try to describe it as good as possible. 

I was on the shore of a lake with deep azure blue water, on the lake were many huge water plants with purple and red blossoms. Around this lake were big hills completely overgrown with trees or other plants and it looked like a rainbow with all these colored plants. The sky was slightly pink-purple-red and the sun went down. In the sky, I was also able to see other planets and two galaxies. This beautiful sunset and the galaxies were reflecting in the water and it was a really really beautiful light play. Around the shoreline were small buildings and small little creatures were waiting in front of their houses. The buildings were purple-blue and around them were pretty huge plants. It looked like those creatures built their houses in plants. The creatures were as tall as my legs and red-greenish patterned all over their body. The patterns they have all over their body are looking like many toothed wheels. Furthermore, they have big eyes and small elf-looking ears, that’s probably why most people call them Machine or DMT-Elves. I already met those creatures before, so I walked to them. The closer I got the more were the elves dancing and moving. It seemed like they were unbelievable happy to see me again. I reached their little village or whatever it was and they immediately started to dance around me and it sounded like they were singing. I was lying in the extremely green looking grass watching the sunset and around 7-10 DMT-Elves were holding their hands and started to dance in a hand-holding-circle around me. It looked really funny and I enjoyed it a lot. It was such a beautiful, colorful and peaceful place. I forgot all the fuckery we have on our planet, all the destruction that is caused by humans. Suddenly the creatures stopped dancing and one of them spoke to me. I freaked out because he was speaking a god damn language I was able to understand. He said something like: “We are pleased to see you again and we would love to keep you here but sadly… The time has come. You need to go” I answered totally perplexed: “How… How can I stay here?” The creature hesitated for a moment and answered with a really honest voice: “You need to die”.

The dancing lights were appearing again and my view turned white. It lasted a few moments and then the white light wore off and I was able to see my room again. I was still sitting on my ground and almost every DMT-effect was gone. I was extremely disillusioned and I tried to understand what this creature meant with “You need to die”. I thought for hours about it and I came to the conclusion that the only way I am able to live in this world is that my body needs to die. I need to leave my physical cage on earth and free my mind to permanently be in this place.

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Janelle Monáe’s Message To Black Women: ‘We Are Not Receptacles…We Birthed This Nation…

I couldn’t pick just one defining breakthrough role. I like to think that they’re all a part of me. There’s a part of my heart that forever has Anne Boleyn written on it, who I played in The Tudors. Equally, to some I will always be Margaery Tyrell from Game of Thrones, or Miss Julie who I played in After Miss Julie at the Young Vic.

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Countdown to Cassini’s Grand Finale


After nearly 13 years in orbit around Saturn, the international Cassini–Huygens mission is about to begin its final chapter: the spacecraft will perform a series of daring dives between the planet and its rings, leading to a dramatic final plunge into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September.

On 22 April, Cassini successfully executed its 127th and final close flyby of Saturn’s largest moon, Titan.

The manoeuvre put the spacecraft onto its ’grand finale’ trajectory: a series of 22 orbits, each lasting about a week, drawing closer to Saturn and passing between the planet’s innermost rings and its outer atmosphere. The first crossing of the ring plane will occur on 26 April.

With the repeated dives in this yet unvisited region, the mission will conclude its journey of exploration by collecting unprecedented data to address fundamental questions about the origin of Saturn and its ring system.

Launched in 1997, the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft embarked on a seven-year voyage across the Solar System, eventually reaching Saturn in July 2004. Several months later, the Cassini orbiter released ESA’s Huygens probe, which landed on Titan on 14 January 2005 – the first landing in the outer Solar System.

The mission has greatly contributed to our understanding of the Saturnian environment, including the giant planet’s system of rings and moons.
Combining the data collected in situ by Huygens and the observations performed by Cassini during flybys of Titan, the mission revealed the atmospheric processes of this moon and their seasonal evolution, as well as the surface morphology and interior structure, which may include a liquid water ocean.

Enshrouded by a thick nitrogen-dominated atmosphere and partly covered by lakes and rivers, Titan has a weather and hydrological cycle that bears some interesting similarities to Earth. However, there are important differences: the key component there is not water, like on our planet, but methane, and the temperature is very low, around –180°C at the surface.

Over its 13-year mission, Cassini will have covered about half of Saturn’s orbit, in which the planet takes 29 years to circle the Sun. This means that the spacecraft has monitored two seasons on Titan, an object that can teach us much on the past and the future of Earth.

Another of Cassini’s breakthroughs was the detection of a towering plume of water vapour and organic material spraying into space from warm fractures near the south pole of Saturn’s icy moon, Enceladus. These salt-rich jets indicate that an underground sea of liquid water is lurking only a few kilometres below the moon’s icy surface, as confirmed by gravity and rotation measurements.

A recent analysis of data collected during flybys of Enceladus with the Cassini Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer also revealed hydrogen gas in the plume, suggesting that rock might be reacting with warm water on the seafloor of the moon’s subsurface ocean. This hydrothermal activity could provide a chemical energy source for life, enabling non-photosynthetic biological processes similar to the ones found near the hydrothermal vents on the Earth’s ocean floor and pointing to the potential habitability of Enceladus’ underground ocean.

Following over a decade of ground-breaking discoveries, Cassini is now approaching its end. With little fuel left to correct the spacecraft trajectory, it has been decided to end the mission by plunging it into Saturn’s atmosphere on 15 September 2017. In the process, Cassini will burn up, satisfying planetary protection requirements to avoid possible contamination of any moons of Saturn that could have conditions suitable for life.

The grand finale is not only a spectacular way to complete this extraordinary mission, but will also return a bounty of unique scientific data that was not possible to collect during the previous phases of the mission.

Cassini has never ventured into the area between Saturn and its rings before, so the new set of orbits is almost like a whole new mission.
These close orbits will be inclined 63 degrees with respect to Saturn’s equator and will provide the highest resolution observations ever achieved of the inner rings and the planet’s clouds. The orbits will also give the chance to examine in situ the material in the rings and plasma environment of Saturn.

With its radio science investigation, Cassini will measure Saturn’s gravitational field as close as 3000 km from Saturn’s upper cloud layers, greatly improving the current models of the planet’s internal structure and winds in its atmosphere. Scientists expect the new data will also allow them to disentangle the gravity of the planet from the tiny pull exerted on the spacecraft by the rings, estimating the total mass of the rings to unprecedented accuracy. ESA ground stations in Argentina and Australia will help receive Cassini’s radio science data, providing a series of 22 tracking passes during the grand finale.

The grand finale orbits will also probe the planet’s magnetic field at similarly close distances. Previous observations have shown that the magnetic field is weaker than expected, with the magnetic axis surprisingly well aligned with the planet’s rotation. New data to be collected by the Cassini magnetometer will provide insights to understand why this is so and where the sources of magnetic field are located, or whether something in Saturn’s atmosphere has been obscuring the true magnetic field from Cassini until now.

While crossing the ring plane, Cassini’s Cosmic Dust Analyzer will directly sample the composition of dust particles from different parts of the ring system, whereas the Ion Neutral Mass Spectrometer will sniff the upper atmosphere layers of Saturn to analyse molecules escaping from the atmosphere as well as water-based molecules that originate from the rings.
“At last, we have now reached the final and most audacious phase of this pioneering mission, pushing the spacecraft once again into unexplored territory,” says Nicolas Altobelli, ESA Cassini project scientist.
“We are looking forward to the flow of exciting new data that Cassini will send back in the coming months.”