friday night fury


Pocket Toothless, haha! Prepare your pokeball =)
New Night Fury hybrid by Dan Karhu and Evgeny Hontor.

And Moon Wanderer Night Fury:

All HTTYD things in my shop:

All dragons in my shop:

justyoureverydayordinaryla-blog1  asked:

Do you think we will ever find a cure for cancer or are scientists better off focusing on preventative awareness?

Question 4 of our Friday fun fest:

I could write a book about this, but I don’t have the time or attention span at the moment, so I’ll give you the quick version.

Mots of people people probably don’t want to hear this, but I sit in the camp that believes we will never cure cancer. I feel this way for several reasons:

  1. There is no such thing as “cancer”. Cancer is really hundreds of individual diseases each with its own individual cause, be it environment or mutation or whatever. Some are due to viral infections, some are due to mutations in cell growth signals, some are due to chromosomes falling apart and re-attaching in ways that creates never-before seen genes. And that’s just three ways it can happen! And those represent hundreds of individual changes in each category! And that’s just cancers we know the cause of!
  2. Even if we could perfectly deconstruct a single type of cancer, and design a drug to fight it, cancer is living. And therefore constantly evolving. Inside of a tumor, tens or hundreds or thousands of different sub-populations of cells can form, each with their own batch of mutations. What kills 90% may do nothing to the other 10%. When the “genomes” inside a tumor were recently sequenced, they discovered it was like a population unto itself
  3. Which leads me to detection. If a tumor isn’t the same on the inside, then it isn’t the same on the outside. Cancer therapies rely on early detection. But if you’re looking for Villain A, Villain B might slip through your tests. And like we just saw, tumors are full of unknown Villains B-Z.
  4. Many cancers are sporadic. It sucks, but sometimes cancer just pops up out of nowhere. New mutations, new gene combinations, new infections. We can’t predict them, so we can’t cure them.

I know this is super-downer, because everyone wants to think that cancer is curable. It isn’t. But individual cancers will one day be made curable. That’s why we should do what we can for the types we understand, and realize that this is the beginning of a long battle with the foundations of our very biological makeup. Prevention will do more than anything in reducing cancer deaths (Editorial comment: stop tanning and smoking), but continued research will lead us to a point where we can at least cure some cancers.

Don’t let that discourage you, scientists of the future. Let it motivate you!

thecowsnextdoor  asked:

Lets learn about Joe! What did you major in? What job do you have now (or aspire to have in the future)? What made you know you had to be a scientist? ; What was the turning point? If you could discover ANYTHING at all, what would it be and why?

Tumblr note: Instead of me making everything rebloggable, can’t my lovely readers screen cap it or something? Because it’s late and I am lazy right now. You have my permission. Just tag me.

BONUS QUESTION. You didn’t think I’d leave you with 5, did you?

Ok, Joe majored in biochemistry and forgot most of it (because there’s too much math) in order to become a cell and molecular biologist. He is going to be done with his Ph.D. in a few months, like maybe January or February, and then you will have to refer to him as Dr. Joe. Grad school’s not really a job, in the real sense, because he can wear shorts and no real job allows shorts. He has also worked for a biotech company and at a cancer research center, doing his science thing, but they paid too much and he wanted a seven-year pay cut in exchange for a graduate degree..

He knew he wanted to be a scientist because his very first biology class convinced him that the stuff of life was too beautiful and complicated to ever work and he has enjoyed proving himself wrong with every new piece of knowledge he adds to his biology brain. This also applies to the other things he learns. Also also, he wasn’t good enough to play pro soccer and “professional Lego builder” is a tough job to get.

His turning point was good teachers, like everyone else’s turning point. That’s why he devotes so much time to being a good teacher himself, so maybe he can help turn some points for someone in need of a good point turning.

If he could discover anything at all, it would be a diamond mine below his house. If he could discover a second thing it would be the answer to “Why here, why us, and where else?”

He hopes to become a professional Bill Nye and/or Neil deGrasse Tyson when he grows up.