If you don’t have a problem with the GOP silencing Warren for quoting a civil rights activist, you need to wake up. If you don’t have a problem with Betsy devos unqualified ass paying her way to the top, you need to wake up. If you don’t have a problem with the White House covering phone calls between trump and Putin, you need to wake up. If you don’t have a problem with trump not getting along with other world leaders, you need to wake up. If you don’t have a problem with the silencing of government scientists, you need to wake up. If you don’t have a problem with white supremacists working within trump’s administration, YOU. NEED. TO. WAKE. UP…..fascism and corruption is everywhere and we can’t have people’s heads in their asses like this,,….we gotta be aware of this shit so we know what to do incase it gets too far
Exhibit Four is a photograph of a Guaymi Indian woman whose name is being kept secret. If she is alive today, she is well into middle age. Diagnosed with leukemia in 1991, she sought treatment in a hospital in PAnama City. While there, samples of her blood were drawn and her cell line was “immortalized” and stored in the United States, without her knowledge or consent. Two American scientists, listing themselves as “inventors” of her cell line, applied for its patent in 1993 and placed her cell line on sale at the American Type Culture Collection for $136. They did so on behalf of the Center for Disease Control because of the cell line’s commercial promise and because the government encourages scientists to patent anything of interest.
Laurelyn Whitt: Science, Colonialism, and Indigenous Peoples, The Cultural Politics of Law and Knowledge
NASA and NASCAR both started off as the same branch of the government focused on high speed propulsion named the National Autonautics Research Division, or NARD. But an internal feud caused a rift between two groups of employees. One group was focused on rocket propulsion, and the other was focused on hitting land-speed records for fame and fortune and thus the two groups split and formed the respective institutions we know today.
Police officer. Trying to work his way up to being captain. Think's he'll never be as good as Orion Pax. Is correct.
Police officer, a sergeant who doesn't stop working and won't accept a report if it isn't absolutely perfect.
Police Officer, Detective, partners with Chromedome. One of the best detectives in the precinct, but not very well liked. Has gone through many partners due to everyone's hatred towards him. They usually end up requesting a new partner. Chromedome is his latest one, and everyone bets on how long he'll last.
Police officer, currently captain. A bit tense and doing his best to remember what Kup taught him. Makes some mistakes but is a good captain.
Police officer, transferred to a new precinct so he can be closer and live with Rewind. Only moved in with his boyfriend recently. A bit weirded out by Prowl.
Data Analyst, loves his job more than anything and will analyze data out of work. Records everything, much to everyone's annoyance.
Security guard/bouncer. Will fuck you up. Has gotten fired for starting bar fights, and not stopping them like she's supposed to. Lets underage people in clubs, even though she can tell when somoene has a fake ID.
Used to be the leader of a gang, ex-hitman ect. Should be in jail, and thinks his gang has scattered and is no more, unfortunately, this is not the case. Now has picked up a job as an English teacher at a public school. Refuses to give up information to the cops about his gang, even though it's a case they haven't been able to solve in years.
What does he do? How does he get so much money? No one knows.
Head surgeon at the local hospital, also owns a clinic near the apartment block that offers free medical care to those who can't afford it. He works A LOT. Spends more time at the clinic and the hospital than he does at home.
Took over as leader of the gang after Megatron left. Has much rage at Megatron's abandonment, and is looking for him everywhere. Will not stop if anyone gets in his way. Lots of white collar crime, and will plan heists and kill/torture people for money.
Is almost equal to Ratchet in rank, but not quite. Is incredibly resentful about it because he thinks he is the better doctor. Scoffs at Ratchet's medical clinic, and spends most of his time at the hospital, or secretly hooking up with Tarn. And sneaking out organs and other body parts to give to the DJD.
Translator and businessman, owns the building. Travels a lot for work, and can speak a lot of languages because of it. Usually, brings Sunstreaker with him when he travels. Dropped out of high school to pursue career, and it worked out quite well.
Freelance artist. Has illustrated for books and done animations, but loves paintings murals.
Still studying at university, has multiple majors. Gets perfect scores in them all. Could probably graduate uni early, but he enjoys learning. Has a job as a cashier to bring in cash for rent. Also roommates with Nautica, who's also studying and works as a cashier alongside him.
Doesn't have a job yet, living off government compensation.
Scientist. Metallurgy and electrical engineering. Loves his job, and spends most of his time working.
Weapons engineer. A literal Tony Stark. Wants to work with Perceptor, but gets rejected every time. Has also gotten kicked out for trying to sneak into Perceptors lab. Develops new and dangerous weapons, but keeps the most dastardly ones for himself.
Unemployed. Hovers around and lives in the alley.
Used to be a part of Megatron's gang, but abandoned it as well. Now works as a computer software engineer.
Works a bartender, trying to save up to open his own bar. Is failing, always ends up spending saved up money on drinks, video games or excessive amounts of junk food.
Psychologist. Most of his patients are also his neighbors. Likes to volunteer his time at public schools to lend proper help to struggling students
History professor at the local university. Hates all her students. Scariest teacher ever.
Quit her job as a garbage woman, and is currently looking to either study, or find a job that doesn't involve cleaning up trash.
If I missed anyone just pop them in my ask and I'll answer it :
Plot: The best part about being an assistant in a lab was watching all new inventions come to life, although sometimes some of them fail, leaving them away in a storage room, never to be bothered with; free for the taking.
Pairing: Kim Taehyung x Reader | Jeon Jungkook x Reader
Genre: Fluff, angst, Futuristic au!
Notes: Lol I am going through so much writers block right now. I can’t even. Okay this is the fluffiest thing I have probably ever written and I feel like screaming and cringing. Next chapter will be sorta.. angsty. ;) 3k Words
It was a new day, which meant more experiments with your Taehyung – which was slowly becoming the best part of your day, it wasn’t being in the labs anymore. Things were getting quite stressful at work, and this was something you considered as your escape.
#Oxybenzone: This could in fact be the most troublesome ingredient found in the majority of popular sunscreens. A study out of the Institute of Pharmacology and Toxicology from the University of Zurich determined that oxybenzone may also mimic the effects of estrogen in the body and promote the growth of cancer cells.
#RetinylPalmitate (Vitamin A palmitate): A study conducted by U.S. government scientists suggests that retinyl palmitate, a form of vitamin A, may speed the development of skin tumors and lesions when applied to the skin in the presence of sunlight (NTP 2012). As Dr. Joseph Merocla
explains, this suggests that sunscreen products could actually increase the speed at which malignant cells develop and spread skin cancer, because they contain vitamin A and its derivates, retinol, and retinyl palmitate.
#Fragrance: Fragrance refers to a host of harmful hormone-disrupting chemicals mentioned earlier, like parabens, phthalates, and synthetic musks.
Sun Exposure Can Protect You From Cancer. The sun isn’t as bad as it’s marketed to be, however.
Corporations are concerned with profit, not people, and telling us that sun exposure can actually protect against cancer isn’t going to get us to buy sunscreen. Yet several studies have made this connection, confirming that the appropriate amount of sun exposure can actually protect us against skin cancer. ☕🐸 #4biddenknowledge
In the week since President Donald Trump took the oath of office, scientists have taken to social media en masse, decrying the new administration’s plan to dismantle climate regulations, reports that the administration has censored government scientists’ speech and the coining of the term “alternative facts.”
But Michael Eisen, a geneticist at the University of California, Berkeley, thinks that the situation requires more drastic action. So on 25 January, he announced on Twitter that he will run for US Senate in 2018.
Eisen, who is best known as an advocate for free access to scientific publications and as co-founder of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) journals, may have a viable path to elected office. Dianne Feinstein, the 83-year-old senator from his state, California, has indicated that she might not run for re-election in 2018.
Nature caught up with Eisen to ask him about his plans. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
Today I discovered I was invincible. Actually, it was more like a year ago. I didn’t want to write it down until we were sure what it was. My wife told me it’d be good to keep up a journal.
I’ve always been a healthy person, but I didn’t know just how healthy. Last May I fell down the stairs, like… all of them. My wife took me to the doctor, and they told me everything was fine.
“I told you so.” I told my wife. But that was just the beginning.
Later, government agents and scientists from around the world started testing on me. Nothing could penetrate my skin, or break my bones. I am immune to heat, cold, electricity, fire, radiation, impact, acceleration, deceleration, over 4000 poisons, over 50,000 diseases and perfect vacuum.
After that, they set me free with thousands of different offers and contracts. For now I’m gonna stay home.
I know we’re inundated with mermaid aus in the voltron world but hear me out and indulge me for a moment!
(or two, this has turned out to be way longer than I thought it would be and really would be cool in fic form…but I have no time fam)
The idea behind this mermaid au is taken from the very fun Australian show, h2o: just add water, which is a very unusual twist on mermaids!
As the true multishipper I am, I’ve left this platonic, so you can pull whatever ships you want out of it, if any:
Lance, Pidge, Hunk, and Keith are sophomores who live in the same suite at Garrison University, which is located by the ocean. Lance considers Keith his rival and keeps tabs on his moves. Hunk is mildly concerned by this, but Pidge is usually too busy in the marine biology lab to pay attention to any of their antics.
One night during a full moon, Lance notices Keith sneaking out, and he follows. Hunk follows him too, concerned about what his friend is getting up to.
They see Keith getting on a non-regulation speedboat and heading towards the abandoned island off the coast that they have been strictly warned to avoid.
Despite Hunk’s insistence, Lance wants to follow him to see what he’s up to, and they steal a university speed boat to follow him, right up to the island.
Once they get there, Keith realizes he’s been followed, and he’s about to angrily confront them, when suddenly, lights flood the island, and he grabs them both by the hand and pulls them into a cave to hide from view
Unfortunately, the ground gives out from underneath them, and they slide down the slippery rocks into a hidden underwater cavern pool, which seems to be glowing from within, just as the full moon passes above
As it does, the water starts to bubble and sparkle, but none of them notice, because they’re distracted by the presence of Shiro, who is swimming in the pool and who they immediately recognize as a star student who went missing on a mission last year
They all stare at each other in shock and as they’re about to say something, the lights and angry voices reappear, and without thinking, all dive underwater and out towards the open sea
They’re afraid they’re going to get lost, but luckily for them, Pidge figured out where they had gone, and rescues them all in a boat
Once they get back, it’s past midnight. Keith asks Pidge if he and Shiro can stay in their apartment overnight; they share a long gaze that neither Hunk nor Lance understand, but she agrees
The next morning, everything seems normal, except for the presence of Shiro and Keith in their living room.
But then, as they start to get ready for the day, Lance, Hunk, and Keith make the following shocking discovery: the moment they make contact with water, they turn into mermaids, and stay that way, until their skin is dry.
Shiro grins and says: welcome to the club
He’s also a mermaid, the first one this happened to, a year ago, when he went exploring on the island and got stranded there- also on a full moon. The lights on the island? Government scientists, chasing after him. They know his secret and they want him in custody.
Pidge is fascinated by the science behind all of this and wants to learn everything about their biology and how all of it works. At first, she just asks the others a ton of questions and gets samples, but eventually, decides the best way to find out is by going through the process herself
Against everyone else’s advice and wishes, she makes her way back to the island during a full moon and becomes a mermaid as well. She has way more fun with it than everyone else, despite all of the inconveniences that come along with not being able to casually go into the water anymore
Within a month, they realize that becoming a mermaid comes with some powers as well: Lance can freeze water, Hunk can manipulate it into different shapes, Keith can make it boil, Pidge can spontaneously create fish and algae.
Shiro never tells them what his abilities are (later they find out that he has all of their powers combined, but rarely uses any of them)
After becoming mermaids, they no longer can look directly at a full moon, or they will suffer dangerous side effects: one time, Keith loses the ability to control his powers and accidentally starts setting things on fire, and another time Lance accidentally becomes a siren and seduces half the town through his siren song
Keith has a part-time job at a smoothie shop and the Garrison trio have part-time jobs at the local marine park working with sea lions, which is owned by Allura and Coran, two mysterious folks who seem to know a hell of a lot about mermaid lore and are a little too interested in getting to know them
Galra Corps owns a private marine research facility nearby, and they’ve got a lot of nosy researchers who are a little too fond of coming by the park to see the sea lions and to get smoothies after work
With the help of Allura and Coran, the paladins must figure out how to navigate life as part-time mermaids and to keep away from the dangerous eyes of both Galra Corps and the Garrison Research Facility, who prove to be far less benign than they seem at first
Hi! I'm writing a story, and I was wondering if it were possible for birds to evolve to glow in the dark within the next hundred years? If that is impossible, could they be made to glow?
So they definitely could be made to glow! There’s lots of genes out there that code for fluorescent proteins. My favorite is a jellyfish gene called GFP (which stands for green fluorescent protein), which codes for a green protein that glows under blue-violet or UV light. (however, it doesn’t necessarily glow in the dark, I’ve looked over the other known fluorescent proteins and I’m not sure of one that specifically glows in the dark, but I believe GFP or one of its derivatives would do the job, as they’re specifically related to jellyfish bioluminescence! It’s also possible I’m getting way too into specifics here, so moving forward, feel free to read GFP as ‘generic fluorescent protein which also glows in the dark because scifi’)
This gene is easily extracted and has been sequenced already (fun fact: we do need to sequence genes before we can work with them extensively - that’s why it was such a big deal to sequence the human genome!) so it’s often used as a marker in the biotech industry (not sure if your gene is being expressed? Just add GFP! You’ll know if it glows!)
To actually make an organism glow, you’d need to combine GFP with a gene that codes for a protein involved in the actual structure of the organism. For example, when I was in school, I did a project where I made yeast cells glow by combining GFP with one of the major structural genes of yeast, creating what’s called a recombinant gene. This meant that instead of just coding for the protein it originally coded for, (which was used to build the cytoskeleton) it coded for both that protein, and for GFP. When I put this gene into new yeast cells and let them colonize, their cytoskeletons also contained GFP, making them glow!
This is what GFP looks like in action! Yeast cells are pretty simple, being single-celled organisms and all, but birds are a little more complicated. It could be done (and combining some mammal DNA and even human DNA with GFP already has been done!), but it would take more time than just a semester. I would say several years at the minimum, and they might run into some problems with animal rights laws/ethics laws depending on the government where your scientists are science-ing.
You also wouldn’t have all birds glowing, just a specific species, probably manmade. It’s possible this could happen naturally, but unlikely, and you’d probably only see isolated cases unless something in their environment was making it more useful to glow than not. (It’s likely the opposite would happen - it would make them much more visible to predators, for one, and I’m not sure what might offset that to make it useful enough to be selected for. However, birds are weird, and sometimes select for things harmful to their survival because they think it looks pretty, so it’s entirely possible that happened.) You’d be unlikely to see an entire glowing species develop within 100 years from natural evolution alone unless the glowing trait was being heavily selected for.
This is such a neat idea! Good luck with your story!
The survival of coral reefs requires a radical rethink of what conservation means, as well as embracing some of the changes they are undergoing, according to a paper by leading coral reef scientists.
“Helping coral reefs to safely navigate the Anthropocene is a profound challenge for multiscale governance,” the scientists say in a paper published today in the journal Nature.
They argue reef conservation must no longer be seen as an attempt to restore reefs of the past, or conserve their existing values, but rather to identify the parts of reefs that are essential to their continued existence, and protect those.
The paper comes amid increased urgency from conservationists and reef managers around the world, sparked by the worst global bleaching event in recorded history. It caused mass die-offs in every major coral reef region of the world. On the Great Barrier Reef alone, it is estimated that about half the coral was killed in 2016 and 2017.
In the paper, the scientists argue saving the world’s reefs requires the acceptance that the reefs of the future will look very different to those of today, and humans may need to help them adapt – perhaps by intervening to increase the proportion of coral species that are tolerant to rising temperatures…
While fans are still wondering when they might see a prominent LGBTQ comic book superhero on the big screen, The CW continues to represent with its DC TV universe. Openly gay actor Russell Tovey, from ABC’s Quantico and HBO’s Looking, has been cast as The Ray, the openly gay superhero coming to the four-show Arrow-verse crossover, as well as a solo animated series on The CW Seed.
Raymond “Ray” Terrill is described as “a reporter who discovered a group of government scientists working on a secret project to turn light into a weapon of mass destruction. But before he could report on his findings, the project head exposed Ray to a ‘genetic light bomb.’ The bomb failed to kill him and instead gifted Ray with light-based powers. With these abilities, Ray realized he could go beyond reporting on injustice — he could take action to help stop it. Calling himself The Ray, he was recruited by Uncle Sam and the Freedom Fighters to fight violence and oppression wherever it exists.”
about technocracy, I know having everyone/a majority of people in government be a scientist is bad but what's your opinion on having a few scientists in government?
We already do, and we’re already seeing the effects of having fired them (the EPA lmao).
I’m not saying we don’t need scientific/technological perspectives entirely. I’m just saying that those perspectives cannot form the sole basis for how we solve problems in this world. Just like how you can’t form a government based entirely off of business people, or run it like a business, you can’t form a society with the assumption that technology can solve every problem ever.
It’s a tool, for sure, but it’s not the magical objective tool that those who support technocracies imagine it to be. It is what we make of it, and if what we’re making is fuelled by garbage assumptions, that’s what we’re going to get out of it.
Dr. Sylvia Earle is a National Geographic Society Explorer-in-Residence. She was given the name “Her Deepness” by the New Yorker and “Hero for the Planet” by Time magazine. Earle is an oceanographer, explorer, author and lecturer. She has several years’ experience as a research scientist, government official, and director for corporate and non-profit organizations, and is the former chief scientist of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. In the 1960s, she fought to join male-only expeditions, and has since clocked 7,000 hours of diving. As well as a PhD. from Duke University, she has 22 honorary degrees, has published more than 190 articles, and speaks all over the world. Her focus is on preserving oceanic biodiversity in the wake of climate change.
Thanks to Dr. Earle and her fearless curiosity we know more about our oceans today than ever before. Her lifetime of work has enriched us with a deeper understanding of how to live sustainably and symbiotically with marine life, and our oceans are healthier because of her commitment to environmentalism. Currently her non-profit Mission Blue organization leads an alliance seeking to vastly expand the number of ocean preserves to protect marine life from overfishing, pollution, and development.
Another stupid shit story from my childhood is in year seven me and my best friend persuaded one of the badass popular boys that my friends dad was a government scientist and had genetically engineered a potato called Wilson that could breath and move and it started as a joke but he actually genuinely believed us. We kept it up because we didn't know what do do and even photoshopped pictures(badly) before telling him we lied like a year later.
Why did you mention that the potato breathed specifically