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‪God can I just talk about the neutron star collision real quick. It’s just… when I was born there were only like 3 exoplanets. The discovery of GRB Afterglow is less than a month older than I. We hadn’t observed the effects of the supermassive black hole in the center of our galaxy. We didn’t know what Pluto looked like. We didn’t have the ISS yet. ‬

‪In twenty years we’ve learned so much. In twenty years we put rovers on Mars. We found water on Mars! Liquid water! We’ve found thousands of exoplanets. We got to see what Pluto looked like with New Horizons. We’ve mapped the stars in the center of our galaxy and we’ve proved that there’s a supermassive black hole there.

‪But god, the most incredible thing was gravitational waves. In 2015 LIGO recorded the first one, just a small little blip lasting a fraction of a second. But that’s all that was needed. We proved Einstein right nearly 100 years later. And then the one that just came out. I can’t even describe how incredible it is. For over 100 seconds we recorded these waves, massive waves. We were able to triangulate the source. ‬

‪We saw it. In a moment of planetwide esprit de corps we saw it. We saw the gamma ray burst. We saw the afterglow. Two neutron stars, no bigger than manhattan, colliding at nearly the speed of light some 130 million years ago. And we saw it. We took pictures of it. ‬

And look at all the papers that’ll be coming out of this. Some 3,500 people were involved with this. 3,500 people, from over 70 observatories and detectors all over the world, using hundreds of instruments, made this happen. Yesterday 40 papers were published, along with a flurry of press conferences and jovial announcements.

‪In a moment, our species graduated from electromagnetic observing to being able to detect ripples in the very fabric of spacetime. ‬

‪In twenty years, in a cosmic moment, we’ve stretched our legs and are beginning to take our first clumsy footsteps into the universe around us. ‬

A story of college adventures.

My Freshman year the college T.V. station decided to run a month-long event called “Humans Versus Zombies” or HVZ where the participating students were all issued a card with a number on it. If you were a human you were allowed to use an unmodified Nerf gun to shoot the zombies (A major problem for many participants as the routine Nerf wars on campus lead to some heavily modified guns that could shoot a flea off a dog’s back at 100 paces, eventually it was agreed that modifications that only affected reload time was acceptable but modifications to muzzle velocity was not, freaking tech schools, but I digress) and when the zombies were shot they were “out” until they left “line of sight.” If a zombie caught you, then you became a zombie. The zombie would take your card and register their kill online, if a kill was not registered in 48 hours, you died. Now here’s where it gets weird.

One student who was selected to be one of the initial zombies happened to be a parkour enthusiast. In the 2 weeks leading up to the start of the event he took to following people around, making notes of their routes, and figuring out where to lay ambushes. When the event started he began to begin his attacks. He leapt out of trees, suddenly burst from corners and low walls to strike at his “prey” and generally took down the “human” population of the campus.

Now as the zombie population “grew” the humans who remained were exceedingly cautious. Never using the same route twice, only leaving “safe havens” when necessary. Insisting that non-participants not talk to them between classes, etc. Now obviously this made it harder for the less fit zombies (Again, tech school) to get their necessary feeds to live. So the more fit zombies began to set up ambush parties. Large herds of zombies would come charging out at survivors, funneling them into the waiting arms of a zombie who could not hunt himself. They began to plot and plan, figuring out the next target and generally showing to some people just how terrifying an intelligent zombie apocalypse could be. Eventually the zombie menace was curbed by a simple weapon that you would never see in a movie.

The lead zombie’s girlfriend at the time, a non-participant, was feeling neglected and made him stop obsessing over the game in order to spend more time with her. Had she not done that I doubt any of the humans participating would have survived.

Now here’s where it gets even weirder:

As I said this was a tech school, the professors were actively doing research. Now one of the professors in the biology department was listening to the students discussing the events and what all had happened. She decided to ask the campus T.V. station for the records of who was turned and when, then she took that list of students to the registrar’s office and pulled their class schedules and residence locations. From there she was able to model the “outbreak” and the changes in the mentality of the hunting species as the amount of available prey decreased.

She used it as an example in her upper level classes. The next year, there were professors participating in HVZ, and studying the numbers, and modeling the information. I’m fairly certain that they wound up eventually publishing a paper about it.

The Spectrum of Humanity

An excerpt from an essay published by Arak'Antos, professor of Humanology at a renowned university.

The sheer scope of humanity’s variety necessitated the creation of an entirely new field of study.  Never before in the history of galactic civilization has any one race been so uniquely bizarre that they could not be encompassed in standard xenobiology and xenopsychology courses.  Even before the body modifications that they are so fond of, it can often be different to tell that two humans belong to the same race, as they can differ in every plausible physical and psychological way.

Their skins’ pigmentation ranges from a deep brown that approaches true black, to rare individuals that possess no pigments whatsoever, leaving them entirely white.  They can have hair covering most of their body, or have none at all.  They can range in height at adulthood from four feet tall to eight feet tall, with some notable exceptions on both ends of the spectrum.  

The psychological differences are just as pronounced.  Several humans have agreed to extended observation as part of my ongoing research into their nuances, and the findings have been striking.  One volunteer shunned physical contact at nearly any cost, and avoided social interaction whenever plausible.  He would sometimes sit as his computer in silence for long periods of time, once going nearly three days without moving, without even eating.  I did not interrupt, as I wished the observation to be impartial, but once I felt I had collected enough data, I asked him about it.  Was it difficult to go that long without nourishment or rest?  His response:

“Not really?  I guess I just lost track of time.”

This has been observed in other humans as well, to lesser degrees, with them being able to “lose track of time” as they focus on a single task, be it something as trivial as assembling a model or reading a book, for hours.  Inversely, I have also observed humans who would be, simultaneously, working on a report, listening to music, watching video, and participating in one or more conversations through voice communications or text programs.  When denied one or more of these stimulants, they would become noticeably on-edge, and their productivity would, somehow, suffer.

There is no known correlation between mental and physical attributes, either.  Every few months I see some naïve young researcher publish a paper that “proves” a link between human appearances and behavior patterns, only for humans to “come out of the woodwork” and present themselves as living evidence of the falsity of their claim. 

In short, no matter how much we study humans, only the most basic of understandings can be applied to them as a species.  To understand a given human, one must study that specific human.

thor mocking banner’s phds is extra hilarious when you know thor hung out with jane and erik - and probably went to more than a few academic mixers where everyone there was like, i have 8 phds and published 28 papers and then turned to jane and were like, what have you done?

and thor would have been, jane went to outer space and fought elves and saved migard, who else here did that? and like the room would be silent for a moment allowing darcy to steal two more bottles of wine 

Google, Trump, and the Arrogance of Power

Google’s search engine runs two-thirds of all searches in the United States and 90 percent in Europe.

“Platform monopolies” like this can squelch innovation. Google might favor its own services, such as Google Maps and Google Product Search, for example. This is one reason why the European Commission hit Google with a record 2.42 billion-euro fine in June.

Why hasn’t Google run into similar problems with antitrust authorities in the United States?

It almost did in 2012. The Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Competition recommended that the Commission sue Google for conduct that “has resulted — and will result — in real harm to … innovation.”

But the commissioners decided not to pursue the case, which was unusual. They didn’t explain their decision, but it may have had to do with Google’s political clout. 

Google is among the largest corporate lobbyists in the United States, and a major campaign donor.

Google also has enough financial power to stifle criticism coming from independent researchers.

Last week the New York Times reported that the New America Foundation, an influential center-left think tank, fired Barry Lynn, a sharp critic of platform monopolies. Lynn had posted a congratulatory note to European officials on their Google decision, and called for American antitrust officials to follow suit.

Since its founding in 1999, the New America Foundation has received more than $21 million from Google (and its parent company, Alphabet) and from the family foundation of Eric Schmidt, the executive chairman of Alphabet who previously served as chairman of New America’s board.

According to the Times, Schmidt didn’t like Lynn’s comments, and communicated his displeasure to the president of the New America Foundation. She then accused Lynn of “imperiling the institution as a whole,” and fired him and his staff.

Few powerful institutions or people like criticism. But it’s never smart to use power to try to stop it.

Consider Donald J. Trump. It may seem odd to mention Trump at the same time I’m talking about Google. Google’s executives tend to be on the left. Eric Schmidt was a major backer of Hillary Clinton.  

But power is power, and Trump has demonstrated a similar tendency to throw his ever-expanding weight around. Like Google, he doesn’t particularly like to be criticized, if you hadn’t noticed. 

Trump also has a record of paying off politicians. During the 2016 Republican primaries, when attacked by his GOP rivals for having once donated money to Hillary Clinton, Trump explained “as a businessman and a very substantial donor to very important people, when you give, they do whatever the hell you want them to do.”

After Trump’s charitable foundation made a $25,000 contribution to a campaign organization linked to Florida’s Attorney General, she decided not to open a fraud investigation of Trump University that her office had been considering. Not quite the Federal Trade Commission, but a similar transaction.

To support his ambitions, Trump has also paid for, shall we say, fake news. His presidential campaign seems to have financed a lot of fictional dirt on Hillary.

Google doesn’t pay for fake news, but it does pay off academics to help sway public opinion and policymakers in its favor.

The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Google has financed hundreds of professors at places like Harvard and Berkeley to write research papers that help Google defend itself against regulatory challenges of its market dominance. Google’s payments range from $5,000 to $400,000.

This research has been used by Google in courtrooms, regulatory hearings, and congressional hearings.

Some professors have allowed Google to see the papers before they’re published, enabling Google to give them “suggestions,” according to emails obtained by the Journal.

The professors’ research papers don’t disclose that Google sought them out, and don’t necessarily reveal Google’s backing.

I’m not suggesting their research has been faked. But the failure to fully disclose Google’s connection with it does raise questions about its objectivity.

Google and Trump are wildly different, of course, but they’ve been playing much the same game. They’ve used their clout to stifle criticism, paid members of Congress to pull their punches, and bought fake or at least questionable facts to support of their goals.

Whether it’s a giant left-leaning corporation or an unhinged alt-right president, the underlying problem is the same. It imperils our democracy and breeds distrust in our system. Such abuse of power is morally wrong.

Ten things that the bees also like to know

1. Tell the bees of things smaller than a full death; the death of an idea, or of hope, or of a looming worry; the death of an old plan and the birth of a new one; or the slow deaths of cut flowers in the vase.

2. The bees would like to know about any little things that you have found in gardens. About the sunlit crevice behind the statue, or the pool of stagnant water in the old urn where a sly weed is curling out secret tendrils. They like dropped toys in thickets, warm cracks in bark, that place out back that hides the bins. If you tell them well enough, some day you may find a grateful bee there.

3. Tell the bees of any theories that you have come up with. They will forget, poor things, having only insect brains. But in telling them you may come to see any flaws that have heretofore gone unnoticed.

4. Tell the bees if you are lonely. Bees are inveterate matchmakers, and they will endeavour (as far as their busy schedule allows) to find you friends and lovers and fellow-apiarists and the like via the medium of humorous bee-related incidents. Be warned by doing this that you may be subjecting yourself to the bees’ variety of humour. It is somewhat unlike our own.

5. Tell the bees about book contracts, papers published, and kind words from proof-readers. In the evening, too, the bees would like you to read to them as they fall asleep. They prefer romances but will settle for anything new.

6. The bees would like to know of any times that you were swept away in music, of the times you lay back gasping and half-drowned in it, your self all gone and just the music left; or of those times you danced without any care at all, and each step felled an unquiet city. In return, they will hum for you. It is impolite to tell them that they have not got the tune quite right.

7. Tell the bees whenever you thought you were lost but found your way once more. This will help them guide others home, should they need to.

8. Tell them of historical bees, of the bees of your childhood, of stings that saved a ship or brought down a government or of bees whose passing made a tiny breeze on your toddler ear.

9. Then too the bees, being all wrapped up in motion and in doing, these bees would like to hear of your epic sleeps. Tell them how you walked down the far side of the mountain triumphant, and came home to lay like a warm and snoring log for fifteen hours. Tell them of the aftermath of the twenty-third mile, of the drifting fever-dream, of the night after the one you saw the sun rise on. These things are best told to bumblebees, to help them sleep through the Winter.

10. You should not tell the bees about the honey-wine you drank in the old clover meadow after dark, or how it tasted on her lips, or the way the moon slipped between the racing clouds. They would like to know, but it is none of their business.

Intuitively, we tend to think of forgetting as failure, as something gone wrong in our ability to remember.

Now, Canadian neuroscientists with the University of Toronto are challenging that notion. In a paper published Wednesday in the journal Neuron, they review the current research into the neurobiology of forgetting and hypothesize that our brains purposefully work to forget information in order to help us live our lives.

I spoke with Blake Richards, one of the co-authors of the paper, who applies artificial intelligence theories to his study of how the brain learns. He says that in the AI world, there’s something called over-fitting — a phenomenon in which a machine stores too much information, hindering its ability to behave intelligently. He hopes that greater understanding of how our brains decide what to keep and what to forget will lead to better AI systems that are able to interact with the world and make decisions in the way that we do.

Could The Best Memory System Be One That Forgets?

Photo: Jedrzej Kaminski/EyeEm/Getty Images

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300,000-year-old skulls could rewrite the human origin story
Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago. But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn't suspect.

Precisely when and where did our species emerge? Anthropologists have struggled with that question for decades, and scattered clues had suggested the answer lay somewhere in sub-Saharan Africa about 200,000 years ago.

But new evidence outlined in two papers published in the journal Nature challenges that hypothesis. Instead, the authors describe recently discovered remains that suggest the first Homo sapiens showed up more than 100,000 years earlier than we thought in a place many experts didn’t suspect.

The fossils could represent the earliest known examples of H. sapiens ever found (if confirmed by further research), and they serve as evidence that members of our species lived beyond sub-Saharan Africa.

In 1961, a crew of miners was plowing into a dense wall of limestone in a hilly region west of Marrakesh when they struck a soft patch. The hardened beige surface gave way to a mound of cinnamon-colored dirt. Peeking out of the earth was a sliver of human skull.

A bit more digging revealed a nearly-complete skull, which the miners turned over to their field doctor. As word about the discovery spread, researchers flocked to the area. They uncovered more remains, including several pieces of jaw bone and a fragment of an arm. At the time, scientists pegged the fossils as roughly 40,000 years old, a few thousand years before our extinct European relatives, the Neanderthals, were thought to have vanished.

But they hadn’t dug deep enough.

Roughly 40 years later, anthropologist Jean-Jacques Hublin and his team from the Max Planck Institute excavated the half-dozen layers of soil beneath the land where the skull and arm bones had been discovered. There, the team found remains that they say belong to at least five individuals, along with a set of flint blades which had likely been burned, perhaps by nearby cooking fires.

Using a dating technique that measures how much radiation had built up in the flint since it was heated, Hublin and his team say the ancient bones belong to people who lived roughly 300,000-350,000 years ago.

“These dates were a big wow,” Hublin said on a recent call with reporters.

Still, the biggest discovery didn’t come until the team looked more closely at the skulls.

A striking resemblance

When Hublin peered into the cavernous eye sockets of one of the skulls, he was astonished.

Instead of the robust features he was accustomed to seeing on the faces of an ancient human ancestor like Homo erectus or Homo heidelbergensis, this face bore a striking resemblance to his own. Where an erectus skull had a single, protruding brow ridge, these individuals had smaller, separated ones. Rather than a large face and a flattened skull, these people had small faces and rounder skulls.

“The face of these people is really a face that falls right in the middle of the modern variation,” said Hublin. “They had a skull that is more elongated than most of us, but I’m not sure these people would stand out from a crowd today.”

Their braincase (shown below in blue) also seemed to fall somewhere between what one might expect in an ancient human ancestor and a modern human, albeit slightly more similar to those of our archaic ancestors.

This unique combination of advanced and archaic features suggests something profound, Hublin said – he’s convinced the Moroccan specimens “represent the very root of our species.”

In other words, all of the Homo sapiens ever found – including those uncovered far beyond Africa – may trace their ancestral linkages to the land that is today’s Morocco.

That suggestion contradicts the prevailing anthropological logic that our species evolved somewhere deep in sub-Saharan Africa, in what some researchers have referred to as a “Garden of Eden,” then gradually moved out to other parts of the world. Instead, Hublin and his team argue that Homo sapiens could have been living in terrain across Africa.

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Mediterranean basin again. 

among all this meta I’d like to bring up an inconsistency that always bothered me: how much did McGucket know about Ford and his connection to Bill? in the flashbacks in TLM, it seems that young Fiddleford did know about Ford and Bill, as we have this very telling shot:

but in Journal 3, it seems that Ford never admitted to Fiddleford that Bill was the source of all his ideas:

“I internally debated whether I should tell him about my Muse. F is a very superstitious man…Although I have always wanted to tell someone about my divine experiences, I worry that he might think I’ve gone mad all these years in seclusion, or worse–that I’m tangled in some kind of unsavory black magic. No matter…some secrets are best kept that way.”

Later, just before they test the portal, the topic is brought up again:

“Again, he questioned me about where I got the idea for this portal, and I considered telling him the truth…until he showed me something that shocked me.”

McGucket then offers the research paper for Ford to publish, Ford refuses, and the next day they test the portal. Fiddleford finds out about Bill the hard way and quits the project.

and so it seems that Ford never admitted the connection exactly, despite Fiddleford’s suspicions that something was up. if this is the case as written in journal 3, then how could the scene in TLM have happened?

I wonder this, too, because in that same episode it’s shown not only that Ford collected so many Bill-related artifacts, but that he kept them in the second level basement study:

which he presumably shared with Fiddleford while working on the portal—that’s what we see in the flashback, at least. it would make sense, then, that McGucket would’ve known all about Bill and Ford as we see in TLM.

but if we stick to what’s established in Journal 3, where Ford never admitted to McGucket his connection to Bill, then where do all those tapestries and prisms end up?

maybe the attic room wasn’t always used as storage.

{Special} College!AU Taeil
  • major: neuroscience 
  • minor: n/a
  • clubs: astronomy research club, brain games club, math-olympiad club, and every now and then he plays guitar in a friend’s on campus band  
  • sports: tried out for the table-tennis club but swung so hard the paddle flew out of his hand and smacked the coach in the face and taeil kinda just,,,,didn’t say anything,,,just kinda,,,,slipped away
  • is extremely intelligent and is considered to be in the top of his class for his graduating year 
  • has an extreme knack for any kind of science and math, can do equations in his sleep, and wrote a paper on neuropharmacology just for the fun of it!
  • that paper was published by a well known science journal and when taeil found out because taeyong came over to congratulate him, taeil smiled and got up to shake taeyongs hand,,,,,,
  • only to fall over instantly from shock without a word ahksfgds
  • although he’s got the best grades and an immense amount of knowledge, he never shows it off 
  • people didn’t even know he graduated a year early from seoul science high school until someone in his lab went “we’re the same age, you don’t have to speak formally to me!” but taeil was like oh no im a year younger
  • the whole class turned to look at him and he was just like sitting there,,,,unblinkingly oblivious to the fact that everyone in the room was like not only is he a genius,,,,but he’s basically a kid genius what the fu-
  • his dorm is really simple and organized, he only really has his guitar and his textbooks
  • ten and johnny are always pestering him into being more fun, more open with his interests
  • but bringing up the workings of the human brain on the way to the movies with friends doesn’t really seem like something taeil thinks he should do
  • so he’s kind of on the quiet side,,,,,,,sicheng always nudges taeyong and asks what taeil is thinking
  • because he just sits in the computer lab or on the quad or in study hall with a book open and the same expression on his face
  • and taeyong is like “it takes years to learn the language of taeil’s face. oh, did you see him just flinch - that means he’s hungry.”
  • but one thing about him that everyone knows is he has a habit of being ,,,,, a bit dangerous
  • like if someone annoys him for too long he swats at them, pinches them, and sometimes he doesn’t know his own strength
  • which is why doyoung nicknamed him “moon cat” because like a cat, he’ll paw at you if you annoy him
  • taeil doesn’t think he’s anything like a cat, but he does like them so he lets doyoung get away with it
  • when yuta jokingly called him an old shrew – well lets just say yuta didn’t get away clean with that one
  • people don’t know this about him but he likes to play guitar,,,,,,but not only acoustic guitar,,,,,,if he gets the chance he’ll play electric or even bass 
  • and im not saying im imagining taeil in his lab coat, goggles on, headbanging and jumping up and down with an electric guitar in his hands
  • i mean who am i kidding that’s exaCTLy what im saying and what i want to see
  • taeil also likes bad comedy. his classmates think he’s the next big scientist going to graduate and go teach abroad at yale or something
  • but little do they know that if someone as much as trips and lands on their face or sends taeil a really shitty sonic meme
  • taeil will LOSE IT 
  • and that he himself can be really funny without even trying like that one time he choked on an ice cube and taeyong was like oh he’s playing jokes again and taeil was like the only reason i didn’t die is because it melted i hate you
  • and everyone was like LOL he’s so funny,,,,,,,,and taeil was just like what if i runaway and live solely off dirt in the mountains,,,,you will all Regret
  • but anyway,,,,,,,you’ve known taeil since you were young,,,,,,,you were there to see him get into the high school of his dreams, realize his talents in science, and just become this well rounded,,,,,amazing person
  • and you admit it,,,he’s always been someone you looked up to
  • even after you got distant and ended up majoring in two different fields, when you’d see each other on campus there was always a warmth in his smile and greeting
  • even if it was in passing,,,,,,
  • but you hadn’t had a class with him since you both entered college,,,,,so it was to your utter most shock when you saw taeil in your first class this fall semester
  • and of all the classes,,,,you looked down at your schedule,,,,,,,this was dance 237,,,,,,,, “ballroom dance technique”
  • you backtracked, looking at the number outside the room - this was definitely the number on your schedule and the teacher that passed by you to come inside was most definitely a dance department teacher
  • ,,,,,,,,,was taeil in the right place???
  • quickly, you hurry over and taeil who had set his bag down and was sitting criss-cross on his phone reading an article on the solar eclipse almost knocks over when you stop short in front of him and go
  • “let me see your schedule”
  • looking up,,,,,he stares at you for a solid minute and then goes “why?”
  • and you point behind you and you’re like “taeil,,,does this look like a lab?”
  • he moves his head a bit and takes in the empty room, there aren’t even desks or a board and the floor is strangely lacquered 
  • he looks at you and goes “no, it doesn’t.”
  • and in your head you’re like he’s a genius he probably can tell we’re in a practice room for the dance majors,,,,,,right
  • but taeil still doesn’t budge or act  surprised he just stares back at you
  • and you finally squat down and show him your own schedule
  • “this is dance 237, are you taking ballroom as an elective?”
  • taeil’s eyebrows furrow and he takes your schedule, pulling out his own from his pocket and comparing the two,,,
  • the numbers on the room are the same,,,,so is the time block
  • but on his it says “neuro 304: structure of the nervous system” 
  • you both look at each other and stand up, you urge taeil to go tell the teacher but before you can the room fills up and the teacher begins the usual welcome to this class speech
  • she finishes, only to start calling names and you answer when you hear yours but,,,,,then a couple of names later she calls out ‘moon taeil’
  • taeil raises a hand,,,,but doesn’t say anything
  • you shoot him a look from the side and whisper “tell her after class”,,,,,,but taeil just clams up and doesn’t move 
  • afterwords, you walk with him out into the hall,,,,you tell him that if anything he should find another class to transfer into fast before the seats get taken up 
  • taeil nods,,,but the grim expression on his face makes you nervous
  • the rest of the week goes by fast, you’ve pilled up the courses this semester and you don’t see taeil in any other of your classes
  • but when you find yourself outside of dance 237 the following tuesday for your second class,,,,,taeil is also there
  • “you didn’t drop???”
  • the surprise in your voice is apparent and taeil sighs,,,,,he mumbles that all the seats in any other class fitting his schedule were taken - even creative poetry which yuta had suggested he take 
  • you frown and ask if it’s really worth it to take this class just for the credit and taeil kind of shifts and goes “i don’t want to have to pay the liability fee”
  • you nod,,,,,and watch as everyone piles into the room for the first official lesson
  • out of your bag, you pull out the shoes that the teacher specified you bring and taeil gives you a quizzical look
  • “you ,,,, can’t wear sneakers for ballroom dance”
  • you whisper and taeil looks down at his worn out nikes with a small sigh “oh,,,,,,,”
  • you giggle and think,,,,he’s the schools most sought after graduate and he forgets that ballroom dancing requires heeled shoes,,,,,,
  • the teacher makes note and taeil stammers out that he’s never taken a dance class before he doesn’t know
  • she cuts him slack but the other dance majors all side eye him as he looks to you with an embarrassed puppy like smile
  • and after class he asks “can i get them off amazon?”
  • you laugh into your palm, but nod because yes you can get dancing shoes off amazon genius moon taeil
  • the first dance you have to learn is the waltz, you and taeil aren’t partnered together but the entire class consists of the teacher hovering over taeil’s pair
  • straightening his shoulders, telling him to count in his head, his partner yelping when he accidentally steps on their foot
  • the teacher nicknames him her “semester project” saying she’ll make him a star dancer in no time
  • you hear taeil murmur that he’d probably faster graduate med-school then he would becoming a ‘star’
  • but ,,,, no matter what ,,,,,, he never quits??? he shows up to class, even proudly shows off to you the shoes he got online
  • though when they arrived, ten came barreling into taeil’s dorm - awe-stricken because taeIL YOURE GOING TO D A N CE and taeil had just shrugged
  • because “it’s not like it’s the end of the world-”
  • ten: “it’s the end of MY WORLD, dancing king moon taeil is going to steal my SPOTLIGHT!!!!!”
  • taeil: ,,,,,,,,,,aren’t you a modern dance major,,,,,,,,,this is for ballroom
  • ten: o h
  • but as you and taeil see more of each other in class,,,,even if it’s this one class and it happened by crazy coincidence,,, you can’t help but remember the fond memories of knowing him as a kid
  • the drive and passion he has for something,,,,and wanting to get it done till it’s perfect is still very much there in his personality
  • and he proves it when after class one afternoon he asks if you’re free for the rest of the day
  • you don’t want to admit it, but your heart almost beats out of your chest and you shyly answer that you are
  • ,,,,,,,,,,,but it isn’t a date or anything taeil just asks if you can stay behind him in the room and help him practice
  • “my partner keeps getting irritated,,,,and i don’t have anywhere or anyone to practice with.”
  • you nod in understanding and slip your shoes back on as you stand in front of taeil,,,,the two of you all alone in the room
  • he seems to hesitate putting his arms around you,,,,,you motion that it’s ok,,,,although there’s heat creeping up into your face as well
  • but you get into position and slowly you start to count out the steps 
  • after a while you stop and taeil gives you a look of concern
  • you smile a bit and explain that he has to lead,,,, he’s at least got the basics down but he should try counting off now
  • taeil seems worried,,,,the way the corners of his mouth twitch and his eyes sort of dart from your hand to your waist 
  • but you give him a word of encouragement and he says he’ll try it
  • it goes well,,,,,taeil is still sort of robotic with his movements and every now and then he skips over steps
  • but it’s not super bad or anything
  • you clap a little when you’re done and ask if you should try it with music,,,,taeil agrees but walks over to get some water from his bag
  • drinking it, he stops and offers some of it to you
  • you take the bottle, but before taking a drink you stare at it and giggle
  • “taeil, do you remember when we were kids in the same neighborhood?”
  • taeil takes a moment to remember but he nods,,,,,you don’t think he has the same memory as you but you tell him
  • “you’d always share your snacks with me and the other kids, i remember because there was a time i skipped lunch and was hungry and you were there,,,,,,,”
  • taeil brings his fingers up to his lip,,,,,you feel instantly tacky for bringing it up but he goes “i remember,,,,,,you always asked me for anything strawberry flavored i had.”
  • almost catching your breath,,,,you can’t believe it,,,,such a small detail and he’d remembered it so long,,,,
  • taeil is standing there,,,,,,,not doing anything different than normal,,,,,looking the same mixture between incredibly handsome and just a tad splash of awkward in the way you’d always seen him before
  • but with the sunlight coming through the windows casting shadows on the floor and the unfamiliar quietness on campus
  • he,,,,,,,,looks like someone from your dreams,,,,,, someone your heart can’t handle
  • so when he says something about starting the music you pretend you have to rush to catch up with a study group
  • it’s so sudden, even taeil’s shock is apparent as you grab your bag and blubber out a bunch of excuses
  • turning so fast that you almost walk straight into the door
  • taeil shouts that you shouldn’t run, not with your dancing shoes still on
  • but you’re too far down the hall to hear him and when you’re safely out of the building you feel something like swelling in your chest
  • he remembers ,,,,,,,,, he didn’t forget ,,,,,,,,,,,, you thought he would but he didn’t,,,,,,,,,,
  • the voice in your mind that has always known how you felt about taeil starts getting louder 
  • you thought he was just your role model,,,,your idol,,,,,,,,,,,the kind of person who inspires you to be better 
  • but it turned out that’s all just synonymous to being in love with him
  • but ,,,, you can’t tell him,,,,,,,,, it’d taken you so long to start getting to know him better after missing those years through high school that you couldn’t give up the chance - even of just being his friend
  • yet,,,, you have to protect your heart,,,,,, so as weeks continued on
  • you’d greet taeil warmly,,,but you kept your distance. you didn’t stay extra to practice with him,,,,or laugh at his hushed whispers about how annoying that one kid in the front is,,,,,,
  • you could feel your relationship with him reverting back to that of acquaintances,,,,but what could you do
  •  until it was a couple days before the last recital in front of the class and a couple of students were getting take out in the same restaurant as you off-campus and you heard one go
  • “you know what’s funny, i was trying to find a classroom to study in and i open the door and guess what i see?”
  • their friends perks up and asks what
  • “moon taeil,,,,,,,,the science genius,,,,practicing all by himself!!! all the desks were pushed back and he was spinning all over the place,,,dancing?? i almost laughed out loud !!”
  • “dancing? isn’t he a neuroscience major?”
  • “i know, i wonder if it’s his secret hobby!”
  • you think for a second that it’s not true,,,,,,taeil has a partner he can practice with there’s no way he would do it alone,,,,,,after all like they had said this wasn’t even his major,,,,,,
  • but before you could order your food, you turned and went out 
  • returning to the campus you knew there were probably still evening classes but you searched through every room in the science hall building
  • peeking through windows and asking if anyone had seen taeil
  • you found him,,,,,,just like those students had said 
  • in an empty classroom, the desks moved up to the walls and the sound of the song you’d been using in class wafting through the small open space
  • in which taeil stood,,,,arms up and around his invisible partner, counting steps out
  • he couldn’t see you,,,,not even when turning around,,,,his concentration was zeroed in and he,,,,,,,
  • he looked so cute talking to himself like that ,,,, that it made you want to stand and watch some more
  • but at some point you cleared your throat,,,,taeil looked over and that embarrassed puppy smile came back
  • the one that makes your heart flutter and your urge to kiss him go up by ten thousand
  • “oh,,,, how much did you see?”
  • “a good bit.”
  • “,,,,,,,,,,,i was going to ask ten to be my partner but i decided i didn’t want the nagging that comes with it”
  • you laugh,,,,moving past the desk to get over to taeil
  • he helps you buy pulling some aside and you set your bag down
  • “i don’t have my ballroom shoes, but i can still help you if you want?”
  • taeil looks like you’ve just offered him money,,,,he nods and you two spend a good two hours going over the steps 
  • only to leave the room when it’s dark out and the last classes are finishing up
  • taeil offers you some of his water as you leave but you say you’re going to buy something anyway at the vending machines
  • “strawberry milk?”
  • you look at him,,,,,,,,,,, “how do you kno-”
  • “i told you i remembered”
  • you bite your lip,,,, looking to the ground until you can gather enough courage
  • “about that, im sorry i freaked out last time. i think,,,, it’s just,,,,this is so embarrassing but you’ve always been someone above me,,,,,,that i was just shocked you didn’t forget something so small,,,”
  • taeil doesn’t reply and you feel like you’ve ruined it again
  • not until he reaches out,,, hand on the side of your cheek and you feel your heart jolt
  • “you know something,,,,,,,this is taking too long”
  • you don’t understand what he means and so taeil leans down to press his lips to yours
  • it’s ,,,,,,, shy but it’s meaningful and when he pulls back he adds
  • “i remember you being less oblivious as a kid, but i guess people change”
  • you touch your lips,,,,,in shock and amazement,,,,
  • you’re not sure what he’s talking about,,,,,,,,,,does that mean he’s liked you too????? but since when??? why???? you have 29342 questions
  • but taeil just kisses you again and this time you let your eyes flutter shut and you give in to the feeling
  • and when he walks you to your dorm,,,,you look at him kind of panicked and he asks what it is but you just say that it feels too much like a dream for this to be real
  • he laughs and goes “it’s real, you’ll know when i see you tomorrow for practice and also maybe a date?”
  • you agree,,,,,going into your room with a look like you’re over the moon but you’re not over the moon you’re very much in love with the moon that moon is MOON TAEIL
  • practice goes as usual and taeil is pretty stable with the dance now,,,,but afterwords you and taeil go for a picnic near the han river
  • and the lights are all on since it’s getting dark,,, the river is illuminated and the city looks so pretty
  • that you just have to take pictures and you don’t notice but taeil watches you warmly,,,,,finding every expression you make so damn cute he could EXPLODE
  • you guys walk along the edge and there’s so many couples out 
  • but seeing all the pda,,,,from hand holding to cute nickname calling to stolen kisses makes you get all flustered
  • but taeil,,,,,has always been straightforward when he wants something so he holds out his hand and goes “it’s here if you want it.”
  • carefully you put your hand in his and he laces your fingers
  • you don’t talk much but it doesn’t matter,,,, it’s peaceful and it’s perfect
  • and taeil kisses like a freaking GOD but he also finds it really cute that you insist you guys at least hide behind a fake tree or go into a corner alleyway 
  • and at some point he asks you to put your hands around his neck which you get nervous about but he just says against your skin that he wants to feel you close,,,,,,
  • he’s wanted to hold you like this for so long
  • did i mention taeil is romantic without even trying like he doesn’t know that half the things he says are super embarrassing and make your heart d i e but you LOVE IT
  • the dance recital is where everyone finds out you and taeil are a thing because no matter how “quiet” you wanted to keep it ,,,,
  • it’s obvious 
  • the way taeil inches forward in his seat when it’s you and your partners turn,,,, the way he smiles – a smile so rare taeyong claims he’s only seen it once before – and how after he goes,,,,and doesn’t mess up the person he goes to first is you
  • and he pulls you into his arms,,,,you mumble against his ear that this is too much!!! but he says that it’s not,,,, he’s happy you were there to help him
  • and also after this class is over he’s never taking dance again because oh my god that was embarrassing
  • you tell him he did fine,,,but as you find out the recital was open for anyone to view and people came oh People (nct) came
  • and Someone (johnny) record the whole thing and won’t let taeil live it down
  • but,,,,,,,,,,most of all nct won’t let him live down the fact that he’s daTING YOU 
  • no seriously when you were both sitting on the grass outside,,, taeil’s hand on your leg as he explained to you a part of his homework
  • doyoung and sicheng walked by and doyoung literally went “I SEE THAT HAND MOON TAEIL WATCH THAT HAND !!!!!!!!”
  • you had to curl up into a ball and taeil just grinded his teeth and doyoung was like ok i might get killed tonight if i do you know who did it sicheng
  • sicheng: i didn’t see anything
  • even though he’s smart, talented, and knows about things you’ve never even heard of ,,,, ,taeil is a simple boyfriend
  • whose ideal time spend together is just enjoying each others company,,,,,, no matter where you go or what you see
  • taeil just explains that loving you is easy,,,he likes that he doesn’t have to think about it or second guess his emotions he sees you and that’s enough for him
  • but you guys do get cute don’t get me wrong,,,,, going to the beach together and having taeil play his guitar in the sand,,,,, study dates at his or your dorm where you’re sitting between his legs with your laptop while he’s reading through his textbook,,,,, going to those board game cafes with taeyong and yuta and beating them in everY game,,,,,,running through the rain to get to the supermarket in the city and without even asking him taeil puts a carton of strawberry milk in the cart because he knows you like it,,,,,
  • it’s the small, little things you do together with him and every moment of it is full of love and care
  • taeil sometimes has sarcastic comments about his friends that send you into spiraling laughter,,,, even though you tell him to be nice
  • taeil just shrugs and goes “i can’t be nice if johnny’s haircut makes him look like a dog that’s just been through a washing machine”
  • he is unapologetically hilarious,,,,,, at the expense of his friends LOL
  • but also mark tried to ‘scare’ you once during a halloween party and taeil chased him through the entire building like twice difkldjsg
  • you and taeil were once trying to bake something for sicheng’s birthday but it ended up with you guys turning on some music and you basically urging taeil to dance with you 
  • and after some crazy moves a slow song came on and you were like “shall we see if you remember the waltz?” taeil had joked that of course he did, he was going to be a neurosciencetist his memory is great
  • but of course it had been a mess and you two laughed and at some point taeil just picked you up and spun you around in his arms and was like there that’s the whole dance LOL
  • ten sent you a video of taeil sleepwalking and mumbling your name and was like your bf is scary :/ come pick him up i think he’s HAUNTED
  • taeil wore glasses once when you were picking him up from lab and you almost died it was the cutest thing you took like 50 pics of him and he was like it’s not that gre-
  • and you were like NO its the best the BEST MOON TAEIL
  • you guys don’t do couple items but taeil’s entire phone is full of your selfies that you send in text and yeah the folder is called something corny and sweet 
  • like most people don’t think he’s funny,,,,,they also think he’s probably stuck up because of his good grades and genius
  • but he’s humble,,,, and really caring and even when people least expect it he does his best to help others out 
  • like he’ll piggyback you back to campus if you as much as sprain your ankle 
  • he really likes it when you sing,,, even if you can’t,,,,,just like when you mouth the words along to songs you like and he always tells you to keep going if you stop 
  • and you’re like taeil ,,,,, and he’s like “your voice is calming.”
  • falls asleep on late night facetimes 100%
  • you guys send memes to each other even though people are like those memes are old you two are like whatever we’ll be old and have fun together
  • it takes a couple of tries and some kisses to get him to pose for couple pics,,,, and he has the saME expression in all of them so you have to tickle him for a reaction or something and he’s just like :^| and you’re like taeil,,,,,,,light of my life,,,,,,,please smile and he’s like baby i am smiling (he’s not)
  • but if you pout he does,,,,honestly if you pout he’ll do a n y t h i n g
  • you were once over at his dorm, showing him something on your phone and taeil was like “closer, come closer i can’t see” and so you had climbed onto his bed to show him and he’d just
  • wrapped his arms around you,,, your phone slipping onto the sheets and he’d just kisses you so,,,,,passionately that you’d literally not been able to breathe for a second
  • and taeil is always,,,,,like i said,,,, straightforward he asked you if you’d be ok with him touching you,,,,ok with him taking it further 
  • he had whispered that he would want to take care of you but only if you wanted that too
  • and you’d hidden your face in your hands,,,,but said yes because,,,,if there was anyone in the world who could make you feel good it was him
  • and you had not wanted to leave,,,being tangled up with him and just being in this state of bliss was too perfect
  • it had actually been taeil who had to conjure you up and into clothes with the promise of pancakes from the campus kitchen
  • there are times when you think taeil forgets important dates or is being a little distant,,,, but he’s not he always proves that he loves you to pieces and even during the weeks where he’s swamped with club commitments, tutoring, finals, and presentations he makes time,,,,,,,,for you
  • even if it’s a quick five minutes where you hand him a coffee and he kisses your forehead and runs to his next class
  • and people ask you,,, he’s so quiet and so smart what do you have in common what do you even talk about
  • and you don’t know how to explain it,,,, because you and taeil don’t need constant talking or anything like that,,,, you just have this vibe that makes you two click
  • and it makes you two feels comfortable around each other,,, ,that any secrets or fears either of you has somehow comes out with ease
  • because you’ve known taeil for so long and he’s known you and your hearts are two in the same
  • even if his interests are different from yours,,, you appreciate each other no matter what
  • so you can sit on the couch, legs resting on top of his and do your own thing
  • or you can be huddled close in a room, taeil teaching you the guitar,,, not an inch between you
  • and it’s comfortable,,,,,it’s perfect
  • yuta: im so jealous how is taeil so freaking smart, so freaking handsome, and even has a freaking cute significant other gOD DAMN
  • taeil: it’s because i shut up and mind my business
  • you: oh my god
  • the entire campus: oh my god
  • yuta: wow just let your man destroy me like that huh 

Conquering the Why School? Essay

From a student who got into MIT & the Ivy League

I’ve read many Why School? essays. These often come across as generic, with no real indication of interest. I’m here to make sure you don’t make the same mistakes in your essays.

-Look up their course catalog. Don’t simply write, “I’m interested in your stellar economics program.” Great, so are hundreds of other applicants. Name-drop a couple of classes and explain why those specific courses appeal to you. It’ll show you’ve done your homework.

-Discuss a few clubs. Colleges want students who will contribute to their campus outside of the classroom. Are you interested in journalism? Talk about joining the school newspaper. Are you a violin virtuoso? Indicate your interest in the orchestra. Or are you into something that isn’t yet available? Say you’ll start a new group!

-Latch onto research opportunities. Schools love students who can contribute to their published papers. Look up ongoing research projects in whatever department you’re interested in (and no, research isn’t only for STEM fields!) and talk about how you’ll get involved.

-Talk about what makes a school unique. Columbia has a Core Curriculum; Princeton has a yearlong bridge program in Bolivia. Why do you want to attend this specific school?

-Touch upon your long-term goals. How will this university help you achieve your goals of becoming a lawyer? How do you want to make the world a better place? Colleges are looking for people who will contribute meaningfully to society.

-Don’t mention rankings or prestige. Harvard already knows it’s world-renowned, it doesn’t need you to stroke its ego. You should be choosing the best school for you, not the best school according to US World & News Report

Good luck! I’ll also be happy to read your college app essays, feel free to message me :)

Capitalism kills science and scientific progress because it only funds things seen as immediately profitable.

Capitalism kills science and scientific progress because science that would work towards the common good and education of all is censored for the sake of profit.

Capitalism kills science and scientific progress because bosses exploit their mental labor by demanding a quota of papers to be published instead of allowing them to perform quality research.

Capitalism kills science and scientific progress.

For more than 40 years, Oliver O'Reilly’s shoelaces have been coming untied pretty much every day. And for most of those 40 years O'Reilly didn’t think too much about it.

But then, about a decade ago, his daughter Anna was learning to tie her shoes, and O'Reilly decided his shoelace problem wasn’t worth passing on to another generation.

“I didn’t want her to inherit my problems, so I went online and found some really helpful videos to teach me how to tie her shoelaces,” he says.

And, perhaps if O'Reilly had had a different job, that’s where the shoelace problem would have stopped. But Oliver O'Reilly is a professor of mechanical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and as he looked at videos of shoelace knots, he started wondering why they came untied in day-to-day life.

“That problem always stuck in my mind,” he says.

Now, he and two graduate students have published a paper, in Proceedings Of The Royal Society A, titled “The roles of impact and inertia in the failure of a shoelace knot.”

Untangling The Mystery Of Why Shoelaces Come Untied

Photo: Meredith Rizzo/NPR

Caption: The laces on the left are tied in a strong knot that lies horizontally. The laces on the right are tied in a knot that makes the bow lie vertically and which, according to new research, can come untied more easily.

Important things I learnt at my PhD induction
  • It is not a failure to complete a PhD and then leave academia. It isn’t a failure to complete one thing that usually leads to something specific, and to say that you actually don’t want to continue down that common path. Success comes with completing the thing you set out to do, or tacking it to the best of your ability. What you do after that is entirely up to you, and it doesn’t have to be the proscribed outcome.
  • You don’t have to justify your field of study, your choice of topic, or even your choice to embark upon a PhD, to anyone but yourself. If your friends and family are confused or disapproving of your decision, you don’t need to accept their attitude. If they tell you that you should be working full time instead, or doing a different topic, or whatever, you can tell them that they’re wrong. You are doing this for you. As long as you want to be doing this, you should do it. 
  • Your PhD is not your life. You should take holidays and regular breaks, just as if you were working full time. Burnout is real. Work as much as you can be productive, and no more. There’s nothing to be gained by working 11 hours a day, 6 days a week, if 3 hours each day are spent singularly wishing you weren’t working.
  • You should be here. You got a place on a PhD programme because they want to work with you, and they want to support your project and put it out into the world with you. Impostor syndrome is a real thing, but it is not reflective of your ability.
  • Theoretical Physics is important, because exactly what is a liquid anyway, and why did you throw away half my makeup bag at security, Luton Airport? Can you define a liquid? Because you should publish a paper on that, as the first person ever to completely and wholly define a liquid, and buy me a new set of makeup. – an agitated Philosophy professor
TPoH: just a PSA!

Unrelated to everything else, can I just whisper a few words in those shell-pink ears of yours, Tellyheads? Because I love you and you know that, but I have had rather disappointing news lately about less-than lovely behaviour. So far as I know you’ve been wonderful as a fandom so far, and I really, really want it to stay as a chill and friendly club and not a… well, let’s just say I want it to stay that way as much as possible. 

The thing I need to say is RGB is not, will never be, has never been, the only character with television for a head to exist. I didn’t even know object heads, as a category of character design, existed! Until I fell down the rabbit hole of drawing this guy on a whim, and now look where we are. The thing is, there are a lot, and I mean a lot, of other people who have characters with television sets for heads out there; some who designed them before me, some after, but like, 99% of the time they will never ever have heard of or read TPoH or be basing it off RGB, so going out to them and accusing them of it is… not nice. Please, don’t do that. 

It’s very hurtful to have someone say to you that your original, personal, deeply-thought-out design is a copy of someone else’s, and worse still if you’re told that you’re bad and should stop drawing them. It happens to all of us at some point! Heck, when I started TPoH I was asked so often if I’d read Saga that I’ve effectively been put off from doing so (but I hope I’ll get over that because I’m sure it’s awesome, really), but nobody told me to stop drawing. Even if a character was inspired by RGB, it has inspired a person to make something, another new character! And I’m all about that; if you’ve been reading the comic, you’ll know that! Unless the character is very obviously a trace-job of him (and even then people learn by copying so like, whatever) or recolouring entire pages and I saying ‘I did this’, I’m happy for them to be doing their own thing! Yes, their are copycats out there, but there is such a thing as coincidence, and zeitgeist, and luck. 

Most of you folks likely know that Charles Darwin got his celeb on by publishing a paper called ‘On the Origin of Species’; well, some of you clever cookies might also know that another dude submitted a paper with almost exactly the same theory at exactly the same time. The only reason we know about Darwin’s theory of Evolution, and not the other guy, is because Darwin’s name appeared first alphabetically. Same goes for this trope- dude with TV head takes a protagonist to another world on a zany adventure. There can be ten thousand differences in the two stories from this point. Story structures like this overlap and coincide all the time, and the two writers making these stories can have absolutely no connection to each other. I kind of side with the idea that some stories just, exist outside of us- outside of people, and wander down from their hammock in the sky and sit on a person one day saying “hey, write me.” How that person goes about it, however, it up to the person. If someone else had started their version of this story before me, I’d be the one being slandered for pinching their idea.

So, TL:DR- I know the people that this addresses acted with good intentions, but don’t be hasty, and don’t be mean? Please. I want this story and its following to be a not mean place for people. That would be really nice.

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Hearing a lot about ocean worlds today? Let’s dive in and see what this news is all about…

We once thought oceans made our planet unique, but we’re now coming to realize that ‘ocean worlds’ are all around us.

Two veteran NASA missions are providing new details about icy, ocean-bearing moons of Jupiter and Saturn, further heightening the scientific interest of these and other ‘ocean worlds’ in our solar system and beyond. The findings are presented in papers published Thursday by researchers with our Cassini mission to Saturn and Hubble Space Telescope

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BIRD LAW (for birds)

I’m required to do a (lengthy, publishable) paper for my Scholarly Writing law school course, and I just got clearance from my prof to do it on pigeons! Pigeons are completely unprotected by laws here in the US–there’s nothing regulating what you can and can’t do to a pidge

(Those birds aren’t pigeons. They’re my ringneck doves, Arson&Anarchy, and they’re here because I love them.)

Currently the plan is to do a brief overview on the history of pigeons (both generally and in the US specifically), debunk a few common misconceptions (”rats with wings” anybody?), then explain the position of modern pigeons, focusing on city ferals, fancy breeds, and meat birds. I’ll draw some comparisons to other domesticated animals like chickens and dogs, and how and why they’re similar.

 Then, because this is a law article, I’ll do some examples of laws that protect domesticated and feral animals, laws that regulate breeding, laws that protect other meat birds, and conclude with why there should be comparable laws for pidges. And maybe I’ll toss in some alternative conduct as well, like coop projects for city birds and more humane farming and breeding practices. I dunno, this is probably going to be a long paper. 

If anyone knows of someone (or IS someone) who has cite-able academic credentials in these areas–not just pigeons, but other domestic animals in a similar position–who would be willing to talk to me about these topics, please let me know! There doesn’t seem to be any law articles out there on pigeons, so this is a new topic, which means it’s very publishable. I’m also keeping an eye out on other publications (possibly non-legal) that might want an article like this. 

If you guys could help this post circulate, I’d really appreciate it!