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hummingbird heartbeat pt26

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Bitty drove Kent to the airport in the afternoon. Kent alternated between lacing their fingers together and letting his hand rest on Bitty’s thigh. After a week together, sending Kent away felt heavy and cold. Bitty chewed his lower lip as he drove, eyes on the road.

“Eric,” Kent said, once they’d been driving for a half hour. “Are you okay?”

“What?” Bitty glanced over. “Oh! Yeah! No, I’m fine. I’m just – I was just thinking.”

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In which I discuss one of the weirdest dinosaurs I’ve ever written about: the stegosaurids, from their tiny brains to their hollow butts to their mighty thagomizers. Enjoy!

hummingbird heartbeat - pt27

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When Kent answered Bitty’s call the next night, he was tired, rubbing his eyes and giving Bitty short answers to questions. He remained subdued as Bitty chattered about his day – clearly paying attention, but not as engaged as usual. He read Harry Potter to Bitty in a soft voice, reading a bit less than normal before begging off. Bitty suggested he take a bath before going to sleep.

Neither of them mentioned their previous conversation.

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Feast your eyes on Episode Two of Eons, in which Kallie Moore unpacks the evolution of angiosperms!

nerdgeekz  asked:

Hi!Can u share tips or resources for studying astrophysics /astronomy?Btw thank u!!

Hi there! I think it depends on what level you are at. If you are studying just for fun, I’d say popular science books like the following are good:

1. Stephen Hawking’s A brief History of Time
2. Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Astrophysics for People in a Hurry
3. Cosmos by Carl Sagan
4. Bad Astronomy by Phil Plait

A list of Astronomy books for free download (some links here do not work)

(I know there are many excellent books but I haven’t read many of them so can’t suggest)


Crash course Astronomy is good (Phil Plait’s series on YouTube). 
PBS Space time is pretty advanced but very interesting
Here is a list of YouTube resources for Physics

If you want to study Astrophysics at a slightly more advanced level, the 4-course series by Australian National University on edx is very good (Here is the link).

Tips/resources for advanced study:

Here is a video/presentation I made on this topic

1. Get your basics right. At least high school level Physics and Mathematics are necessary for you to begin.

2. Are you interested in Observational Astronomy or Theoretical/Simulations Astrophysics? Both are related but different areas of research. If it is theoretical, you would need intense study of Physics (MS level) to understand the concepts fully. 

3. If you are going to make a career in Astrophysics/Astronomy, a prior experience with Programming/data analysis would help.

4. Get involved in activities like observation camps, Astronomy clubs etc. If there is absolutely no one, find a group online. It will help in keeping your interest as well as update you of recent discoveries.

5. Get apps if you love sky watching. I recommend Google’s Sky Map but there are many others that include information on astronomical objects. It works well with most android phones (not sure about iPhone) that have GPS.

Astrophysics is a pretty vast subject. There is almost no book that covers it in all depth, but here are some recommendations:

1) Modern Astrophysics by Carroll Ostile
2) Astrophysics for Physicists by Arnab Rai
3) The Physical Universe by F Shu (old)

I haven’t begun school yet so I don’t know much. But I am planning to write a post on this topic after I get a thorough study in grad school on this subject. 
I hope at least some of the links/tips mentioned here are of help to you. 
Stay curious! :)

Paint With Me

ExR Week 2017 | Day 1 | Prompt: Painting

Summary:  The AU in which Grantaire has a PBS show called Paint With Me modeled after The Joy of Painting with Bob Ross.

Word Count: 4.9k

Notes: Okay any Les Mis fan who’s watched Bob Ross paint has thought this at least a little. In order to make it reminiscent of the experience of watching Bob Ross, Grantaire is a little uncharacteristically positive. But only when he’s on TV. Sorry.

Thanks to @apolloandr and @just-french-me-up for hosting ExR Week!

You can watch all of the Joy of Painting on PBS’ YouTube HERE.


“Anyone can paint,” Grantaire said to his canvas. “There’s just something deeply human about it. The freedom of the canvas, the unlimited range of expression… Something instinctual in us calls us to create, calls to us to paint.”

With a graceful turn of his wrist, the canvas thickened with another layer of paint, and what originally had been a chunky streak of brown erupted with a startling texture of a snow peaked mountain. Another flick here and a river zigzagged out of the misty valley below.

“Your canvas is your liberation,” he explained, mixing colours on his pallet. “Fill it with all the wondrous things in this world that make you happy.”

Grantaire was boxed into his canvas and his pallet by a myriad of cameras hanging off booms, each focussing on a different aspect of his work. He swelled with confidence as a hundred eyes watched him bring to life the miracle of the natural world. The studio was well lit and smelled richly of turpentine and acetone. It was warm, and Grantaire smiled, entirely in his element.

“I hope you’ve enjoyed painting with us this week. Remember, we can’t all be Michelangelo, but we can all paint. Have a good one and don’t forget to clean your brushes!”

“AND CUT!” came the director’s voice over the intercom.

Grantaire sighed and turned back to the magnificent landscape before him. Picking up his brushes, he methodically began to rinse them in paint thinner and bang them clean against his easel.



Pseudo-Fossil Challenge

It’s time for another Science Challenge! Pseudo Fossils are like the fake news of the Geology world. Can my pal Dustin from the Dinosaur Show figure out whether a fossil is the real deal or just a really deceiving rock?