Hello everyone!
A few pre-made Dime Rats, accessories and some Dime Guinea Pigs will be available soon! I still have to take more pictures of them but I will give you this tantalizing preview of them for now. They will be posted on my Etsy Thursday (December 8th) at 10am PST.

~ Dime Rats $8 (each)
~ Dime Guinea Pigs $8  (each)
~ Cage W/ Water Bottle, Hammock (original style), Hanging Chew Toy and Corner Litter Box (w/ litter) $59
~ Cage W/ Water Bottle, Cube Hammock and Corner Litter Box (w/ litter) $63
~ Small Plain White Cage $20
~ Tiny “Wodent” Wheel $12
~ Tiny Silent Spinner $18
~ Bowl W/ Lab Blocks or Pellets $1
~ Wings (basic) $1 (each rat)
~ Rex Fur $1 (each rat)
~ Toy Balls $3 each
~ Magnetized W/ Food $15
~ Magnetized Momma and Babies $20
~ Igloo $15
~ Wooden Hut $15

Shipping/handling will depend on weight/where it is going. For small packages (1 to 9ish Dime Rats) with in the US from $4 to $7, to Canada $10 and everywhere else internationally is $15 (below 8oz). For large packages (cages) in the US $11 and international $25. *I can not guarantee these will arrive in time for Christmas because shipping can be slow this time of year but I will certainly try!*

I will try to reply to questions as soon as I can and thank you so, so much for your patience. Happy Holidays! <3
~ Eve

A group of high school students in Sicily invented a vending machine that turns trash into phone cases. The machine grinds plastic bottles into pellets, which are melted down to be reused by a 3D printer that creates a variety of phone cases and encourages students to recycle more. Source Source 2


gently slide your axolotl


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them → Feeding Luminescent Creature and Mooncalves

As Jacob throws pellets, the Mooncalves bob eagerly up and down. Jacob visibly seems to be feeling better, he really likes this… Newt is cradling a luminescent creature with sprouting alien-like tendrils. He feeds the creature with a bottle, while carefully watching how Jacob handles the Mooncalves, he recognizes a kindred spirit.

Science Terms for Non-scientists

There is a huge amount of misunderstanding around common science terms. So here I am to blow away the fog! Hopefully some of you can find this useful for both everyday life and your writing.

Hypothesis: A statement made by a researcher regarding what they think is going on. Also called an “educated guess,” as in the person has the background knowledge to attempt an explanation prior to any testing. A hypothesis must be testable.

Observation: Literally what it sounds like. It is a fact of something a person sees. For example, a researcher may make an observation that the sky appeared orange at sunset or that their rat ate 24 food pellets in month. There is no thinking about it, no extrapolation, just the facts.

Law: This is a statement made following repeated experimental observation. A law is always true under a given set of conditions. They are not theories, as they do not try to explain what is going on.

Theory: This is the explanation for the repeated observations. It is supported by experimentation. Note: theories can never be proven true, only false (you can never test every single instance of the situation). You can just build evidence to support it.

The scientific method (though not always followed):

  1. A person makes an observation.
  2. The person forms a hypothesis attempting to explain the observation.
  3. The person comes up with ways to test the hypothesis.
  4. The person implements these tests.
  5. The person evaluates results and revises the hypothesis if needed.

Field: This is the sub-specialization of a scientist. For example, a biologist may be a general biologist, marine biologist, molecular biologist, cancer biologist, neuroscientist, immunobiologist, epidemiologist, ecologist, behavioral researcher, neuropsychologist, etc.

Field work: This is the type of experiment that is performed outside of the lab. For example, an ecologist may be performing evaluations of stream conditions. While they are physically at the stream, they are doing field work.

Bench work: This is work inside the lab. For example, a scientist who is actively working on something like cell culture or running a gel is doing bench work.

Science writing: This is writing with a focus on science! It may be writing scientific articles, writing protocols, evaluating and editing proposals, or writing for popular press and audiences. Yes, this is its own separate career, typically requiring a background in at least science and possibly scientific writing or journalism.

Journal: This is where scientific papers are published. Some common journals in my field are Nature and The American Journal of Medicine and Neuron. There are a lot. And some are very obscure. They are rated by this thing called “impact factor” that is supposed to relate to journal quality (better impact factor gives your research better exposure), but in my opinion is nonsense. Also, you should trust peer reviewed journals more than journals that are not peer reviewed…that means that other professionals in their field have evaluated the paper.

Principle Investigator (PI): This is the person in charge of a particular study. Often that is the person who runs the lab out of which the study comes. Their name will be last on the paper. Note: name order on papers is very important. First and last author are the important ones. If your name is in the middle, you’re not as big of a contributor unless it is noted otherwise in the journal.

EDIT: It has been pointed out in the notes that author order sometimes varies by field. So these comments on order are not always true.

I hope you found this interesting and informative! Hopefully I will be able to post a biology-specific post like this soon. :)

Happy writing!

Very Rare Celtic Coin of the Cantii

This gold quarter stater is from the reign of Dubnovellaunus and was struck circa 25 BC to AD 5. Obverse: ‘Pentagram’ type, blank die with banding. Reverse: Horse right, ring-pellet above, pentagram below, dispersed pellets in field.

The Cantii or Cantiaci were an Iron Age Celtic people living in Britain before the Roman conquest, and gave their name to a civitas of Roman Britain. They lived in the area now called Kent, in south-eastern England. Their capital was Durovernum Cantiacorum, now Canterbury. They were bordered by the Regnenses to the west, and the Catuvellauni to the north. Julius Caesar landed in Cantium in 55 and 54 BC, the first Roman expeditions to Britain. He recounts in his De Bello Gallico v. 14: “Ex his omnibus longe sunt humanissimi qui Cantium incolunt, quae regio est maritima omnis, neque multum a Gallica differunt consuetudine.”  - Translation - “Of all these (British tribes), by far the most civilised are they who dwell in Kent, which is entirely a maritime region, and who differ but little from the Gauls in their customs.”

Dubnovellaunus or Dumnovellaunus was the name of at least one, and possibly several kings of south-eastern Britain in the late 1st century BC/early 1st century AD, known from coin legends and from a mention in the Res Gestae Divi Augusti, the funerary inscription of the first Roman emperor, Augustus, giving a first-person record of his life and accomplishments.

reasons why i identify with goats

  • hairy
  • kinda smelly
  • love 2 headbutt things
  • v curious and eager to explore
  • genuinely concerned about your wellbeing and wishes you the best in life but is just slightly more interested in the food pellets in your hand
  • eats everything and anything
  • tendency to ruminate
  • screams
  • this:

That Sonicare electric toothbrush you’re using – it’s weak. Japanese teenager, TokioFN, has strapped a toothbrush to an automatic pistol (which seems to be a pellet gun) and is using it to brush his teeth. It may just be the most gangsta thing I’ve ever seen and the dumbest.  

Personally, I prefer a medium bristle brush – Colgate makes a nice model – but now I’m considering switching to a Glock 18. Ya know, cuz I want my chompers to have that clean feeling that only comes with an automatic firearm. 

Needless to say, 4 out of 5 dentists don’t recommend brushing with a gun in your mouth. (Also, don’t try this at home. Not that you were dumb enough to, but just saying.)

Click for video: Check Out This Japanese Kid Brushing His Teeth With A Pellet Gun