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The Scientists' March on Washington
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Attention folks who are into science, or who are scientists themselves! There’s likely to be a March on Washington for scientists and for folks who love science sometime soon. If you’re unable to make your way to DC, there’s going to be sister marches around the country. The above URL is a way for you to communicate your interest in helping to create those sister marches. These marches are representative of everyone regardless of, well, anything as science has no limits, and crosses every single barrier that unfortunately separates us as social creatures. I’ve signed up to help create a group here in Portland, and with my background in GIS, leadership, and in social media, I hope to help make a difference with the main DC organization.

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EPA Staff Pulled From Alaska Summit After Trump Team Orders
The White House transition team told about half of the Environmental Protection Agency officials scheduled to attend an Alaska climate and environment conference to stay home. The EPA cites travel costs, but some of those kept away live right in Anchorage.

I harbor deep resentment for those who voted for this. Can’t someone please stop the madness?

Ameenah Gurib (b. 1959) is currently the President of the island nation of Mauritius, the first woman to ever hold this position. She is also a biodiversity scientist and recipient of numerous international awards in the field.

Her scientific research focused mainly on the medicinal and nutritive properties of plants indigenous to Mauritius. She was a Professor of Organic Chemistry at the national university, and received awards such as the African Union Award for Women in Science. She is also a Fellow of the African Institute of Science and Technology.


Senator Elizabeth Warren: Floor speech on 21st Century Cures Act

Get BIG PHARMA out of government! Support independent funding of scientific research, research without conflicts of interest.

Yes, our representatives work for the pharmaceutical industry.

Equations are more important to me, because politics is for the present, but an equation is something for eternity.
—  Albert Einstein
How I organise myself:

I don’t know if I will change this next year or not. It worked very well for wordy subjects like Biology and Politics but less so for Chemistry and Maths.

In Lessons:

  • I have several scrappy notebooks where I take rough notes
  • This is because I type slower on a laptop than when I handwrite and trying to take neat notes is way too time consuming
  • All of my subjects are in the same notebook
  • At the start of each lesson I write the subject in a little box and highlight it so I can find it later
  • This means I can find it easier later when I rewrite my notes

With Handouts

  • I get a lot of sheets of paper, usually A4, to use later
  • I have an A4 folder for each subject (This is what I think I will change, it’s a lot to carry, I will use one next year)
  • I put all my sheets, handouts and exams in there for that period of time.
  • I keep my tests in a separate area in the back (I may change this as well as it separates the test from its topic)

With Final Notes

  • I rewrite my notes in my free periods and after college. 
  • This can take up a lot of time but it really helps with memorising
  • I also take this time to use the internet and a textbook to help me improve on my class notes- rather than taking separate notes for class and textbook

Final Folders/ Revision:

  • Obviously taking so many notes means my notes have outgrown my folders several times
  • I have a few larger ring binder folders which I put all my work in at the end of the year
  • These are also great to revise through, as you don’t have to look through several notebooks, it is all in one place

I’d strongly advocate using folders rather than any books for most studying because there is so much flexibility. You can remove notes, keep all sorts of sheets and move things around.

I hope this may be helpful to some people, especially AS students who may have had no choice in how they take notes until this year,

Good luck on your studies :)

statement of record

The autumn of my junior year in college was the semester I began to contemplate becoming an attorney. I failed another chemistry course that spring, which confirmed to me that changing my major from molecular biology to political science was the right decision. That fall, I registered for the mass media and politics course, which was taught by a local former journalist. The professor used the personal connections he made in two decades of journalism to invite guest speakers of some prominence.

One day, the professor introduced Mark O’Mara, the defense attorney for George Zimmerman. O’Mara unequivocally asserted that the State of Florida had charged his client with a crime it could not prove, and that Zimmerman could have been found guilty of a lesser charge. O’Mara also expressed that he could willingly defend anyone accused of a crime, that he could rationalize defending anyone, except those accused of child sexual abuse. He did not elaborate on this point, but meeting him made me want to learn more about criminal law.

The following spring, I experienced the most difficult course of my undergraduate career, judicial process and politics, taught by an attorney who was scrupulously attentive to syntax and detail. He thoroughly scrutinized the organization of the federal and state judicial systems with his students, and his rigorous exams resulted in the only B minus I received in political science. However, the class textbook contained a section about public defenders, which gave tangible expression to my interest in criminal law. Their duty in the face of often-meager budgets and massive caseloads to represent the economically disadvantaged appealed to this former seminary discerner, and it gave impetus to my choosing crime, law, and deviance as my academic minor.

Working at Home Depot was my first experience of being immersed in a lower-income community. A young man my age who I was hired with lived in a homeless shelter, and another employee posted a thank-you note for the anonymous donations towards paying her rent. I did not think my experience at Home Depot would be relevant to legal matters until I began working at a product liability and personal injury law firm. At least once a week I drove to the firm warehouse to spot for the forklift driver, or, more often, push large and fragile evidence material into storage bays, both tasks I was intimately familiar with from dozens of Home Depot night shifts. Other aspects of the firm’s work became subjects of personal contemplation.

At a legal conference attended by some firm employees, one speaker mentioned how self-driving vehicles could reduce the number of motor vehicle accidents, and thus also reduce the number of related personal injuries. Many of the conference attendees were reported to have a dismayed reaction to this. I inferred that they were dismayed from the news of potentially fewer personal injury cases that their firms could handle; although I felt more than a little hypocritical, considering many of the cases my salary was paid from, I believed it was better that individuals be safer on the road, even if it had a deleterious impact on the personal injury law industry.

My parents pressured me to become a medical doctor out of the good intention of ensuring my economic security. By the time I changed my major to political science, I had grievously wounded my grade point average and lost a seventy-five percent tuition scholarship. I also gained an appreciation of empathy in client interaction, from hundreds of hours volunteering with and helping pre-medical students, in addition to earning a 3.4 political science major GPA. My professional experiences over the past year have cemented my commitment to the study of law as a continual, life-long juxtaposition of subjects that provoke an individual to examine their values in relation to the law. It is for the intention of gaining a comprehensive knowledge of law, and to participate in ensuring that individuals accused of a crime have legal counsel, that I seek admission to –

anonymous asked:

3, 13, 48, 60, 92, 132!

  • 3: Zodiac sign? Taurus
  • 13: Favourite word? “Discombobulating” - I hardly get to use it enough ^^
  • 48: Top 5 blog on Tumblr that I follow? Currently, SpaceExp, iheartgot, marvelheroes, writing-prompt-s, realmofthenymphs
  • 60: Pet peeve? An unmade bed and eating with your mouth open.
  • 92: What was my favourite subject at school? Math, Biology, Politics and Drama
  • 132: Hogwarts house / Divergent faction / Hunger Games district? Oh haha, okay - I did a test just for this question. Slytherin / Amity / District 7 :3 

There are hard choices to be made. Conservationists often suggest that protecting each last individual native species is somehow essential to maintaining the “ecological services” that nature provides for us—services such as carbon storage and maintaining the chemistry of the oceans; protecting watersheds and maintaining river flows; pollinating plants and dispersing seeds; maintaining soils and preventing runaway erosion. But that argument is a romantic illusion. Those services are best done by the species on hand that do it best. In much of the world that increasingly means nature’s pesky, pushy invaders.

Conservationists have “grossly overstated the fragility of nature, arguing that once an ecosystem is altered, it is gone forever,” Kareiva says. The trouble is that the data simply do not support the idea. Conservation scientists spend too little time investigating how ecosystems change when invaders come in or humans disrupt their operation. A narrow pursuit of evidence of “harm,” driven by invasion biologists, has blinkered researchers. And so has their pervasive belief that stability is the norm and change somehow abnormal. Neither is true. Nature is rarely in a steady state. It is the dynamics that matter, and for too long researchers have denied this.

By its own measures, conservation is failing, Kareiva says. Many protected areas, in which conservationists have invested so much, are about as true to nature as Disneyland. From the Serengeti to Yellowstone, and from the Amazon jungle to Siberia’s Pleistocene Park, these are managed ecosystems. Conservation cannot promise a return to pristine, pre-human landscapes. It needs to “jettison idealised notions of nature, parks and wilderness— ideas that have never been supported by good conservation science—and forge a more optimistic, human-friendly vision.


The New Wild: Why Invasive Species Will Be Nature’s Salvation by Fred Pearce

Since I started this site, I’ve had a lot of flak come my way for seed-swapping, even though I am careful of exchanging established invasive species, and follow disease quarantines.

I’ve never really wanted to say it out loud, but this article provides an opportunity: I’ve always thought the logic behind invasive species was conservative, and anti-evolutionary. Our very existence is predicated on a number of mass-extinction events, and since global contact and movement is inevitable, there will be some shifts and heaves in the species make up of this world.

As a lover of nature, and as someone who spends 40+ hours a week working in it, I feel a pull to create systems that defy that artificial nature/culture divide, and recognise that humans are animals, and we too require habitat. We just have to do a better job of sharing that habitat. I happily work with both ‘native species,’ (a.k.a. “things that arrived in this ecosystem before we started keeping tabs”) and non-native species (a.k.a. “most food crops”).


7.6.16, 00:16 // days 20, 21 and 22 out of 100 days of productivity

sorry I haven’t posted for the last couple of days, I’ve been a bit busy with my training on Sunday and then I just didn’t do any work to take photos of on Saturday. didn’t help that I left my phone in my friend’s car after coming back from training on Sunday and then I didn’t get it back until about 4 hours ago hahah.

tried a new layout in my bullet journal n I’m actually rly enjoying this. I kinda adapted it from another layout is seen before just with splitting the day sections into two for the date and then the bullets. it’s much more minimalistic than what I had before with all the colours n the timescale and the different headers n stuff. though granted, this isn’t /that/ minimalistic in comparison to like idk the original bullet journal.

the top left page I have “goals” but then I realised that it’s more tasks so for this week, I have put tasks instead which you may see if I post a picture of the next spread another time.

I also decided to do my “productivity” of each day and my productivity of the whole week, which I kinda like (I actually only put it in because the header bits were looking a bit bare hahah). also, as you can see last week was not productive at all because it was half term and I just had no motivation.

then I added a little reflections at the bottom just because I had extra space since I only did 5 days on this spread as opposed to the usual 7. for the next weeks I think I’m doing the 7 days on a spread thing but I kinda like the reflections bit so I may add a spread to put reflections n allocate each week a space, idk I’ll let you guys know when I figure it out.

(you can see how many things I’ve watched last week, including finally the second season of haikyuu which is so so soooo beautiful I can’t)

I did do some politics work on pressure groups, political participation and the core executive, as well as looking over a few (not many) biology topics.

I have 4 exams this week, 2 of which were today: politics and general studies. I thought both papers were quite good n they were nice questions (or nicer than some of the ones in the past papers for politics). now just hope that biology tomorrow (well today really) is quite good w nice questions n stuff n politics has nice qs too. n then I’m DONE with exams until next year (besides mocks for A2)!!!!!

also, in attempts to improve my studying, I have asked my teacher for an A2 textbook for politics (US government n stuff) n I will be reading through that before we start school again next Tuesday. I will be doing the same for the thing in history and see if I can get a second year textbook for biology. onwards and upwards!

happy studying and productive days! XXX

how is it that abortion isn’t considered the death of a child, but when a woman has a miscarriage she still mourns for the lost life?

I’m legitimately kind of curious. Honestly, everything about a developing fetus matches the biological definition of life.

To be considered living, an organism must have…
1. cells ✔
2. DNA ✔
3. the ability to maintain homeostasis ✔
4. the abilitity to grow ✔
5. the ability to (eventually) reproduce ✔
6. the ability to (eventually) adapt to evolutionary changes ✔
7. the ability to metabolize (obtain energy, whether by eating or by absorption of nutrients) ✔
8. the ability to respond to stimuli, or anything that relates to the sensory experience ✔

I really don’t understand. It is a living thing. I’m not damning anyone who is pro-choice or anyone else for that matter. I’m pro-life, in case you were unsure. Originally it was for religious reasons, but as I grew up and went to college, I started learning so much more about politics and religion and ethics and science and it’s sO FUCKING EXCITING OKAY I REALLY LOVE LEARNING.

anyway, I’m just saying a fetus is a living being and I don’t think we should underestimate that

Hi! My name is Kira, and I’m a new studyblr. Here are some facts about me:

  • IB diploma candidate studying english, history, math, biology, psychology, and french.
  • All-girls school attendee and advocate
  • Proud mom of two cats
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My current goal is to compile a great list of colleges to apply to and to fill out those applications on time. :) I want to double major in biology and political science and work to promote better health education globally, especially for women in impoverished areas. 

I will be posting about my IB courses as well as updates on my college search and selection process. 

I follow and am constantly inspired by: @elkstudies, @genspen, @studypetals, @obsidianstudy, @clemstudies, @tougher-than-a-textbook, @notedooks, and @grangergrades.

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Why is it that if you take advantage of a tax break and you’re a corporation, you’re a smart business man. But if you take advantage of something you need to not be hungry, you’re a moocher!
—  Jon Stewart, O’Reilly vs. Stewart

26.5.16, 17:09 // day 13 out of 100 days of productivity

I had my biology exam today and it didn’t actually go as badly as I would have imagined!!! the questions were definitely a lot nicer than the specimen papers.

tomorrow I just have general studies (which is a go w the flow one anyway) so I’m just chilling tonight!!! and then half term!!!!!!!!! and then after that I just have 2 politics exams, one biology and a general studies one, so not long to go! (too many exclamation marks for exam time tbh)

• gone through biology (sort of????? not really)
• gone through past papers and the spec paper
• I didn’t actually do a lot today
• it was more just talking stuff through w my friends n getting it in my head
• don’t let these bullet points fool you
• ha if you’re not reading them n thinking I did so much
• I just sat an exam

here is my bullet journal that I’m actually behind in because I’ve been so busy revising I haven’t had time to write in it. if you noticed as well, I forgot to do my 30 days of positivity yesterday so I’m gonna do it today.

also I think I’m gonna do a masterpost in a bit (it won’t be up today) and so I’m gonna have a go w them n yeah!!

so happy I only have 5 (3 that really count) exams left!!! can’t believe I’ve not even done half though (I’ve done 4/9 so… n I guess some ppl have like 11 so I got lucky. n also some ppl had 5 exams this week when I had 3)

happy studying and productive days! XXX

The living being resolves its problems not only by adapting itself - which is to say, by modifying its relation ship to its milieu (something a machine is equally able to do) - but by modifying itself through the invention of new internal structures and its complete self-insertion in to the axiomatic of organic problems. The living individual is a system of individuation, an individuatinq system and also a system that individuates itself. The internal resonance and the translation of its relation to itself into information are all contained in the living being’s system. In the physical domain, internal resonance characterizes the limit of the individual in the process of individuating itself. In the domain of the living being, it becomes the criterion of any individual qua individual. It exists in the system of the individual and not only in that which is formed by the individual vis-a-vis its milieu. The intern al structure of the organism is brought to completion not only as a result of the activity that takes place and the modulation that occurs at the frontier between the interior domain and the exterior – as is the case with a crystal; rather, the physical individual - perpetually ex-centric, perpetually peripheral in relation to itself, active at the limit of its own terrain – cannot be said to possess any genuine interiority. But the living individual does possess a genuine interiority, because individuation does indeed take place within it. In the living individual, moreover, the interior plays a constitutive role, whereas only the frontier plays this role in the physical individual; and in the latter case, whatever is located on the inside in topological terms must also be thought of as genetically prior. The living individual is its own contemporary with regard to each one of its elements; this is not the case with the physical individual, which contains a past that is radically “past,” even when it is in the throes of growth. The living being can be considered to be a node of information that is being transmitted inside itself - it is a system within a system, containing within itself a mediation between two different orders of magnitude.
—  Simondon, G. (1967). The Genesis of the Individual. In Incorporations. p.305-306