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1/1/2016 Today we did SCIENCE! Specifically, we booped all the livestock on the nose with a Geiger counter. Nose booping is Definitely A Valid Scientific Technique For Measuring Radioactivity Of Things. 

Then the Small Grey Lump That Goes Meow conducted his own Science, with the hypothesis “Here Is A Thing That Beeps, I Bet It Will Pet Me” so we got a reading on him too. He’s the most radioactive animal here. New Rule for The Small Grey Lump: if it glows green, don’t ask it for pettings.

Contrary to my expectations, Soup-Nose the Goat is actually the least radioactive animal here. Huh. I guess the shielding on the goats’ atomic pile is better than I thought. 

Yale renames Calhoun College in honor of Grace Murray Hopper

Yale University will officially change the name of Calhoun College, its residential college named after John C. Calhoun — an 1804 graduate, South Carolina politician and infamous white supremacist.

It will instead rename the complex after Grace Murray Hopper, “a United States Navy Rear admiral who made pivotal advances in computer science,” the Yale Daily News reported Saturday. Read more. (2/11/17, 7:44 PM)

662: Space Oddity (David Bowie)

Sentient alien satellite orbiting Earth for thousands of years, turning from what was hostile intent to admiration of humanity.

Requested by Anonymous

I Miss You Bowie

The oceans — their sea levels, temperatures and acidity all on the rise — do not read Breitbart News in the United States or the Daily Mail in the United Kingdom, which by spreading science denial put the most vulnerable at risk.
—  Cynthia Barnett’s Op-Ed in the LA Times, read here. 
Favorite German Words

Die Weltanschauung = literally “world view”. A particular philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group. The word combines “Welt” = world with “Anschauung” = view and ultimately derives from the Middle High German verb schouwen (nowadays “an/schauen” = “to look at/to see”). It refers to a philosophical view or apprehension of the universe and in more general terms an ideology or philosophy of life itself. 

you know, sometimes I get offended when my mom calls me “weird” but then again, I have to remind myself that most seventeen year olds don’t listen to Italian singers while doing their homework crying out STAMMI VICINO!! at the top of their lungs  

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Here’s what happens to your brain when you’re in love

A wise sage named Kesha once said “Your love is a drug.” It would seem she’s done her research.

Researchers over the past few decades have examined the brains of those struck by cupid’s arrow and unearthed some remarkable findings, revealing just how potent an effect love and attraction have on brain chemistry.

“Falling in love causes our body to release a flood of feel-good chemicals that trigger specific physical reactions,” Dr. Patricia Mumby, a professor in psychiatry and behavioral neurosciences at Loyola University Chicago’s Stritch School of Medicine, told Science Daily. “This internal elixir of love is responsible for making our cheeks flush, our palms sweat and our hearts race.” Read more

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