weekend, members of the nation’s scientific community are battling back
with an Earth Day March for Science at the nation’s capital.
The March for Science initiative is a cooperative partnership between more than 200 scientific and academic institutions as well as nonprofits, uniting to “defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments,” according to the campaign’s website.
My column yesterday was ready to celebrate St. Pattys day instead of Memorial Day. The green color is from Copper(I) chloride and the orange is likely an impurity in the propargyl alcohol I was using (I could’ve distilled it, but nah). Happy weekend everyone!
GASTER Hm, an interesting observation from the first Anon. Philanthropy wasn’t what drove me to adopt them, though it is the reason I have a job. Haha
GASTER As for the third Anon’s question: We do indeed host Bring Your Child To Work days here in the labs.
GASTER Most days, in fact! Our work often demands long hours, and I take no joy in keeping parents apart from their children. So to solve that problem, we installed a Day Care room!
GASTER On the upper floors, of course, far away from any of our more, ah… ambitious experiments. We hold the children’s comfort and safety paramount here in the labs!
GASTER Employees are permitted to visit their children whenever they need to, and can monitor them on the cameras at all other times. Play times, nap times, breakfast, lunch and dinner are all scheduled. I can assure you, the children are kept safe and happy here.
GASTER I would have it no other way!
ALPHYS “Not interested in anyone”? What g-gave you that impression?
Entomological Illustration Station at the Maastricht Natural History Museum
I had the awesome chance this past weekend to work the day at the Maastricht Natural History Museum for Het Weekend van de Wetenschap (Science Weekend), where I was asked to set up a station for scientific illustration! Since Sunday was bug-themed, I focused my little area on entomological illustration.
What is entomological illustration?
Entomological illustration is used to accurately describe and catalogue all known species of insects. This type of descriptive illustration is called a habitus
Why use drawings?
Though macrophotography has become more prevalent, it is very expensive and still requires visual interpretation (due to changes in depth of field and zoom limits). Drawings, however, can be detailed and clear to the smallest level and can describe layers of depth and function otherwise unseen.
I had about 3.5 hours to hang out and draw bugs, both digitally and with the museum’s fancy camera lucida.
A camera lucida is an attachment to a microscope that allows the viewer to see both the magnified subject and the artist’s paper/hand via lights and mirrors! It’s a super useful tool to secure the accuracy of the measurements and proportions of the specimen, but it’s actually quite difficult to get used to! I had the chance to use it during my internship with the Smithsonian a few years ago, to detail the budding on the bean specimen I was drawing, and it was just as difficult as I remembered hahaha
ANYWAYS–we had a fun little troupe of people and children walking in and out, exploring the lab and the selection of insect specimens the museum had gathered to share. It was so exciting to see how interested the kids were in discovering the amazing details of the insects like the scales on butterfly wings and the hairs on honeybee legs!
One of the little girls, 8 year old Indigo, came over to me to tell me how excited she was and how much she loved fossils and dinosaurs and everything in biology, and then pulled me over to her microscope to show me the differences between the butterfly scales and asked for a piece of paper to draw them all. Her little sister, Elsa, also took a piece of paper to draw the bees like me (:
It’s so inspiring to see little girls so excited about science!! Girls need so badly to be supported to increase the gender balance within STEM fields (Science Technology Engineering and Math) and I hope the best for these creative, curious girls. Keep exploring, little ones! :)
Today we celebrate those men and women who have bravely given their lives for our nation. A recent research expedition to Midway Atoll in Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Midway and honored the legacy of the brave men who helped turn the tide in the Pacific during the battle.
Scientists explored sunken aircraft associated with the battle, adding an important maritime heritage component to our understanding of the broader history of World War II in the Pacific. They also investigated the role shipwrecks and debris may play in harboring invasive species in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. Here, diver Brian Hauk sets an invasive species quadrat on the stern of the USS Macaw.
(Image courtesy of Brett Seymour, Exploring the Sunken Heritage of Midway Atoll expedition)
I went to the March for Science this weekend, and since I went armed with @eclecticmuses‘ wonderful FitzSimmons commission for me, I couldn’t resist writing a flufflet about the two of them actually marching. All signs mentioned were ones I saw. (Also, a brief exchange was inspired by one I had with @ifwehadamonkey later that day!) Rated G, in a canon-divergent s4 where everyone’s happy, healthy & in reality. ;-)
Jemma groaned, droplets flying off the sleeve of her sunflower-patterned raincoat as she whacked him on the shoulder. “Ugh, Fitz –”
“We’ve been standing in the rain for four hours.”
A burst of static crackled over the sound system as speakers changed places on the stage.
“And so has everyone else,” she pointed out, hopping slightly onto her tiptoes to glimpse something at the side of the crowd. Fitz reached out instinctively to hover one hand over her lower back, ready to catch her should she slip on the sopping wet grass.
“I can barely remember what it was like to be dry –”
“Oh, for –”
“I’ve never seen fingers wrinkle because of rain –”
Clapping her hands together, Jemma let out a little noise of excitement and grabbed onto his arm, interrupting his good-natured complaining. “Fitz, look!” He followed where she was pointing, blinking as rain dripped into his eyes. “Not all superheroes wear capes,” she said, reading the sign that she’d spotted within the crowd, “most wear lab coats!”
“Daisy’d agree with that,” he said with a grin. “I don’t think any superheroes wear capes. Too impractical.”
·Literally nobody believes Gansey is for real when he talks about his friends from back home.
·his roommate was curious about the Polaroid pictures he had hung up on his wall but after Gansey tries to explain the roughly 300 physics that share one bathroom his roommate pats Gansey’s shoulder and heads to the cafeteria.
·the angry gay farmer occasionally writes letters, covered in Opal’s own ‘writing’ ·eventually opal starts writing in latin flawlessly and Gansey is pretty proud of Ronan so he always has one pinned above his desk. ·his floormates are hella confused about a kid writing in a hella dead language.
·adam mails articles about new research on ley lines just in case Gansey doesn’t know (he definitely read them already at least five times before but he’s pretty touched.) ·this turns into long winded skype conversations about the delicate balance of questing and adventures, and adam pointing out that he’s in college now, he can’t go hunting for dead Welsh kings anymore ·his roommate overhears that bit and is like wtf. ·also he really doesn’t get the eternal fascination with ley lines. Gansey brought every single map known to man of ley lines with him to school.
·henry mails the weirdest care packages. ·like, nutella and ramen and weird as shit playlists that are really just opera and international pop music and strange remixes of murder squash song and the most horrifying stuffed animals. · sometimes the stuffed animals look like roadkill and nobody knows why gansey keeps them.
·for the fall reading week he comes back with a new photo, him and his friends.
·angry farmer street racing boy has a new tattoo apparently. “Remembered” across his forearm.
·there is also a girl
·nobody really believes this girl truly exists
·apparently she studies environmental science and on her weekends ‘communes with the trees’
·her name is also blue, and jane is a nickname.
·she isn’t a physic? Gansey makes it sound normal but nothing about his friends sounds normal.
·they talk a lot on the phone at night.
·apparently, according the gansey, she’s a bright star that he accidentally referred to as a prostitute once upon a time. ·his roommate fully believes gansey is actually 100% insane.
·blue comes for a visit.
·because her roommate is actually insane and she’s tired and she just wants to burn Gansey’s ridiculous shoes in peace.
·so she shows up at 2 in the morning having walked for a good hour from the bus station to campus and both boys are wide awake and gansey looks a second away from an actual heart attack. ·"WHAT DO YOU MEAN YOU WALKED FROM THE STATION BY YOURSELF?“ ·"you’ve died twice now you literally want to lecture me, dick?”
·at that point his roommate vanishes because the entire floor needs to understand that the tiny mythical creature is a l i v e.
·she is everything gansey described.
·she wears the retro platform boots with some strange swing dress and has the ends of her hair dip dyed bright blue and her bag is held together by safety pins and duck tape.
·nobody dares to question gansey now because she looks ready to fight.
·the entire week he simply parades around looking pretty damn proud
·but at the very end on her last day escaping crazy roommate adam and henry and ronan show up
·and his roommate questions life and wonders if he’ll survive the school year alive and well and not insane because his roommate is apparently an actual crazy person who quests and looks for dead people and has weird friends that range from angry to preppiest little fuck imaginable, with henry like not even a blimp on that particular weirdness scale because he’s a whole new creature himself.
also blue survives the entire week on yogurt alone and everyone is baffled.
·there’s this weird robo bee that comes with that NOBODY EXPLAINS TO ANYONE and the entire residence basically vanishes to some safe place (ie. the entire building vacates to the library and never leaves until henry is far far away.)
my dad had a storytelling panel at a science fiction convention this weekend but he was saying “i’m in a bit of a scheduling conflict… there’s a mushi-shi panel right across the hall from my panel at the same time…” and my mom said “don’t worry, we won’t skip your panel for that” and he said “no, i want to skip my panel for that”
I have a science competition this weekend, so I’m currently studying (more like cramming) information. My brain feels like it’s about to explode… the good news is that my fjallraven came the other day! I tested it out yesterday, walking around Los Angeles and the straps are actually quite comfortable, which I was skeptical about.
I believe in maniacs…I believe that you’ve got to love your work so much that it is all you want to do…I believe that work is the one thing in the world that never betrays you, that lasts. If I were a politician, if I were a scientist, I would do it every day. I wouldn’t wait for Monday. I don’t believe in weekends. If you’re headed for a life that’s only involved with making money and that you hope for satisfaction somewhere else, you’re headed for a lot of trouble.