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So this might not be the most *beautiful* illustration I’ve ever done, but it’s my first professional scientific illustration and I’m happy about it!!! It’s a tunicate (sea quirt) larva with it’s nervous system inside drawn for a professor working at the Georgia Institute of Technology. It was difficult to figure out the placement of everything inside this organism that I had no idea about previously, but I’m really proud of it. Science is really important to me (especially in this particular day and age) so I hope I can do more scientific illustration in the future.

anonymous asked:

I'm loving Amadeus, but how does he keep himself up with such scrawny looking legs??? He looks heavy af and there's no way those legs can hold him up. You obviously know more about him than I do. I don't know much about owl/beast/man creatures :'D

Oh, well thank you, I’m glad you’re interested~! And he is very, very heavy, probably a few ton. But his legs are just about as heavy, if not heavier. They’re more of an ivory or naturally metallic construct, rather than purely bone-like. He’s also a digitigrade creature, so his body is more naturally balanced than it looks, considering the weight of his thighs and legs combined weigh about the same as his head and torso. 

So his body is naturally stable, no matter how he stands, as long as he’s grounded. Thanks for asking! 

anonymous asked:

sorry if you've gotten this question before but have you ever felt like not trans enough? im a dfab person who likes the term demigirl but im afraid of being harassed for it so i mostly stick with bigender (which I do also identify with). sometimes i feel bad calling myself trans bc i present mostly feminine. do you have any advice?

yes I have. It’s mostly because of tr-scum and cis people telling me i’m not ‘really’ trans. And yeah your fears of being harassed are unfortunately not without reason. I’ve seen more than one dfab demigirl at attacked and misgendered.

But know that you are completely valid. Even if you feel 95% girl and 5% something else you still have every right to call yourself trans and/or nonbinary. And presentation isn’t gender. I wear feminine clothes most of the time too but I never feel that I am a girl.

You gender is real and valid and amazing anon. Keep telling yourself that, Because it is true. That’s my advice.

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DALAI LAMA: BEHIND OUR ANXIETY, THE FEAR OF BEING UNNEEDED

By: THE DALAI LAMA and ARTHUR C. BROOKS
NY Times, NOV. 4, 2016

In many ways, there has never been a better time to be alive. Violence plagues some corners of the world, and too many still live under the grip of tyrannical regimes. And although all the world’s major faiths teach love, compassion and tolerance, unthinkable violence is being perpetrated in the name of religion.

And yet, fewer among us are poor, fewer are hungry, fewer children are dying, and more men and women can read than ever before. In many countries, recognition of women’s and minority rights is now the norm. There is still much work to do, of course, but there is hope and there is progress.

How strange, then, to see such anger and great discontent in some of the world’s richest nations. In the United States, Britain and across the European Continent, people are convulsed with political frustration and anxiety about the future. Refugees and migrants clamor for the chance to live in these safe, prosperous countries, but those who already live in those promised lands report great uneasiness about their own futures that seems to border on hopelessness.

Why?

A small hint comes from interesting research about how people thrive. In one shocking experiment, researchers found that senior citizens who didn’t feel useful to others were nearly three times as likely to die prematurely as those who did feel useful. This speaks to a broader human truth: We all need to be needed.

Being “needed” does not entail selfish pride or unhealthy attachment to the worldly esteem of others. Rather, it consists of a natural human hunger to serve our fellow men and women. As the 13th-century Buddhist sages taught, “If one lights a fire for others, it will also brighten one’s own way.”

Virtually all the world’s major religions teach that diligent work in the service of others is our highest nature and thus lies at the center of a happy life. Scientific surveys and studies confirm shared tenets of our faiths. Americans who prioritize doing good for others are almost twice as likely to say they are very happy about their lives. In Germany, people who seek to serve society are five times likelier to say they are very happy than those who do not view service as important. Selflessness and joy are intertwined. The more we are one with the rest of humanity, the better we feel.

This helps explain why pain and indignation are sweeping through prosperous countries. The problem is not a lack of material riches. It is the growing number of people who feel they are no longer useful, no longer needed, no longer one with their societies.

In America today, compared with 50 years ago, three times as many working-age men are completely outside the work force. This pattern is occurring throughout the developed world — and the consequences are not merely economic. Feeling superfluous is a blow to the human spirit. It leads to social isolation and emotional pain, and creates the conditions for negative emotions to take root.

What can we do to help? The first answer is not systematic. It is personal. Everyone has something valuable to share. We should start each day by consciously asking ourselves, “What can I do today to appreciate the gifts that others offer me?” We need to make sure that global brotherhood and oneness with others are not just abstract ideas that we profess, but personal commitments that we mindfully put into practice.

Each of us has the responsibility to make this a habit. But those in positions of responsibility have a special opportunity to expand inclusion and build societies that truly need everyone.

Leaders need to recognize that a compassionate society must create a wealth of opportunities for meaningful work, so that everyone who is capable of contributing can do so. A compassionate society must provide children with education and training that enriches their lives, both with greater ethical understanding and with practical skills that can lead to economic security and inner peace. A compassionate society must protect the vulnerable while ensuring that these policies do not trap people in misery and dependence.

Building such a society is no easy task. No ideology or political party holds all the answers. Misguided thinking from all sides contributes to social exclusion, so overcoming it will take innovative solutions from all sides. Indeed, what unites the two of us in friendship and collaboration is not shared politics or the same religion. It is something simpler: a shared belief in compassion, in human dignity, in the intrinsic usefulness of every person to contribute positively for a better and more meaningful world. The problems we face cut across conventional categories; so must our dialogue, and our friendships.

Many are confused and frightened to see anger and frustration sweeping like wildfire across societies that enjoy historic safety and prosperity. But their refusal to be content with physical and material security actually reveals something beautiful: a universal human hunger to be needed. Let us work together to build a society that feeds this hunger.

Mano a mano

fandom: Stony (Steve x Tony)

summary: Tony and Steve keep flirting during training, the rest of the team decides to do something about it

length: 1 520 words

a/n: this was requested on my dA and the request was “All against Steve and Tony in a “team bonding exercise””. you guys know how I feel about such fics, can’t take them further past a certain point, so I hope that at least it will be amusing. let me know what you think!

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Mano a mano

“You think you’re so tough?”

“At least as much as your thick skull, Shell head.”

“Oh, that’s some big talk coming out from a scrawny kid from Brooklyn!”

“Come on, rich boy. Let’s take it a few rounds.”

And they did. Tony lounged at Steve, trying to push the soldier out of the wrestling mat. Steve gave him a second, his eyes turning the softest shade of blue, as he looked at the genius trying very hard, but, well, Steve was like a brick wall. He wrapped hands back around Tony, and locked them together, lifting the smaller man in the air to gain some space.

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Scientists Made Color-Changing Paint Out of Gold Nanoparticles

Something unexpected happened when scientists at the University of California, Riverside, started stringing together nanoparticles of gold. 

The gold wasn’t golden anymore. It changed colors. 

“When we see these gold particles aggregate, we find out they have very, very beautiful blue colors,” chemist Yadong Yin told me. That bright blue would dissipate like a sunset—morphing into purple, then red—when scientists warped the strings, breaking apart the nanoparticles.

The finding was one of those happy scientific accidents that turns into something bigger. “So after we found out the reason why they show blue colors and what the structure was, then we started to think what kind of use they could have,” Yin said.

What Yin and his colleagues came up with: Sensors made of gold nanoparticles that change colors as you press on them. Think of it as a Hypercolor—those color-changing T-shirts all the cool kids had in the ‘90s—but for touch instead of heat.

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mrskandycane  asked:

So, we all know L a surface level we all have a general idea of what kind of person he is, but there's a lot of interpretation for his motivations and who he is at his core. Some people think that he doesn't really care about justice and cares more about the entertainment, while some people think that he made justice his purpose in life. That's just an example. In your opinion, what kind of person is L? What are his motives as a character? it'd be cool if you did this for others if ur up to it

Hello, junior detective! You are so lovely and akjsakjsdf it’s been so long since anyone asked me anything that my inbox is full of cobwebs and half-eaten sweets. Thank you for visiting. Please pour yourself a cup of tea and make yourself comfortable. Sugar and honey is on the table. :)

You ask an intriguing question with multiple layers of interpretation and one that’s kind of difficult to answer, mostly because I never feel I can accurately quantify the character of Lawliet. He’s a conundrum. Ha very complex mind with an extreme childish personality.

Okay, okay, I am a casual fan of Death Note. I don’t have “How to Read 13” memorized and these are just my opinions, okay? Okay.

What kind of person is L?

He’s a six-year-old in a man-ish body. He’s a spoiled brat. He’s used to people catering to his strange whims and indulging his immaturity because he’s dangerously brilliant and resolves difficult cases. Part of why he behaves this way is that I feel that he was never given the chance to mature naturally, as his entire existence from childhood was cultivated and molded to fit into the symbol of justice that has become “L,” who remains an omniscient, faceless, gender-less, sexless, invisible and almost god-like entity beseeched by the more ignorant and short-sighted masses unable to “see” things from L’s level. I feel Lawliet’s strange habits, like his manner of sitting and extreme dietary “restrictions” are his own strange way of acting out in rebellion against the white-washing effect of being “L.”  

Yes, “L” and Lawliet are two different personalities constantly in a love-hate battle within one body. This causes much turmoil, especially when it comes to Light Yagami, who “L” despises and Lawliet comes to love (platonically or otherwise).

So, aside from being bratty and petulant man-child chafing under an imposed and constricting identity, L is constantly at war with himself. Logic, or love? Scientific fact, or faith? Happy, or unhappy? Love is not logical, and thus he feels loving anyone (let along his prime suspect) is self-compromising and an affront to everything he is and stands for, but yet he is happy when he is in love. This is very distressing to him. Basically, he’s skirting a pretty damaging identity-crisis.

What motivates his character?

Cake.

Haha, but seriously, cake is a huge motivator for him. :) I do believe Lawliet enjoys the crime investigation work he does, regardless of the heavy mantle of “L.” He’s a genius puzzle-solver, and working with the human brain and emotions within crime is an ever changing set of unknown variables — a shifting and challenging puzzle. It satisfies his intellectual and egotistical appetites.

The fact that he’s assumed the face of “justice” and traditionally aligned with the “good guys” is simply icing on the cake. I don’t think HE is driven by justice – he is NOT that selfless. He assumes the role of justice because he receives personal and intellectual gratification. I like to believe Wammy is the one who is more “I AM JUSTICE.” Lawliet is content to fulfill this directive in deference to Wammy, and again, because it satisfies his personal appetites.

Why? Because I don’t believe L is a good person – he’s very warped, and in some ways, he has the ability to implode into a highly chaotic personality similar to Beyond Birthday, but is kept largely in check by Wammy.

I mean, look how tight he is with Wedy and Aiber! They could form the most dangerous crime syndicate in the world and could you imagine if L was the world’s most dangerous and intelligent criminal and Light Yagami is a young police captain after him to bring justice to the world.

SOMEONE WRITE THIS SHIT akjsdfhkf!

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