“I will have you know, I was the first negro female student at West Virginia university graduate school. On any given day, I analyze the binomial levels air displacement, friction and velocity. And compute over ten thousand calculations by cosine, square root and lately analytic geometry. By hand. There are twenty, bright, highly capable negro women in the west computing group, and we’re proud to be doing our part for the country. So yes, they let women do some things at NASA, Mr. Johnson. And it’s not because we wear skirts. It’s because we wear glasses. Have a good day.”
this day in 1809, the American poet and writer Edgar Allan Poe was born
in Boston, Massachusetts. The young Poe barely knew his parents, with
his father leaving the family and his mother passing away when he was
just three years old. He lived with another couple as foster-parents,
and was forced to gamble to pay for his tuition at the University of
Virginia, which he had to drop out of due to financial difficulties. He
soon joined the army and was accepted into West Point, though he
was expelled after a year. After leaving the academy, Poe turned his
full attention to his writing. He then traveled around Northern cities,
including New York, Philadelphia, and Baltimore; it was in Baltimore, in
1836, that he married his young cousin Virginia. In
Richmond, Poe worked as a critic for various magazines, occasionally
publishing his original work which included short stories and poems. In
1841, Poe published his ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’, which many consider
the beginning of the detective fiction genre. His most famous work,
the poem ‘The Raven’, was published in 1845 to critical praise. Sadly,
his wife died from tuberculosis two years later, leaving the writer
grief-stricken and nearly destitute, as he never had great financial
success. On October 3rd, he was found ill in Baltimore and taken to
hospital, where he died on October 7th aged 40. It is still unknown what
his precise cause of death was, but alcoholism is widely believed to
have played a part. While not appreciated in his lifetime, Poe is now
considered one of the great American writers.
o don’t roll on the tops of your feet in downward dog like me, my feet are very flexible
o I like closing my eyes to feel myself better
o leggings are on my heels because they’re too long & I’m very short
Music: “Without the Lights” by @elliotmossmusic
#carefreefitness #blackgirlyoga #freeflow (at University of Virginia)
Astronomers have pinpointed the location of an enigmatic celestial object that spits out brief, but powerful, blasts of radio waves. Surprisingly, the source of these intermittent signals lies not in a bright galaxy but in a small, dim one, some 2.5 billion light-years from Earth.
The discovery begins to lift the curtain on the mystery of fast radio bursts, which have puzzled astronomers since they first described the signals in 20071. “This detection has really broken open the gates of a new realm of science and discovery,” says Sarah Burke-Spolaor, an astronomer at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory in Socorro, New Mexico, and West Virginia University in Morgantown. She spoke in Grapevine, Texas, at a meeting of the American Astronomical Society.
Fast radio bursts appear to come from beyond the Milky Way and crop up seemingly at random across the sky. Although they last just milliseconds, the radio blasts can emit as much power as 500 million Suns.