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TO BE HOPEFUL in bad times is not just foolishly romantic. It is based on the fact that human history is a history not only of cruelty, but also of compassion, sacrifice, courage, kindness.
What we choose to emphasize in this complex history will determine our lives. If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places—and there are so many—where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction.
And if we do act, in however small a way, we don’t have to wait for some grand utopian future. The future is an infinite succession of presents, and to live now as we think human beings should live, in defiance of all that is bad around us, is itself a marvelous victory.

- Howard Zinn (via feellng)

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For in the sciences the authority of thousands of opinions is not worth as much as one tiny spark of reason in an individual man. Besides, the modern observations deprive all former writers of any authority, since if they had seen what we see, they would have judged as we judge.

- Galileo Galilei, Third letter on sunspots (December 1612) to Mark Wesler (1558 - 1614)

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chanmanthe2nd:

Old Man Canyon - “Wiser

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So, there’s this girl. She’s tragically orphaned and richer than anyone on the planet. Every guy she meets falls in love with her, but in between torrid romances she rejects them all because she dedicated to what is Pure and Good. She has genius level intellect, Olympic-athelete level athletic ability and incredible good looks. She is consumed by terrible angst, but this only makes guys want her more. She has no superhuman abilities, yet she is more competent than her superhuman friends and defeats superhumans with ease. She has unshakably loyal friends and allies, despite the fact she treats them pretty badly. They fear and respect her, and defer to her orders. Everyone is obsessed with her, even her enemies are attracted to her. She can plan ahead for anything and she’s generally right with any conclusion she makes. People who defy her are inevitably wrong.

God, what a Mary Sue.

I just described Batman.


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http://adventuresofcomicbookgirl.tumblr.com/post/13913540194/mary-sue-what-are-you-or-why-the-concept-of-sue-is (via twerkinshield)

WILL AUTO-REBLOG FOREVER.

(via carnivaloftherandom)

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Let Batman win if he and Supes ever come to duking it out. The Batgod (not Batman) fanbase is one of the biggest and the most insecure fanbase there is. I don’t really know why its fans are so keen on seeing the two superheroes fighting it out and then seeing Superman defeated, but I guess there’s projection involved? I dunno. But yeah, let Batman win should they ever come to that.

boxwithlid:

livid-righteousness-badgers:

justdaps:

nahchillhomebro:

summonermedirby:

I don’t think people give Flash enough credit.

…………….my goodness

He didn’t just rebuild an apartment building.

HE FUCKING LEARNED HOW TO BUILD AN APARTMENT BUILDING. HE DID FUCKING RESEARCH. IT TAKES SEVERAL GODDAMN YEARS TO LEARN ALL THE ENGINEERING AND LEGAL CONSTRAINTS OF BUILDING A FUCKING BUILDING AND JUST DID IT.

This is one of my favorite flash comics. It really highlights how the flash doesn’t just run really fast, but can do absolutely astounding things. I remember reading this for the first time and having my head explode. 

Flash rules.

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legacyofkrypton:

[By: John Gallagher]

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shychemist:

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mindblowingscience:

Want the Best Medical Care? Swallow This Pill Covered in Tiny Needles.

When it comes to medicine, most people prefer pills to needles. But many drugs aren’t properly absorbed when taken in pill form. Now, researchers may have solved the problem: a digestible pill, covered with tiny needles, that injects drugs directly into your stomach lining.

The novel drug delivery system is the result of a collaboration between researchers at MIT and Massachusetts General Hospital. The concept for the pill is described in the video below, but the gist is as follows: A capsule is coated first with tiny needles, then a pH-sensitive coating. The coating not only makes it possible to swallow the pill, it also dissolves away in the low-pH environment of the stomach. When it does, the needles are exposed. Intestinal contractions carry the pill through the digestive tract while applying pressure to an internal drug reservoir. In this way, the drug is delivered via the needles into the intestinal wall, where it can be absorbed. Such a system could one day replace injections of medications like insulin, which are too big to be absorbed via the stomach, and prone to decomposition by gastrointestinal molecules, to be taken orally:

In the latest issue of the Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciencesresearchers led by chemical engineer Carl Schoellhammer document the potential of the new drug delivery system. Using a pig as a model, the team demonstrated that injection into the intestines is an effective method of insulin-delivery. In a second experiment, the team showed that a pill measuring two centimeters long, 1 centimeter across, and coated in five-millimeter stainless-steel needles could pass safely through the digestive tract of a pig. Future versions of the pill could be coated with needles made of degradable polymers and sugars:

This seems great and all but what happens when you poop this needle ball out.

Explained in the article:

Future versions of the pill could be coated with needles made of degradable polymers and sugars.

Also these would likely be so small that you wouldn’t feel them even if they were steel needles.

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Apologies that I’ve not been on much. I’m currently very occupied with an important thing that takes up much of my energy and focus.

What did I miss? :D

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