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Let’s talk about how our language is so ableist that we use the word “crutch” - literally something people need to walk - to mean something unnecessary that people use as an excuse.

Good point.


Dangerdust’s chalkboard hand-lettering.

I’ve previously featured some of Dangerdust’s chalkboard hand-lettering. Now, the design student is back with more chalk hand-lettered quotes from famous people. 




Cells undergoing mitosis. So cool.

neuropoet: All of them!

Hold on to your intergalactic mechanical horses, friend, here we go. (psst I cut out a few questions because they didn’t quite tickle my fancy sry~)

Vampire: Someone offers you a chance at immortality. Do you take it, and why or why not?

Sure, why not. I could have so much more time to accomplish things and work on research. Maybe I could run some tests to investigate what is biologically different about myself that has stopped my aging process? Now that would be cool.

Werewolf: If you had to spend your life with just one person, who would it be?

Nikola Tesla.

Look me in the eyes & tell me that’s not the gaze of a dreamboat genius.

Witch: If you could change one thing about the world, what would it be?

More acceptance & less ignorance. Let people love who they want to love, dress how they want to dress, be who they want to be. If they’re not harming anyone, then let them be human in every expression they see fit.

Nymph: What are you like when you’re by yourself? 

I don’t dance around my apartment singing Def Leppard in my underwear, swinging a mug of tea around, who told you that?

Siren: If you could make anyone do anything, what would you make them do? 

Have confidence in themselves. 

Genie: If you had one wish that would come true and couldn’t be reversed, what would you ask for? 

A time traveling spacecraft. Or intergalactic mechanical horses. I can’t decide. Maybe a spacecraft powered by intergalactic mechanical horses? Ooh.

Succubus: What’s one thing you can’t live without?

Dat science, brah.

keypix4: Faerie and Fury

Faerie: If you could get away with anything, what would you do?

Let’s just say that if some money were to get moved around and suddenly end up in the bank accounts of international space agencies and science laboratories, you didn’t hear anything of the sort from my blog.

Fury: What is a word/phrase that you dread to hear?

"We only use 10% of our brains." (*cough* Lucy *cough*) Basically any science myth that still manages to run wild in society.


AZURITE (Copper Carbonate) rosettes from Hubei Province, China. Microscope photo taken at 20X.


Once in high-school,there was a time when I really doubted the sense behind solving equations. Luckily I didn’t gave up on it. In the search for an universal way to communicate, more and more scientists of all kind agree that mathematics could be this omnipresent language. 
Not only our whole everyday-life is regulated by various mathematical equations, also nature and the universe itself is composed by a canon of mathematical rules and basic formulas. 

To find out more, go to:

Found at #FQTQ, via #Study Geek.


gotta save hyrule, but first let me take a #selfie


These tentacular Octopus and Giant Squid tables are the work of San Francisco-based bronze sculptor Kirk McGuire. The beautiful bronze cephalopods are so lifelike, we wouldn’t be surprised if you felt phantom tentacles tickling your ankles while sitting at either of these tables.

Visit Kirk McGuire’s website to check out his standalone bronze sculptures and more of his awesome undersea animal tables.

[via Neatorama]


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Here’s an image of the super cool crystals that I grew in O Chem II lab last week.  What you are seeing on the left and in the lower left image is cyclopentadiene made using a Diels-Alder reaction between cyclopentadiene and maleic anhydride.  The top right image is anhydride crystals that I watched grow before my very eyes in DI water. Next week, we’ll finish this experiment in the lab by completing another Diels-Alder reaction between cyclopentadiene and maleic anhydride.  And then I get to try to figure out which compound I synthesized for a grade. 


"If I could give you one piece of life advice; speak slower. There is tendency for some to speak quickly when they feel their audience does not care to hear or does not want to hear what the speaker has to say. You will contribute a lot, you have the inquisitive nature we need in this profession, people will want to know what you have to say. Don’t speak because you have to, speak like you have something to say. It will not be easy, you will not be rich, but you will be happy with what you do."
-HUGE reality check from a recent mentor

Excuse me while I go mop up my tears with drafts of my personal statements


Study Suggests Disruptive Effects of Anesthesia on Brain Cell Connections Are Temporary

Read the full article Study Suggests Disruptive Effects of Anesthesia on Brain Cell Connections Are Temporary at

A study of juvenile rat brain cells suggests that the effects of a commonly used anesthetic drug on the connections between brain cells are temporary.

The research is in PLOS ONE. (full open access)

Research: “Isoflurane Reversibly Destabilizes Hippocampal Dendritic Spines by an Actin-Dependent Mechanism” by Jimcy Platholi, Karl F. Herold, Hugh C. Hemmings, and Shelley Halpain in PLOS ONE. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0102978 (

Image: Hippocampal cells with neuron in green showing hundreds of the small protrusions known as dendritic spines. The dendrites of other dendrites are labeled in blue, and adjacent glial cells are shown in red. Credit Barbara Calabrese.

Hippocampal neuron in culture. Dendrites are green, dendritic spines red, and DNA in cell’s nucleus is blue. Credit Shelley Halpain.

Hippocampal neuron from rodent brain with dendrites shown in blue. The hundreds of tiny magenta, green and white dots are the dendritic spines of excitatory synapses. Credit Barbara Calabrese.