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From ScienceDump





The Scully Effect

One of the most frustrating aspects of this scarcity is that we know just how significant an influence powerful female, scientist role models can have on young women.

Perhaps the most prominent example of this power has come to be known as the “Scully Effect.” Named for Special Agent Dana Scully, the medical doctor and FBI agent who was one half of the investigative team on “The X-Files”, the Scully Effect accounts for the notable increase in women who pursued careers in science, medicine, and law enforcement as a result of living with Dana Scully over the nine years “The X-Files” ran on Fox.

The show has been off the air for more than a decade. Yet the character of Dana Scully remains a powerful example of how a dynamic female character whose primary pursuit is science—not romantic relationships—can have a lasting impact on our culture.

— by Christopher Zumski Finke (x)

Actual conversation in my lab:
Male coworker: “Why is everyone so obsessed with Scully?She’s not *that special*. Why aren’t they talking about other female scientists in the media?”

*I know there is Bones and The Big Bang Theory, but how about some media featuring women in STEM that aren’t defined by their romantic relationships?

Let’s not bring up The Big Bang Theory as an example of feminist anything, because it isn’t. 


i made this ages ago and it’s the sidebar on my happy blog and i still kinda like it so i thought i’d maybe put it on my main for awhile. 



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this really cheered me up

"Dark sides are important. They should be nurtured like nasty black orchids."

- Gillian Flynn (via rabbitinthemoon)


Artist Name: Sven Mainzer


 working for inspiration


Weisman Art Museum by Frank Gehry at the University of Minnesota.  Mineapolis, MN.

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Coloured-digital remake of my ballpoint pen drawing 'Deceiver.' Illustrative interpretation of the Red Fox. Here’s an overview of my process.

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science side of tumblr please explain why ice water tastes better than regular water

Because ice is water, and water is water. So if you put ice in water, it’s like… double water.

god damn it science side of tumblr

If anyone’s actually curious:

It’s because you taste cold things less intensely than you do hot things. Water does not have a flavor by itself, so when it’s warm, you taste the bitter impurities or metallic compounds or chlorine or sulfur or whatever is in your water.

When it’s cold, the chemical reactions that occur between the stuff in your mouth and the receptors in your taste buds are inhibited, so you get more of the clean, refreshing sensation of the water and less of the impurities.

This is also why beer tastes better cold. In fact, “tastes better cold” can often just be used as shorthand for “is pretty unpalatable at room temperature”.



does ke$ha go by k€sha in europe 

i dunno ask



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Wow. These are fantastic. Really, REALLY loving the Tie Bomber from this set. The site also has a bunch of other really cool patent prints like Lego, and cameras. I’m very likely going to order a few of these and hang them in a series…. somewhere.

Happy 25th Birthday to the most adorable twins in football, Sven and Lars Bender!