Aug 20, 2014

Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)


Reminder that Ferguson is a food desert and school is canceled. People’s movement is restricted. The work of the St Louis Food Bank is vital right now. Help if you can. (x)


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Aug 20, 2014


if you don’t think thor is the cutest thing in the universe idk what to tell you

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Aug 19, 2014


Fun shark attack facts:

  • In 1996, toilets injured 43,000 Americans a year. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, 2,600 Americans were injured by room fresheners. Sharks injured 13.
  • In 1996, buckets and pails injured almost 11,000 Americans. Sharks injured 13.
  • For every human killed by a shark, humans kill approximately two million sharks.


  1. Humans are assholes.
  2. Sharks are not assholes.
  3. Apparently everyone in 1996 lived in a real-life infomercial.

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Aug 19, 2014






Dandelions are the enemy in the war for the pristine green lawn. However, they are incredibly beneficial to many insects and pollinators, and there are a variety of ways to cook and eat them.



Ode To The Dandelion


Taraxacum officinale

University of Maryland Medical Center - Dandelion

National Gardening Association - Fall Garden Cover Crops

for a-nomadic-thought

reblogging for the links and pictures but i can’t even read the pictures :(

"Dandelions are the first flowers to bloom at the start of Spring. They provide an early source of pollen and nectar for bees and other insects to feed on after the long, cold winter.

Dandelion flowers are edible. They can be eaten raw or cooked, baked into muffins, or used to make dandelion wine.

Buds and leaves can be eaten raw in salads or cooked. The leaves are a source of vitamins A, B, C, and D as well as potassium and zinc.

Dandelion root can be roasted and ground to make a non-caffeinated coffee substitute or the roots can be dried and boiled to make tea.

Dandelion leaves have a slightly bitter taste and are used to stimulate appetite and digestion.

The long, thick taproot breaks up compacted soil, allowing other plants to establish root systems. Taproots also bring up nutrients from deeper in the soil, which are released in the root zone when the dandelion plant dies.

The common dandelion is a perennial flowering plant that is often considered a week, especially when it grows on lawns. Dandelion plants have long and narrow lobed leaves, and round yellow flowers. The flower heads turn into balls of seeds, each seed having a whitish tuft that allows it to be carried on the wind.

Taracaxum afficinale is native to Euroasia but is now naturalized throughout temperate regions in America, Europe, and Asia.”

i don’t think this is very in-depth. dandelion has a lot more benefits. but i think it’s a nice info graphic.

Thanks so much for typing up the text! :)

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Aug 19, 2014
As Arnold points out, there is an otherwise inexplicable shift in direction in the Piccadilly line passing east out of South Kensington. “In fact,” she writes, “the tunnel curves between Knightsbridge and South Kensington stations because it was impossible to drill through the mass of skeletal remains buried in Hyde Park.” I will admit that I think she means “between Knightsbridge and Hyde Park Corner”—although there is apparently a “small plague pit dating from around 1664” beneath Knightsbridge Green—but I will defer to Arnold’s research.

But to put that another way, the ground was so solidly packed with the interlocked skeletons of 17th-century victims of the Great Plague that the Tube’s 19th-century excavation teams couldn’t even hack their way through them all. The Tube thus had to swerve to the side along a subterranean detour in order to avoid this huge congested knot of skulls, ribs, legs, and arms tangled in the soil—an artificial geology made of people, caught in the throat of greater London.

London and Its Dead

i read shit like this and think what could my imagination possibly have to add

like how do i write something about london that’s weirder than london already is?

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Aug 19, 2014


Come on,Rogers,move it!

guys, remember how i can make everything about neuroscience? this scene, though. if steve’s hippocampus — that’s memory storage — is as super as the rest of him the way that the times square exhibit says…it’s actually not that far-fetched to conclude that when steve remembers something, he remembers it like this. like, this might not be an exaggeration. steve might be able to literally watch memories play out in front of him. 

his nightmares must be horrible.

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Aug 19, 2014
Anonymous asked: Given how much the serum changed/affected Steve's brain, do you think that his old memories (from before the transformation) would 'update' to include the full color spectrum, or would they still look like they did when he was colorblind?



This is so great. I can’t say for sure bc to my knowledge there are no comparable cases, but I don’t think so — I think he’d still remember those things as he first learned them. 

First, we should take a look at how the brain remembers:

• When the brain learns something — a memory, for example — the tissue changes because the cells have changed. There is a new synapse or synapses. 

• Memory is notoriously elastic. For example, we can easily fabricate memories or retroactively change a memory and then convince ourselves that what we remember is correct even if it may not be. We do this all the time, and usually we don’t even know we’re doing it. 

• I see no reason for the serum to target individual synaptic connections, even though it increased Steve’s brain capacity overall. It seems to me that even though the serum targeted the places of Steve’s brain that were already the most active, the improvements made to the cells in Steve’s brain were more widespread and general. Additionally, I remember that little infographic saying that the serum increased synaptogenesis, which is the creation of new synapses, not the strengthening of old ones. So it seems to me that the serum only affected Steve’s brain from that moment on, and only affected potential knowledge and learnings, rather than old ones. 

• Along this line, Steve’s near-eidetic memory wouldn’t apply to his life back in Brooklyn. So that’s…depressing.

• R/G colorblindness is a deficiency in either the cones in the retina or the communication between the cones of the retina and the brain. It is usually genetic — carried in the X chromosome — but can also be acquired. This can happen through the use of certain medications & antibiotics (anti-TB meds, for example, which is interesting and relevant), head trauma, diseases like diabetes and anemia (also relevant), and age. Steve’s colorblindness could have been genetic, or it could have been acquired. I’m leaning toward acquired, simply bc the serum “fixed” things, and such a small genetic mutation really doesn’t seem like something that needs ”fixing.”

• This theory also supports the idea that the serum only fixed/strengthened things that needed fixing/strengthening. Previously formed synapses don’t need to be fixed — even if Steve’s memories of Before might not be in full color, there is nothing “wrong” with them.

Finally — and I think this is the most important point —

• Before the serum, and assuming that Steve’s been R/G colorblind since birth or at least early childhood, Steve had no way to conceptualize red, green, or associated hues. His brain has literally never seen, say, Joe’s Market, or his couch, or even Bucky, in full color. And so his brain would have no way to implant new colors on the old memories. It has no idea where the red or green was located in those images, because the brain learned about those images without red and green. To Steve’s brain, red and green just didn’t exist before the serum. And therefore he wouldn’t be able to translate the previously existing colors into the colors that exist now.

But remember how I said that memory is incredibly elastic? Steve could easily consciously or even unconsciously attempt to place the colors he knows now on his old memories. But it wouldn’t be the effect of the serum — it would just be Steve’s brain doing what human brains do, which is to change memories in tiny ways each time they are retrieved and reconsolidated.

I hope that answered your question! And if you’re having a good day, I’d like to invite you to remember that the red of Peggy’s lipstick was the first red that Steve ever truly saw.  

Aug 19, 2014

That One Time I Saw Chris Evans’ Back Sweat, and also, Neuroscience


So a week or so ago when I was on the east coast, in a moment of extreme weakness, I went to see the Avengers exhibit at Times Square. It was awesome, I somehow charmed a really sweet employee — ahem, operative — into giving me their rad as hell SHIELD beret, I bought Ellen like sixteen souvenirs (okay, two) — but that is not what I’m here about. (Ask me about the Cap t-shirt I got. Please. Oh my god. Ask me.) 

What I’m here about is, unsurprisingly, the Captain America portion of exhibit.

The experience is immersive, all set up so you feel like you’re in SHIELD archives or the like. The Cap section includes the VitaRay (complete with a cameo by the salt stains from, you guessed it, Chris Evans’ back sweat), the rescuing-Bucky leather jacket, some seriously exclusive trading cards I Coulson’d all over, the Avengers uniform, and, endearingly, a section where you can test your strength against Steve’s. There’s also a little portion by the VitaRay that explains the changes Steve’s brain went through after they administered the serum. Being the massive bag of science trash that I am, this is where I spent most of my time.

The info graphic basically told me what we already know: that the serum enhances everything you had going for you before. So Steve’s brain is smarter and faster, the neurons have a longer life span, the hippocampus — that’s your memory storage — is nice and healthy; whatever. But then they said that the part of Steve’s brain that increased the most in mass and synaptogenesis was the amygdala. And I promptly lost all control over my feelings. 

Cut bc this is about to get really gnarly. It’s science time, kiddos.

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Aug 19, 2014


Brian Williams:  ”The police managed to gain the upper hand last night…”

Yeah. I’m sure that was a real struggle for them, what with the armored cars, and tear gas, and rubber bullets, AND WEAPONS.

Stop making this seem like a fair “fight”. There aren’t two equal sides here. There are oppressors and the oppressed. The victims of police violence, and the perpetrators of that violence.

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Aug 19, 2014



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