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Wide Sargasso Sea
Five Billion Years of Solitude: The Search for Life Among the Stars
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
Giordano Bruno: Philosopher/Heretic
Spartan and The Green Egg: A Trip to the Rainforest
Chariots of the Gods
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex
The Captain's Wife
The Christmas Catch
Drinking with Dead Women Writers
The Sign of Four
Under a Texas Star
History of Religion; A Sketch of Primitive Religious Beliefs and Practices, and of the Origin and Ch
Frankenstein
A Study in Scarlet
Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex


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“The Vermont Food Fight Fund, a special fund created by the Legislature, is on track to raise $1.5 million to defend a state law requiring labeling of foods that may contain genetically modified ingredients. Vermont is the first in the nation to require the labeling of GMOs. On June 12, the Grocery Manufacturers Association, along with three other trade groups, filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court against Vermont Attorney General William Sorrell and Gov. Peter Shumlin, arguing that mandatory labeling of GMOs violates commercial free speech rights.”

MoveOn.org doubles Vermont’s anti-GMO legal defense fund | Fox News

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“With the growing concerns of increased use of GMOs, Herbicides and Pesticides, one of the best ways to make sure our food is safe is to have labels that fully disclose what’s in them. Labels currently have to disclose the ingredients, fat content, calories, vitamins and minerals, and even if it was made in a manufacturing plant that makes products that may contain peanuts, but nothing about whether the food was made from genetically modified (GM) ingredients.”

Articles « Kids Right to Know

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roguesquid:

International scientists denounced the GM golden rice trials for breaching medical ethics back in 2009. No toxicity tests had been carried out in animals prior to the human trials, or at least none had been published. The scientists said the trials contravened the Nuremberg Code, set up after World War II to prevent a repeat of unethical and inhumane Nazi experiments on humans.
Genetically Modified Foods / Secret Tests on Children
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roguesquid:

International scientists denounced the GM golden rice trials for breaching medical ethics back in 2009. No toxicity tests had been carried out in animals prior to the human trials, or at least none had been published. The scientists said the trials contravened the Nuremberg Code, set up after World War II to prevent a repeat of unethical and inhumane Nazi experiments on humans.

Genetically Modified Foods / Secret Tests on Children

(via GM golden rice paper to be retracted amid ethics scandal)

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tastefullyoffensive:

Video game store makes the most of their broken shutters. [x]

starkidwhoavengedhogwarts:

if you didn’t read this in their voices you are lying.

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A new study in rats found that Roundup altered testicular function after only 8 days of exposure at a concentration of only 0.5%, similar to levels found in water after agricultural spraying, writes Claire Robinson. The study found no difference in sperm concentration, viability and mobility, but there was an increase in abnormal sperm formation measured 2, 3, and 4 months after this short exposure. The study, the first to measure the delayed effects of exposure to Roundup on sperm in mammals from a short exposure, was conducted by a team including Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France.Roundup Ready Pesticide / Abnormal Sperm Formation
(via Roundup damages sperm – new study)

roguesquid:

A new study in rats found that Roundup altered testicular function after only 8 days of exposure at a concentration of only 0.5%, similar to levels found in water after agricultural spraying, writes Claire Robinson. The study found no difference in sperm concentration, viability and mobility, but there was an increase in abnormal sperm formation measured 2, 3, and 4 months after this short exposure. The study, the first to measure the delayed effects of exposure to Roundup on sperm in mammals from a short exposure, was conducted by a team including Prof Gilles-Eric Séralini at the University of Caen, France.

Roundup Ready Pesticide / Abnormal Sperm Formation

(via Roundup damages sperm – new study)

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Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching (via whitebraincells)

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Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

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shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

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And this is me, working on a juvenile fish survey for different species of endangered diandromous fish.

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Which includes a lot of heavy lifting work such as seining (which includes dragging a 200 ft net through the water and examining what you caught) and carrying heavy buckets full of fish around to measure and assess their data.

I haven’t been in the lab in a couple weeks, so I have no sassy lady scientist action shots, but I think these ladies covered it well.

That anon can go light himself on fire.

I just have to jump in here and be counted among the very awesome lady scientists of Tumblr. Where to begin…

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Here’s a picture of me sampling water from the CTD rosette on the R/V Atlantic Explorer, on a research cruise from Barbados to Bermuda. This was my second research cruise (I just presented the results from my first one in Boston this past May, as one of a few young investigators selected out of thousands of abstracts to give talks on their research). This last cruise was designed to train future chief scientists for research cruises. In other words, in addition to all the science I had no business doing, I was also learning how to be the boss of other scientists onboard a research vessel. A woman in charge??? Oh the humanity! (Did I mention, the two cruise mentors were also women?)

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This is me preparing to filter water from the CTD. The filters were frozen in liquid nitrogen and shipped back to my lab so I can continue to do horribly mistaken science on them (specifically DNA extraction, PCR, TRFLP, and sequencing). I’m also wearing my badass aviators.

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Oh, here’s a good one. This is me, presenting the results from my latest paper, which was published in ISME Journal this year. If you google the term “Miscellaneous Crenarchaeal Group,” my paper comes up as the first three hits. What’s that? You don’t believe me?

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How about now?

Oh, and did I mention I’m a Fulbright fellow? No? Well, I’m a Fulbright fellow. And in case you were wondering, this year only 20 grants were awarded out of 148 applications to the country I applied to. (That’s a 13.5% acceptance rate, but how would I know- I’m a girl, I can’t do math!)

The next time you want to roll up in here and start trash talking ladies in STEM, I want you to scroll through this post and ask yourself if you think you can take on all of these BAMFs. I’ll be leading the charge in my steel-toed wellies.

I don’t have any supercool pics of me being a lady doing science or anything since most of the science I’ve done in undergrad is like fitting data on a computer, or doing laser experiments in the dark where u can’t take selfies without messing stuff up, but I actually went and counted and of the 15 grad students in the (spectroscopy) lab I’m joining in the chem department (physical chemistry division!) at UC Berkeley, 10 are females.

I hope this post keeps growing, this is so awesome/uplifting!

um, excuse me anon but have u tried: not being a bag of dicks? because look it me! a lady in science!!! DOING SCIENCE!!!!!! The best part about being an undergrad, is that I can move and jump around different related areas to my field of study! So i’ve done some engineering, some astronomy, and some math!!

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here’s me and SOME OTHER KICKASS WOMEN IN SCIENCE at an underground experimental permanent nuclear storage facility in Belgium; I recently just got back from Europe studying nuclear physics/engineering and working with radioactive isotopes, separating them from compounds using various techniques such as neutron activation analysis and then these radioactive materials get sent to hospitals for radiation therapies to treat patients with cancer. this helps ppl. something u aren’t doing from the looks of it, anon.

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here’s me at the McDonald observatory doing noise reduction on some white dwarf stars whose data I collected myself over the course of a few nights. The research group i’m a part of takes all their new students/researchers to the observatory each semester to teach them about various techniques in instrumental and observational astronomy, many of whom are young women like myself. we had to adopt a graveyard shift like schedule. And look at how pretty the 82” telescope is. so purty

imageoh, here’s somethin neat: this is the graph I created to compare inner chemical composition of a high mass white dwarf star (using python). with astronomy, I generally do just straight up computational work: I use a software called MESA, simulate various stellar life cycles, and analyze their end game properties. Right now, i’m working with an inlist file that has a metallicity of zero (meaning no other elements but hydrogen and helium), but as the star progresses through it’s life, it ends up having heavier elements in the core! Borrowing from some plasma physics research, i’m hoping that this will give me more insight on stellar nucleosynthesis processes!!

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lastly, here’s me giving a talk on the existence of solutions of elliptic PDEs using Fourier transforms and fixed point theory. which, if you’d like to be even more enlightened, anon, u can read bout here

now i hope all these lovely ladies and myself have shown u how fuckin wrong u are and how u have seriously outdated views of women in STEM. you can go shave ur back, now.

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“No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.”

Atwood H. Townsend (via observando)

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