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…………what. Can someone……….what.
It’s like the how the sun’s light takes 8 minutes to hit us. Space is so big that it takes a while for light to travel through it, so all the stars, solar systems, and space stuff you see at night when you look into the sky, it’s actually like you’re looking into the past.
And, If you look at a mirror in your bathroom, one meter away, it takes about 7x10-9 s for light to make the round trip, so technically you’re seeing 7x10-9 s into your past. Furthermore, it takes about 100-300ms for the signal to get to your brain and get processed. So what you are “seeing” now already happened a little while ago… But since everyone’s running at this delayed-reaction speed, it’s hardly noticeable for us humans in day to day interactions.
shit like this makes no fucking sense like amiyah is one of the prettiest models ive ever seen but yall are so hung up on the fact that shes trans that yall bitter asses are gonna stay making fun of her like shes out there doing shit with her life and she looking good as hell while youre sitting at home making fun of her over the internet like do you not understand how your entire existence is irrelevant likkkkke?
i present to you: mike brown, the guy who killed pluto
to all you chanting “viva la pluto,” guess again. this guy, who has a phd in astrophysics i believe and is a professor at THE caltech, has basically just disproved your little celebration, and don’t take this lightly. the guy discovered eris, a celestial body beyond neptune that’s bigger than pluto along with bunches of other pluto-like objects
bask in the glory that is actual science, not random people coming together and saying pluto’s a planet. i could get together with my colleagues and say 2+2=5 tonight but it doesn’t make it true. same goes for pluto!
Imma just let this sit here
MOTHA FUCKIN SCIENCE
They turned RNA into an anti-virus program. That is amazing.
Let me restate this in case it didn’t sink in the first time
Researchers physically DELETED ALL TRACES of the HIV virus from a human cell.
ALL OF IT.
IF YOU ARE NOT EXCITED ABOUT THAT I DON’T THINK YOU KNOW WHAT HIV IS
[Painting of Death as a spectral nanny taking a child and infant away from their bereaved family. A detail shows the family’s house number is 1918.]
I never realized this until seeing the detail, but this painting is most likely about the flu pandemic.
it’s really interesting seeing death portrayed as a woman
Especially a a nurturer rather than a destroyer
Sorry for the click-bate-y title, but this is kind of really important. While tuition is going up, the people actually doing the teaching are being severally underpaid. What follows are some particularly upsetting excepts:
Over three quarters of college professors are adjunct. Legally, adjunct positions are part-time, at-will employment. Universities pay adjunct professors by the course, anywhere between $1,000 to $5,000. So if a professor teaches three courses in both the fall and spring semesters at a rate of $3000 per course, they’ll make $18,000 dollars. The average full-time barista makes the same yearly wage. However, a full-time adjunct works more than 40 hours a week. They’re not paid for most of those hours.
“It’s completely insane,” he said. “And this isn’t happening just to me. More and more people are doing it.”
“We have food stamps,” said the anonymous adjunct from Indiana. “We wouldn’t be able to survive without them.”
“Many professors are on food stamps and they go to food donation centers. They donate plasma. And that’s a pretty regular occurrence,” Merklein told Salon.
“As soon as they hear about you organizing, they go on the defensive,” Merklein said. “For instance, at my community college, I am being intimidated constantly and threatened in various ways, hypothetically usually. They don’t like to say something that’s an outright direct threat. … They get really freaked out when they see pamphlets around the adjunct faculty office and everyone’s wearing buttons regardless of what professional organization or union it is. They will then go on the offensive. They will usually contact their attorney who is there to protect the school as a business and to act in an anti-labor capacity.”
The most telling phrase in Merklein’s words are “the school as a business.” Colleges across the country have transitioned from bastions of intellectual enlightenment to resort hotels prizing amenities above academics. Case in point: The ludicrously extravagant gyms in America’s larger universities are home to rock climbing walls, corkscrew tracks, rooftop gardens, and a lazy river. Schools have billions to invest in housing and other on-campus projects. Schools have millions (or in some cases “mere” hundreds of thousands) to pay administrators. Yet schools can’t find the money to hire more full-time professors. If one follows the money, it’s clear that colleges view education as tertiary. The rigor of a university’s courses doesn’t attract the awe of doe-eyed high school seniors. Lavish dorms and other luxuries do.
Anyone going to college now, consider organizing for your faculty. They are at risk of being fired for it, you are not. The university might be more willing to listen to students demanding the education they are paying for. Make noise for the people making your degree possible.
If you are touring colleges, ask what percentage of the faculty are adjucts. Ask what they are paid.
If you are not in a position to do these things, there are two petitions in the linked article to sign.
and honestly if you can read about shit like this and still be against unions I don’t know what to tell you.
Can’t wait to get my degree so I can start teaching!