26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from ShortFormBlog with 3 notes

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That’s hot: X-Ray laser heats aluminum foil to 3.6 million degrees
Hot dense matter, indeed: Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have successfully super-heated a small piece of aluminum foil, as thin as spider silk, to a temperature of 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit. They did this by hitting it with a rapidly pulsing, high-powered X-ray laser, which caused the foil to become what scientists refers to as “hot dense matter,” commonly found only in places like the center of stars. This is the first time a sample has been able to be reproduced in a lab setting, and could lead to greater understanding of nuclear fusion, among other things — the 3.6 million degree matter was, in fact, hotter than the corona of our Sun. (Photo from University of Oxford/Sam Vinko) source
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Hot dense matter, indeed: Scientists at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have successfully super-heated a small piece of aluminum foil, as thin as spider silk, to a temperature of 3.6 million degrees Fahrenheit. They did this by hitting it with a rapidly pulsing, high-powered X-ray laser, which caused the foil to become what scientists refers to as “hot dense matter,” commonly found only in places like the center of stars. This is the first time a sample has been able to be reproduced in a lab setting, and could lead to greater understanding of nuclear fusion, among other things — the 3.6 million degree matter was, in fact, hotter than the corona of our Sun. (Photo from University of Oxford/Sam Vinko) source

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from The Economist with 1,058 notes

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Tomorrow’s cover today: this week’s summit was supposed to put an end to the euro crisis. It hasn’t.

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Tomorrow’s cover today: this week’s summit was supposed to put an end to the euro crisis. It hasn’t.

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from The GQ Tumblr with 531 notes

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This Is a Map of the Entire Comedy Universe
OK, not quite all of it. But the funniest parts! And yes, it’s also really teensy in this image. Click the map (or here) to see it at a size visible to human eyeballs. And click here to read the rest of GQ’s annual comedy issue.

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This Is a Map of the Entire Comedy Universe

OK, not quite all of it. But the funniest parts! And yes, it’s also really teensy in this image. Click the map (or here) to see it at a size visible to human eyeballs. And click here to read the rest of GQ’s annual comedy issue.

Tagged: comedyEntertainmentgq guide to everythinghajon hamm

26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from SI Photo Blog with 102 notes

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Suns guard Steve Nash drives for a layup during a 2007 game against the Spurs. Nash went public with comments about the Suns’ lack of talent, which according to SI.com’s Zach Lowe, is a valid comment because he’s 100 percent correct. (Greg Nelson/SI) 
LOWE: Nash has every right to complain about the Suns squadFORRESTER: Suns trainers prove to be major assets ROBSON: Suns creep up two places in Power Rankings

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Suns guard Steve Nash drives for a layup during a 2007 game against the Spurs. Nash went public with comments about the Suns’ lack of talent, which according to SI.com’s Zach Lowe, is a valid comment because he’s 100 percent correct. (Greg Nelson/SI) 

LOWE: Nash has every right to complain about the Suns squad
FORRESTER: Suns trainers prove to be major assets 
ROBSON: Suns creep up two places in Power Rankings

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from Los Angeles Times with 57 notes

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katherinespiers:

That wasn’t a personal attack on you. And I wasn’t saying I believed that about the LAT, I was saying some people do, and this image - an Occupier being arrested - in an article about crime, might seem like proof to them.

slmart11:

While I agree the LA Times is definitely not a tool of City Hall, I wonder if a photo better depicting crime could have been chosen than a person peacefully protesting. The accompanying article discusses the reduction in violent crime and gang violence. Why associate this with Occupy LA?

Your Tumblr host interpreted the photo as an example of the effects of a weak economy and the arrest for a non-violent crime, as opposed to something like a homicide, which is also discussed in the article. (And we’re being technical with the word “crime.” Most of the protesters were charged with failure to disperse.)
But you both have valid criticism. What do our other readers think?

latimes:

katherinespiers:

That wasn’t a personal attack on you. And I wasn’t saying I believed that about the LAT, I was saying some people do, and this image - an Occupier being arrested - in an article about crime, might seem like proof to them.

slmart11:

While I agree the LA Times is definitely not a tool of City Hall, I wonder if a photo better depicting crime could have been chosen than a person peacefully protesting. The accompanying article discusses the reduction in violent crime and gang violence. Why associate this with Occupy LA?

Your Tumblr host interpreted the photo as an example of the effects of a weak economy and the arrest for a non-violent crime, as opposed to something like a homicide, which is also discussed in the article. (And we’re being technical with the word “crime.” Most of the protesters were charged with failure to disperse.)

But you both have valid criticism. What do our other readers think?

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from Early Onset of Night with 7,894 notes

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OUR ABORTION WAS DIFFERENT: WHEN THE ANTI-CHOICE CHOOSERick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.He loves her so much, in fact, that in 1997 when she became seriously ill during the 2nd trimester of her pregnancy, he didn’t want her to die.In the 19th week of her pregnancy, Karen discovered during a routine exam that the fetus she was carrying had a fatal defect and was going to die inside of her. A long-shot surgery was performed that required cutting directly into the womb. It carried a high risk of infection and was performed not to save the fetus, but to reduce Karen’s complications while she attempted to go full term.Two days later, she became severely feverish. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on intravenous antibiotics, which reduced her fever and bought her some time, but could not eliminate the source of infection: the fetus.Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor began as a result of the antibiotics and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter. Once the Santorums had agreed to the use of antibiotics, they believed they were committing  to delivery of the fetus, which they knew would not survive  outside the womb.They named it Gabriel Michael Santorum.The event is obviously tragic, especially for Karen, who, like her husband, opposes any and all forms of abortion, even when it saves a woman’s life. As her fever subsided, she realized what was happening and asked for drugs to stop the labor, saying, “We’re not inducing labor. That’s abortion. No way.” But it was too late.Today, hindsight being 20/20, Karen says she would have authorized the procedure after all, justifying the saving of her own life by explaining that her other children would have lost a mother.Indeed.The procedure, whereby labor is induced to remove the fetus before it has any chance of surviving on its own, is considered by Mr. Santorum to be a ‘partial-birth abortion’, and he is correct. He also personally authorized one to save his wife, whom he loves.Mr. Santorum is opposed to any and all forms of abortion. Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Twelve years old? Too bad. Wife, mother, daughter, lover, friend dying? Too bad.This hypocrite needs to be kept out of all elective offices for the rest of his life.“Abortion in any form is wrong,” said Santorum in 2000, three years after the tragedy. “Except for my wife. If your wife’s life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don’t even know your wife’s name.”share on Facebooksources: Raw Story, New Yorker, NOW, Our Silver Blog
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EDIT: wording changed in paragraph six to better reflect the Santorums’ understanding of intravenous antibiotic use in removing the source of infection (the fetus), per Steve Goldstein, Philadelphia Inquirer,  May 4, 1997.

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OUR ABORTION WAS DIFFERENT: WHEN THE ANTI-CHOICE CHOOSE

Rick Santorum, former Pennsylvania senator and likely presidential candidate, wants all abortions outlawed. He has even said that abortion providers should be “criminally charged.” Clearly, his compassion for zygotes, fetuses, and other squishy, jelly-like substances not fully alive is without question. When it comes to actual human beings, however, there is some doubt. He voted to cut every social and welfare program that came before him as senator, and not just those helping women and girls, but those helping the poor, immigrants, children in general, and, of course, education.

Mr. Santorum doesn’t hate all people, however. As a Republican, he loves rich people, white people, business people, and Christians. The real Americans, he calls them. There’s one other person he loves, too: his wife, Karen Santorum.

He loves her so much, in fact, that in 1997 when she became seriously ill during the 2nd trimester of her pregnancy, he didn’t want her to die.

In the 19th week of her pregnancy, Karen discovered during a routine exam that the fetus she was carrying had a fatal defect and was going to die inside of her. A long-shot surgery was performed that required cutting directly into the womb. It carried a high risk of infection and was performed not to save the fetus, but to reduce Karen’s complications while she attempted to go full term.

Two days later, she became severely feverish. She was rushed to the hospital and placed on intravenous antibiotics, which reduced her fever and bought her some time, but could not eliminate the source of infection: the fetus.

Karen was going to die if her pregnancy was not ended, if the fetus was not removed from her body. So, at 20 weeks, one month before what doctors consider ‘viability’, labor began as a result of the antibiotics and the infected fetus was delivered. It died shortly thereafter. Once the Santorums had agreed to the use of antibiotics, they believed they were committing to delivery of the fetus, which they knew would not survive outside the womb.

They named it Gabriel Michael Santorum.

The event is obviously tragic, especially for Karen, who, like her husband, opposes any and all forms of abortion, even when it saves a woman’s life. As her fever subsided, she realized what was happening and asked for drugs to stop the labor, saying, “We’re not inducing labor. That’s abortion. No way.” But it was too late.

Today, hindsight being 20/20, Karen says she would have authorized the procedure after all, justifying the saving of her own life by explaining that her other children would have lost a mother.

Indeed.

The procedure, whereby labor is induced to remove the fetus before it has any chance of surviving on its own, is considered by Mr. Santorum to be a ‘partial-birth abortion’, and he is correct. He also personally authorized one to save his wife, whom he loves.

Mr. Santorum is opposed to any and all forms of abortion. Incest? Too bad. Rape? Too bad. Twelve years old? Too bad. Wife, mother, daughter, lover, friend dying? Too bad.

This hypocrite needs to be kept out of all elective offices for the rest of his life.

“Abortion in any form is wrong,” said Santorum in 2000, three years after the tragedy. “Except for my wife. If your wife’s life was at stake and the only thing that could save her was an abortion, well, too bad. Your wife will have to die. It was different with my wife. You see, I love her. I don’t even know your wife’s name.”

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EDIT: wording changed in paragraph six to better reflect the Santorums’ understanding of intravenous antibiotic use in removing the source of infection (the fetus), per Steve Goldstein, Philadelphia Inquirer,  May 4, 1997.

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from awesome people hanging out together with 10,836 notes

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Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin

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Elijah Wood and Macaulay Culkin

26th April 2012

Video reblogged from Bad Lip Reading with 440 notes

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“TRICK THE BRIDESMAID” — A Bad Lip Reading of Barack Obama

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from DC Women Kicking Ass with 1,076 notes

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Batgirl by Ryan Sook

This is gorgeous. Wasn’t Gail Simone asking about new cover artists for Batgirl? I vote Ryan Sook.

dcwomenkickingass:

Batgirl by Ryan Sook

This is gorgeous. Wasn’t Gail Simone asking about new cover artists for Batgirl? I vote Ryan Sook.

Tagged: comicsBarbara Gordon is AWESOME

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26th April 2012

Photo reblogged from The Economist with 585 notes

theeconomist:

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a simple map.

theeconomist:

KAL’s cartoon: this week, a simple map.

Tagged: cartoon