Meow.


scientific-women:

lostinhistory:

teallikethecolor:

a-strong-female-character:

mhalachai:

patrickthomson:

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

Yeah that’d probably handle a cough.

CHLOROFORM?!

That’ll do it.

Back when medicine was a party in a bottle.

This week we started the Victorian era in summer camp.  I had to explain early-modern medicine to the 7 to 11-year-olds without discussing heroin or vibrators.  The struggle was real.

scientific-women:

lostinhistory:

teallikethecolor:

a-strong-female-character:

mhalachai:

patrickthomson:

this is your periodic reminder that old-timey medicines did not fuck around

Yeah that’d probably handle a cough.

CHLOROFORM?!

That’ll do it.

Back when medicine was a party in a bottle.

This week we started the Victorian era in summer camp.  I had to explain early-modern medicine to the 7 to 11-year-olds without discussing heroin or vibrators.  The struggle was real.



Tried to make some liquid eyeliner, ended up with some lip gloss instead. :/

Bright side, it’s colorful and opaque!

Tried to make some liquid eyeliner, ended up with some lip gloss instead. :/

Bright side, it’s colorful and opaque!




type1diabetesmemes:

Let’s be honest, sometimes it makes you feel a little crazy, with the sweating, the jitters, paranoia, not being able to think etc. It can be so hard to try and keep a level head, especially when it happens at an inconvenient time.Note: This does not apply to really bad lows, in that case, who cares, shout It from the roof tops and get some sugar into you!

THIS. THIS IS NOW GOING TO PLAY IN MY HEAD EVERY TIME I HAVE A LOW BLOOD SUGAR AT A SUPER INCONVENIENT TIME.

type1diabetesmemes:

Let’s be honest, sometimes it makes you feel a little crazy, with the sweating, the jitters, paranoia, not being able to think etc. It can be so hard to try and keep a level head, especially when it happens at an inconvenient time.

Note: This does not apply to really bad lows, in that case, who cares, shout It from the roof tops and get some sugar into you!

THIS. THIS IS NOW GOING TO PLAY IN MY HEAD EVERY TIME I HAVE A LOW BLOOD SUGAR AT A SUPER INCONVENIENT TIME.


scientific-women:

mindblowingscience:

LEGO Reveals Female Scientist Minifigures

After much rejoicing at the news last month that LEGO would mass-produce a set of female scientist minifigures, the company has released a prototype of the final set to its original designer, Ellen Kooijman (a.k.a. Alatariel Elensar), who recently posted images of the box and individual parts on her blog.

Kooijman, a Dutch isotope geochemist and LEGO enthusiast, received her advance copy roughly two years after uploading her design for a set of 13 female minifiguresto the LEGO Ideas incubator site, formerly known as CUUSOO. The resulting “Research Institute” set, featuring three of Kooijman’s original 13 figures, will be available for purchase from LEGO later this summer.

“I’m extremely excited to have the final set in hand,” writes Kooijman, who alsovisited the LEGO headquartersin Billund, Denmark, to discuss the set with several of the company’s product designers. “I can easily see the science stories unfolding, but maybe that’s just my nerdy imagination.”

As we learned last month, the set includes three scientists: a paleontologist, a chemist, and an astronomer, along with instruments or examples of their work. The minifigures were based on Kooijman’s design, but LEGO clearly tried to repurpose as many existing elements as possible for the final figures. As such, the scientists each don previously released hair and torsos, with the exception of a newly designed lab coat for the chemist. I was happily surprised to find a double-sided head on each — a much appreciated feature that gives additional opportunities for storytelling and paints a realistic picture of scientists as normal people who experience the same frustrations and anxieties as everyone else.

I’m pleased that LEGO kept plainclothes on two of the three models. Also notable is the fact that, as with Kooijman’s original design, only one of the scientists wears glasses (and even those may be considered safety goggles). Among other things, this sets a smart example for children that being a scientist is more than a stereotypically “nerdy” endeavor. Since 2010, I have custom-designed minifigures of actual scientists and others in STEM communication, and it is no mistake that very few of them wear outfits that scream, “scientist.” (The new Research Institute astronomer, with her grey blazer and fuchsia scarf, actually bears a rather striking resemblance to my minifig of Harvard physicist Lisa Randall.) Together with the This is What a Scientist Looks Likeblog, these projects support the idea that science is a common, everyday endeavor. They also encourage the public — especially youngsters — to embrace the concept of scientists as action-figure heroes.

It’s thrilling to see this set come to fruition after a whirlwind of public activism following the release two and a half years ago of LEGO’s controversial girl-focused Friends line. I highly recommend reading the full text of Kooijman’s postto get a feel for her thinking when designing these minifigures, and for additional details about what’s included. Finally, for those of you who, like me, are eager to get your hands on a copy of the Research Institute set, the wait is almost over; all indications point to its public availability by the end of August.

Photos courtesy of Ellen Kooijman.

Credit for bringing this story to my attention goes to loversindarkness (NSFW blog)

Is it just me or do half of them have Resting Bitch Face?

Pretty sure most scientists have resting bitch face. It comes with the territory.


cheesenotes:

Is the secret to a perfect grilled cheese sandwich substituting the butter with…mayo? According to Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune, it is. Via Food52.com

A grilled cheese sandwich is a perfect union of bread, butter, and melty cheese — so why would you ever want to turn your back on one of its key ingredients? Especially if that ingredient is butter? 

Lots of reasons, as I learned from Gabrielle Hamilton, chef and owner of Prune. Even diehard lovers of the buttery version (I am one) will find something new and valuable out of smearing their bread with mayo instead. As she says in this CHOW video, “This is the greatest cooking medium of all time for a grilled cheese sandwich.”

Mayo won’t burn as easily as butter does, which — just like that — solves the biggest challenge of grilled cheese: how to get the insides to heat through before the outside blackens.

But these are matters of convenience and reliability; what’s most important are the results, which are not like any grilled cheese that butter could make. The oil and egg in mayonnaise brown and crisp more evenly and lavishly than butter, creating a glossy crunch from edge to edge.

Get the full recipe

(photos ©2014 Food52.com)

I’m not a mayo person so I don’t know how I feel about this, but I guess it’s worth a try! Especially on a sandwich with extra thick bread.



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