HISTORY MEME: [1/8] OBJECTS: Nefertiti Bust
↳The Nefertiti Bust is a 3,300-year-old painted limestone bust of Nefertiti, the Great Royal Wife of the Egyptian Pharaoh Akhenaten, and one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt. Owing to the work, Nefertiti has become one of the most famous women of the ancient world, and an icon of feminine beauty. The work is believed to have been crafted in 1345 BC by the sculptor Thutmose. (x)
Right now, 500 light years away from Earth, there’s a planet that looks a lot like our own. It is bathed in dim orangeish light, which at high noon is only as bright as the golden hour before sunset back home.
NASA scientists are calling the planet Kepler-186f, and it’s unlike anything they’ve found. The big news: Kepler-186f is the closest relative to the Earth that researchers have discovered.
It’s the first Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of another star—the sweet spot between too-hot Mercury-like planets and too-cold Neptunes— and it is likely to give scientists their first real opportunity to seek life elsewhere in the universe. “It’s no longer in the realm of science fiction,” said Elisa Quintana, a researcher at the SETI Institute.
But if there is indeed life on Kepler-186f, it may not look like what we have here. Given the redder wavelengths of light on the planet, vegetation there would sprout in hues of yellow and orange instead of green.
Read more. [Image: NASA Ames/SETI Institute/JPL-Caltech]
Source: The Atlantic
Michael Brown was an 18 year old that was killed by a Ferguson Police Officer on Saturday, August 9th. His family is now seeking justice for Michael’s death. Their pursuit for justice will be lengthy and hard but with the support of the community they will get justice. If you are willing to support Michael’s family please donate to Michael Brown’s Memorial Fund. These funds will assist his family with costs that they will acquire as they seek justice on Michael’s behalf. All funds will be given to the Michael Brown family. We appreciate your support.
This is a legitimate fundraiser confirmed by the family’s lawyer’s official twitter account and multiple news sources. This family has suffered so much, please help relieve one small worry from their life.
So, what’s happening in Ferguson, MO?
Now, this all started with the shooting death of 18 y/o Michael Brown (an African American) by a Ferguson police officer. Of course, we don’t know all the details, but many witnesses say the youth was unarmed and holding his hands in the air. Again, nothing is set in stone.
What brought people to the streets was, no doubt, the tiredness and anger they felt from minorities being treated like dirt in the hands of people with authority and power. Brown’s death was not the first, and his won’t be the last if we allow such violent acts to go unnoticed, unchecked, and unpunished. In the past month alone, three other unarmed, black men have been killed by the police, in NY, OH, and CA. (http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2014/08/3-unarmed-black-african-american-men-killed-police)
Of course, I don’t support the looting and violence that concurred with the protests. Those kinds of actions only serve to solidify the stereotypes against minorities. You can’t instill change if you go around vandalizing property and arousing violence.
But what I DO have a problem with is the police refusing people the right to peacefully assemble. We are being denied our First Amendment. On Wednesday night, police forces, SWAT teams, and other law enforcement agencies at the local, county AND state level attacked the protesters with stun grenades, tear gas, and rubber bullets. The rubber bullets are not to be taken lightly; they can cause severe damage. These law enforcement officers were carrying more weapons than the average soldier fighting in the Middle East. Palestinians online have even been sharing tips with protesters on how to protect themselves against the effects of teargas.
"Your right to assembly is not being denied" was said by a police officer over a megaphone. Exactly HOW are we being allowed to peacefully assemble if we’re being fired upon?
People were also being arrested, detained, and released without paperwork or reason. Two journalists on Wednesday were arrested while sitting inside a McDonald’s. One of them, Wesley Lowery, reports his experience on twitter:https://twitter.com/WesleyLowery.
St. Louis alderman Antonio French, who was documenting the protests in Ferguson, was arrested on Wednesday, and released Thursday for unexplained reasons. When you call a police department, it is within your right as a citizen to demand information about a person’s arrest and release if it is on public record. His was. Many people have called the Ferguson police department inquiring about French’s situation, only to be turned down by operators, who say asking such questions goes against “policy”. This “policy” is never revealed to the public. If you call the Ferguson police department now (314-522-3100), no one will pick up.
There are also plenty of eyewitness accounts of people being fired at for videotaping evidence, as well as videos of the protesters themselves being blocked off, chased, beaten, shot at, being thrown tear gas at, arrested, etc, simply for protesting against violence and police brutality. Here’s one video for example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVrziJOe5x0.
America, it’s not the 1950s. Or the 1960s. It’s 2014. Get it together.
The photos and information coming out of Ferguson, MO this evening are shocking.
SWAT teams clearing out fast food restaurants, journalists arrested, full-scale police-as-military response to non-violent protest.
And yet perhaps the most amazing thing is that there seem not to be any elected officials willing to tell this police force to stand down.
Pluto’s Endless Cosmic Dance
The two pixelated blobs above are dwarf planet Pluto and its largest moon, Charon. Comprising images taken by the New Horizons spacecraft between July 19 and 24, this animation is the closest look yet at this intriguing system — shot from a mere 425-ish million kilometers away.
Because Charon is so large relative to Pluto, many astronomers consider the pair to be a binary (dwarf) planet. At roughly 1/12th of Pluto’s mass, Charon is massive enough to shift the system’s center of gravity to a point outside Pluto; in other words, both bodies are orbiting a spot in the space between them, and it’s because of this that Pluto appears to wobble as Charon traces its endless cosmic circles.
Source: National Geographic
August 6th 1945: Hiroshima bombed
On this day in 1945, the first nuclear attack in history occurred when the United States dropped an atomic bomb on the Japanese city of Hiroshima. The American plane Enola Gay dropped the bomb called ‘Little Boy’, which killed around 70,000 people instantly. The effects of the radiation killed thousands more in later years, resulting in a catastrophic death toll of around 140,000 people. Three days later the ‘Fat Man’ bomb was dropped on Nagasaki, resulting in the loss of around 75,000 lives; in both cases, the majority of casualties were civilian. Whilst other Axis powers including Nazi Germany had already surrendered earlier that year, ending the war in the European theatre, Japan had continued to fight the Allied forces. The bombings were therefore deemed necessary by the United States to end the war and avoid a costly invasion of Japan. In the aftermath of the devastating attacks, Japan surrendered to the Allies on 15th August, thus ending the war in the Pacific theatre of World War Two. Today, 69 years on, the atomic-bomb scarred cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki provide a sharp reminder of the horrors of nuclear warfare.
"My God, what have we done?"
- Enola Gay’s co-pilot Robert Lewis upon seeing the impact
Okay, a large number of people—both on Tumblr and IRL—have been panicking over the Ebola outbreak; more specifically the two patients who were/are being transported to Atlanta. I’m just going to briefly clarify some things.
1) Yes, Ebola is viral.
- Before you panic, understand that this does not…
Also another note:
Both patients were injected with an experimental drug BEFORE they were transported to the US. Kent Brantly and Nancy Writebol were giving experimental serums created in San Diego. The vials were sent to Africa, and had to be naturally thawed, while previously being kept in subzero temperatures. Since only one vial was thawing faster, Brantly originally decided to let Whitebol have the first vial, since he was younger and thought he had a better chance of fighting off the disease for a longer period of time. Unfortunately, his condition deteriorated overnight. So he, instead of Whitebol, received the drug first. Within the next few hours he saw significant improvements. He was THEN SENT ON THE JET BACK TO THE USA. Whitebol got the second vial (thought seeing less significant results) and proceeded to get a second dosage. She then returned to the states. Both patients are now said to be in stable condition. The experimental serum is being used to try and create a viable vaccine.
(There is more than one source. CNN was just the first I read.)