this animation is beyond amazing
THISE LEAVES ARE REAL SHUTUP
Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.
Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)
OH WAIT LEMME TELL YOU ABOUT CECILIA PAYNE.
Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.
Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.
Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”
Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).
Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.
Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.
Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.
Also spelled “Dzunukwa” or “Tsonokwa” is a giantess in the mythology of Kwakwaka’wakw peoples, who live in the Pacific Northwest, mainly on the BC coast, Northern Vancouver Island, and the Queen Charlotte Sound.
D’Sonoqua was seen as a bringer of wealth worthy of respect and veneration, but also had a dark side, and was known to stuff children into her basket, to be carried away to her caves and eaten. She has a terrifying call, a “Hu!” or “Oo-oo-oo-oeo!”, which can be easily mistaken for the sound of the wind rustling through the cedar trees. The renown of her voice is such that images of her nearly always show pursed red lips, eternally calling out.
The above image of D’Sonoqua is by Emily Carr, that great artist of my home, Vancouver Island. She was a tremendous admirer of First Peoples’ art, and a ferocious critic of the missionaries and politicians who sought to displace our elder brothers and sisters on this continent.
Dzunukwa was both a powerful ally and a fearsome foe if you should cross their path.
One thing I feel an obligation to point out whenever I see anything relating to the Kwakwaka’wakw is that they are a living culture. Often they are portrayed as being lost or dead in museums, but they, like the other First Nations of Canada, have refused to be kept down, often despite society and the Canadian Government’s attempts. While I am not of First Nation decent, the art and religion of the Kwakwaka’wakw has spoken to me since a very young age, and I it was instrumental in my development into the person I am today. I was very lucky to have the privilege to visit U’mista Cultural Centre this summer, which is the current repository of Kwakwaka’wakw culture, as well as visit many of the ancient village sites along the west cost. I would suggest everyone visit the centre, especially if you are interested in other people, cultures, religions, and mythology. You will leave both inspired and humbled by the stories of a people who fought for their rights to have their culture recognized and respected.
I keep seeing this image pop up all over the ‘nets, so I thought I’d post the original Storyboard panel I drew. I had a lot of fun with that section!
With Bolin I was going for an homage to Soul Eater’s Excalibur stank face but I think something was lost in translation or perhaps the higher ups didn’t want to go that route. Either way, Studio Mir did a beautiful job cleaning up, as always. :-)
AND…Whoo hoo Book 4 this Friday!
For people who don’t have time to bathe or access to fresh water, a South African college student has a solution: a shower gel users simply rub onto their skin. One small packet replaces one bath, and users never need any water. Ludwick Marishane’s inspiration was a lazy friend, but his invention will be a boon to people who live in areas where clean water is in short supply.
Image via Science History and Facts.
Necessity is the mother of invention.
And why hasn’t this blown up yet?
another quicky, time to get back to work. :)
pulls book out of ass