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womeninspace:

Dava Newman nominated for NASA Deputy Administrator
According to SpaceNews, Obama nominated Dava Newman for the position of Deputy Administrator at NASA. The position was held by Lori Garver from 2009 to 2013 and has since been vacant.
Dava Newman is a professor at MIT and director of the MIT Portugal Program. She is most well known for her work on a formfitting spacesuit, pictured above.
Read Dava Newman’s MIT bio here
[Image: Dava Newman in the form fitting Biosuit.]

womeninspace:

Dava Newman nominated for NASA Deputy Administrator

According to SpaceNews, Obama nominated Dava Newman for the position of Deputy Administrator at NASA. The position was held by Lori Garver from 2009 to 2013 and has since been vacant.

Dava Newman is a professor at MIT and director of the MIT Portugal Program. She is most well known for her work on a formfitting spacesuit, pictured above.

Read Dava Newman’s MIT bio here

[Image: Dava Newman in the form fitting Biosuit.]

sekigan:

Brenoch Adams Blogasm | Art | Pinterest

sekigan:

Brenoch Adams Blogasm | Art | Pinterest

clatterbane:

racism-sexist-ableism-ohmy:

gehayi:

springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books
One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

Guys. Science has developed a talking ring that allows the blind to read books.
This is not only amazing, it is the stuff of fairy tales.

This is fucking awesome and it makes me hella happy.

I hope they can get a decently working version of something like this to market. We have the technology available to help make so many things more accessible to so many people, if only more are interested in going in that direction and can get funding to develop their ideas.

clatterbane:

racism-sexist-ableism-ohmy:

gehayi:

springwise:

This ring lets blind people read non-Braille books

One of the problems with Braille is that it’s typically printed in specialist books aside from the copies created for sighted people, meaning that those with sight difficulties can’t borrow their friends’ books and need to seek out the bookstores and libraries that cater for them. In the past, we’ve seen projects such as Thailand’sMr. Light and Mr. Dark — which uses special typography to enable the blind and non-blind to read the same book. Now the FingerReader initiative from MIT provides visually impaired readers with a wearable ring that can scan written text and read it out loud. READ MORE…

Guys. Science has developed a talking ring that allows the blind to read books.

This is not only amazing, it is the stuff of fairy tales.

This is fucking awesome and it makes me hella happy.

I hope they can get a decently working version of something like this to market. We have the technology available to help make so many things more accessible to so many people, if only more are interested in going in that direction and can get funding to develop their ideas.

art-of-swords:

Knife

  • Dated: unknown
  • Culture: not specified
  • Measurements: overall length 28.70 cm (11 1/4 inches); blade length 20.50 cm (8 1/16 inches)

Source: Copyright © 2014 Cleaveland Museum of Art

peashooter85:

The Venditti Lancusi-Pistol,

In 1854 Horace Smith and Daniel Wesson invented a type of system called the “Volcanic” system, which came in both pistol and rifle forms.  The system used a lever action mechanism to feed cartridges from a tube magazine into the breech.  The cartridge used was a new invention called the “rocket ball” which was a bullet with a hollow cavity which was filled with gunpowder and capped off with a percussion cap.  While the system was ingenious it had one fatal flaw, the rocket ball did not have enough power to be practical.

Even more interesting was an invention of the Italian gun designer named Venditti of Lancusi began work on a very similar design which utilized the rocket ball cartridge.  It is unknown who invented the design first; Venditti or Smith and Wesson, but incredibly both created a similar, almost near identical design without any knowledge of each other’s work. 

Venditti attempted to produce his pistol in the mid 1850’s, but was halted when he was imprisoned for murdering a man in a brawl.  When released in the 1870’s he attempted to perfect his design and again produce it.  However by then Volcanic style repeaters were proven impractical using technology that was obsolete.

“In a male-supremacist society, female power must logically appear illogical, mysterious, intimate, threatening. “Witch” stands for all those unnamable shadow acts of disappearance and withdrawal, self-cultivation, and self-medication that elude the social and sexual order”

Editors’ Note: Witches   (via horreure)

eldritchcutie:

hangingfire:


William Gibson, @greatdismal, has broken #gamergate's heart. https://t.co/WcJDyzlCdq pic.twitter.com/mWlVfRNKDR
— Tasneem Raja (@tasneemraja)
October 17, 2014
Don’t mind me; just sitting over here drinking the GamerGate tears like they were a fine glass of Veuve Clicquot.

The father of cyberpunk has rejected the gaters.
Oh this shit’s too fucking good.

eldritchcutie:

hangingfire:

William Gibson, @greatdismal, has broken #gamergate's heart. https://t.co/WcJDyzlCdq pic.twitter.com/mWlVfRNKDR

— Tasneem Raja (@tasneemraja)
October 17, 2014

Don’t mind me; just sitting over here drinking the GamerGate tears like they were a fine glass of Veuve Clicquot.

The father of cyberpunk has rejected the gaters.

Oh this shit’s too fucking good.

“I was the first female captain to walk onto the bridge of a starship and issue the signature command, “Engage.” I was also the first captain to have more than seven hairdos within a season, a corset sewn into her space suit, and a bra that resembled an alien species. I was puffed and shorn and stuffed and lit and scrutinized by every executive on the lot. I was criticized and cajoled, alternatively patronized and petted. It’s as if they had all gone out of their way to find this exotic animal who could, in fact, walk and talk and act at the same time, and yet when she appeared on deck, they were stunned to discover that under that feline coat was, God help us, a feline.”

– "The Influence of Captain Janeway" by Kate Mulgrew (Foreward to Homer Simpson Marches on Washington: Dissent through American Popular Culture, 2010)

thecyberwolf:

Super Smash Bros Remixed

Created by Andrew Domachowski

sexeducationforprudes:

Image from “Victims2Survivors UK” facebook group

sexeducationforprudes:

Image from “Victims2Survivors UK” facebook group

cubebreaker:

Dominic Wilcox envisions the year 2059 where stained-glass driverless cars can be ordered for pick-ups in sizes accommodating 1 to 6 riders, with available interior options including mobile offices, gyms, and sleeper cars.

corpsexhands:

fujoshifeminism:

roachpatrol:

videodante:

Read them all here, I felt like this should be remembered somewhere because it’s really good.

YOO. 

If you try to tell me the Hunger Games isn’t good enough to go toe-to-toe with shit like 1984, Lord of the Flies, and Farenheit 451 then we are gonna have to throw the fuck down

This. All of this. It applies to shoujo manga and anime as well.

YES YES YES!!

i remember reading about gothic literature in the 18th century, and how these novels all started off being called romances (borrowing from the french term) and a lot of their authors were women. when men entered the game prominently, they started calling their works novels—which were more ‘logical’ and based in more ‘honourable’ traditions of classical works, to give a distinction from the sentimental gothic works of women authors*.

and actually (and i hope i’m right here, i’m going off memory) gothic fiction was coined that rather early on and was meant to be an insult. because  when gothic fiction got its start, gothic architecture was so passé (this was well before the victorian gothic revival) and everyone was doing, i think, like neo-classical. which was a big cultural thing, w the age of enlightenment digging up classical greek and roman works & getting back into philosophizing etc etc. so calling it gothic after gothic architecture was meant to be a huge insult to a genre of these romances that were being written by women, and then men strolled in and gave their gothic works the classical distinction of novels.

so anyway. yeah. sexism.

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*but anyone who’s read gothic fiction, by men or women, knows that it’s just a huge vat of seeping, garish absurdity (and it’s marvellous.) so really, who were these dudes kidding.

mayahan:

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