skunkbear:

Beautiful reconstructed hominin skulls — the early members of humanity’s family tree! You can see lots more on the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics Flickr page.

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rhamphotheca:

GOOD NEWS for Endangered Birds:

Thirty-two whooping cranes fledged on Wood Buffalo NP

Wood Buffalo National Park (WBNP - Canada) officials reported today that 32 whooping crane chicks were observed during this year’s Whooping Crane Fledging Survey. Wood Buffalo personnel took to the skies during August 9-12, 2014 and completed their annual survey.  During the 4 days the team counted 32 fledged young whooping cranes.

WBNP officials reported that a total of 202 whoopers were counted, including the fledgling and nesting pairs.  Fledglings are birds that have reached an age where they can fly. The 32 fledglings were found in 30 family groups: 28 families with one chick and two families with two chicks. In addition to the family groups, the surveyors observed 6 groups of three whooping cranes, 43 groups of two, and 6 individual cranes…

(read more: Friends of Wild Whoopers)

photos: John McKinnon and Jane Peterson / ©Parks Canada /Wood Buffalo National Park

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curioos-arts:

Benjamin Simon / Dirk Schuster (Germany) via @Curioos by @weareforeal

curioos-arts:

Benjamin Simon / Dirk Schuster (Germany) 
via @Curioos by @weareforeal

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spaceplasma:

Hedy Lamarr: Actress and Inventor

At the height of her Hollywood career, actress Hedy Lamarr was known as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” For most of her life, her legacy was her looks. But in the 1940s — in an attempt to help the war effort — she quietly invented what would become the precursor to many wireless technologies we use today, including Bluetooth, GPS, cellphone networks and more.
Hedy Lamarr was much more than “the most beautiful woman in the world”. The mathematically-minded inventor first learned about military technology from dinner party conversations between her arms-manufacturer husband and Nazi German generals, before escaping to America where she eventually invented a new torpedo guidance system for the U.S. Navy. Lamarr not only learned about the latest submarines and missiles but also the problems with them: notably the challenge of guiding a torpedo by radio, and shielding the signal from enemy interference.
Her insight was that you could protect wireless communication from jamming by varying the frequency at which radio signals were transmitted: if the channel was switched unpredictably, the enemy wouldn’t know which bands to block. But her ingenious “frequency-hopping” idea was just a hunch until Lamarr met fellow amateur inventor George Antheil.
This frequency hopping ability was designed with the idea to be utilised in the US military, allowing them to hide their torpedo’s radio signals from enemy ships. Although Lamarr and Antheil secured a patent for the idea in 1942 and presented the invention to the US Navy, the idea was not adopted during World War II as the inventors had intended. This was not due to the efficiency or feasibility of the idea, but largely to a misunderstanding of how it worked by those reviewing it for military use.
Lamarr approached the National Inventors Council with her frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention wishing to join and assist the war effort utilising her technical abilities. However, she was advised by members instead to support the cause by using her celebrity status to sell war bonds. As one of the most desirable pin-ups during World War II, Lamarr was able to do this very successfully, although it meant that she was unknown and unaccredited as an inventor until 1997.
Lamarr’s frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention was finally adopted and implemented on US Navy ships in 1962, by which time the patent had expired and Antheil had died. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Lamarr’s contribution to technology in 1997, which finally exposed her to the world as a talented scientist and inventor.
Although intended for military use, Lamarr’s secret communication system actually acts as a basis from many modern communication techniques, making things such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi network connections and the technology used in some telephones possible. Satellite communication is another area where the ability to utilise frequency hopping allows communication to be possible without the threat of messages being infiltrated.
Lamarr should be showcased as an inspiration to all females interested in science and technology and as a woman who refuted the conventional in every aspect of her life.

spaceplasma:

Hedy Lamarr: Actress and Inventor

At the height of her Hollywood career, actress Hedy Lamarr was known as “the most beautiful woman in the world.” For most of her life, her legacy was her looks. But in the 1940s — in an attempt to help the war effort — she quietly invented what would become the precursor to many wireless technologies we use today, including Bluetooth, GPS, cellphone networks and more.

Hedy Lamarr was much more than “the most beautiful woman in the world”. The mathematically-minded inventor first learned about military technology from dinner party conversations between her arms-manufacturer husband and Nazi German generals, before escaping to America where she eventually invented a new torpedo guidance system for the U.S. Navy. Lamarr not only learned about the latest submarines and missiles but also the problems with them: notably the challenge of guiding a torpedo by radio, and shielding the signal from enemy interference.

Her insight was that you could protect wireless communication from jamming by varying the frequency at which radio signals were transmitted: if the channel was switched unpredictably, the enemy wouldn’t know which bands to block. But her ingenious “frequency-hopping” idea was just a hunch until Lamarr met fellow amateur inventor George Antheil.

This frequency hopping ability was designed with the idea to be utilised in the US military, allowing them to hide their torpedo’s radio signals from enemy ships. Although Lamarr and Antheil secured a patent for the idea in 1942 and presented the invention to the US Navy, the idea was not adopted during World War II as the inventors had intended. This was not due to the efficiency or feasibility of the idea, but largely to a misunderstanding of how it worked by those reviewing it for military use.

Lamarr approached the National Inventors Council with her frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention wishing to join and assist the war effort utilising her technical abilities. However, she was advised by members instead to support the cause by using her celebrity status to sell war bonds. As one of the most desirable pin-ups during World War II, Lamarr was able to do this very successfully, although it meant that she was unknown and unaccredited as an inventor until 1997.

Lamarr’s frequency-hopping spread-spectrum invention was finally adopted and implemented on US Navy ships in 1962, by which time the patent had expired and Antheil had died. However, the Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded Lamarr’s contribution to technology in 1997, which finally exposed her to the world as a talented scientist and inventor.

Although intended for military use, Lamarr’s secret communication system actually acts as a basis from many modern communication techniques, making things such as Bluetooth, Wi-Fi network connections and the technology used in some telephones possible. Satellite communication is another area where the ability to utilise frequency hopping allows communication to be possible without the threat of messages being infiltrated.

Lamarr should be showcased as an inspiration to all females interested in science and technology and as a woman who refuted the conventional in every aspect of her life.

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weareallstarstuff:

Orion Nebula

magic-murder-bag:

disruptedoriginal:

This motherfucker was walking around Comic-Con in a hyper-realistic Walter White/Bryan Cranston mask

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guess who was underneath this Bryan Cranston mask

fucking Bryan Cranston.

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Aaron Paul’s face is like a million different cries for help all molded into one expression

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kenobi-wan-obi:

The Brown Ghoul: vdB 141

vdB 141 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus.
Sometimes referred to as the ghost nebula, its awkward name is its catalog number in Sidney van den Bergh’s catalog of reflection nebulae, published in 1966.
Several stars are embedded in the nebula. Their light gives it a ghoulish brown color.

kenobi-wan-obi:

The Brown Ghoul: vdB 141

vdB 141 is a reflection nebula located in the constellation Cepheus.

Sometimes referred to as the ghost nebula, its awkward name is its catalog number in Sidney van den Bergh’s catalog of reflection nebulae, published in 1966.

Several stars are embedded in the nebula. Their light gives it a ghoulish brown color.

(Source: afro-dominicano, via moriartythecrowned)

plasmatics-life:

Starship ~ By Tony Riseley
panzerbjoern:

cuirassier:


Grenadier à cheval - France, drummer


Napoleonic uniforms were a work of fucking art and if you disagree then say that to my 9 pounder cannon loaded with double shrapnel shot. 

panzerbjoern:

cuirassier:

Grenadier à cheval - France, drummer

Napoleonic uniforms were a work of fucking art and if you disagree then say that to my 9 pounder cannon loaded with double shrapnel shot. 

(via moriartythecrowned)

purgeparty:

estando:

no war but the skeleton class war

the skeletariat will overthrow the bonegeoise 

purgeparty:

estando:

no war but the skeleton class war

the skeletariat will overthrow the bonegeoise 

(via moriartythecrowned)

todayinhistory:

September 30th 1955: James Dean dies

On this day in 1955, the American film star James Dean died in a car crash aged just 24. His famous roles include Jim Stark in ‘Rebel Without a Cause’ and Cal Trask in ‘East of Eden’. Dean, a keen motoring enthusiast, died in a car accident which occurred on the way to a motor racing event in Salinas, California. The car he was driving at the time of the incident was his Porsche 550 Spyder which he named ‘Little Bastard’. After his death he became the first person to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor. James Dean’s legend only grew upon his death and he remains a prominent cultural icon. In 1991 the American Film Institute ranked him the 18th best male movie star of all time.

v-for-valkyr:

gerardkingofhell:

softroot:

Sometimes i forget scallops swim like this its hilarious

I THOUGHT THAT ONLY HAPPENED ON SPONGEBOB

J U N I O R

v-for-valkyr:

gerardkingofhell:

softroot:

Sometimes i forget scallops swim like this its hilarious

I THOUGHT THAT ONLY HAPPENED ON SPONGEBOB

J U N I O R

(Source: gifsofanimalsinfilm, via wintersglory)


The planet Saturn, August 11, 1981, imaged by Voyager 2 from a range of 14.7 million kilometers (9.1 million miles). You can also see the moons Dione (right) and Enceladus. (NASA)

The planet Saturn, August 11, 1981, imaged by Voyager 2 from a range of 14.7 million kilometers (9.1 million miles). You can also see the moons Dione (right) and Enceladus. (NASA)

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historicaltimes:

The four Romanov sisters, Maria, Olga, Anastasia and Tatiana, 1910.

historicaltimes:

The four Romanov sisters, Maria, Olga, Anastasia and Tatiana, 1910.