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gothamknowledge:

"Lego is demonstrating this summer that role models in science and technology for girls are still fairly scarce in toy land, just as in the real world.

The company stirred excitement this month by offering a line aimed at girls called the Research Institute, Lego’s first offering to…

Why did you plagiarize this entire article from the New York Times?  You know that’s both illegal and not cool, right?

johnskylar I’m not claiming authorship.  I cited the author, and the source. This method was more clear to share than the link selection.

I love this Twitter channel. I’ve added some of my own too.

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Astro doc needed to get a new cell phone as her old one became “bricked”.

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FOR SCIENCE!

Short-Lived Science Line From Lego for Girls

Article from NY TIMES: (Original Link)

"Lego is demonstrating this summer that role models in science and technology for girls are still fairly scarce in toy land, just as in the real world.

The company stirred excitement this month by offering a line aimed at girls called the Research Institute, Lego’s first offering to feature women in a professional setting rather than at play or partying.

The set included three female scientists in their respective labs (without the pink frilly dresses worn by the girl Legos in the company’s best-selling Friends line).

Its introduction made news, especially given the pressure the company faced this year when a little girl’s letter went viral — she had begged Lego to produce more realistic sets for girls that gave them adventures and jobs rather than beach get-ups or baking duties.

Within days of its appearance early this month, the Research Institute — a paleontologist, an astronomer and a chemist — sold out on Lego’s website and will not be available at major retailers, including Target and Walmart.

A chemist is among three scientists in the Research Institute set. Credit Lego

Toys “R” Us did carry the line, but according to associates reached by telephone at two of its New York stores, it sold out at those locations as well.

A Toys “R” Us spokeswoman, Kathleen Waugh, said in an email that it would be available in about a week at the company’s Times Square and F.A.O. Schwarz stores.

Lego said the set was manufactured as a limited edition, meaning it was not mass-produced. The true enthusiast can still buy the Research Institute at Amazon.com, however, but for about three times its $19.99 retail price.

Another sign of the set’s popularity is a Twitter feed @LegoAcademics created by Donna Yates, an archaeologist who is a research fellow at the University of Glasgow. She has been posting the figures in humorous scenes of academia — and since her first Twitter post on Aug. 8 has attracted more than 24,000 followers.

Two years ago, Lego introduced its Friends line aimed at girls, a series of kits that has been successful. In 2013, profits at the company, based in Denmark, rose 9 percent to 6.1 billion kroner (about $1 billion).

The Friends figures, set against backdrops like a catwalk, a beach house, a fashion studio and a beauty shop, met with some criticism, and parents clamored for figures with less traditional gender roles. (In addition to the catwalk, Lego Friends now includes a “first aid jungle bike” and a “jungle rescue base” where the figures help their friends.)

The Research Institute was developed by Ellen Kooijman, a geochemist based in Sweden, and submitted through Lego’s fan-sourced Ideas platform, where fans can propose their dream Lego landscapes.

Lego can choose to green-light submissions that get 10,000 votes, and typically produces them as limited-edition items, according to Michael McNally, Lego’s senior director of brand relations.

An astronomer at work in Lego’s Research Institute, the toymaker’s first line to feature women in a professional setting. Credit Lego

The Ideas lines currently include a DeLorean time machine, based on the car made famous in the “Back to the Future” movies, and the Ecto-1 car featured in the “Ghostbusters” films.

Mr. McNally said the company began reviewing the proposal for the Research Institute in January. “This awesome model is an inspiring set that offers a lot for kids as well as adults,” Lego said of the Research Institute on its website in June.

As is typical with Lego’s Ideas products, the set received limited distribution and marketing, according to Mr. McNally, who declined to say how many units the company produced.

Over the last few years, toy manufacturers have increasingly experimented with products aimed at girls. Hasbro came out with its Nerf Rebelle line of spongy foam dart guns, and Mattel introduced a Barbie construction set through Mega Brands’ line of building blocks before announcing in February that it would buy the company outright.

Toy experts say that manufacturers are starting to realize that some traditionally male toys may appeal to girls, too, and vice versa. Bronies, adult male fans of the My Little Pony toy line, regularly hold conventions, most recently gathering in Florida this month.

“I think what we’re starting to see a gender breakdown in the toy aisles,” said Jim Silver, editor in chief of Time to Play Magazine.

Perhaps. Even so, some have been a tad disappointed with the faces and the painted-on shapes of the new research figures. They’re all wearing lipstick, and at least one has drawn-in curves.

On her blog, Ms. Kooijman praised the final Research Institute line but said that she “strongly” discouraged wearing makeup in the lab because of the potential for contamination.

And Kelli McCannell, president of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, a nonprofit group that criticized the Friends line, questioned the dolled-up toys.

“While I think that women should be able to wear any makeup that they want, I think it’s funny that had to be included on the girls, and that the girls would find that fun,” she said. “I guess it’s two steps forward, one step back sort of thing.”

Correction: August 21, 2014 
An earlier version of this article misspelled the name of a store that is selling the Lego line. It is F.A.O. Schwarz, not Schwartz.” -

Her videos are very good critiques of culture. This is a shameful thing that has been done to her.

""Most people only use 10% of their facemites. Imagine if we could access 100%." - Ed Yong"

A Fermilab scientist works on the laser beams at the heart of the Holometer experimentCentral Clean Room

Fermi Lab 

jtotheizzoe:


Bill Nye Fights Back!
"Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell. Even if I am going to hell, that still doesn’t mean the Earth is 6,000 years old. The facts just don’t reconcile.”

I sure wouldn’t cross him.

This gif rocks! 

jtotheizzoe:

Bill Nye Fights Back!

"Let’s say that I am, through my actions, doomed, and that I will go to hell. Even if I am going to hell, that still doesn’t mean the Earth is 6,000 years old. The facts just don’t reconcile.”

I sure wouldn’t cross him.

This gif rocks! 

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Via redditon

huntingtonlibrary:

And now, The Huntington’s tumblr is proud to present…

TIMELAPSE GIFS OF THE BLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Photos every 20 min.
Left: Yesterday (8/23), 9:10 a.m. through 4:50 p.m.
Center: Yesterday, 5:10 p.m. through 12:50 a.m. today (8/24).
Right: Today, 1:10 a.m. through 8:50 a.m.

The Corpse Flower, though in the process of closing, is still GORGEOUS and people are flocking in to see it. SO COOL.

nevver:

Episode 7

Great Fan art.

nevver:

Loop

Comparison of Telescopes (Future and Current)

Comparison of telescopes. Some pretty big ones coming up in the next decade ~ exciting times for astronomy.

jtotheizzoe:

sagansense:

scinote:

Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by entrop-e, shychemist, and geogallery, is Tumblr’s project for promoting science education around the world.

At SciNote, we believe that science shouldn’t just be reading about the ideas of people with PhDs and Nobel Prizes. We believe that science is an active process of asking questions and finding answers.
That’s why we, at SciNote, want to hear from you. We want to ponder the interesting questions you pose and get excited with you over the cool science you see in your world.
SciNote will feature the best of the Tumblr science community, and we will compile and publish the top posts from every year in the form of a magazine available both digitally and in print. Think of SciNote magazine as the Tumblr science magazine.
We hope to celebrate our launch by featuring some of the coolest science from around Tumblr. So before we launch SciNote, we would like to collect 25 science posts and/or questions from you, including:
the most interesting science news you have come across
questions you’ve always wanted to ask
fascinating facts that you’ve learned
pictures of nature and/or science that you’ve taken
cool research that you’ve participated in
any other science-related thing you’d like to tell us!

So please:
Submit posts or ask questions to be featured on our blog and for an opportunity to be published in SciNote magazine.
Follow our blog at SciNote.org.
Read more about our project here.
If you’re interested, apply to join our staff here.
Reblog this post so that we can collect 25 posts and launch our project as soon as possible!
Thank you all and happy science!


I am so ridiculous excited about this. SciNote and SciNote mag have the ability to truly broadcast our collective Tumblr Science Side Community efforts out into the world in a way no other social media network has ever done. Signal boost this and let’s gooooo….

Well then, here’s a very interesting thing that I will be keeping an eye on and that you should keep an eye on too.

jtotheizzoe:

sagansense:

scinote:

Coming soon: SciNote.org, launched by entrop-e, shychemist, and geogallery, is Tumblr’s project for promoting science education around the world.

At SciNote, we believe that science shouldn’t just be reading about the ideas of people with PhDs and Nobel Prizes. We believe that science is an active process of asking questions and finding answers.

That’s why we, at SciNote, want to hear from you. We want to ponder the interesting questions you pose and get excited with you over the cool science you see in your world.

SciNote will feature the best of the Tumblr science community, and we will compile and publish the top posts from every year in the form of a magazine available both digitally and in print. Think of SciNote magazine as the Tumblr science magazine.

We hope to celebrate our launch by featuring some of the coolest science from around Tumblr. So before we launch SciNote, we would like to collect 25 science posts and/or questions from you, including:

  • the most interesting science news you have come across
  • questions you’ve always wanted to ask
  • fascinating facts that you’ve learned
  • pictures of nature and/or science that you’ve taken
  • cool research that you’ve participated in
  • any other science-related thing you’d like to tell us!

So please:

  1. Submit posts or ask questions to be featured on our blog and for an opportunity to be published in SciNote magazine.
  2. Follow our blog at SciNote.org.
  3. Read more about our project here.
  4. If you’re interested, apply to join our staff here.
  5. Reblog this post so that we can collect 25 posts and launch our project as soon as possible!

Thank you all and happy science!

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I am so ridiculous excited about this. SciNote and SciNote mag have the ability to truly broadcast our collective Tumblr Science Side Community efforts out into the world in a way no other social media network has ever done. Signal boost this and let’s gooooo….

Well then, here’s a very interesting thing that I will be keeping an eye on and that you should keep an eye on too.