"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)

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Two teams of scientists published studies on Sunday showing that blood from young mice reverses aging in old mice, rejuvenating their muscles and brains. As ghoulish as the research may sound, experts said that it could lead to treatments for disorders like Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.

'I am extremely excited, said Rudolph Tanzi, a professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, who was not involved in the research. 'These findings could be a game changer.'



Young Blood May Hold Key to Reversing Aging - New York Times, May 4, 2014 (via vfrankmd)

Check out some thoughtful commentary on this research on the Radiolab podcast “Blood”, plus more blood-related science, art and history at http://www.radiolab.org/story/308403-blood/

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"I try to show the public that chemistry, biology, physics, astrophysics is life. It is not some separate subject that you have to be pulled into a corner to be taught about."

- Neil deGrasse Tyson (via vfrankmd)
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I try not to come out from behind the Pemberley Intern curtain (FANDOM SPACES Y’ALL) but this merits an exception.

We have writer/producer Tracy Bitterolf to thank for every gut-wrenching twist of this episode, Brent Bailey for knocking those iconic lines out of the park, and Joanna Sotomura for delivering, hands-down, the best crying performance I’ve ever seen on a web series.

Pretty much all of us were silently ugly-sobbing in front of the monitor while this scene was filmed, if it makes you feel any better. And we had to go through three takes of it.

Joanna got, like, eighteen hugs afterwards.

Got me right in the feels. Good thing I waited till I got home to watch…

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♥ Emma & Knightley || Love love love..♥

Joanna and Brent got a kick out of this. ;)

Absolutely perfect in every way.

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has anyone actually tried emailing boxx@boxxhill.com?

Yup! Totally worth it!

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Ever finished a book? I mean, truly finished one? Cover to cover. Closed the spine with that slow awakening that comes with reentering consciousness?

You take a breath, deep from the bottom of your lungs and sit there. Book in both hands, your head staring down at the cover, back page or wall in front of you.

You’re grateful, thoughtful, pensive. You feel like a piece of you was just gained and lost. You’ve just experienced something deep, something intimate… Full from the experience, the connection, the richness that comes after digesting another soul.


It’s no surprise that readers are better people. Having experienced someone else’s life through abstract eyes, they’ve learned what it’s like to leave their bodies and see the world through other frames of reference. They have access to hundreds of souls, and the collected wisdom of all them.



Beautiful read on why readers are, “scientifically,” the best people to date

Perhaps Kafka’s timeless contention that books are "the axe for the frozen sea inside us" applies equally to the frozen sea between us. 

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neil will love this one.

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  • Question: "It's a metaphor" I have no doubt that you completely understand and stand by this statement that the act of putting an unlit cigarette in Augustus Waters' mouth is in fact a metaphor. But for some folks, we don't see it asa metaphor, we see it as situational irony, or a simple statement. Please explain how it is a metaphor. - Anonymous
  • Answer:


    Well, a character in a novel saying that something is a metaphor is not the same thing as the author of the novel saying that it’s a metaphor. Gus’s intellectual grasp often exceeds his reach (he calls a monologue a soliloquy, and misuses quite a few of the bigger words in his vocabulary). But I do think the cigarette is a metaphor, albeit a different one for us than it is for him.

    Gus’s idea is that the cigarette is a metaphor for illness, and he keeps it unlit and in his mouth as an expression of his power over illness. “You put the killing thing between your teeth but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” Gus’s thinking here is that HE has the power. This is why he tends to use the cigarette when he’s feeling nervous or powerless. (He’s also using the most famous commercially available carcinogen to make this statement, so obviously there’s a connection there in his mind: Humans can prevent cancer by not smoking; cancer is something we can have power over; your job is not to give cancer the power to kill you; etc.) 

    But of course Gus is wrong about all of this, or at least almost all of it. You may have SOME control over whether you die of cancer (you can choose not to smoke), but in most cases humans don’t have control over illness. “You don’t give it the power to do its killing” imagines more agency over illness than we actually have, because in the end much of the fault is in the stars, not in ourselves. So to us, the unlit cigarette is a metaphor for our false perception of control, and our urgent need to feel in control. It’s no coincidence, then, that when Gus’s life is spiraling out of control and he finds himself powerless before fate, he tries (and fails) to buy cigarettes.

    John Green should have taught my high school English class.

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I didn’t have to mirror my life after someone else’s, but it would have helped to have a map sometimes. Mine was more like the Marauder’s Map from Harry Potter—everything was mostly invisible, and tiny clues about where to go next were revealed one by one. “

I love this so much.

Awesome in more ways than one.

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In a Kickstarter video for a new musical web series, some familiar faces implore you to fund their project – through song! The Kickstarter campaign for Muzzled: The Musical will have you tapping your feet (and, hopefully, emptying your wallet).

Muzzled: The Musical stars StarKid’s Joey Richter and Lauren Lopez, School of Thrones‘ Ashly Burch and Brendan Bradley, The Lizzie Bennet Diaries‘ Ashley Clements, Mary Kate Wiles, and Maxwell Glick, as well as Juliet Landau (Buffy), Kevin Sorbo (Hercules), Jeff Lewis (The Guild), Keneley Shea (The Spelling Bee), Erin Heft (Glee), and Lisa Foiles (Nickelodeon’s All That).

A synopsis for this first season, comprised of the definite three episodes, has been released:

Muzzled will take viewers on a journey to the Serenadia Kingdom, where singing is power. With the right song, you can bring peace to the downtrodden, bake a delicious birthday cake… even kill! Hence, the muzzle, a magic tattoo that punishes you when you try to sing. After 20 years of a royal decree that the Blackhearts bear the muzzle and silence their voices, the Black Matron’s teen daughter Malfalia decides she wants nothing more than to sing. Follow her journey as Malfalia sets out to masquerade as a princess, infiltrate royal society, and thereby free her fellow Blackhearts from the tyranny of the Muzzles.

Watch the Kickstarter video at Hypable.com

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