"For the first eight years of our marriage, [Michelle and I] were paying more in student loans than what we were paying for our mortgage. So we know what this is about.

And we were lucky to land good jobs with a steady income. But we only finished paying off our student loans—check this out, all right, I’m the President of the United States—we only finished paying off our student loans about eight years ago."

—President Obama in North Carolina today on why Congress has to act to prevent interest rates on student loans from doubling (via barackobama)

Shout-out to all the long-term students following this blog.

amandalynferri:

Breakfast



There was a cup of crayons at breakfast yesterday and I drew a robinson annulation because, hell, I don’t know how to draw anything else. 

If you ever decide you need a diagram of steroid synthesis to place over your mantle, call me.

amandalynferri:

Breakfast

There was a cup of crayons at breakfast yesterday and I drew a robinson annulation because, hell, I don’t know how to draw anything else. If you ever decide you need a diagram of steroid synthesis to place over your mantle, call me.
A Flower That Smells Like Poop and Resembles Vagina Dentata.

#1 - Is it possible to get these flowers delivered?  If so, Valentine’s Day can’t come soon enough.
#2 - The author, Cyriaque Lamar, uses this line:

When the beetle eventually emerges[from the flower], it is sated, drenched in genetic material, and living proof that natural selection is sometimes guided by a cosmic unknowable middle school student.  Somewhere, a Penis-Fart kelp plant lies waiting to be discovered.


(via A flower that smells like poop and resembles vagina dentata)

A Flower That Smells Like Poop and Resembles Vagina Dentata.

#1 - Is it possible to get these flowers delivered?  If so, Valentine’s Day can’t come soon enough.

#2 - The author, Cyriaque Lamar, uses this line:

When the beetle eventually emerges[from the flower], it is sated, drenched in genetic material, and living proof that natural selection is sometimes guided by a cosmic unknowable middle school student.  Somewhere, a Penis-Fart kelp plant lies waiting to be discovered.

(via A flower that smells like poop and resembles vagina dentata)

devilishkurumi:

let me introduce everyone to my favorite animal in the universe

some fun facts:

  • Found in the Sahara, fennec foxes are small, nocturnal mammals.
  • They are the smallest species of canid in the world.
  • Their ears are so sensitive, they can hear prey moving underground.
  • They grow up to 16 inches long and 8 inches tall. (adorable)
  • Their ears can grow up to almost 6 inches long.
  • Fennec foxes are the only type of fox capable of living in a domestic environment (other than the domesticated silver fox).
  • They are the national animal of Nigeria.
  • I want a million of them.
One more fun fact: inspiration for the fox character in Le Petit Prince
Food and Aging

Anna Tendler, who is not only a makeup blogger but a total peach of a human, recently posted about her skin care routine, and mentioned that she eats lots of vegetables and drinks plenty of water.  Well, Anna, I am happy to tell you that there is a lot of exciting biochem behind that skin advice. 

What does diet have to do with skin?

There are these molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGE).  They’re basically a fat or protein molecule that’s had a piece of sugar stuck to it.  Anyway, they are super destructive and can wreck the natural order of long chains of proteins.  You are made of long chains of proteins, so this has implications for pretty much every disease, from Diabetes to Atherosclerosis to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. In terms of skin care, however, a molecule that is capable of reacting with long protein chains would not be great for maintaining the collagen fibers that keep skin wrinkle-free.

But what about AGEs and clear skin?

Additionally, these AGEs fit into RAGE receptors on your cells (did not make these up), and cause cells to release a bunch of inflammatory products.  Inflammation involves the release of chemicals that can destroy your cells and cause swelling. Like the interference with protein chains, chronic inflammation is also implicated in pretty much every disease you can think of, including acne.  

So where are these AGEs coming from?  

Some your body just makes, but you can also eat them.  If you cook meat or fat with sugar in the absence of water (think browning meat) you’ll make loads of AGEs that won’t be incredibly forgiving once they’re in your body.  

Bottom line?

Eat lots of whole unprocessed foods.  
If you’re cooking meat, try to do it without sugars, or at least get lots of water into the cooking process.  (as an ardent shake-shack fan, this one bums me out)
Steam your veggies instead of cooking in oil when you can
maybe throw some raw veggies in there, too.  
For hard-core orgo nerds:   here is a great study that I pulled a lot of info from. It describes the mechanism behind AGE interactions with proteins in much more detail!

Food and Aging

Anna Tendler, who is not only a makeup blogger but a total peach of a human, recently posted about her skin care routine, and mentioned that she eats lots of vegetables and drinks plenty of water.  Well, Anna, I am happy to tell you that there is a lot of exciting biochem behind that skin advice. 

What does diet have to do with skin?


There are these molecules called Advanced Glycation End-products (AGE).  They’re basically a fat or protein molecule that’s had a piece of sugar stuck to it.  Anyway, they are super destructive and can wreck the natural order of long chains of proteins.  You are made of long chains of proteins, so this has implications for pretty much every disease, from Diabetes to Atherosclerosis to neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s. In terms of skin care, however, a molecule that is capable of reacting with long protein chains would not be great for maintaining the collagen fibers that keep skin wrinkle-free.


But what about AGEs and clear skin?


Additionally, these AGEs fit into RAGE receptors on your cells (did not make these up), and cause cells to release a bunch of inflammatory products.  Inflammation involves the release of chemicals that can destroy your cells and cause swelling. Like the interference with protein chains, chronic inflammation is also implicated in pretty much every disease you can think of, including acne.  

So where are these AGEs coming from?  

Some your body just makes, but you can also eat them.  If you cook meat or fat with sugar in the absence of water (think browning meat) you’ll make loads of AGEs that won’t be incredibly forgiving once they’re in your body.  

Bottom line?

  • Eat lots of whole unprocessed foods.  
  • If you’re cooking meat, try to do it without sugars, or at least get lots of water into the cooking process.  (as an ardent shake-shack fan, this one bums me out)
  • Steam your veggies instead of cooking in oil when you can
  • maybe throw some raw veggies in there, too.  

For hard-core orgo nerds:   here is a great study that I pulled a lot of info from. It describes the mechanism behind AGE interactions with proteins in much more detail!

Too much of a just okay thing?

Can you turn orange from eating too many carrots?

Yep.  That beta-carotene can pigment your skin just like it does your carrot cake.

How many carrots would I need to eat?

Partially depends on how bioavailable the carrots are.

As in, are you eating them raw? (more carrots needed)

juiced? (fewer carrots needed).  

Also, since beta-carotene, aka vitamin A, is fat-soluble, the less body fat you have the more likely you are to store this orange-molecule in your skin.

Benefits of eating carrots to the point of turning orange?

Sweet tan bro!

Disadvantages of eating carrots to the point of turning orange?

You probably have an eating disorder and should talk to a doctor.  Best of luck :(

Cool, 10,000 followers!  Thanks for following guys!! It’s been hecka fun to write so far (like, so fun.)

Also, heads up on the tabs:  If school is a bust I’m going into the business of quark-flavored ice cream.  It will be strange, and it will becharming.

Cool, 10,000 followers!  Thanks for following guys!! It’s been hecka fun to write so far (like, so fun.)

Also, heads up on the tabs:  If school is a bust I’m going into the business of quark-flavored ice cream.  It will be strange, and it will becharming.

New York Times did a piece using quantum theory (yes!) to explain Mitt Romney’s campaign.  If you are like me and need science analogies to understand politics, homeboy has got you covered in this article.

The basic concepts behind this model are:

Complementarity. In much the same way that light is both a particle and a wave, Mitt Romney is both a moderate and a conservative, depending on the situation (Fig. 1). It isnot that he is one or the other; it is not that he is one and then the other. He is both at the same time.

Probability. Mitt Romney’s political viewpoints can be expressed only in terms oflikelihood, not certainty. While some views are obviously far less likely than others, no view can be thought of as absolutely impossible. Thus, for instance, there is at any given moment a nonzero chance that Mitt Romney supports child slavery.

Uncertainty. Frustrating as it may be, the rules of quantum campaigning dictate that no human being can ever simultaneously know both what Mitt Romney’s current position is and where that position will be at some future date. This is known as the “principle uncertainty principle.”

Super powers for regular people Part 1: Force Fields!

Jean Grey is able to create force-fields by manipulating electromagnetic fields.  Though Jean Grey is an Omega-level mutant, this may be a power achievable by us mere wild-type mortals.  You might remember capacitors from introductory physics, those metal plates that can store a charge from a battery source and, unlike a battery, discharge all of those electrons all at once.  Super capacitors have the ability to unload an enormous charge almost instantaneously, and through this could possibly be used to create electromagnetic fields that could stop or even repel incoming metal projectiles.  Since metals are conductors and absorb electricity, a high-powered electromagnetic field could slow their momentum, reduce the amount of impact they would have on an object, change their direction, or possibly even melt them.  Imagine sending molten metal back at the bad guys.  The sentinels don’t stand a chance!

For this to work, you’d need to be wearing this metallic super-capacitor as armor, along with a battery to replenish the charge.  You’d also need to control exactly when you discharged this force field, because it will only last for a fraction of a second.  Lucius Fox, I totally have a job for you.

Super powers for regular people Part 1: Force Fields!

Jean Grey is able to create force-fields by manipulating electromagnetic fields.  Though Jean Grey is an Omega-level mutant, this may be a power achievable by us mere wild-type mortals.  You might remember capacitors from introductory physics, those metal plates that can store a charge from a battery source and, unlike a battery, discharge all of those electrons all at once.  Super capacitors have the ability to unload an enormous charge almost instantaneously, and through this could possibly be used to create electromagnetic fields that could stop or even repel incoming metal projectiles.  Since metals are conductors and absorb electricity, a high-powered electromagnetic field could slow their momentum, reduce the amount of impact they would have on an object, change their direction, or possibly even melt them.  Imagine sending molten metal back at the bad guys.  The sentinels don’t stand a chance!

For this to work, you’d need to be wearing this metallic super-capacitor as armor, along with a battery to replenish the charge.  You’d also need to control exactly when you discharged this force field, because it will only last for a fraction of a second.  Lucius Fox, I totally have a job for you.

jtotheizzoe:

jessbennett:

In a room of 25 engineers, only three will be women. Tumblrs aiming to curb the STEM divide:
* IAmScience
* This is What a Scientist Looks Like
* Big Black Glasses
* Malibu Einstein
* It’s OK To Be Smart
Who am I missing?? (h/t ashdryden)


Thanks to Jess for picking this up! Let’s add to this list. Who ya got?

Thanks for the nod, jessbennett!

jtotheizzoe:

jessbennett:

In a room of 25 engineers, only three will be women. Tumblrs aiming to curb the STEM divide:

* IAmScience

* This is What a Scientist Looks Like

* Big Black Glasses

* Malibu Einstein

* It’s OK To Be Smart

Who am I missing?? (h/t ashdryden)


Thanks to Jess for picking this up! Let’s add to this list. Who ya got?

Thanks for the nod, jessbennett!