Seriously, though this is kind of a big deal. Know that big problem we have? You know, the one involving a crapload of used plastic hanging around in landfills with nowhere to biodegrade for a couple million years? Well, Jonathan Russell might’ve solved that problem. See, Russell and his fellow Yale students went to Ecuador, where they found a new kind of fungus they’re calling Pestalotiopsis microspora. Big deal, you’re thinking. Anyone can find fungus anywhere! Well, something his fellow students found out after the fact is that this fungus can live on a diet of polyurethane alone — and even crazier, it doesn’t even need air to do so! In other words, we could potentially put it at the bottom of a landfill and cover it with plastic, and it would do the rest of the work. This might be game-changing if it works as advertised. (photo via Flickr user dbutt; EDIT: Updated with link to research abstract) source
THIS IS AMAZINGGGG
I love nature
THE EARTH IS SO AMAZING IT KNOWS THAT WE’RE FUCKING IT UP AND EVEN THEN INSTEAD OF GIVING US AN APOCALYPSE IT GOES AND GIVES US A SOLUTION TO HELP US FIX WHAT WE FUCKED UP BLESS
I’m still not over the pun
I’m so mad at the headline but the story was worth it.
2005 wasn’t just 2005
it was the beginning of an era
Tell me about it
2005 changed history
this is everything i care about
2005 is beauty
The Four Founders of Hogwarts.
This fucked me up for a good 5 minutes.oh
Witnesses say they asked Britney why she shaved her head and her response was, “I’m tired of plugging things into it. I’m tired of people touching me.”
i can never not reblog this
T-Pain: “That was the most beautiful thing in the world. Do you know why she was shaving her head? Because it was so important to other people. She is like, “Listen. Don’t touch my hair anymore. Stop touching my hair.” People were like, “We’ve got to make your hair before you go outside. You can’t leave.” She went … “Now I don’t have hair. What you going to do?”
The older I get the more her breakdown seems less ‘unbalanced’ and more ‘completely understandable’
Willy nilly silly old bear
please stop removing the image info,ppl!!
Dorothy Counts was one of first four black students to integrate North Carolina public schools in 1957. Photographers and reporters recorded the harassment and the violence that erupted on her first day of school. After three more days, for safety reasons, she was forced to drop out of Harding High School and move to Pennsylvania.
…most of theses photos were taken by Charlotte Observer photographer Don Strukey
I’ve always wondered…what happened to the other people in these photos? Are they still alive, and if they are, are they ever embarrassed that these photos of them not only landed them in papers around the world at the time, held up as examples of America’s racism, but are still common today, a symbol of racism? Are they ashamed of how they acted, of the things they said? Have any of them ever attempted to apologize? Will they all of them go to their graves thinking they were right to harass a young girl just because she was black? For some, will they say they’re feelings have changed if they’re asked, but on the inside still feel justified?
I think about this a lot. These pictures are shocking, but how much has really changed? Maybe people would be embarrassed to have their photo snapped. Maybe they wouldn’t act like this. But maybe they still think these things, maybe they still wish it could go back to the way it was before.
I imagine that a lot of people still carry the feelings expressed in those white faces, they just know better than to express them in public or in front of strangers. Which makes the whole idea of a post-racial society that much more laughable. And painful.