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  1. iheartmyart:

    SPOTLIGHT: Angelica Dass Creates Breathtaking Diverse Index of Human Skin Tones

    Brazilian artist Angelica Dass is attempting to catalog the entire range of human skin tones — to create what she calls a “chromatic inventory” of all humankind. More after the jump:

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    (via wetheurban)

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  2. lovesouthkorea:

    Seoul New City Hall by iArc Architects / Seoul, South Korea (found on pinterest.com)

     

  3. illustratosphere:

    Illustrations by tjsiu

    (via han-nara)

     

  4. Prisoners ‘could serve 1,000 year sentence in eight hours’
    By Rhiannon Williams, telegraph.co.uk

    Future biotechnology could be used to make prisoners feel as if they were serving a 1,000 year sentence, a team of scientists claim

    Future biotech­nol­o­gy could be used to trick a pris­on­er’s mind into think­ing they have served a 1,000 year…

     

  5. jtotheizzoe:

    Eat Your Tardigrades or You Don’t Get Dessert!

    You know this little guy, right? It’s the mighty tardigrade, as featured in the new Cosmos. Tardigrades, also known as water bears, also known as FREAKIN’ MOSS PIGLETS, are microscopic eight-legged animals that can withstand temperatures from near absolute zero to boiling water, absorb extreme doses of radiation, go without food or water for ten years, and even survive the vacuum of space. They can even be completely dried out and ride on the wind to a new home, where they rehydrate and go about their tardibusiness. Tardigrade rain, folks.

    In other words, they are BAMFs (bad-ass microfauna).

    Oh, and you’ve probably eaten them. Thanks to Meg Lowman, I found out that these water-dwelling super-critters live not only on wild mosses and wet plants, but on grocery store produce like lettuce and spinach. Do you think that a mere rinse or shake under the faucet (or even cooking) is enough to dislodge a radiation-eating space pig? Ha! Not by a long shot, according to Lowman.

    So yeah… trying to go strictly vegetarian? You’ve almost certainly eaten some tardigrades. Sorry. Don’t worry, though. They’re totally harmless. I like to imagine that when I eat them, I absorb their power, and become a little bit mightier.

    New motto: For strength, eat your vegetables and eat your tardigrades.

    Meg Lowman has more about your local tardigrade friends. Also check out Lowman’s awesome research project that helps wheelchair-bound students climb to the top of the forest canopy where they help study tardigrade biodiversity. Science is for everyone!

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  6. Kylli Sparre, Estonia - Rescue Operation Winner of the open competition - enhanced category Photograph: Kylli Sparre/2014 Sony World Photography Awards
    Chen Li, China - Rain in an ancient town Winner of the open competition - travel category Photograph: Chen Li/2014 Sony World Photography Awards
    Gert van den Bosch, Netherlands - The cold pony Winner of the open competition - nature and wildlife category Photograph: Gert Van Den Bosch/2014 Sony World Photography Awards
    Turjoy Chowdhury, Bangladesh - Life and Line Winner of the youth competition - environment category Photograph: Turjoy Chowdhury/2014 Sony World Photography Awards
    Ivan Pedretti, Italy - Starry lighthouse Winner of the open competition - panoramic category Photograph: Ivan Pedretti/2014 Sony World Photography Awards

    guardian:

    Sony World Photography Awards 2014 youth and open winners – in pictures

    Here are the winners of the youth and open categories in the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards. See more

    Photos, top to bottom (click for full captions): Kylli Sparre; Chen Li; Gert Van Den Bosch; Turjoy Chowdhury; and Ivan Pedretti. 

    (Source: theguardian.com)

     

  7. theuniversescreams:

    Google and NASA’s quantum computer

     

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  10. Global arms trade: Who are the winners?
    Inside Story, aljazeera.com

    As several countries spend more and more on weapons, we discuss who benefits from the arms business.

    India is the world’s top arms importer, accord­ing to the Stock­holm Inter­na­tion­al Peace Research Insti­tute.

    The SIPRI think-tank says Ind…

     

  11. Thailand to lift Bangkok state of emergency
    Remi Piet, aljazeera.com

    Government announces end of two-month-old emergency state following easing of deadly anti-government protests.

    Thai­land’s gov­ern­ment is set to lift the state of emer­gency in Bangkok and sur­round­ing provinces two months after impos­ing it t…

     

  12. UN: Syria war crimes proof enough to indict
    Remi Piet, aljazeera.com

    Human rights investigators expand their list of suspected war criminals from both sides of the conflict.

    Unit­ed Nations human rights inves­ti­ga­tors have added to their list of sus­pect­ed war crim­i­nals from both sides of the Syr­i­an con­fl…

     

  13. policymic:

    Minimum wage is a women’s rights issue

    Data shows most Americans making minimum wage are women. In reality, not only are more than half of all minimum wage workers women, they’re adult women with children who earn half of their family’s income. For this reason, not only is raising the minimum wage to $10.10 a labor rights issue, but a major women’s issue as well.

    Women are more likely to hold low-wage jobs than men. In 2012, 64% of minimum wage workers were women compared to 36% of men. This means about 2.4 million women earn the minimum wage or less, while approximately 1.2 million men do. This imbalance is even more striking once you consider that women are just 46.8% of all employed workers in the United States.  

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    (via propublica)

     

  14. bookgeekconfessions:

    The DNA of a Successful book.
    Created by nowsourcing

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  15. Spring Break

    It is finals week. 

    Spring is walking in. You are in Davis, Ca. 

    Attending that big ass university of California. 

    Information maniac— racing to the top— at least keeping up. 

    This will be the last spring break. 

    Coming soon, the last four courses— for now. 

    The question[s] won’t stop tho, 

    What will you do? 

    What will you do after you graduate?

    What will you do with your degree? 

    What will you do? 

    She said it, 

    It’s not that they know the answers, 

    They’re just better saying what they want. 

    I want everything. 

    I want to be a writer, a thinker

    The traveler, a bum, your lover. 

    The intellectual

    carrying an empty vessel.

    A saying, an empty vessel makes the most noise.

    When two bulls fight, it’s the ground that”s harmed.

    As long as you use these words,

    in other words,

    according to,

    studies suggest,

    reason provides,

    the theory,

    the best explanation,

    Throw in equations.

    She’s right.

    Need something new.