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Meet the future of the #arts for today's #MyBlackHistory photo challenge! 🎨 This beautiful family portrait comes from Morgan Hayes, a second year art student at @TheNewSchool in NY. #Art #bhm Learn more and join in at
“Whatever it is, she’s going to have pride in her own blackness....


“Whatever it is, she’s going to have pride in her own blackness. She’s going to have a chance at being more than just somebody who’s on the outside looking in, like it’s been for most of us and my parents before me. But she may see more bloodshed than I have even dreamed of. I have no way of knowing.” 
- Nina Simone, on her daughter’s future. (1968)


(Nina Simone on Shock, by @blankonblank)

Scenes from the #Facebook Lounge at the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee, the site of tonight's #DemDebate. See it on #PBS @newshour at 9/8c and watch online at #Vote #ElectionPBS
BREAKING NEWS from @nova_pbs -- Gravitational waves detected, confirming a piece of #Einstein's theory! Last September, physicists started recording data from the new Advanced LIGO detectors, a pair of ultra-precise observatories waiting for the slightest perturbation that could suggest the existence of gravitational waves, the ripples in spacetime predicted by Einstein almost exactly 100 years ago. Then, after just 16 days, they found it. The result landed in the form of a half-second thump—quite literally something that went bump in the darkness of space. Though it was brief, it was unambiguously caused by gravitational waves, likely from the collision of two orbiting black holes some 1.3 billion light-years away. #NOVAnext #LIGO
jtotheizzoe: Happy Darwin Day!  Charles Darwin would be 207...


Happy Darwin Day! 

Charles Darwin would be 207 years old today, if pesky ol’ evolution didn’t insist on death and limited lifespans.

As Dobzhansky wrote, “Nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution,” so take a moment today to think about what Darwin did for science. Naturally, I’ve selected a few cool items to tickle your curiosity:


Looking for a nice intro to some principles of evolution and natural selection? Check out my 12 Days of Evolution series on the It’s Okay To Be Smart YouTube channel.


Charles Darwin is most famous for his book On The Origin of Species, but did you know that Darwin’s kids had a bad (but adorable) habit of drawing all over his manuscripts? Check out this gallery of younger Darwin doodles courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History.


This is one of my favorite pieces of Darwin-inspired art, Darwin Took Steps, painted by Glendon Mellow. Head over to his blog to learn more about its creation and the meaning of the different visual elements. 


Glendon’s painting features Darwin’s original tree of life drawing, which he quickly sketched in a notebook as the significance of his work in the Galápagos began to sink in. Best part? “I think”. Check out Darwin’s original evolutionary “a ha” moment, captured in a letter to Joseph Dalton Hooker.


Charles Darwin had some pretty interesting views on marriage, and being the analytically-minded person that he was, he made what is perhaps the most hilarious list of matrimonial pros and cons ever put to paper:


Children — (if it Please God) — Constant companion, (& friend in old age) who will feel interested in one, — object to be beloved & played with. — better than a dog anyhow.– Home, & someone to take care of house — Charms of music & female chit-chat. — These things good for one’s health. — but terrible loss of time. —

My God, it is intolerable to think of spending one’s whole life, like a neuter bee, working, working, & nothing after all. — No, no won’t do. — Imagine living all one’s day solitarily in smoky dirty London House. — Only picture to yourself a nice soft wife on a sofa with good fire, & books & music perhaps — Compare this vision with the dingy reality of Grt. Marlbro’ St.

Not Marry

Freedom to go where one liked — choice of Society & little of it. — Conversation of clever men at clubs — Not forced to visit relatives, & to bend in every trifle. — to have the expense & anxiety of children — perhaps quarelling — Loss of time. — cannot read in the Evenings — fatness & idleness — Anxiety & responsibility — less money for books &c — if many children forced to gain one’s bread. — (But then it is very bad for ones health[19] to work too much)

Perhaps my wife wont like London; then the sentence is banishment & degradation into indolent, idle fool —

Read the list in Darwin’s own hand here, courtesy of Darwin Online.


Finally, rest assured that even Charles Darwin had days when he hated everybody and felt like a big pile of sad, as he detailed in this letter to geologist Charles Lyell (the letter is pictured above):

But I am very poorly today & very stupid & hate everybody & everything. One lives only to make blunders.– I am going to write a little Book for Murray on orchids & today I hate them worse than everything so farewell & in a sweet frame of mind,

I am ever yours
C. Darwin

Happy Darwin Day!

It's still technically Thursday, so we've got time for a MERCY STREET #TBT! Here's a nice #bts photo when the Davis Brothers met Matron Brannan. Tune in to #MercyStreetPBS and see the plot thicken this Sunday at 10/9c. #PBS #behindthescenes
guardian: Gravitational waves: everything you need to...


Gravitational waves: everything you need to know

Ripples in spacetime, a bit like ripples on a pond, that propagate out at the speed of light. Throw something really big into the stillness of space – like two black holes colliding, or two pulsars merging – and gravitational waves created by the event should spread not just across the galaxy, but ultimately through all of spacetime.  || Read more in The Guardian

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Fallout’s unique brand of retrofuturism allows us a glimpse of...

Fallout’s unique brand of retrofuturism allows us a glimpse of what very well could have been our actual future. Instead, we focused our attention on our computers and electronics, which have become exponentially more compact and powerful due to advancements in transistor technology. So does this mean that the transistor has indirectly saved civilization as we know it?

Note: This episode of PBS Idea Channel is *~spoiler free~*. Consume with all your heart’s desire.

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