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)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

(via bansheewhale)

I think they’re perfect for each other and I feel like the tragedy of them is that they fell in love too soon. I’m not sure you’re supposed to meet your great love at sixteen. You can’t cope with it. You have nothing you need to cope with that love at that age, so it’s almost like it saved both of them, but in another way it was really destructive. In the book, Park tries to date somebody and it’s just empty and dead. And if you were Eleanor, who would you date after Park?


It’s recording season at Six to Start once again! We aim to record each mission in around an hour, which can mean that Matt and the actors spend prolonged periods of time in our office soundbooth, deprived of natural light (and occasionally oxygen).

For actors with a lot of lines, such as series regular Phil Nightingale (Sam Yao), this can sometimes lead to a little bit of confusion when we start a new mission, as you’ll hear in this outtake…


What’s going on in Hiddleston fandom?


There are some interesting conversations happening in the Tom Hiddleston fandom right now. People are asking, when is it right to intrude into the personal time and space of a star, and when is it not? Questions like this have arisen before, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen them discussed with such vehemence and vitriol. This vitriol is a) appalling (the things I’ve seen people say are honestly shocking) but b) indicative that this conversation is one whose time has come. We’re clearly talking here about broader issues surrounding how stars and fans are produced by the Entertainment Industry and what fans can do to resist the constant pressures of consumer culture.  This is an area of particular interest to me, so I figured I’d throw in my two cents.

So what are we to make of these conversations?

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I propose that we make 2014 the year of the Mary Sue. This is the year where women writers take our women-driven fandoms and unapologetically write our own wish-fulfillment fantasies, our idealized, heroic characters, our self-inserts and our ways of escaping from the reality of our less-than-ideal lives. I propose that we take the term Mary Sue and treat it just like the name James Bond: A cool, kickass character that all look upon with adoration or fearful respect, who gets to go do exciting things, meet cool people, look fucking hot and awesome all the time, kick people in the face and go back to the hotel for a drink and a fuck. Because female fans, female fandoms, and female characters shouldn’t have to gain permission to be badasses.



Have I mentioned recently that these descriptions are going to be the death of me

I just can’t this is too great

Like how does “Don’t Stop Believing” even work? for what special occasions is “enough fuel spared” don’t tell me Simon’s birthday and does that mean JANINE IN ON IT or is Sam like “the Runners need this fuel because of reasons” and runs away with it? ABEL HAS A SMOKE MACHINE?? WHO’S SINGING IN THE FIRST PLACE?? WHAT’S GOING ON WHAT

Now I’m sad I’ve apparently never collected any garden tools.

A vaguely technical questions for Zombies, Run! types: do any of you guys use Android phones with the app? And if so, does it work okay with Race and Airdrop missions?

My Samsung Galaxy S2 is ancient, and trying to use GPS tracking in Zombies, Run just doesn’t work properly. I’m due to get an upgrade soon, and wondered if it’s the phone’s age/crappiness that’s the problem, or Android in general, or the Android app? Should I just bite the bullet and get an iPhone, or will a new Android phone cope better?












#well that’s the role of a lifetime if i ever saw one

Am I the only one thinking that if he’s coming from Charing Cross, Thor’s gonna have to change at least twice; once at Embankment to get on the Circle or District line, then again at Tower Hill to get the DLR at Tower Gateway to Lewisham. OR if he’s going to North Greenwich he has to change at Waterloo for the Jubilee line.

And all this without an Oyster Card? Good luck mate.

aka the reason I laugh when I watch this trailer



And it takes at least an hour to get there and that looks like rush hour too. Plus, if that’s a weekend, some if not all of DLR is probably down for maintenance work like the decrepid needy shit it is.

Thor 2 spoilers: there is a whole hour dedicated to Thor trying to find his way around the London Underground.

Reblogging for the second time today because it got even better.

what do you mean “all of this without an oyster card”? it’ll cost the same as one journey cos you just change tubes at the station, you don’t have to go through the barriers again. busted.

He’s got to get out though. He’s a bit too conspicuous to just vault over the turnstiles.

I know I had to swipe out when I left one station to get on the DLR to Greenwich but I suspect I was taking a ridiculous route to kill time.

The best purely tube-only route from Charing X to Greenwich would be Northern to Waterloo, Jubilee to Canary Wharf/Heron Quays, DLR to Cutty Sark. Cutty Sark, like most DLR stations, doesn’t have barriers, so he can leave the station without an Oyster.

However, without an Oyster, he won’t be able to change from the Jubilee to the DLR (you have to actually pass through the barriers at CW to do so), so depending on whether that train’s northbound or southbound he either needs to go Tottenham Court Road -> Central line to Bank -> DLR to Cutty Sark, or Waterloo -> Jubilee to London Bridge -> Northern (Bank branch) to Bank -> DLR to Cutty Sark.

If we assume he’s willing to vault the barriers, though, then, the truly sensible thing to do would be to get off one stop down from CX at Embankment (or just get out of CX entirely, as the distance is so short you might as well walk it), exit the station, and FLY ALONG THE RIVER to Greenwich using Mjolnir. Or get the Thames Clipper. Either would be equally fun. Sure, only one involves flying, but you can get a beer on the Clipper.

I love it when Seb gets pedantic.