an aesthetic that will never go out of style: making others feel loved, needed, and important
physicsshiny said: Hathor, Loki, Ares
hathor: What brings you joy?
making people laugh, think, or both
loki: What is the best trick you’ve ever pulled on someone?
convincing the world i didn’t exist. oh wait that was kevin spacey.
i’m honestly not sure. i’ve pulled so many. i had some doozies in high school, including putting a hacked version of our word processing program (anyone remember ClarisWorks?) on almost all of the computers in most of the computer labs which was designed to look like a brand-new upgrade but otherwise mostly functioned the same (except it was notoriously difficult to quit…).
ares: Are you an easy person to anger?
nah. i used to have a temper like my dad’s, which was verrrry slow to boil (my brother has the hair-trigger temper) but then would suddenly flash-boil explosively, like a superheated liquid. now though, i’m pretty hard to anger, unless you’re actually threatening someone’s safety, in which case i will very quickly and systematically disassemble / disable you.
i only really get angry about the crushing social injustice we live under on a daily basis, which is probably enough.
A ‘Ring of Fire’ solar eclipse is a rare phenomenon that occurs when the moon’s orbit is at its apogee: the part of its orbit farthest away from the Earth. Because the moon is so far away, it seems smaller than normal to the human eye. The result is that the moon doesn’t entirely block out our view of the sun, but leaves an “annulus,” or ring of sunlight glowing around it. Hence the term “annular” eclipse rather than a “total” eclipse.
I kind of want to write a sci-fi story where the sun is like this all the time. Though I’ve already done the math on a body large enough to occlude Jupiter from Earth, which leads me to think that anything large enough to block out most of the sun like this from a stable point (like L1) would be massive enough to destabilize the whole system, hurling the occluding object out of orbit. Probably.
Here’s further proof that science and scientists are awesome:
A 7-year-old girl named Sophie wrote a lovely letter to the scientists at CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency, politely asking if they could work on creating a dragon for her. She even included a drawing to help them out. (click here to read Sophie’s entire letter)
The scientists at CSIRO wrote back to Sophie:
We’ve been doing science since 1926 and we’re quite proud of what we have achieved. We’ve put polymer banknotes in your wallet, insect repellent on your limbs and Wi-Fi in your devices. But we’ve missed something. There are no dragons.
Over the past 87 odd years we have not been able to create a dragon or dragon eggs. We have sighted an eastern bearded dragon at one of our telescopes, observed dragonflies and even measured body temperatures of the mallee dragon. But our work has never ventured into dragons of the mythical, fire breathing variety. And for this Australia, we are sorry.
But then something truly awesome happened. The scientists had a bit of a think, as scientists are wont to do, and decided to rapidly accelerate their Dragon R&D Program. That’s right, they made a dragon for Sophie - Toothless, a 3D printed titanium dragon, blue, female, species: Seadragonus giganticus maximus.
“Being that electron beams were used to 3D print her, we are certainly glad she didn’t come out breathing them … instead of fire,” said Chad Henry, our Additive Manufacturing Operations Manager. “Titanium is super strong and lightweight, so Toothless will be a very capable flyer.”
Toothless is currently en route from Lab 22 in Melbourne to Sophie’s home in Brisbane.
Now Sophie wants to work at CSIRO when she grows up.
Have you hugged a scientist today?
I hope that one day someone will address a letter to me as “Hello, Lovely Scientist.” I also hope that one day I can inspire little girls to be empowered and get interested in science.
ow, my heart