I saw the tweets about this today, and I was like oh yeah, I remember hearing about that.
And then I saw the pictures and just— wow. What it would have meant to have these women in the movie, all this time. I can’t properly articulate it but it’s hitting me unexpectedly hard.
Wow thats a shame, even a nice old lady too. These Space Valkyries should have been left in.
They really should have.
I lived, ate, and breathed Star Wars from age 2 until 2005 when RotS finally beat the enthusiasm out of me, and I have NEVER, EVER in all my reading on behind-the-scenes and makings-of heard of these shots. It’s a shame there was no relaunched edit of the original trilogy they could have slipped these in OH FUCKING WAIT THERE’S BEEN LIKE 3 OF THOSE NOW.
Fuck. FUCK. Whoever decided to edit out and bury these needs to french kiss an angle grinder.
I want to see the old lady in the A-Wing. Seriously, it’s like, she’s somebody’s grandma. Some kid in the Outer Rim Territories got greased by the Empire for seeing something she wasn’t supposed to see, and her grandma, the bush pilot, decided “Fuck this, I’m gonna strap on an fighter and make the Empire fucking PAY for the moment it decided to fuck with MY FAMILY.”
DON’T. MESS. WITH. GRANDMA.
Can we please make Female Pilots From Star Wars a thing for Yuletide?
Female Pilots From Star Wars had BETTER be a thing, ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh.
(And how much did I hate that all the pilots in GotG were guys? SO MUCH. Women can pilot, too, goddamit.)
Lt., later Capt., Thrace says frak you to anyone who says women can’t pilot.
"Neil deGrasse Tyson" - Illustration by samspratt
Finally got around to wrapping up this portrait of everyone’s favorite astrophysicist. With his huge impact on new generations of aspiring scientists, I knew I wanted the background to be children’s space drawings. With my 6 year-old niece’s planetary masterpieces as inspiration, I did my best imitation with my left hand. (prints available here)
Spray-On Solar May Be Cheaper And More Eco-Friendly Than The Panels On Your Roof
ADELE PETERS, fastcoexist.com
Spray-on solar cells take less energy to make and can be put on everything from jeans to cars.
Scientists are one step closer to spray-on solar power. Instead of traditional bulky solar cells encased in glass—which can be awkward to put in places other than a roof, and take a lot of energy to produce—we may someday be able to easily spray paint low-cost, low-energy solar cells on everything from a pair of jeans, to a car, to the side of a skyscraper.
(Source: smarterplanet, via scinerds)
“More girls should join boys’ teams so it could be a tradition and it wouldn’t be so special.” - 13-year-old Mo’Ne Davis, the 18th girl to play in the Little League World Series in its 68-year history, the FIRST girl to throw a Little League World Series SHUTOUT. Her fastball? 70 MILES PER HOUR. #throwlikeagirl #BlackGirlsROCK
"a person’s a person no matter how small"
Dr. Seuss, a pro-choice advocate who publicly donated to Planned Parenthood and actively sued pro-life organizations for using this as a slogan. Stop using this to justify your bullshit pro-life ideals. Not even the original author of the phrase agrees with you. (via celestialfucker
More efficient ways to lower CO2
The term carbon capture is talked about as a way to battle against climate change, but what exactly is it? This recent NY Times video does a great job explaining it.
Basically, when a power plant burns fossil fuel such as coal, it releases gas into the air. Carbon capture technology can single out the CO2 molecules in this gas before it leaves the smokestack. The current process is to spray a chemical on the gas to separate the carbon dioxide so that it can be pumped underground.
This process is both expensive and can take up a third of the plant’s generated power known as parasitic energy. Scientists are trying to find ways to use safer and energy efficient materials to reduce this issue. The problem is that a wide array (millions!) of chemicals can bond with CO2, making the testing process quite complex.
UC Berkeley’s Berend Smit and his team have created a computer model to test out these materials in the virtual world. So researchers can upload the molecular structure they want to test to a website and see how efficient it might be.
You can read more about this project here.
In case you’re trying to keep track of the Infinity Gems;
- Kevin Feige (President of Marvel Studios) stated that the Tessaract seen in The Avengers and Thor was actually an Infinity Gem, specifically the Space Gem.
- The Aether seen in Thor: The Dark World is also one, although it’s yet to be confirmed exactly which one. Personally, I think it fits into the Reality Gem's power area.
- Loki’s Staff, seen in Avengers, Thor, etc appears to have a gem. In Captain America: The Winter Soldier, a scene in the credits shows it being un-assembled digitally, possibly alluding to the gem in it being a Infinity Gem. I’d say it’d be the Mind Gem.
- In Guardians of the Galaxy, the “Orb” item that Peter steals houses a purple gem, said to be the Power Gem by Feige.
That leaves us with just two; the Time Gem and the Soul Gem.
Rocky planets are thought to form through the random collision and sticking together of what are initially microscopic particles in the disc of material around a star. These tiny grains, known as cosmic dust, are similar to very fine soot or sand. Astronomers using the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) have found that the outer region of a dusty disc encircling a brown dwarf — a star-like object, but one too small to shine brightly like a star — also contains millimetre-sized solid grains like those found in denser discs around newborn stars. The finding challenges theories of how rocky, Earth-scale planets form, and suggests that rocky planets may be even more common in the Universe than expected.
Credit: ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)/L. Calçada (ESO)/M. Kornmesser, J. Freitag, S. Messenger