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I’ve never been female. But I have been black my whole life. I can perhaps offer some insight from that perspective. There are many similar social issues related to access to equal opportunity that we find in the black community, as well as the community of women in a white male dominate society…

When I look at — throughout my life — I’ve known that I wanted to do astrophysics since I was 9 years old…I got to see how the world around me reacted to my expressions of these ambitions. All I can say is, the fact that I wanted to be a scientist, an astrophysicist was hands down the path of most resistance through the forces of society.

Anytime I expressed this interest, teachers would say, ‘Oh, don’t you wanna be an athlete?’ I want to become someone that was outside of the paradigm of expectations of the people in power. Fortunately, my depth of interest of the universe was so deep and so fuel enriched that everyone of these curve balls that I was thrown, and fences built in front of me, and hills that I had to climb, I just reach for more fuel, and I just kept going.

Now, here I am, one of the most visible scientists in the land, and I wanna look behind me and say, ‘Where are the others who might have been this,’ and they’re not there! …I happened to survive and others did not simply because of forces of society that prevented it at every turn. At every turn.

…My life experience tells me that when you don’t find blacks, when you don’t find women in the sciences, I know that these forces are real, and I had to survive them in order to get where I am today.

So before we start talking about genetic differences, you gotta come up with a system where there’s equal opportunity, then we can have that conversation.

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Neil DeGrasse Tyson in response to a question posed by Lawrence Summers, former Treasury Security and Harvard University President

"What’s up with chicks and science?"

Are there genetic differences between men and women, explain why more men are in science.

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gravitationalbeauty:

Pin by Anna Elizabeth Nelson on Illustrate
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starllex:

this is my favorite post of all time

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vmartineau:

Pages from my ‘Levels of Complexity’ project, in which I wanted to explore ways in which I could communicate biology and science-based information in a more accessible illustrative style. I hoped to inspire some amount of awe at just how much is going on ‘beneath the surface,’ such as cells, tissues, organs, processes, etc within our bodies and our environment.

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spacetravelco:

Scientific engravings from 1850

by John Philipps Emslie

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mucholderthen:

Icy Enceladus hides a watery ocean
Alexandra Witze, Nature News & Comment 03 April 2014

A body of water as wide as Lake Superior and as deep as the Mariana Trench bolsters search for life on Saturn moon. 

Planetary scientists have found an ocean buried beneath the south pole of the Saturnian moon Enceladus by studying tiny anomalies in the flybys of the Cassini spacecraft. The discovery, which helps to explain earlier observations of geysers, makes Enceladus only the fourth Solar System body found to have a water ocean — making it a potential cradle for life.

Continue reading in Nature News & Comment …

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IMAGES:  [1] The water vapour photographed multiple times by NASA’s Cassini probably originated in a vast underground ocean.  NASA/JPL-Caltech and Space Science Institute ||| [2] A reconstruction of the interior of Enceladus showing an ice outer shell, a relatively low-density rocky core, and a southern-hemisphere water ocean in between.  NASA/JPL-Caltech ||| [3] The lopsided strength of Enceladus’s gravitational field, estimated using the acceleration of the Cassini probe (measured here in milligals, or thousandths of a centimetre per second squared). From Iess et al. 2014, Science/AAAS

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staceythinx:

Jim Urquhart has been documenting a team of scientists who are using the Utah desert as a dry run for future missions to Mars

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the-star-stuff:

The Grand Canyon seen from space!
One of the most spectacular features the planet Earth has to offer is the Grand Canyon, a large 277 miles (445 km) long, and about about 18 MILES (28 km) wide, stretch of chasm that is located in Arizona (USA). 
Credit: NASA

the-star-stuff:

The Grand Canyon seen from space!

One of the most spectacular features the planet Earth has to offer is the Grand Canyon, a large 277 miles (445 km) long, and about about 18 MILES (28 km) wide, stretch of chasm that is located in Arizona (USA). 

Credit: NASA

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sometimesanihilist:

If you are a man and you learn about the thousands of years of oppression against women which has culminated in truly hazardous social conditions for them in the present day, and your first reaction is “men have problems too”, then I ask you to take a moment to truly reflect on your position, and why you feel the need to make women’s struggle about you. 

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