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It has been a while

Sorry for neglecting the science blog. My life has been a little hectic lately.

It looks like I will be taking the next year off of school to work and sort my life out. Between hospital bill and some personal issues I don’t think I’ll be able to keep up with my schooling.

However I do intend to return to school and finish my physics degree. In the meantime I will try harder to find time to post on here and bring you all some fresh science stories.

In other news I am helping my mother expand her antique and craft shop to the online realm. I started a tumblr for her shop called the-rain-day-attic in order to pre advertise for the shop. Go have a look and let me know if you like anything (so far all i’ve got up are some wooden coyotes but more will be coming soon). The online store will be coming soon for anyone who likes antiques, crafts, or art works.

-Travis

spaceexp:

Northern lights seen from the International Space Station
Source: pastelvally (flickr)

spaceexp:

Northern lights seen from the International Space Station

Source: pastelvally (flickr)

thecraftychemist:

Fujitsu creates tablet that tricks you into thinking you’re feeling water, pushing buttons or stroking an alligator

The Japanese firm has developed the prototype tablet device usING ultrasound vibrations to mimic a variety of textures. 

These vibrations change the friction between the finger and the screen to trick the brain into thinking it’s plucking a harp, touching the skin of an alligator and more. It can also give the sensation of a slippery liquid.

Other, similar technologies change the friction between the finger and the screen using static electricity, and Fujitsu claim the use of ultrasound is a world first.

It is also a breakthrough technology because ultrasound vibrations usually need a large amount of energy to work effectively. This is the first time it’s been developed to run on smaller devices with mobile batteries.

The company claims that it can reproduce edges, ridges, protrusions and bumps as well as other sensations using its technology.

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bunnylovesbass:

quantum-immortal:

oh-yes-it-was-worth-it:

Wtf

they have the ability to change their skin coloration and texture on command

Aliens

bunnylovesbass:

quantum-immortal:

oh-yes-it-was-worth-it:

Wtf

they have the ability to change their skin coloration and texture on command

Aliens

tastefullyoffensive:

What a huge waste of thyme. [x]

how did he take the picture?

tastefullyoffensive:

What a huge waste of thyme. [x]

how did he take the picture?

clernentinekruczynski:

check mate atheists

clernentinekruczynski:

check mate atheists

That’s might be an awkward encounter. Yeah man, get into shape so that when we come up in July, you’ll be in grappling shape.

Idk man. I kinda like my weight advantage lol

The run was needed then, to blow off some steam. That’s really fucking ignorant of her to assume that and make you look like the idiot. Fuck her!!

Yeah, plus I  needed to start working out anyway. I really wish I could just drop the class and never see her again but I have to get her to sign a form.  

Giving up on my chem minor

I am color blind. I can’t tell the difference between pink, purple and blue

Today in my chem lab I used the wrong indicator, my solution was pink apparently it wasn’t supposed to be. I had not realized this mistake and continued to work. My TA quickly told me I needed to use the other indicator, which I did, however, indicator 2 was blue and because I could not spot the difference between the blue and pink I was a bit freaked out. So I did what any student would do and asked if I had used the right one. 

When questioned by my professor at why I even needed to ask which indicator to use and why I didn’t already know, I was a bit surprised but explained my predicament. I was even more shocked, however, at her response. She believed that I was lying because “colorblindness is with greens and reds” and that if I needed to I could look for the “different shades of grey”. My problem wasn’t an honest mistake but rather me being lazy. Even upon my pleading that I was just double checking I was told “if you knew how to read you wouldn’t have this problem”. 

I was very angry and decided to remove myself from the situation. I am still dumbfounded at the ignorance this woman has on the subject of colorblindness. 

Color vision deficiency is a condition when one or more of your 3 cones doesn’t work. The cones are the cells that detect color in light, there are 3 groups, one for each primary color. Many people only have problems with one cone color, however there are many cases where 2 or even all three don’t work. My problem is with my red cone, that is why pink and purple look blue to me, because I can’t detect the hints on red in them very well. Sure I could have just trusted the label but I seriously thought it was the same indicator as the 1st trail. I didn’t think that makes me stupid to take precautions and ask, but I guess I was wrong.

This plus all the added stress of my new management position at work, have really taken their tole on me. I am so done with school and definitely done with the chem minor. I wan’t the extra degree but at what cost? My mind is already falling apart as it is.

I just needed to get that off my chest

end fucking rant