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And how hard is it to land even a minimum-wage job? This year, the Ivy League college admissions acceptance rate was 8.9%. Last year, when Walmart opened its first store in Washington, D.C., there were more than 23,000 applications for 600 jobs, which resulted in an acceptance rate of 2.6%, making the big box store about twice as selective as Harvard and five times as choosy as Cornell. Telling unemployed people to get off their couches (or out of the cars they live in or the shelters where they sleep) and get a job makes as much sense as telling them to go study at Harvard.
"Why Don’t the Unemployed Get Off Their Couches?" and Eight Other Critical Questions for Americans (via seriouslyamerica)


Does anybody know of any researchers who are doing research on gender biases in STEM?  Preferably within driving distance of Pennsylvania?  Our women in physics club wants to bring a colloquium speaker to talk about sexism and apparently it’s my job.

The only researcher I know of the Nilanjana Dasgupta from UMass but that’s probably outside our travel budget.

Question mark?

She’s in upstate NY, so depending on your travel budget, it may work (probably a 5-hour drive, would be possible to take a train too). She specifically studies gender in STEM.



Great women of science 

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. 

Marie Skłodowska-Curie (1867-1934) - Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist, famous for her pioneering research on radioactivity. 

Chien-Shiung Wu (1912-1997) - Chinese American physicist with expertise in the techniques of experimental physics and radioactivity. 

Émilie du Châtelet (1706-1749) - French mathematician, physicist, and author during the Age of Enlightenment.

Mae Jemison (1956) - American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on September 12, 1992.

Vera Rubin (1928) - American astronomer who pioneered work on galaxy rotation rates. She is famous for uncovering the discrepancy between the predicted angular motion of galaxies and the observed motion, by studying galactic rotation curves. 

Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) - English mathematician and writer chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. Her notes on the engine include what is recognised as the first algorithm intended to be processed by a machine. Because of this, she is often described as the world’s first computer programmer.

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And my personal favorite, Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin, who discovered the abundance of hydrogen in stars.


Chaos Theory and Starling Flocks in Nature.

Chaos theory have many applications in meteorology, sociology, physics, engineering,etc…..Also, Chaotic behavior can also be observed in many natural systems. In a scientific context, the word chaos has a slightly different meaning than it does in its general usage as a state of confusion, lacking any order. Chaos, with reference to chaos theory, refers to an apparent lack of order in a system that nevertheless obeys particular laws or rules. Chaotic behavior can be studied through analysis of a chaotic mathematical model, or through analytical techniques such as recurrence plots and Poincaré maps.

Starling flocks in Nature: When the starlings changes direction, speed, each of the other birds in the flock responds to the change and they do so nearly simultaneously regardless of the size of the flock.  In essence, information moves across the flock very quickly and with nearly no degradation. The researchers describe it as a high signal-to-noise ratio. The starlings are capable of extraordinary collective responses. These masses of birds move so synchronously, swiftly, and gracefully. (Shared from the article by Andrea Alfano)
The flock’ s movement is based on evasive maneuvers. There is safety in numbers, so the individual starlings do not scatter, but rather are able to move as an intelligent cloud, fainting away from a diving raptor, thousands of birds changing direction almost simultaneously and move in union. See more at: The incredible science behind starling murmurations by Jaymi Heimbuch & A Darwinian Dance by Grainger Hunt.

Image & Source: I shared at Fig.1:Logistic map  - Fig.2: Wildlife by Alan MacKenzie Photography - Fig.3: Murmurations.

Fig.4: Bifurcation diagram of the logistic map. Logistic systems bifurcate as their rates of change increase. - Fig.5: A Darwinian Dance - Fig.6: Starling Murmuration by midlander1231 on Flickr.- Fig.7: Starling, United Kingdom by John O Neill.

rodimiss asked:

as an east coast kid i've only heard "ochem"




So far we have accumulated enough anecdotal evidence to suggest that no one on the west coast, east coast, or the Midwest says orgo.

Who are you mysterious orgo people?!?!? Who are you???

attn science side of tumblr we are doing an extremely important study on who actually says orgo

I say orgo and that is what I heard in my undergrad institution in Boston. (But I am a physicist so maybe the chem students said ochem?). Math person in my office who is from Mexico said he has hear ochem or carbonchem. Other physics person in my office has heard both ochem and orgo but she said that ochem is more common where she went to school (Chicago).

I did undergrad in upstate NY. Orgo was commonly used, and that’s what I use.


I have a question for anyone in the trans community. Is transgenders an appropriate word for transgender people? How about people in the medical community- is that what you’re using?

I’m reading the July 11 Science special section on HIV/AIDS prevention, and they keep listing high-risk groups like this: “men who have sex with men (MSM), transgenders, and sex workers.” I’m pretty sure transgender is an adjective, so I’m confused that a well-known scientific journal would do this repeatedly unless it’s common usage in medicine.

Update: I found that the WHO uses “transgender persons”, so the idea that it is technical medical usage is right out. Letter to Science it is.

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