1. The only important thing in a book is the meaning that it has for you.
    — W. Somerset Maugham (via abookblog)

    (via powells)



  4. #sexism #I was talking about this with my boyfriend today #because he was talking about how sexism had decreased so much #and I mean it has #one of my (older) coworkers this summer #told me about how when she first wanted to work in the field #she was told she couldn't go out alone #because I mean she was a girl #and she couldn't go out with a guy #because what would his wife think?!? #and I can't imagine having that happening today #but the Yale study illustrates that sexism is still very much present #if less overt

  5. theeccentricscientist:

    This tropical scene, reminiscent of a postcard from Key West, is actually a petri dish containing an artistic arrangement of genetically engineered bacteria. The image showcases eight of the fluorescent proteins created in the laboratory of Roger Y. Tsien, a cell biologist at the University of California, San Diego. Tsien, along with Osamu Shimomura of the Marine Biology Laboratory and Martin Chalfie of Columbia University, share the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for their work on green fluorescent protein-a naturally glowing molecule from jellyfish that has become a powerful tool for studying molecules inside living cells. Courtesy of Nathan Shaner, Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

    (via koryos)

  6. #bacteria #science #biology

  7. Some books you read. Some books you enjoy. But some books just swallow you up, heart and soul.
    — Joanne Harris (via a-thousand-words)

    (via keladry)

  8. #books #reading

  9. winter-is-coming-valar-morghulis:

    I found my new favourite twitter account

    (via powells)

  10. #game of thrones #george r.r. martin

  11. navyhistory:

    Many people around the United States are following the ongoing crisis with Ebola. Here is an image from 1918 at the Philadelphia Naval Aircraft Factory concerning Spanish Influenza and its impact on the war effort. #factsnotfear

    (via missedinhistory)


  12. thelandofmaps:

    Average Number of Languages Spoken by the EU Population [650x607]

  13. #maps #language #european union #eu

  14. taylorswift:

    Is it weird if I save this to my phone and text it to people when they say something I disagree with?
    That way they will see exactly how I would look disagreeing with them.

    I don’t think this is what GIFs were made for.

    (Source: lightsglisten)


  15. Is there ever a star that you kind of just want to be friends with?

    Because Taylor Swift is that person for me.

  16. #she's almost my age #and I feel like she'd be so much fun #we'd hang #and talk about cats #and have girl's night #where we talk about everything from feminism to boys #and she'd just be such a good friend

  17. hermione + text posts

    (Source: ohgryffindors, via almostmighty)

  18. #harry potter #hermione granger

  19. twisteddoodles:

    'if at first you don't succeed…' The science version!

    (via mywordswilleatyouall)


  20. It’s hard to imagine a medical procedure in this country that carries the stigma and judgment that abortion does. Women’s experiences are often seen through the lens of cultural and political battles. If a woman says that she’s relieved after having an abortion, she may be judged for being heartless or unfeeling. If she says that she feels regret, anti-abortion activists use this to push for laws that restrict access to abortion or laws that assume women are incapable of making their own decisions without the interference of others.

    So instead, we just don’t talk about it. That’s how abortion came to be discussed as an “issue” instead of an experience.

    How can something that one third of women in the United States experience be the focus of intense public debate for decades, with hardly any real firsthand experiences at the center of the discussion? One word: stigma.


    Cecile Richards

    We need to talk about abortion. And when we talk about abortion, we need to talk about people’s experiences — not politics. 

    (Source: ppaction)

  21. #abortion

  22. isabelasbooty:

    i fucking love renaissance art like i saw this piece today that depicted the virgin’s immaculate conception as a tiny jesus flying in through a window on a collision course with mary’s hoo ha like





    (via almostmighty)

  23. #art

  24. spencreid:

    there are certain people that i mutually follow and they’re literally perfect rays of sunshine and i worship them from afar and crave their friendship deeply but instead of talking i’ll reblog them sometimes or like one of their posts when i know i want to reply but we aren’t close and it’ll be weird

    (Source: harystyles, via thecatformerlyknownascheshire)