• tehnakki:

    mindblowingscience:

    Next Generation Spacesuit like Second Skin

    Scientists from MIT have designed a next-generation spacesuit that acts practically as a second skin, and could revolutionize the way future astronauts travel into space. (Photo : Jose-Luis Olivares/MIT)

    Astronauts are used to climbing into conventional bulky, gas-pressurized spacesuits, but this new design could allow them to travel in style. Soon they may don a lightweight, skintight and stretchy garment lined with tiny, muscle-like coils. Essentially the new suit acts like a giant piece of shrink-wrap, in which the coils contract and tighten when plugged into a power supply, thereby creating a “second skin.”

    "With conventional spacesuits, you’re essentially in a balloon of gas that’s providing you with the necessary one-third of an atmosphere [of pressure,] to keep you alive in the vacuum of space," lead researcher Dava Newman, a professor of aeronautics and astronautics and engineering systems at MIT, said in astatement.

    "We want to achieve that same pressurization, but through mechanical counterpressure - applying the pressure directly to the skin, thus avoiding the gas pressure altogether. We combine passive elastics with active materials. … Ultimately, the big advantage is mobility, and a very lightweight suit for planetary exploration."

    Newman, who has worked for the past decade on a design for the next-generation spacesuit, describes the new garment in detail in the journal IEEE/ASME: Transactions on Mechatronics.

    The MIT BioSuit’s coils, which are a main feature of the outfit, are made from a shape-memory alloy (SMA). At a certain temperature, the material can “remember” and spring back to its engineered shape after being bent or misshapen.

    Skintight suits are not a novel idea, but in the past scientists have always struggled with the question: how do you get in and out of a suit that is so tight? That’s where the SMAs come in, allowing the suit to contract only when heated, and subsequently stretched back to a looser shape when cooled.

    Though the lightweight suit may not seem at first like it can withstand the harsh environment that is outer space, Newman and his colleagues are sure that the BioSuit would not only give astronauts much more freedom during planetary exploration, but it would also fully support these space explorers.

    Newman and his team are not only working on how to keep the suit tight for long periods of time, but also believe their design could be applied to other attires, such as athletic wear or military uniforms.

    "An integrated suit is exciting to think about to enhance human performance," Newman added. "We’re trying to keep our astronauts alive, safe, and mobile, but these designs are not just for use in space."

    Scuse you, Dava Newman is a FEMALE professor at MIT. 

    (fyi, I passed out in a vacuum chamber wearing an earlier version of this suit. =D)

    (via blackfemalescientist)

  • fascinasians:

    Asians in the Ivory Tower: Dilemmas of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education - Robert T. Teranishi

    Current Issues in Asian and Pacific American Eduction - Russell Endo, clara C. Park, and John Nobuya Tsuchida

    Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth - Stacey J. Lee

    The Deathly Embrace: Orientalism and Asian American Identity - Sheng-Mei Ma

    The Hyphenated American - John C. Papajohn

    Model-Minority Imperialism - Victor Bascara

    Chains of Babylon: The Rise of Asia America - Daryl J. Maeda

    In Defense of Asian American Studies - Sucheng Chan

    Playing the Race Card - George J. Sefa Dei, Leene Luke Karumanchery, and Nisha Karumanchery-Luik

    Asian American Dreams - Helen Zia

    (via thisisnotjapan)

  • thepeoplesrecord:

    Detroit water shutoffs continue after judge says poor have no right to water
    September 29, 2014

    U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Steven Rhodes on Monday refused to block the city from shutting off water to delinquent customers for six months, saying there is no right to free water and Detroit can’t afford to lose the revenue.

    Rhodes’s order served as a stinging rejection of arguments made by thousands of protesters who staged rallies last summer fighting shutoffs and argued that there is a fundamental right to water service.

    "There is no such right or law," Rhodes said.

    A six-month ban on water shut-offs would boost the rate of customer defaults and threaten Detroit’s revenue, the judge added.

    "The last thing (Detroit) needs is this hit to its revenues," the judge said.

    Rhodes issued his ruling after two days of hearings last week and said he lacked the power to issue a water shut-off moratorium. Regardless, a lawyer for 10 residents failed to convince him there was justification for such a drastic step, he said.

    Rhodes said residents do not have a right to receive water service “let alone service based on an ability to pay.”

    Alice Jennings, an attorney representing the 10 residents fighting water shutoffs, said she was “disappointed but not surprised” by the judge’s ruling. Rhodes, she said, missed the issue of safety and underscored the irreparable harm that comes with the shutoffs.

    "We will be looking at an appeal," Jennings said. "We believe there is a right to water and there is a right to affordable water."

    The city’s policy of shutting off water to residents in one of the nation’s poorest cities briefly overshadowed the city’s historic bankruptcy case and debt-cutting plan, which hinges on spinning off the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department to suburban counties.

    The city started a more vigorous shut-off campaign in the spring compared to other years in an effort to get more people to pay their outstanding bills or get on a payment plan. Rhodes on Monday called the efforts a “bold, commendable and necessarily aggressive plan.”

    About 24,000 city water accounts have been shut off this year. A month-long moratorium halting shutoffs ended in August and crews are now back to shutting off water to up to 400 accounts a day, DWSD officials said last week.

    Residents, civic groups, and “The Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo participated in mass protests in recent months fighting the city’s treatment of delinquent water customers. A pocket of protesters lined West Lafayette Boulevard outside federal court Monday.

    Ten residents requested the moratorium, saying it would give the city time to establish a plan to better help those who can’t afford to pay their water bills. Lawyers for Detroit say such an order would encourage further delinquency, cause the department to lose revenues and lead to higher rates.

    During closing arguments, Jennings argued the “hodgepodge” of programs designed to aid a limited group of residents facing water shut-offs isn’t good enough for the city plagued by widespread poverty.

    Jennings told the judge that a “very brief” stop to shut-offs would give the city more time to craft a cohesive program.

    Tom O’Brien, an attorney for the water department, has countered that a 10-point plan to educate and assist low-income residents wasn’t constructed overnight.

    "It was developed," he said, and "was intended to be practical."

    O’Brien also played up a fund outlined in the plan, and a separate pot of annual aid money called for in a proposed Great Lakes Water Authority.

    "That’s significant money, it goes a long way," he said.

    Detroit’s bankruptcy trial, meanwhile, resumes Monday, five days after City Council members reclaimed power over city government while agreeing to keep Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr in place for bankruptcy-related duties.

    The deal means council will resume control over city departments, contracts and other day-to-day matters. Orr’s official removal will be effective if the city’s debt-cutting bankruptcy plan is confirmed.

    Orr is expected to testify soon about the debt-cutting plan.

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    (via blackfemalescientist)

  • skerbaderbadoo:

    abbydraws:

    Chinese version of Rapunzel (Tangled)

    HOLY moley that’s super cute!

    (via blackfemalescientist)

  • queerpunkhamlet:

    recoveringsjw:

    sidneyia:

    god-senpai:

    queerpunkhamlet:

    cis people aren’t allowed to edit my papers anymore

    "WHAAATT? I HAVE TO EXPLAIN MY WORK??? IN MY OWN PAPER??? WHAT THE FUUUCK??"

    It’s not my job to educate you, teacher.

    I’m betting one hundred bucks that this is a comment about a really badly written essay and not someone being actively transphobic.

    well, you’re about to owe me one hundred bucks.

    1. this is not the first time i mentioned privilege in the paper. or cisgender. this paper was written on my personal experiences with being trans, and the difficulties i’ve faced because of it, and the difficulties that cisgender people with otherwise comparable lives have not faced.
    2. the terms privilege and cisgender had both been thoroughly elaborated on in this paper.
    3. this paper was written for a women’s studies class, on gender analysis, in which both privilege and cisgender privilege in particular had been explained, elaborated upon, and discussed by the professor.
    4. the comment was not by the professor, it was by a cis classmate during a peer review.
    5. the words cisgender and privilege are both in scare quotes (in case you can’t google that or don’t know what it means or want to deny their existence, scare quotes is when you put a word or phrase in quotation marks to make it seem less real — the textual version of sarcastically making air quotes with your fingers)
    6. another edit, by the same editor, involved asking me what my birth name was. i’m sure you don’t need to be told that that’s transphobic.
    7. i spoke to the professor about this edit, and he agreed with me that the comment (and the way it was phrased) was out of line. in fact, he thought it was so out of line that he led a workshop for the class on how not to be disrespectful assholes to trans people (say, by asking for their birth name, or telling them they’re wrong or oversensitive about transphobia).
    8. i got a 99% on the essay — WITHOUT changing anything the edit asked for.
    9. the professor liked my essay so much that he asked to keep it as an EXAMPLE for future classes

    bonus: if your reaction to seeing gross transphobic things is “well it’s probably the trans person’s fault”, then you’re gross and transphobic and i hope you don’t know any trans people IRL for their sake

    (via blackfemalescientist)

  • redpooch:

    cumberbatchaddictsanonymous:

    ottermatopoeia:

    mattniskanenseyebrows:

    OCTOBER IS NEXT WEEK

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    OCTOBER IS THIS WEEK
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    OCTOBER IS TOMORROW

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    (via strangeloyalties)

  • thebattyblackloli:

    wtfmanga:

    bobafettishism:

    I’m a teacher and today two new students signed up at my school - three year old identical twin boys. Their names are Sora and Riku.

    That generation is here.

    It begins.

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    JESUS CHRIST

    I’m not ready for this day

    (via bumbleshark)

  • theslinkylizard:

    myblackeyeddemon:

    theslinkylizard:

    Baby got a bath today~

    How did you get a dinosaur

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    This is my child! Please ask your parents about the dino and the egg!!!

    (via bumbleshark)

  • did-you-kno:

    Ancient Egyptians had proctologists. Their name for them translates to “shepherd of the anus.” Source