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‘No, that’s the thing, sir. I do look like a scientist.’” #HeForShe

 

Meet 12 Badass Scientists…Who Also Happen to be Women

What do you see when you picture a scientist? Is it a white man in a lab coat? This portrait will smash that stereotype to bits.

Everywhere you look, odds appear stacked against women in STEM. Young male scientists receive up to twice as much funding as their female counterparts in Boston’s biomedical research institutions, a global research hub. Only 30% of the world’s researchers are women, and women hold fewer than 25% of STEM jobs in the US. In fact, one recent survey found 67% of Europeans and 93% of Chinese respondents don’t even believe women have the skills to do science — and Nobel Prize-winning biochemist Tim Hunt thinks women cause “trouble” in the lab.

But take a look at the above portrait, which was taken by photographer Bret Hartman at the TED Fellows Retreat in Pacific Grove, California in August 2015. These 12 scientists represent a range of disciplines — from astrophysics, biology, genetics, archaeology, medicine, glaciology, data science and more — and represent 5 countries around the world. They also happen to all be women. And while a portrait like this one shouldn’t be extraordinary in 2015, it sadly is — highlighting a very real, very large gender gap in the sciences.

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“A Failure To Communicate” by James Spann

https://medium.com/@spann/a-failure-to-communicate-b3005808ee#.ku33op8c3

“We must rethink our use of maps, the way we write forecasts and discussions, and the overall techniques of communicating weather. I don’t have the answers now, but I know we must change.

Add to the mix the problem of local and national media outlets coming up with their own watches, warnings, and severe weather indices, and this whole thing could really go down the tubes in a hurry. We can’t even agree on “call to action” statements during tornado warnings. One TV person says “you must be underground” to survive, another one says “drive south”, and another one says “get into a small room on the lowest floor of your home”.”

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An open letter to President-elect Trump about nuclear weapons and nuclear winter — Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists #IWantMyPlanetBack

http://thebulletin.org/commentary/open-letter-president-elect-trump-about-nuclear-weapons-and-nuclear-winter10161?platform=hootsuite

Your presidency is an unprecedented opportunity for positive change in the world. Reducing the threat of nuclear war and nuclear winter will make the United States safer and richer, and cement your status as a world leader. Please take advantage of this chance to be a real winner.

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MIT’s New Radio Can Detect Your Emotions Using Wireless Signals

“By recovering measurements of the heart valves actually opening and closing at a millisecond time-scale, this system can literally detect if someone’s heart skips a beat,” says Adib.

MIT’s New Radio Can Detect Your Emotions Using Wireless Signals

The pope is an “unlikely voice for the environment,” The Guardian

http://www.ecowatch.com/pope-francis-climate-change-1995225094.html

“We must not be indifferent or resigned to the loss of biodiversity and destruction of ecosystems, often caused by our irresponsible and selfish behavior,” he said. “Because of us, thousands of species will no longer give glory to God by their very existence …
We have no such right.”


 

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#ItsOKToTalk

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While I am not one who has a mental illness, or has any leanings towards suicide, I post this to increase support and spread the word that we can talk up the discussion of what mental illness is, and how we can work to help those who need help the most. Especially combatting the idea that boys/men should just “man up” and “deal with it” without saying anything, “because that’s just not what guys do”. This grassroots social media campaign says what needs to be said: talk about it, don’t accept your circumstances as the status quo, find help, ask questions, don’t just suffer in silence. Do something to make it better.

Also, if you have ANY ideas about suicide, get help. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Don’t wait. Do it now. Find those who will listen. They are out there and ready to help you find your way. There is always a way to fix things without taking the ultimate step out.

“The need for a campaign addressing men’s mental health is undeniably dire. According to the World Health Organization, over 800,000 people die by suicide every year. Death by suicide accounts for an estimated 1.4 percent of all deaths globally, making it the 15th leading cause of death as of 2012. ” – +Mashable


 

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“The nuclear weapons debate we need” – WaPo

“While continuing U.S. modernization and keeping a wary eye on Mr. Putin, a new president should look for specific areas for engagement with Moscow, such as keeping nuclear material out of the hands of terrorists and reducing the dangers associated with both nations’ launch-ready alert postures,largely unchanged since the Cold War.

Mr. Obama’s early vision of a world without nuclear weapons is a long way off. It is time to work on present-day reality: What kind of strategic nuclear weapons do we need, at what cost and to deter what kind of threats? The campaign could use a debate that acknowledges this and grapples with it.”

#IWantMyPlanetBack   #WhoSpeaksForEarth  #PloughsharesFund  #GlobalZero #BulletinOfTheAtomicScientists #NuclearThreatInitiative

WEATHER OVERTIME FOR SAT 8.27.16

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Miss the forecast on WREG News Channel 3 Daybreak? That’s OK. We’ve got you covered with the latest forecast for you if you’re on the go: video weatherblog WEATHER OVERTIME posted and ready to view.#ShareAndEnjoy  

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Dr. Marshall Shepherd: Polar Vortex: It’s not new

Dr. Marshall Shepherd: Polar Vortex: It’s not new

“I am certain the term “derecho” is feeling slighted. Until recently, it was the “main star” in the News and Infotainment movie entitled “Weather and Climate Words New to the Media/Public, But Known by Weather-Climate Scientists for Decades”.  Note: I am using a metaphors and analogies.

Recently, a new star has emerged in this movie, Polar Vortex. As the President of the American Meteorological Society (AMS),  I couldn’t remain silent as media, public, and even some colleagues mischaracterize the term.”

Dr. Marshall Shepherd, President, American Meteorological Society, Director-UGA Atmos. Sciences, Prof, former NASA scientist

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