"I don’t like finishing books." [x]
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The science of histology meets the art of origami to find a solution for global health issues
Imagine if your kids could print out their own microscope and carry it around in their back pockets. Or if every textbook had a scope included with the front cover. Or if doctors in developing countries had access to simple, inexpensive microscopes that they could use to instantly and efficiently diagnose diseases instead of the ancient, bulky expensive antiques that many currently use. What if all of those innovations were the same thing?
Well they are. That’s right. You got it. This is a fully functional brightfield microscope made from a single sheet of paper.
Cost of production: a mere 50 cents!
Designed originally to help diagnose malaria or identify harmful microbes in sources of drinking water, this light, durable and inexpensive replacement for the bulky, expensive technology that is currently in use around the world could revolutionize global healthcare…plus, it is a whole lot of fun.
See the TED talk below:
Designed and presented at TED by Manu Prakesh
Things like this make me heart histo that little bit more.
Ethnomusicologist Frances Densmore recording the music of a Blackfoot chief onto a phonograph, 1916.
That’s not just “a” chief. He’s not just some random nameless Niitsitapi. His name is Ninastoko. He was a warrior in his younger days and died in 1942. He was frequently in DC as a representative and negotiator of the entire Blackfoot Confederacy. Though he was born in Alberta, he lived on the Blackfeet (Amskaapipikani) reservation in Montana and lived near Browning.
In this picture, he is not recording music, but rather interpreting traditional songs into Plains Indian Sign Language (although the caption that usually accompanies this picture says otherwise). It’s because of him that we have Glacier National Park (if he hadn’t negotiated that land for a National Park, the government would have taken it from us and let White settle it)
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Michael Jackson accepts an AMA, as Angela Bowfill tries to keep her shit together behind him because he’d just kissed her on the cheek.
LMFAO!!! I am ROLLING OMG!
Hahahahaha play it cool Angela.
It reminds me of this:
(via kanyebreast)Source: thatmichaeljackson
someone on facebook posted this intending it to be negative but instead it’s INCREDIBLE. go girl scouts
In case you need anymore incentive to buy Girl Scout cookies this season
THIS IS IMPORTANT!
While Girl Scouts does support all these things (hooray!) the Girl Scout cookie program also teaches girls real-life business and entrepreneurial skills on a very personal and individual level.
When you buy a box of Girl Scout cookies, part of the funds go to Girl Scouts of the USA and regional Girl Scout Councils (in my area, it’s the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York, which is in charge of all the Girl Scouts of New York City), but a good chunk of the money also goes right back into that specific Girl Scout troop’s bank account.
This is why you can’t buy Girl Scout cookies online. And why it’s so important to buy them from an actual girl.
Because once this money goes back into the troop’s bank account, the girls get to decide what they want to do with it, and it is often used to alleviate costs associated with registration, uniform, and activity fees for girls whose families don’t have the money.
In my experience, I’ve seen troops use their cookie money to go on trips to places like the Museum of Natural History, donate it to help those who lost everything in Hurricane Sandy, and use it to clean up a park honoring the victims of September 11th. And nobody made these girls do any of that. It was their money. They sold the cookies. They earned it. And, given the opportunity to spend this money, Girl Scouts teaches them that spending it in smart ways can change your community and yourself for the better.
So, go ahead and buy way too many Thin Mints than you ever think should be allowed. Cookie season really is the best.
(via the-psalmist)Source: deathlehem