amnhnyc: It’s time for a time-tested #TrilobiteTuesday! Whenever…

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

amnhnyc:

It’s time for a time-tested #TrilobiteTuesday! Whenever the trilobites of British Columbia are considered, images of the historic Burgess Shale and its world-renowned treasure trove of Middle Cambrian material naturally and rightfully spring to mind. That outcrop of the Stephen formation stands as perhaps the most studied and lauded invertebrate fauna in paleontological history. However, this rugged, mountain-strewn province along Canada’s Pacific Coast should also be recognized for a number of intriguing Lower and Upper Cambrian. Magnificent Olenellus and Wanneria  (pictured) specimens emerge from the area’s oldest fossil-bearing rock—the Rosella and Eager formations.
Meet many more trilobites on the Museum website. 

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ohdear-prongs: Which team are you?

Monday, July 11th, 2016

ohdear-prongs:

Which team are you?

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“Not everyone can spend time in the alps, but everyone can learn the names of the trees in a nearby…”

Monday, March 28th, 2016

“Not everyone can spend time in the alps, but everyone can learn the names of the trees in a nearby park. Can you identify the birds calling in your backyard? Do you know the difference between a moth and a butterfly, or between a worm and a grub? Take the time to engage with both the little and big things growing around you and discover the joy of re-connecting with nature.”

Identification of animals and plants is an essential skill set

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yulinisworking: For the past few months, I’ve been working on a…

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

yulinisworking:

For the past few months, I’ve been working on a project that’s taken me on what I have affectionately dubbed a gay marriage tour of America. Really pleased to share the results of those efforts in this new video today, which combines my love of Shakespeare with my love of love.

Some of you who’ve been following my work may recognize the concept from an earlier episode of I Didn’t Write This featuring Sonnet 116. It’s one of my very favorite poems, and I’ve always felt it related particularly well to the subject of marriage equality. I don’t write literary analysis papers anymore, but this was just as fun to make (and required about the same amount of all-nighters!). For the record, I love writing literary analysis papers.

There’s a lot of focus within proper documentaries on what did we learn here? Because this video was more a celebration of love and literature than a documentary, I didn’t spend too much time exploring that in the video itself. But for the sake of this tumblr post, I can tell you what I learned.

I asked every couple we visited the same handful of questions –

– How did you first meet?
– Tell me about your first kiss.
– Do you believe in love at first sight?
– How did you know this was the right person for you, forever?
– What’s your favorite thing about your partner?
– What advice would you give to other couples who want a lasting, healthy relationship?

The specific love stories attached to each couple were wildly diverse, ranging from angrily rejected first proposals that consisted of “Well, we can get married if you want to…” to high school friends who reconnected years later after coming out, to your classic boy meets boy at a bar on a night when he didn’t want to go out at all. But after the specifics fell aside, I started to hear the same things over and over: 

We don’t believe in love at first sight. It’s hard to know that this is the right person for you, forever – the main factor is time. It takes time to see how you weather the arguments, the hard times, the tiny daily annoyances.

Communication and humor and patience are the most important things for a lasting, healthy relationship. 

The couples I met confirmed something that I’ve long felt to be true – that the sweeping, epic love stories you see in movies aren’t the full story, that true love arrives during the tiny mundane moments between the movie moments of your life. It is an ever fixed mark that looks on tempests and is never shaken. I heard stories of break ups and reconnections, long distance and uncertainty. Some of these love stories came with complications – broken hearts and responsibilities tied to past decisions. What they all had in common was that they weathered these storms and grew together.

I don’t believe in soul mates being born; I believe in people who fall in love slowly and become each other’s soul mates through time spent together, growing up and growing wiser. 

Anyway. That’s what I learned. I wish there was room to put that all into this video as well, but hey, that’s what tumblr essays are for! Particular thanks goes to all the couples featured in this video, especially the seven couples who I had the privilege of meeting in person. They exist in real life, which I think makes their love stories particularly extraordinary and epic and grand. 

Also shoutout to YouTube’s Field Day Initiative, which gave me the opportunity to take on this project. Check out other videos on their channel here.

Much love,

Yulin Kuang
http://youtube.com/yulinisworking

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the-eldest-woman-on: lies replied to your photo “Trapped on the couch with a needy pup and a…

Friday, January 2nd, 2015

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lies replied to your photo “Trapped on the couch with a needy pup and a snotty, snoozy babe….”

Watching the finale?

Not there yet. Just wrapped episode 5 of season 2. It’s a hard show to binge. because it’s so darkly funny. The facets of her character are infuriating, in a good way, and it’s really well done, but certainly not a ‘fun’ show to watch. But I have a lot of feelings about it. 

Another Tumblr parent who has feelings about The Comeback. Keep going! I must share overlong meta commentary with you once you’ve seen the finale!

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brains-and-bodies: “Cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle…

Thursday, August 14th, 2014

brains-and-bodies:

“Cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle mitochondrial respiration: are all mitochondria created equal?”

Unlike cardiac and skeletal muscle, little is known about vascular smooth muscle mitochondrial respiration. Therefore, the present study examined mitochondrial respiratory rates in smooth muscle of healthy human feed arteries and compared with that of healthy cardiac and skeletal muscles. Cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscles were harvested from a total of 22 subjects (53 ± 6 yr), and mitochondrial respiration was assessed in permeabilized fibers.

Complex I + II, state 3 respiration, an index of oxidative phosphorylation capacity, fell progressively from cardiac to skeletal to smooth muscles (54 ± 1, 39 ± 4, and 15 ± 1 pmol·s−1·mg−1P < 0.05, respectively). Citrate synthase (CS) activity, an index of mitochondrial density, also fell progressively from cardiac to skeletal to smooth muscles (222 ± 13, 115 ± 2, and 48 ± 2 μmol·g−1·min−1P < 0.05, respectively). Thus, when respiration rates were normalized by CS (respiration per mitochondrial content), oxidative phosphorylation capacity was no longer different between the three muscle types. Interestingly, complex I state 2 normalized for CS activity, an index of nonphosphorylating respiration per mitochondrial content, increased progressively from cardiac to skeletal to smooth muscles, such that the respiratory control ratio, state 3/state 2 respiration, fell progressively from cardiac to skeletal to smooth muscles (5.3 ± 0.7, 3.2 ± 0.4, and 1.6 ± 0.3 pmol·s−1·mg−1P < 0.05, respectively).

Thus, although oxidative phosphorylation capacity per mitochondrial content in cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscles suggest all mitochondria are created equal, the contrasting respiratory control ratio and nonphosphorylating respiration highlight the existence of intrinsic functional differences between these muscle mitochondria. This likely influences the efficiency of oxidative phosphorylation and could potentially alter ROS production.”

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Tuesday, January 21st, 2014

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