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Sep 2

halfhardtorock:

alyssabethancourt:

UN Condemns U.S. Police Brutality, Calls For ‘Stand Your Ground’ Review

sun-thief-rai:

questionall:

* Panel issues recommendations after review of U.S. record

* Says killing of Michael Brown “not an isolated event”

* Decries racial bias of police, pervasive discrimination

* ACLU calls for addressing racial inequality in America

GENEVA, Aug 29 (Reuters) - The U.N. racism watchdog urged the United States on Friday to halt the excessive use of force by police after the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman touched off riots in Ferguson, Missouri.

Minorities, particularly African Americans, are victims of disparities, the U.N. Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD) said after examining the U.S. record.

"Racial and ethnic discrimination remains a serious and persistent problem in all areas of life from de facto school segregation, access to health care and housing," Noureddine Amir, CERD committee vice chairman, told a news briefing.

Teenager Michael Brown was shot dead by a white police officer on Aug. 9, triggering violent protests that rocked Ferguson - a St. Louis suburb - and shone a global spotlight on the state of race relations in America.

"The excessive use of force by law enforcement officials against racial and ethnic minorities is an ongoing issue of concern and particularly in light of the shooting of Michael Brown," said Amir, an expert from Algeria.

"This is not an isolated event and illustrates a bigger problem in the United States, such as racial bias among law enforcement officials, the lack of proper implementation of rules and regulations governing the use of force, and the inadequacy of training of law enforcement officials."

The panel of 18 independent experts grilled a senior U.S. delegation on Aug. 13 about what they said was persistent racial discrimination against African-Americans and other minorities, including within the criminal justice system.

U.S. Ambassador Keith Harper told the panel that his nation had made “great strides toward eliminating racial discrimination” but conceded that “we have much left to do”.

Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson, who shot Brown, has been put on paid leave and is in hiding. A St. Louis County grand jury has begun hearing evidence and the U.S. Justice Department has opened its own investigation.

Police have said Brown struggled with Wilson when shot. But some witnesses say Brown held up his hands and was surrendering when he was shot multiple times in the head and chest.

"STAND YOUR GROUND" LAWS

In its conclusions issued on Friday, the U.N. panel said “Stand Your Ground” Laws, a controversial self-defense statute in 22 U.S. states, should be reviewed to “remove far-reaching immunity and ensure strict adherence to principles of necessity and proportionality when deadly force is used for self-defense”.

Ron Davis, father of Jordan Davis, a 17-year-old shot dead in a car in Jacksonville, Florida during an argument over loud rap music in November 2012, attended the Geneva session. Sybrina Fulton, mother of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teen killed in Miami, Florida by a neighborhood watch volunteer, testified.

The U.N. panel monitors compliance with a treaty ratified by 177 countries including the United States.

"The Committee remains concerned at the practice of racial profiling of racial or ethnic minorities by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Transportation Security Administration, border enforcement officials and local police," it said, urging investigations.

The experts called for addressing obstacles faced by minorities and indigenous peoples to exercise their right to vote effectively. This was due to restrictive voter identification laws, district gerrymandering and state-level laws that disenfranchise people convicted of felonies, it said.

Jamil Dakwar of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said the U.N. recommendations highlighted “shortcomings on racial equality that we are seeing play out today on our streets, at our borders and in the voting booth.

"When it comes to human rights, the United States must practice at home what it preaches abroad," he said.

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Sep 2

labphoto:

Removing fluorescein from the organic phase. During the reaction an amide of fluorescein was made what doesn’t have a color and it does not fluoresces under these conditions. So hopefully, the transparency of the upper layer means something good.

The bottom layer is a dilute (1M) sodium hydroxide solution what reacts with the fluorescein to form the highly fluorescent fluoriescein sodium salt what produces this intense green color in the aqueous phase.

Interesting fact: the acid form of the fluorescein does not emit the characteristic intense green color under UV light, it only emits a yellowish-orange color in high concentrations.

Sep 2

psicologicamenteblog:

Source: Chemical structures of neurotransmitters.

Follow Francesca Mura on Pinterest

Sep 2

charliexxx:

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I’m Trans* and have Fibromyalgia, and this is really making a difference already. I hope this helps out other people. We all know it fucking sucks to have to pay this much for the medication we need to function in life. 

Sep 2
currentsinbiology:

A nucleotide change could initiate fragile X syndrome
Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotide—the basic building block of DNA—could initiate fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability. The study appears in The Journal of Cell Biology.

Fragile X syndrome is caused by a defect in a gene on the X chromosome called fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1). Around 1 in 230 women and 1 in 360 men carry a so-called premutation, in which a series of DNA repeats at one end of the FMR1 gene is slightly longer than normal. These repeats are prone to even further expansion when FMR1 is passed from mother to child, causing the gene to switch off and stop producing a protein that is important for some cognitive functions.

A group of researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York previously found that a certain site that initiates DNA replication, located near to the FMR1 gene, is inactivated in fragile X embryonic stem cells. This inactivation changes the way that the FMR1 gene is copied during cell division, which could pose problems that lead to expansion of the DNA repeats within the gene.

Intriguingly, a specific alteration in the DNA sequence near the FMR1 gene—a “single-nucleotide polymorphism” or SNP— has been linked to an increased risk of repeat expansion in some premutation carriers. These researchers discovered that this SNP overlaps with the inactive replication origin in fragile X embryonic stem cells.

Nucleotides in DNA include one of four bases (cytosine, thymine, adenine, or guanine). The researchers found that normal embryonic stem cells had a thymine base at the SNP site and an active replication origin. Fragile X cells, in contrast, had a cytosine base and an inactive origin. The researchers also derived embryonic stem cells from mothers carrying the fragile X premutation. These cells had a thymine base and a normal replication pattern and, accordingly, showed no tendency to expand their repeat numbers over time.

The findings show that the substitution of cytosine for thymine might inactivate the DNA replication origin when the FMR1 gene is passed from mother to child, increasing the risk of DNA repeat expansions that can lead to fragile X syndrome.

Gerhardt, J., et al. 2014. J. Cell Biol. doi:10.1083/jcb.201404157
Caption: Researchers used genetic mapping to determine that stem cells derived from mothers carrying a fragile X premutation (above) show a normal pattern of DNA replication when a nearby DNA sequence is similar to normal stem cells.  Credit: Gerhardt et al., 2014

currentsinbiology:

A nucleotide change could initiate fragile X syndrome

Researchers reveal how the alteration of a single nucleotide—the basic building block of DNA—could initiate fragile X syndrome, the most common inherited form of intellectual disability. The study appears in The Journal of Cell Biology.

Fragile X syndrome is caused by a defect in a gene on the X chromosome called fragile X mental retardation 1 (FMR1). Around 1 in 230 women and 1 in 360 men carry a so-called premutation, in which a series of DNA repeats at one end of the FMR1 gene is slightly longer than normal. These repeats are prone to even further expansion when FMR1 is passed from mother to child, causing the gene to switch off and stop producing a protein that is important for some cognitive functions.

A group of researchers from Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University in New York previously found that a certain site that initiates DNA replication, located near to the FMR1 gene, is inactivated in fragile X embryonic stem cells. This inactivation changes the way that the FMR1 gene is copied during cell division, which could pose problems that lead to expansion of the DNA repeats within the gene.

Intriguingly, a specific alteration in the DNA sequence near the FMR1 gene—a “single-nucleotide polymorphism” or SNP— has been linked to an increased risk of repeat expansion in some premutation carriers. These researchers discovered that this SNP overlaps with the inactive replication origin in fragile X embryonic stem cells.

Nucleotides in DNA include one of four bases (cytosine, thymine, adenine, or guanine). The researchers found that normal embryonic stem cells had a thymine base at the SNP site and an active replication origin. Fragile X cells, in contrast, had a cytosine base and an inactive origin. The researchers also derived embryonic stem cells from mothers carrying the fragile X premutation. These cells had a thymine base and a normal replication pattern and, accordingly, showed no tendency to expand their repeat numbers over time.

The findings show that the substitution of cytosine for thymine might inactivate the DNA replication origin when the FMR1 gene is passed from mother to child, increasing the risk of DNA repeat expansions that can lead to fragile X syndrome.

Gerhardt, J., et al. 2014. J. Cell Biol. doi:10.1083/jcb.201404157

Caption: Researchers used genetic mapping to determine that stem cells derived from mothers carrying a fragile X premutation (above) show a normal pattern of DNA replication when a nearby DNA sequence is similar to normal stem cells.  Credit: Gerhardt et al., 2014

Sep 2
tekilamockingbird:

Jupiter’s Rings
Saturn is not the only gas giant with rings, in fact all the outer planets have them!  This is probably due to the fact that they are a) closer to both the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud (which are major sources of incoming bodies from the outer solar system) and b) are much more massive and therefore gravitationally disturbs and attracts these incoming bodies much more easily than the terrestrial planets do.  Once they are attracted, these bodies often rip apart once inside the Roche Limit, and become the rings of the planets.  Jupiter has an ethereal ring, much much thinner and less easily visible than Saturn’s.  Jupiter having thinner rings can happen for a variety of reasons, but to have well established rings, they need to be replenished regularly, so it’s thought this might be why J’s rings aren’t so lavish a display as Saturn’s.  The rings it currently has are thought to be formed by meteroid impacts on the surfaces of Jupiter’s moons; the dust from the impacts then drift into the Jovian orbit.

tekilamockingbird:

Jupiter’s Rings

Saturn is not the only gas giant with rings, in fact all the outer planets have them!  This is probably due to the fact that they are a) closer to both the Kuiper Belt and the Oort Cloud (which are major sources of incoming bodies from the outer solar system) and b) are much more massive and therefore gravitationally disturbs and attracts these incoming bodies much more easily than the terrestrial planets do.  Once they are attracted, these bodies often rip apart once inside the Roche Limit, and become the rings of the planets.  Jupiter has an ethereal ring, much much thinner and less easily visible than Saturn’s.  Jupiter having thinner rings can happen for a variety of reasons, but to have well established rings, they need to be replenished regularly, so it’s thought this might be why J’s rings aren’t so lavish a display as Saturn’s.  The rings it currently has are thought to be formed by meteroid impacts on the surfaces of Jupiter’s moons; the dust from the impacts then drift into the Jovian orbit.

Sep 2

ticytacs:

ladyinterior:

Paper Art, Maude White

and I didn’t want to cut out bat silhouettes 

Sep 2
classicallyforbiddenregions:

tekilamockingbird:

Saturn has 62 moons formally, the largest of which is Titan.  Titan is a really interesting moon for many reasons.  Most moons in the solar system don’t come anywhere near the size of our Moon, but Titan does as it has a radius 50% larger than our Moon.  This allows Titan to have a substantial atmosphere, which is almost entirely made out of nitrogen (98.4%).  This is the only body in the solar system found that so far has a substantial nitrogen atmosphere, other than the Earth (78% nitrogen).  What’s also cool about Titan is that there are geological features similar to those on Earth such as beaches (the sand is made out of methane ice crystals!) dunes, seas, rivers and river deltas!  All the liquid on the surface of Titan is believed to be liquid methane, which requires very low temperatures to be in this state.  Titan is similar to Earth because although it doesn’t have Earth’s water cycle, it has an analogous methane cycle.  It’s theorized that not only rain exists on Titan, but lightning as well!
Also, it can be theorized that life exists in the seas of Titan, or in subsurface reservoirs thought to be a mixture of ammonia and water.  This hypothesis comes from the fact that the atmosphere of Titan is similar to what scientists think the Earth’s atmosphere was like very early on in it’s evolution.  With the chemical compounds as they are now known it is possible for complex molecules to be generated!  This is the most interesting thing for me since I would like to get my doctorate in astrobiology sometime in the future.  The above picture is an artist’s impression of the surface.

Hey guys I just started a blog dedicated 100% to my own writing.  I hope to post at least one new thing a day and til I get started I’ll post my original works that have been found on here since the beginning.
I will still post astronomy things on this blog, but all of my original creations will be on this new blog.  I love you guys please consider following me!


 

classicallyforbiddenregions:

tekilamockingbird:

Saturn has 62 moons formally, the largest of which is Titan.  Titan is a really interesting moon for many reasons.  Most moons in the solar system don’t come anywhere near the size of our Moon, but Titan does as it has a radius 50% larger than our Moon.  This allows Titan to have a substantial atmosphere, which is almost entirely made out of nitrogen (98.4%).  This is the only body in the solar system found that so far has a substantial nitrogen atmosphere, other than the Earth (78% nitrogen).  What’s also cool about Titan is that there are geological features similar to those on Earth such as beaches (the sand is made out of methane ice crystals!) dunes, seas, rivers and river deltas!  All the liquid on the surface of Titan is believed to be liquid methane, which requires very low temperatures to be in this state.  Titan is similar to Earth because although it doesn’t have Earth’s water cycle, it has an analogous methane cycle.  It’s theorized that not only rain exists on Titan, but lightning as well!

Also, it can be theorized that life exists in the seas of Titan, or in subsurface reservoirs thought to be a mixture of ammonia and water.  This hypothesis comes from the fact that the atmosphere of Titan is similar to what scientists think the Earth’s atmosphere was like very early on in it’s evolution.  With the chemical compounds as they are now known it is possible for complex molecules to be generated!  This is the most interesting thing for me since I would like to get my doctorate in astrobiology sometime in the future.  The above picture is an artist’s impression of the surface.

Hey guys I just started a blog dedicated 100% to my own writing.  I hope to post at least one new thing a day and til I get started I’ll post my original works that have been found on here since the beginning.

I will still post astronomy things on this blog, but all of my original creations will be on this new blog.  I love you guys please consider following me!

 
Sep 1
imprintation:

gsfsoul:



Albert Einstein in Fuzzy Slippers

how can you just scroll past this you can’t

i tried to but as you can see i couldnt

cannot ignore this post ok

imprintation:

gsfsoul:

Albert Einstein in Fuzzy Slippers

how can you just scroll past this you can’t

i tried to but as you can see i couldnt

cannot ignore this post ok

Sep 1

theweekmagazine:

These real-life Rosie the Riveters changed the face of labor

Vintage photos from the library of congress capture a time when the country ran on womanpower