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insomniac-arrest · a year ago
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people talk all the time about “primal instincts” and it’s usually about violence or sexual temptations or something, but your humanity comes with a lot of different stuff that we do without really thinking about, that we do without being told to or prompted to
your average human comes pre-installed with instincts to:
Befriend
Tell story
Make Thing
Investigate
Share knowledge
Laugh
Sing
Dance
Empathize with
Create
we are cholk-full of survival instincts that revolve around connecting to others (dog-shaped others, robot-shaped, sometimes even plant-shaped) and making things with our hands
your primal instincts are not bathed in blood- they are layered in people telling stories to each other around a fire over and over and putting devices together through trial and error over and over and reaching for someone and something every moment of the way
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catchymemes · 9 months ago
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moami · 2 years ago
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humanity peaked when the first sea shanty sounded over the lonely ocean
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amishsicario · a year ago
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chad species
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blunt-science · a year ago
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Colourised footage of Benjamin, the last know Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine).
Benjamin died on September 7th, 1936 in Hobart zoo. It is believed that he died out of neglect, as he was locked out of his shelter and was exposed to the searing hot sun and freezing cold night of Tasmania.
The Thylacine was one of the last large marsupials left on Australia (the other being the Kangaroo) after a great extinction event occurred around 40 thousand years ago. This extinction event, caused mainly by the arrival of humans, wiped out 90% of Australia's terrestrial vertebrates, including the famous Megafauna.
The Thylacine was around 15-30kg (33-66lbs), were carnivorous, and had numerous similarities to other species like dogs, despite not being related and purely by chance, in a phenomenon known as convergent evolution (just like the ability to fly of bats and birds, despite following different evolutionary paths). Not only that, they could open their jaws up to 120 degrees, could hop around on two legs like a kangaroo, and both males and females had pouches.
Lastly in a cruel twist, the Tasmanian government decided to protect the Thylacine - just 59 days before the last one died, in a very notable case case of "Too little too late". To date, many biologists believe that there are still Thylacine roaming the wild plains of Australia. 
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insomniac-arrest · a year ago
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the human brain is actually programmed to Lose It when in confined spaces
so it’s just like, human brain with a few walls: No predators can sneak up on me. I am safe and in a secure location. Cozy, content, ideal structural conditions.
human brain with a bunch of walls: I am going to go absolutely OFF MY SHITS, I demand SKY and TREES, fuck you, this is your brain on FERAL MODE
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catsbeaversandducks · a year ago
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By Hannah Hillam
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They came from somewhere beyond Pluto. 
 They had many questions. 
 “You affix metal and wires to your teeth...use needles to inject portraits into your skin...stab your flesh with shards of metal...remove your hair with lasers...cut patterns into your faces...burn yourselves...remove fat and break your noses and inject diseases into yourselves willingly. Why?” 
And we answered “For beauty.” 
 Fireworks confused them. “These horrible explosions, with their colors and patterns? Is this an act of war, or is it in worship of some god?” 
 We answered, “No. It is in celebration.” 
Explaining vaccines was difficult. “You give yourself disease on purpose? You force it into your blood with needles? Why?” 
We answered, “To teach our bodies to resist it.” 
 They felt awe at our true wars. At our missiles that harnessed the power found in stars, at our weapons that spread poison and disease, at our flying machines that destroyed thousands while we flew them from continents away. They asked, “For what reasons do you go to war?” 
We answered, “To gain money and resources, to exact revenge, to impose and uphold faith and ideology, and, now and then, on our best days, to answer a cry for help.” 
 They asked us, “The moon is barren, and yet you went. Mount Everest is a deadly place, and yet you go. The ocean is vast and frightful and travel to its depths is near impossible, and yet you are trying to dive. Why?”
 We answered, “To show that we could, to show that we can, to show that we will.”   
They asked, “Why?” 
We answered, “Because how dare there be questions unanswered, realms unexplored, lands unconquered. How dare this reality not fall under our command. We will rule this universe or we will die trying.”
They didn’t come back, and no others dare visit. 
 That’s alright. 
 We’ll find them.
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vintagebaddies · 2 months ago
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Sometimes in Life by New Specimen
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bibisoe · a year ago
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More Janaya gifs
Okay, I just couldn’t help myself with another one. This one was too cute.
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“She thinks I’m cute but won’t admit it yet.”
I’M SCREAMING.
And Janai’s just like:
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JUST LOOK AT HOW THE STERN LOOK ON HER FACE TURNS TO A BLUSH
P.S. I’m not 100% sure about the ASL translation. Plus, I wanted to post this along with the others but tumblr doesn’t allow more than ten gifs on one post. Thanks to @derebantran for the idea, by the way.
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weirdlandtv · 2 years ago
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I can always free up some time in my schedule to feature light beings—beings of light.
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nasa · 2 years ago
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Two are Better Than One: The NASA Twins Study
What exactly happens to the human body during spaceflight? The Twins Study,  a 340-day investigation conducted by NASA’s Human Research Program , sought to find answers. Scientists had an opportunity to see how conditions on the International Space Station translated to changes in gene expression by comparing identical twin astronauts: Scott Kelly who spent close to a year in space and Mark Kelly who remained on Earth.
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From high above the skies, for almost a year, astronaut Scott Kelly periodically collected his own blood specimens for researchers on the ground during his One-Year Mission aboard the Space Station. These biological specimens made their way down to Earth onboard two separate SpaceX Dragon vehicles. A little bit of Scott returned to Earth each time and was studied by scientists across the United States.
Totaling 183 samples from Scott and his brother, Mark, these vials helped scientists understand the changes Scott’s body underwent while spending a prolonged stay in low Earth orbit.  
The Twins
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Because identical twins share the same genetic makeup, they are very similar on a molecular level. Twin studies provide a way for scientists to explore how our health is impacted by the environment around us.
What We Learned: Gene Expression
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A significant finding is the variability in gene expression, which reflects how a body reacts to its environment and will help inform how gene expression is related to health risks associated with spaceflight. While in space, researchers observed changes in the expression of Scott’s genes, with the majority returning to normal after six months on Earth. However, a small percentage of genes related to the immune system and DNA repair did not return to baseline after his return to Earth. Further, the results identified key genes to target for use in monitoring the health of future astronauts and potentially developing personalized countermeasures.
What We Learned: Immunome
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Another key finding is that Scott’s immune system responded appropriately in space. For example, the flu vaccine administered in space worked exactly as it does on Earth. A fully functioning immune system during long-duration space missions is critical to protecting astronaut health from opportunistic microbes in the spacecraft environment.
What We Learned: Proteomics
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Studying protein pathways in Scott enabled researchers to look at fluid regulation and fluid shifts within his body. Shifts in fluid may contribute to vision problems in astronauts. Scientists found a specific protein associated with fluid regulation was elevated in Scott, compared with his brother Mark on Earth.
What We Learned: Telomeres
The telomeres in Scott’s white blood cells, which are biomarkers of aging at the end of chromosomes, were unexpectedly longer in space then shorter after his return to Earth with average telomere length returning to normal six months later. In contrast, his brother’s telomeres remained stable throughout the entire period. Because telomeres are important for cellular genomic stability, additional studies on telomere dynamics are planned for future one-year missions to see whether results are repeatable for long-duration missions.
What We Learned: Cognition
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Scott Kelly participated in a series of cognitive performance evaluations (such as mental alertness, spatial orientation, and recognition of emotions) administered through a battery of tests and surveys. Researchers found that during spaceflight, Scott’s cognitive function remained normal for the first half of his stay onboard the space station compared to the second half of his spaceflight and to his brother, Mark, on the ground. However, upon landing, Scott’s speed and accuracy decreased. Re-exposure to Earth’s gravity and the dynamic experience of landing may have affected the results.  
What We Learned: Biochemical
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In studying various measurements on Scott, researchers found that his body mass decreased during flight, likely due to controlled nutrition and extensive exercise. While on his mission, Scott consumed about 30% less calories than researchers anticipated. An increase in his folate serum (vitamin B-9), likely due to an increase of the vitamin in his pre-packaged meals, was also noted by researchers. This is bolstered by the telomeres study, which suggests that proper nutrition and exercise help astronauts maintain health while in space.
What We Learned: Metabolomics
Within five months of being aboard the space station, researchers found an increase in the thickness of Scott’s arterial wall, which may have been caused by inflammation and oxidative stress during spaceflight. Whether this change is reversible is yet to be determined. They hope these results will help them understand the stresses that the human cardiovascular system undergoes during spaceflight. 
In addition, the results from the Microbiome, Epigenomics, and Integrative Omics studies suggest a human body is capable of adapting to and recovering from the spaceflight environment on a molecular level.
Why Does This Matter?
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The data from the Twins Study Investigation will be explored for years to come as researchers report some interesting, surprising, and assuring data on how the human body is able to adapt to the extreme environment of spaceflight. This study gave us the first integrated molecular view into genetic changes, and demonstrated the plasticity and robustness of a human body!
We will use the valuable data to ensure the safety and health of the men and women who go on to missions to the Moon and on to Mars.
Learn more with this video about these fascinating discoveries!  
Make sure to follow us on Tumblr for your regular dose of space: http://nasa.tumblr.com
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recklessfiction · 2 years ago
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Another thing I think is great about humans is our ability to just. hate in silence. Like to just fume but not say anything, so it looks like we’re fine on the outside but once we get somewhere private we just blow up. 
I think a lot of aliens would see the calm side of us, the side that puts a smile on our anger, and assumes we’re just super diplomatic and kind. So we’re put in charge of diplomatic missions and dealing with powerful individuals who other, more aggressive groups would have trouble controlling themselves with. 
The first time, it goes as planned. The council that the humans meet with is are all shitheads, arrogant, tyrannical and just general pains in the ass and everyone can tell that the other individuals in the diplomatic party are losing patience. But sure enough, the human has a wide smile plastered on their face and nods slowly at every rude remark the council members makes. The others find it very commendable and as they return to the ship, they’re just about to say how impressed they are when, as soon as the door to the ship closes, the human starts to scREAM. 
“Who the FUCK do those PRICKS think they are!? They think they can just DECIDE THAT A PEACE TREATY ISN’T “FOR THEM”!? Arm the guns, we’re blowing the fucking ROOF off this place, see how they feel about a peace treaty when they’re standing in RUBBLE! Goddamn pieces of shit trash fires!”
They all share horrified expressions as the human rages around the ship, swearing and howling as loud as any warrior. They are legitimately terrified of what they might do, but eventually the human takes a deep breath and composes themselves. They go back of course, because no mission can be left like that, and there’s an anxious atmosphere as the others watch the human for any trace of the rage they showed. But no, its all friendly smiles again as they speak to the council. 
"Unfortunately, your decision to abandon your people to the War Systems simply cannot be condoned by the Syndicate, though I’m sure there is some way we can work all this nasty mess out.”
From then on, humans are watched more carefully during diplomatic missions, the Syndicate having figured out that we’re not as constantly composed as we come across and can rage as well as any warrior race. 
Honestly though, what can they expect from inhabitants of a planet where the concept of retail work exists?
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catchymemes · 4 months ago
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