1. dahzmija:

    Couple during wedding in Kiangan, Ifugao early 1900

  2. okazu-shokudo:


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  3. edemoss:

    Hammerhead sketches I did for a piece about…hammerheads. Super fun. I could twenty pages of shark sketches. And I just might.

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  5. missauset:


    When Black Hair Is Against the Rules

    "The bias against black hair is as old as America itself. In the 18th century, British colonists classified African hair as closer to sheep wool than human hair. Enslaved and free blacks who had less kinky, more European-textured hair and lighter skin — often a result of plantation rape — received better treatment than those with more typically African features.

    After Emancipation, straight hair continued to be the required look for access to social and professional opportunities. Most black people internalized the idea that their natural hair was unacceptable, and by the early 20th century wore it in straightened styles often achieved with dangerous chemical processes or hot combs, or they wore wigs.

    It wasn’t until the 1960s that the Black Power movement declared that “black is beautiful” — and not least unstraightened natural black hair. Soon the Afro became a popular style, first at protests and political rallies and eventually on celebrities from Pam Grier to Michael Jackson.”

    Read more.

    I am thoroughly angered that we are still fighting for our humanity.  We must all be involved in this fight. 

    I love our manes

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  6. science-junkie:

    Proteins ‘ring like bells’

    As far back as 1948, Erwin Schrödinger—the inventor of modern quantum mechanics—published the book “What is life?”

    In it, he suggested that quantum mechanics and coherent ringing might be at the basis of all biochemical reactions. At the time, this idea never found wide acceptance because it was generally assumed that vibrations in protein molecules would be too rapidly damped.

    Now, scientists at the University of Glasgow have proven he was on the right track after all. Using modern laser spectroscopy, the scientists have been able to measure the vibrational spectrum of the enzyme lysozyme, a protein that fights off bacteria. They discovered that this enzyme rings like a bell with a frequency of a few terahertz or a million-million hertz. Most remarkably, the ringing involves the entire protein, meaning the ringing motion could be responsible for the transfer of energy across proteins.

    The experiments show that the ringing motion lasts for only a picosecond or one millionth of a millionth of a second. Biochemical reactions take place on a picosecond timescale and the scientists believe that evolution has optimised enzymes to ring for just the right amount of time. Any shorter, and biochemical reactions would become inefficient as energy is drained from the system too quickly. Any longer and the enzyme would simple oscillate forever: react, unreact, react, unreact, etc. The picosecond ringing time is just perfect for the most efficient reaction.

    These tiny motions enable proteins to morph quickly so they can readily bind with other molecules, a process that is necessary for life to perform critical biological functions like absorbing oxygen and repairing cells. The findings have been published in Nature Communications.

    Source: gla.ac.uk
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  7. montereybayaquarium:

    It’s been a busy year for our staff and volunteers working with snowy plovers! So far we’ve received 23 abandoned eggs, and are caring for 10 chicks behind the scenes. We’re also celebrating the release of two plovers back to the wild—the first of the season!

    We rescue and rehabilitate abandoned, threatened or damaged eggs and chicks. Since 2000 we’ve raised and released dozens of snowy plovers, outfitting them with leg bands to help track them in the wild. “We know that they’ve been seen reproducing, having eggs and chicks of their own,” says Aimee Greenebaum, associate curator of aviculture. “I feel like we’ve been really successful .”

    Snowy plovers nest in shallow nooks in the sand, which means their sand-colored eggs are camouflaged from predators—but also easily damaged. You can help this threatened species: adults abandon their nests when approached, so keep dogs leashed and stay out of marked bird nesting areas. 

    Learn more about our program

    View snowy plovers on our live Aviary cam

  8. orano:

    Hergé - Tintin “Les cigares du pharaon” Illustration for the reissue Editions Casterman - 1937

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  9. Listen/download: Suriname Ting by Que Bajo

    The third Que Bajo release has arrived! This time Uproot Andy teams up with Que Bajo partner Geko Jones, and longtime collaborator Chief Boima to present remixes of the beautiful music of Suriname. 

    Faluma, a song originally written by Ai Sa Si in the Saamáka language from Suriname, is a classic Caribbean tune covered by countless kaseko, bubbling, soca, and hip hop groups. Through its various incarnations it would become a pan-Caribbean hit, reaching Europe and North America through their countless immigrant communities. Geko Jones and Chief Boima team up in their Africa Latina incarnation to bring Faluma across the Atlantic Ocean to Africa. Remixing it in an Afro-House style inspired by the current scenes in Portugal, Angola, and the Netherlands, this one is especially made for the sing-a-long section of the night! 

    Luku A Meisje is Que Bajo’s take on Prince Koloni’s beautiful aléké music from the interior of Suriname. One of the most gifted voices anywhere in the world today, Prince Koloni is a hero in the proud African communities of the Northern Amazon. His biography is an amazing story of the continuation of African traditions in the America’s, as his dedication to his people and cultural roots have persisted even in the face of his own displacement from war. Andy and Geko do their part to bring the spirit of Africa in the Amazon to the clubs of New York and beyond!


    released 28 April 2014 
    Remixed by Uproot Andy, Geko Jones, Chief Boima