Petty Earth Minds
“From out there on the Moon, international politics look so petty. You want to grab a politician by the scruff of the neck and drag him a quarter of a million miles out and say, ‘Look at that, you son of a bitch.’”
— Edgar Mitchel, Apollo 14 astronaut, speaking in People magazine on 8 April 1974.
(Russian astronaut’s picture of the super moon)
Happy Birthday Astronaut Chris Hadfield!
Chris Hadfield is a former astronaut who became the first Canadian to walk in space. He flew two space shuttle missions and later would become the first Canadian to command the International Space Station. Hadfield became an international rockstar through his use of social media to provide a window into what life was like aboard the ISS while sharing stunning images from space.
On May 12, 2013, shortly before leaving the space station, Chris Hadfield released a music video of his rendition of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” recorded on the ISS. The video went viral quickly garnering over 22 million views on YouTube, and was the first music video ever to be shot in space. The video was taken offline after the one-year licensing agreement expired. However, in a recent tweet Hadfield said “Our Oddity will be back online soon.”
For now you can watch Chris Hadfield’s “Space Oddity” online here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_RB1ENTayU
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Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.
The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.
“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.
“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”
Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.
In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.
Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?
Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.
When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.
Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands
basically everyone should stop s***ting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them
But nah, girls and women just suck at math and science and have never invented anything worthwhile. Sure. Right.
Drop whatever you’re doing and watch this. NASA has released videos shot from onboard the Space Shuttle’s Solid Rocket Boosters in the past, but you’ve never seen one prepared as masterfully as this.