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#this show took some turns down some suspect alleys along the way but #as manifestos go the ‘shared power’ theme running through this scene TAKES SOME F*CKING BEATNG #a giant ‘screw you’ to the Batman-esque Saviour complex running though most dude-focussed superhero franchises #’it’s me and only me who must save the helpless!’ vs ‘HERE TAKE THIS - AND USE IT TO SAVE YOURSELF AND OTHERS’ #you don’t hide power and hoard power and swoop in to impose your power on others to ‘save’ them #you share it #you teach it #’are you ready to be strong?’ #[i’m not crying YOU’RE crying] (via harrietvane)

#THIS WAS THE CROWNING ACHIEVEMENT OF ALL SEVEN SEASONS #THIS MOMENT RIGHT HERE #i fucking WAITED for my hogwarts letter #but when i saw this #i was like ‘fuck. I COULD BE A SLAYER’ (via callousyoungbeliever)

#ugly empowered weeping (via surprisinglywiry)

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ayellowstateofmind:

Imagine stabbing someone with this knife. 

It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.

if you want information it is

and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin

why would you stab a PERSON when you can have TOAST?

There’s the hufflepuff

1021girl:

snickerdoodlesandsausages:

enjolrasactual:

in-love-with-my-bed:

the-winchesters-creed:

ayellowstateofmind:

Imagine stabbing someone with this knife. 

It would instantly cauterize the would, so the person wouldn’t bleed, so it’s not very useful.

if you want information it is

and above, in order, we see a gryffindor, a ravenclaw, and a slytherin

why would you stab a PERSON when you can have TOAST?

There’s the hufflepuff

(Source: picapixels, via pragmatique)

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A coyote atlas and a dire wolf maxilla in a toothy entanglement | Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits

As currently exposed in Box 14, this coyote atlas (second neck vertebra) is sitting on top of a dire wolf maxilla (upper jaw) with the dire wolf’s canine going right through the space for the  coyote’s spinal cord. It’s a great example of how our fossils at Rancho La Brea are most often found “tangled” together. This results from the bones of many different animals being mixed together after becoming ensnared in the asphalt. The mixing may be the result of trampling and of movement of the asphalt and may take place over thousands of years. This, of course, means that the coyote wasn’t necessarily the dire wolf’s presumed dinner.

(Source: sciencetoastudent)

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Paleontologist For A Day:  Get your hands dirty at the La Brea Tar Pits

This week on “TechKnow,” we get an inside look at the work done by paleontologists at the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles. It takes time and experience to be able to figure out whether you’re looking at a tooth belonging to a dire wolf or a giant ground sloth. So when you’re faced with sorting through nearly 5 million newly excavated bones and fossils from potentially 600 different species, a little extra help is very much appreciated. 

That’s what’s happening now at the largest fossil site in the world. Fossils recovered at a parking garage construction site underneath lacma in 2006 fill 23 giant tree crates and over 300 large buckets, and this insurmountable discovery is impossible for staff to handle on their own. Assistant Lab Supervisor at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits, Beau Campbell, says the work would never get done if it weren’t for the help of volunteers ranging in age from 16 to 90-years-old. 

High school students, retired architects, doctors, and even Hollywood entertainers are among the folks who make up the community of volunteers that share a passion for learning about L.A.’s prehistoric past.  The fun begins by getting their hands dirty sorting and cleaning the precious bones, skulls, and fossils. “Volunteers are the backbone of the museum for research and collections,” Campbell says. “They’re in the lab seven days a week. There’s always work to do, and we have enough to keep us busy for many years to come.”

Volunteer Cynthia Egan says one of her favorite past times as a child was visiting The Page Museum and watching fossils being cleaned from behind the glass in the Fish Bowl Lab. While earning her Master’s in Classical Archaeology at Oxford University, she traveled to exotic locations working on various archaeological digs. So after moving back to Los Angeles, she was looking for a way to get her hands dirty and do some field work closer to home—by volunteering at The Page Museum and La Brea Tar Pits. “I get to be part of that continuing tradition that I got to enjoy as a child,” Egan says, “from the other side of the glass.” 

Here are the museum’s guidelines for volunteers:

• You must be at least 16 years old to join our volunteer team (parental consent will be required if you are under 18)
• Volunteer opportunities are only available Wednesday through Sunday
• We ask you to commit to a full day of volunteer service (9 am-5 pm) every week, on a set schedule
• A minimum three month commitment is required
• Once you have been with us for three months, you will become eligible to join the Excavation Team on site in Hancock Park

Learn more about what’s being uncovered by these teams from “TechKnow” and tune in TONIGHT at 7:30PM ET/4:30PM PT on aljazeeraamerica.