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"Last year, in total, British police officers actually fired their weapons three times. The number of people fatally shot was zero. In 2012 the figure was just one. Even after adjusting for the smaller size of Britain’s population, British citizens are around 100 times less likely to be shot by a police officer than Americans. Between 2010 and 2014 the police force of one small American city, Albuquerque in New Mexico, shot and killed 23 civilians; seven times more than the number of Brits killed by all of England and Wales’s 43 forces during the same period.

The explanation for this gap is simple. In Britain, guns are rare. Only specialist firearms officers carry them; and criminals rarely have access to them. The last time a British police officer was killed by a firearm on duty was in 2012, in a brutal case in Manchester. The annual number of murders by shooting is typically less than 50. Police shootings are enormously controversial. The shooting of Mark Duggan, a known gangster, which in 2011 started riots across London, led to a fiercely debated inquest. Last month, a police officer was charged with murder over a shooting in 2005. The reputation of the Metropolitan Police’s armed officers is still barely recovering from the fatal shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, an innocent Brazilian, in the wake of the 7/7 terrorist bombings in London.

In America, by contrast, it is hardly surprising that cops resort to their weapons more frequently. In 2013, 30 cops were shot and killed—just a fraction of the 9,000 or so murders using guns that happen each year. Add to that a hyper-militarised police culture and a deep history of racial strife and you have the reason why so many civilians are shot by police officers. Unless America can either reduce its colossal gun ownership rates or fix its deep social problems, shootings of civilians by police—justified or not—seem sure to continue."

- Armed police: Trigger happy | The Economist (via kenyatta)

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littlesparrowfly:

pineplapple:

This is hands down the best parody twitter ever

Omg

True… no woman can resist a good lizard impression.

losingwins:

maryfreakingsunshine:

boyswanna-be-her:

what is air

In case you ever wonder what I’m like in an emergency….

Can’t stop laughing

zeloswildeer:

blushyarmin:

lordofthescience:

royaltyspeaking:

How to tell if it was a gunshot or fireworks: gunshots don’t echo, fireworks do. 

thaNK YOU SO MUCH

the fact that anyone might commonly need to know this terrifies me

clearly you’re not from america

Don’t rely on that tidbit of info… couldn’t find much (if anything) to support it. I did find tons of articles saying you can’t tell the difference with the human ear, but can use reason to make an educated guess or get a gadget that can more accurately tell the difference based on sound waves (but even that system gets it mixed up too.)

http://venice311.org/2011/06/26/q-how-do-you-tell-gunshots-from-fireworks-a-you-cant/

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Anonymous asked: Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it

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adventuresinchemistry:

smilesandvials:

shychemist:

It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

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Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.
But…
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It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.

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I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.

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imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA

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Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 

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Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:

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Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:
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And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop

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Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.

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Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:

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"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops
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Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  

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On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)

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Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire

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So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.

OH WAIT
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SCIENCE TO DO

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NO TIME FOR SEXIST MAN CHILD ANONS

oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—

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Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this

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While dressed fabulously like this

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Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

Okay, one last post for Math and Science Week/Future of STEM because it’s just too good, and I didn’t officially end the week yesterday as I meant to. Enjoy! You can read all the Week’s posts here.

tropius:

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Best hacking in a movie award goes to:

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"When you start to know someone, all their physical characteristics start to disappear. You begin to dwell in their energy, recognize the scent of their skin. You see only the essence of the person, not the shell. That’s why you can’t fall in love with beauty. You can lust after it, be infatuated by it, want to own it. You can love it with your eyes and your body but not your heart. And that’s why, when you really connect with a person’s inner self, any physical imperfections disappear, become irrelevant."

- Lisa Unger, Beautiful Lies   (via wordsnquotes)

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kaotosaurion:

kaotosaurion:

if this gets fifty notes in the next half hour of being in line i will ask hillary Clinton if she has a favorite anime for real

i aSKED AND SHE SAID SHE WASNT VERY KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT ANY OF THEM BUT SHE KNEW ABOUT IT AND SHE ASKED ME FOR A REC AND I PANICKED AND TOLD HILLARY CLINTON TO WATCH JOJOS BIZARRE ADVENTURE

SHE SAID SHE WOULD. IM AFRAID

This is the best.  Not so much that the question was asked, but that kaotosaurion panicked and recommended JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure. Good choice under the pressure, but I’m dying imagining Hillary Clinton sitting down and logging into Crunchy Roll or getting it from an aide to check it out as her introduction to anime.  Could you just imagine…

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losingwins asked: Please share your potato blink 182 story?

The story is relatively straight forward.  It was the summer of 1999. I was 17 and my friend scored fabulous tickets to the Weenie Roast and asked me to join her.  My parents really liked this particular friend because her parents always called my parents before, during, and after any potential sleepovers to make sure things were on the level.  SO, I asked my parents if I could go to a “concert” with her - and I put the word “concert” in quotes because the only kind of concert they would have approved of back then would have had a symphony and old people involved.  Lucky for me, the symphony and old people were having regular concerts at the same venue on adjacent weekends, so an all-day festival celebrating music and art was totally plausible.  

Anyway.  I had already changed out of my giant flannel button up shirt and khakis and into my tiny tank top and hideous denim shorts (which all conveniently fit into my baby backpack) so I fit right in with all the “adults” and “cool kids” drinking alcoholic beverages in the crowd.

By the time Blink was on stage, everything was perfect.  I was in heaven.  We had good tickets, so we heard a lot of ruckus going on in the lawn behind us, but the lawn seemed so far away, so no need to worry.  I continue shouting along with all the words to all the songs - like 17-year-olds do - but the ruckus behind us keeps getting louder and louder, closer and closer… so I turn around to see what was going on when out of nowhere, a beautiful baked potato, partially wrapped in foil comes flying right at me and nails me in the face.  

My first thought was - THIS POTATO BETTER NOT LEAVE A BRUISE BECAUSE MY PARENTS WILL KNOW THAT POTATOES DO NOT FLY IN THE AIR AT THEIR KIND OF CONCERTS AND I WILL BE IN SO MUCH TROUBLE!  But that thought quickly disappeared as a massive food fight - a massively expensive food fight if you think about how expensive the food is at those venues - took over the entire audience.  My potato-bruised face would be easy enough to hide, but the stench of BEER IN MY HAIR from people throwing their beers (THROWING A $9 BEER!?!?! COULD YOU IMAGINE!!! WHAT A WASTE) would be a tough sell. 

I did it though. I pulled it off, because wouldn’t you know it, what “really” happened at this “concert” was that an “old man” walking to his seat in the row behind me “stumbled” and spilled his drink all over me. Looking back, I think my parents figured it out… because I was mostly an idiot. 

Bright side, this is how I learned what great things beer can do for your hair!  I had the shiniest hair ever for the week after that!