Distracted Biologist
Not a science blog, just a scientist's blog.



Step by Step: A Great way of Painting your own Mural without Knowing how to Draw

This is awesome. I also fucking love seven samurai.


Power Rangers cast selfie

Worry pretends to be necessary but serves no useful purpose.
— Eckhart Tolle (via onlinecounsellingcollege)



#Canadian winter


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Jordan Davis would have turned 19 this year.

The black teen was killed in 2012 while sitting in a car with his friends outside a Jacksonville, Florida convenience store, listening to music.

That music was too loud for Michael Dunn. Following an argument over the volume, the 45-year-old man fired his gun into the car full of teenagers, killing Davis. Dunn told his fiancee the teens were playing “thug music.”

On the eve of Davis’ birthday, a mistrial was declared on the first-degree murder charge. The jury found Dunn guilty of attempted second-degree murder and a count of firing into an occupied car.

While people struggled to make sense of the verdict, Jamie Nesbitt Golden kicked off the #dangerousblackkids hashtag on Twitter, with participants questioning a society where unarmed black kids are often interpreted as threats.


Giant Portrait Shows Drone Operators That People Aren’t “Bug Splats”

From where a drone operator’s sitting, one blurry blob of pixels looks almost exactly like the next blurry blob of pixels, which is how the term “bug splat” worked its way into modern military slang as a way of referring to a kill. Now, though, a giant art installation in Pakistan wants to show drone operators that its people are anything but anonymous white blobs—and that that “bug splat” belongs to an actual human being.

Hours Worked On Minimum Wage In Order To Pay For One University Credit Hour




Watch Honey Maid’s awesome answer about the backlash they received 

so powerful

This is beautiful and perfect and EXACTLY as the world should be.


Should We Close Part Of The Ocean To Keep Fish On The Plate?

by Alastair Bland

For lovers of fatty tuna belly, canned albacore and swordfish kebabs, here’s a question: Would you be willing to give them up for several years so that you could eat them perhaps for the rest of your life?

If a new proposal to ban fishing on the open ocean were to fly, that’s essentially what we might be faced with. It’s an idea that might help restore the populations of several rapidly disappearing fish – like tuna, swordfish and marlin — that we, and future generations, might like to continue to have as a food source.

The novel conservation plan, introduced recently in a in the journal PLoS Biology, would close international waters – where there’s currently pretty much a fishing free-for-all — to all fishing and restrict commercial fishermen to coastal areas managed by individual nations. The authors, and , suggest turning the open ocean into a worldwide reserve for the migratory species that travel huge distances…

(read more: NPR)

images: Alex Hofford/EPA /LANDOV and PLoS Biology

Scientists killed in their line of duty

I wanted to start a list commemorating scientists who have paid the ultimate sacrifice in their passionate pursuit of science. Please feel free to add to this list with links for reference (and please stick to the format).

Anne Szarewsk (1960-2013) - pioneer of the HPV vaccine - died from overworking. 1, 2

Steve Irwin (1962-2006) - wildlife expert and conservationist - pierced in the heart by a stingray. 1

Karen Wetterhahn (1948-1997) - chemist studying how mercury interacts with DNA repair proteins - accidental exposure to dimethylmercury. 1

Rosalind Franklin (1920-1958) - crystallographer and co-discoverer of the DNA molecular structure - cancer from X-ray exposure. 1 

Louis Slotin (1910-1946) - physicist and chemist on the Manhattan project - exposure to radiation while stopping an accidental fusion reaction. 1

Harry K. Daghlian, Jr. (1921-1945) - physicist and chemist on the Manhattan project - exposure to radiation in an experimental accident. 1

Samuel Ruben (1913-1943) - chemist and physicist who demonstrated that oxygen gas produced in photosynthesis comes from water - exposure to phosgene in a laboratory accident. 1

Marie Curie (1867-1934) - Nobel prize in chemistry, pioneer of radioactivity - leukemia from radiation exposure. 1

Francis Bacon (1561-1626) - pioneered the Scientific Method - contracted pneumonia in trying to use snow to preserve meat. 1

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