ohscience
ohscience:

"All 786 known planets (as of June 2012) to scale (some planet sizes estimated based on mass). This [small box] is our solar system. The rest of these orbit other stars and were only discovered recently. Most of them are huge because those are the kind we learned to detect first, but now we’re finding that small ones are actually more common. We know nothing about what’s on any of them. With better telescopes, that would change. This is an exciting time.”
(http://xkcd.com/1071/large/)

ohscience:

"All 786 known planets (as of June 2012) to scale (some planet sizes estimated based on mass). This [small box] is our solar system. The rest of these orbit other stars and were only discovered recently. Most of them are huge because those are the kind we learned to detect first, but now we’re finding that small ones are actually more common. We know nothing about what’s on any of them. With better telescopes, that would change. This is an exciting time.

(http://xkcd.com/1071/large/)

theatlantic
theatlantic:

What Internet Trolls Thought of Last Night’s Debate
There was a 22-percent increase in insulting comments during this debate vs. the debate last week.
Over 7 percent of overall commentary contained some form of profanity, “astroturfing,” or spam.
Comments slurring Obama exceeded those against Romney by 3 times.
There was a 50-percent increase in negativity about Obama during this debate as compared to the second debate.
There was a 200-percent increase in negativity about Romney during last night’s debate as compared to the second debate.
The top themes provoking profanity on social media were China, oil, jobs, the military, and Iran.
Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/Albert Ziganshin]

theatlantic:

What Internet Trolls Thought of Last Night’s Debate

  • There was a 22-percent increase in insulting comments during this debate vs. the debate last week.
  • Over 7 percent of overall commentary contained some form of profanity, “astroturfing,” or spam.
  • Comments slurring Obama exceeded those against Romney by 3 times.
  • There was a 50-percent increase in negativity about Obama during this debate as compared to the second debate.
  • There was a 200-percent increase in negativity about Romney during last night’s debate as compared to the second debate.
  • The top themes provoking profanity on social media were China, oil, jobs, the military, and Iran.

Read more. [Image: Shutterstock/Albert Ziganshin]

theatlantic
theatlantic:

Why Are College Textbooks So Absurdly Expensive?

You thought the rising cost of college tuition was bad? Then check out the rising cost of college textbooks. The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry has put together this chart showing the egregious, 812 percent rise in the cost of course materials since 1978, as captured in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s consumer price index data. The price of all those Intro to Sociology and Calculus books have shot up faster than health-care, home prices, and, of course, inflation.
Read more.

theatlantic:

Why Are College Textbooks So Absurdly Expensive?

You thought the rising cost of college tuition was bad? Then check out the rising cost of college textbooks. The American Enterprise Institute’s Mark Perry has put together this chart showing the egregious, 812 percent rise in the cost of course materials since 1978, as captured in the Bureau of Labor Statistics’s consumer price index data. The price of all those Intro to Sociology and Calculus books have shot up faster than health-care, home prices, and, of course, inflation.

Read more.

theatlantic
theatlantic:

Boys on the Side: How Hookup Culture Affects Women

Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s—are for the first time in history more success­ful, on average, than the single young men around them. They are more likely to have a college degree and, in aggregate, they make more money. What makes this remarkable development possible is not just the pill or legal abortion but the whole new landscape of sexual freedom—the ability to delay marriage and have temporary relationships that don’t derail education or career. To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women—not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.

Read more. [Image: Emiliano Granado]

theatlantic:

Boys on the Side: How Hookup Culture Affects Women

Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s—are for the first time in history more success­ful, on average, than the single young men around them. They are more likely to have a college degree and, in aggregate, they make more money. What makes this remarkable development possible is not just the pill or legal abortion but the whole new landscape of sexual freedom—the ability to delay marriage and have temporary relationships that don’t derail education or career. To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women—not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.

Read more. [Image: Emiliano Granado]

theatlantic
theatlantic:

Boys on the Side: How Hookup Culture Affects Women

Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s—are for the first time in history more success­ful, on average, than the single young men around them. They are more likely to have a college degree and, in aggregate, they make more money. What makes this remarkable development possible is not just the pill or legal abortion but the whole new landscape of sexual freedom—the ability to delay marriage and have temporary relationships that don’t derail education or career. To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women—not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.

Read more. [Image: Emiliano Granado]

theatlantic:

Boys on the Side: How Hookup Culture Affects Women

Single young women in their sexual prime—that is, their 20s and early 30s—are for the first time in history more success­ful, on average, than the single young men around them. They are more likely to have a college degree and, in aggregate, they make more money. What makes this remarkable development possible is not just the pill or legal abortion but the whole new landscape of sexual freedom—the ability to delay marriage and have temporary relationships that don’t derail education or career. To put it crudely, feminist progress right now largely depends on the existence of the hookup culture. And to a surprising degree, it is women—not men—who are perpetuating the culture, especially in school, cannily manipulating it to make space for their success, always keeping their own ends in mind. For college girls these days, an overly serious suitor fills the same role an accidental pregnancy did in the 19th century: a danger to be avoided at all costs, lest it get in the way of a promising future.

Read more. [Image: Emiliano Granado]

mydarkenedeyes

mydarkenedeyes:

Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.