Ann Druyan — the amazing lady who has co-written, produced and directed both the original (1980s) and today’s “Cosmos” series.
“We may be little but we don’t think small. It’s the courage of questions, of grasping our true circumstances, and not pretending we are at the center of it all, that is adulthood. That’s being a grownup. Nothing in the cosmos diminishes the profundity of life and love. This show is a celebration of life in the universe.”
"Through an old but serviceable telescope from our front yard…my father showed me the moon and the planet Saturn for the first time, and I shall never forget it…seeing those objects up close changes you, and so it was with Professor Sagan’s astronomy class. It has changed me every bit as profoundly as the craters on the moon or the rings of Saturn. He empowered us. Indeed, he emboldened us to come to know our place in the cosmos, our place among the stars — what I like to call our place in space. Every day in his class, there was something astonishing to behold."
- Bill Nye
I just can’t get over the emotion evident on his face here.
To think that…when he visited Carl in his office at Cornell as an applicant and Carl reached back, grabbed one of his books, signed it, and handed it to him…that one day, all too soon, Carl would be gone. And that he, Neil, would be called upon to host a Cosmos reboot.
Oh, the feels, the feels, the sciencey feels!
When you desperately call to your cat for snuggles but she obviously doesn’t give a fuck
The inverse ratio of how much you want snuggles and how much the cat wants snuggles.
i posted a graphic on foods that are toxic to dogs last night, and someone asked me to post something about foods that are toxic to cats. a lot of the things listed on the graphic last night are toxic to both cats and dogs (caffeine, a lot of dairy, garlic, grapes, mushrooms, etc.), but this is a list more specific to cats. cats are more likely to get into house plants, too, and there are many plants that are toxic to cats. be careful when buying plants to not accidentally buy something that could hurt them (especially around the holidays - both mistletoe and pointsettia are poisonous to cats).
if you know that your animal has eaten something toxic, you can force vomiting by giving them saltwater. if they seem ok after that, call the vet and ask if they should be seen. if your animal ever acts listless, unable to walk a straight line, or vomiting (especially if it happens repeatedly, or with foamy saliva), get them immediate assistance. it helps if you have a sense of what they might have eaten, but don’t waste time. it doesn’t take long for their livers and/or kidneys to be damaged irreparably. i can tell you from experience that there’s nothing more heartbreaking than losing a beloved animal friend to something you might have been able to prevent, had you been aware of the access to and toxicity of something they got into.
Measles has surged back in Europe, while whooping cough is has become a problem here in the U.S.
Childhood immunization rates plummeted in parts of Europe and the U.K. after a 1998 study falsely claimed that the vaccine for measles, mumps and rubella was linked to autism.
That study has since been found to be fraudulent. But fears about vaccine safety have stuck around in Europe and here in the U.S.
NPR maps the resurgence of preventable diseases due to public ignorance and lamentable misinformation about vaccines.
Pair with Bill Gates on vaccines, animated.