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Rats on patrol — rodents that detect landmines and tuberculosis
As a kid, Bart Weetjens was rather fond of his pet rats. Where other people saw mangy rodents, he saw potential. These oft-feared mammals can be more than just subway chasers and gourmet French chefs (Ratatouille, anyone?): in fact, rats can save lives.
Weetjens grew up to help establish APOPO, an NGO that employs African Giant Pouched Rats to detect landmines and tuberculosis. Using these rats is an affordable, inventive solution to blights that plague some of the world’s poorest countries.
Rats have more genetic material allocated to smell than any other mammal on earth. Weetjens trains them to scratch at a surface when they discover a particular smell, such as explosive materials or TB-positive sputum samples. Turns out, they’re much more effective than standard detection technologies. In standard landmine detection, four people with metal detectors can clear about 200 square meters of land every day. A rat with one trainer can clear the same amount of land in only half an hour.
They’re impressively good at screening for tuberculosis as well. A lab technician can correctly identify about 50 percent of TB-positive samples with a microscope, but adding a rat to that process bumps up the rate to 67 percent or more. Plus, they’ll work for peanuts and stay focused for hours at a time.
See how Weetjens came up with this innovation, and see his rats in action in his talk from TEDxBratislava below:
Watch out: These snakes can fly! Though rare — National Geographic reports that there are only five recognized species of flying snake in the world — they are real.
Many people’s worst nightmare, these remarkable animals don’t need to board a plane with Samuel L. Jackson to get airborne. At TEDxVirginiaTech, snake expert Jake Socha explains just how these extraordinary animals stay aloft. If snake aerodynamics is anything to go by, we need to continue to look at nature for inspiration in design:
Sorry to reblog from the source, but I thought the chain of comments was rather unnecessary. All that needs to be said is that this documentary examines gender inequality and how patriarchy contributes negatively to our society.
This is a feminist issue.
And anyone on Tumblr who’s too close-minded to recognize it as such due to a nonsensical blanketed hatred of men’s issues need to re-evaluate their motives.
THESE ARE REAL AND HORRIBLE MALE ISSUES CAUSED BY THE PATRIARCHY. IF YOURE FEMINIST, THESE SHOULD ANGER YOU. IF YOU’RE NOT, HERES ANOTHER REASON TO SUPPORT THE MOVEMENT.
have I already reblogged this? don’t give a fuck.
Also, a lot of boys of color are the ones that especially go through this shit at the hands of colonial/imperial white supremacist patriarchy.
At first, I was expecting some really ridiculous MRA-type BS. This is not that. This is a genuine look at how the patriarchy harms boys and men without blaming feminism or stepping on feminism in the process.
Patriarchy definitely harms men too. It’s largely because femininity is looked down upon.
THIS IS A FEMINIST ISSUE.
The video on the kickstarter page is worth a watch.
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Just thought I would get on here for a second to talk about why I’m so proud to be a part of this group. These are the Lightning Bolts, our answer to Iron Man’s Ironettes and Captain America’s USO girls.
Not only did we design and produce identical costumes at the last minute before DragonCon to help Tally’s dream of doing this come true, we also took a stand for the ladies.
On two seperate occasions that night members of our group were sexually harrassed. Both times the Lightning Bolts took matters into their own hands and made it known that not only was it not acceptable, but it wasn’t going to just slide by. The first guy was removed from the con, the second who actually physically assaulted the girl was arrested. In both cases the girls stood their ground and in one case chased him across the hotel in 4 1/2” platform wedges so that he wouldnt escape authorities.
So basically you shouldnt sexually harass a group of girls who fangirl over the god of thunder.
FOR ODIN! FOR ASGARD! (aka we will fuck your shit up if you try to assault us)
It majorly sucks to hear that happened in the first place, but you all are so incredibly badass <3
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Everyone knows about how WB basically shits on the idea of a WW film working… well these folks here are showing how wrong they are.
Everytime I see an update for this it looks more and more impressive.
Director: Sam Balcomb
Producer: Jesse Soff
More info can be found here
Every fucking super hero movie fan needs to support this movie. Hopefully if WB sees the support this gets, they can finally get their heads out of their ass and give Wonder Woman the glorious movie she deserves.
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