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by Eravial
Thu Jul 13, 21:49 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Studies That Prove Link Between Autism and Vaccines
Replies: 8
Views: 571

Re: Studies That Prove Link Between Autism and Vaccines

The auto-immune link likely has to do with how certain vaccines are made, like ones containing fetal tissue (the chicken pox vaccine). There may be human DNA in these vaccines that the body reacts to, via the MC5 antibody. Once the antibodies are produced the body may become immune to itself. My au...
by Eravial
Tue Jun 27, 9:11 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: have you taken a bus?
Replies: 9
Views: 529

Re: have you taken a bus?

I took the school bus as a kid and have taken buses in other countries a few times, but I've always avoided taking them in my home city, wherever it is I was living at the time. I have a horrible sense of direction, so I love light rails, cable cars, and subways because they are incapable of moving ...
by Eravial
Thu Jun 15, 11:48 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: do you appreciate parabolas?
Replies: 1
Views: 171

Re: do you appreciate parabolas?

They're pretty rad! Actually, I've been thinking about parabolas a bit more than usual lately. One task currently on my to-do list is finding or building a cheap reflective parabolic dish to use when I go record birds in the field. So, this will basically be me in three weeks: https://files.allabout...
by Eravial
Sun Jun 11, 21:40 2017
Forum: Polls
Topic: What is the optimal amount of art to have in your home?
Replies: 14
Views: 974

Re: What is the optimal amount of art to have in your home?

I like to have my walls at least 50% filled. Every vertical space that could reasonably fit a piece of art on it in my living room has art. I'm a big fan of using tapestries on walls, so the long wall of my living room has two that pretty well fill the space. I have one pretty nice painting that I w...
by Eravial
Wed Jun 7, 17:24 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: "Let her speak, please!" - mansplaining at the World Science Festival
Replies: 12
Views: 933

"Let her speak, please!" - mansplaining at the World Science Festival

There's so much that is so familiar in this interaction that took place this past weekend at the World Science Festival in NYC. First, the panelists chosen for a discussion of theoretical physics included five men and one woman, Dr. Veronika Hubeny of the University of California - Davis, with anoth...
by Eravial
Wed Jun 7, 16:42 2017
Forum: Ranting
Topic: My husband left me
Replies: 17
Views: 1204

Re: My husband left me

Oh lilly, I'm so sorry. Fuck him!! That is so much bullshit and so, so opposite of what you deserve. You are so strong and I know you will heal, but it sucks so much that you have to go through this. Take care <3.
by Eravial
Tue Apr 4, 12:38 2017
Forum: Ranting
Topic: Pneumonia
Replies: 8
Views: 1045

Re: Pneumonia

Yay! I had a super persistent case of (walking) pneumonia last summer. I kept working after the initial couple days of lousiness, but I felt so bad for the labmates who had to hear me hack all day for like three weeks. That was also when I found out that the cough suppressant ingredient of cough med...
by Eravial
Sat Mar 25, 13:48 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: what would you do with a wildebeest?
Replies: 4
Views: 320

Re: what would you do with a wildebeest?

Put a tracking collar on it and study its movements.
by Eravial
Sat Mar 25, 13:47 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: How do you pass time at boring parties?
Replies: 22
Views: 1453

Re: How do you pass time at boring parties?

I second the playing with pets thing (if no pets, kids may sometimes suffice). I'll also try to strike up a one on one conversation (which I'm much better at than groups) or ask if I can help out with whatever's going on in the kitchen. If all else fails, hang out by the snacks.
by Eravial
Mon Mar 20, 12:56 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: do you go to church?
Replies: 6
Views: 485

Re: do you go to church?

I do not. Being in nature and certain live music experiences sometimes feel like my versions of church.
by Eravial
Mon Mar 20, 10:28 2017
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: Top 10 Obscure 60s Psychedelic Rock Albums
Replies: 4
Views: 694

Re: Top 10 Obscure 60s Psychedelic Rock Albums

I was really surprised to click on this post and not recognize any of the artists! Awesome, I'll definitely give these a listen. I was surprised to not see Can anywhere on here, though. Maybe they're not as obscure as I think they are; I definitely haven't listened to them as much as I'd like. Quick...
by Eravial
Fri Mar 17, 11:24 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2124

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

OMG WHY DIDN"T WE PLAN A SPACEFEM VIEWING EVENT THIS WAS NOT SMRT *facepalms so hard* YOU'RE SO RIGHT. It's not horrendously late... Anyone planning on viewing in the southeast, I'd be down. Western KY/northern TN/southern IL are right around where the greatest and longest parts of the eclipse happ...
by Eravial
Thu Mar 16, 16:15 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: More space news!
Replies: 2
Views: 603

Re: More space news!

SO MUCH UNIVERSE That was really cool, and beautiful. It always weirds me out when universe things resemble neural networks, which the image at like 0:53 kind of really does. The repetition of shapes in unrelated systems bound by the same laws of physics is both intuitive and counterintuitive, but i...
by Eravial
Thu Mar 16, 15:59 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Total Solar Eclipse 2017
Replies: 32
Views: 2124

Re: Total Solar Eclipse 2017

Yes! I'm pretty close to the path of best visibility, so I'll probably wait til that week to see where within like a 3 hour drive will have the clearest skies and just head thereabouts with my tent.
by Eravial
Thu Mar 16, 10:20 2017
Forum: Mixed Media
Topic: what's the last movie you saw?
Replies: 250
Views: 81112

Re: what's the last movie you saw?

Get Out - It's a satire of the black experience in the form of the suspense/thriller genre. Anyone with an ounce of wit wouldn't take the ending literally and understand it's more like mocking appropriation of black culture by white people. :3houses:.5 It's still pretty good, just doesnt feel like ...
by Eravial
Thu Mar 9, 12:05 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Nerdy bachelorette party ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Re: Nerdy bachelorette party ideas?

We will indeed have a kitchen! Glowstick cocktail stirrers would be awesome and super easy. That molecular mixology thing looks really cool, may look into that. The bride's kind of a gamer and I know really likes Skyrim, but I think she's the only one who is. Otherwise, I think everyone's just into ...
by Eravial
Mon Mar 6, 16:48 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Nerdy bachelorette party ideas?
Replies: 7
Views: 1005

Nerdy bachelorette party ideas?

I'm throwing a bachelorette party weekend pretty soon for one of my best friends from college who's in graduate school for biomedical sciences. Actually, all six of the girls attending the weekend are in some form of biology- or medicine-related graduate program. I'll be the first person arriving at...
by Eravial
Mon Mar 6, 16:15 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Brains, Bees, Balls, and Behavior
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Re: Brains, Bees, Balls, and Behavior

When those pupil bees returned to the arena alone, they nearly always chose to move the ball closest to the center, which took the least amount of energy and time to obtain the reward! Further, they still chose to do this when the nearest ball was black instead of yellow. They didn't just copy a be...
by Eravial
Fri Mar 3, 17:01 2017
Forum: Science & Technology
Topic: Brains, Bees, Balls, and Behavior
Replies: 8
Views: 1064

Brains, Bees, Balls, and Behavior

I have a huge soft spot for bee, learning, and foraging behavior research, so I'm totally into this new study that does all three! Researchers in London co-opted innate behavioral traits of bees to make them learn a completely unnatural behavior: rolling a bee-sized ball into a "goal" to get a sugar...
by Eravial
Thu Mar 2, 15:26 2017
Forum: Polls
Topic: avatar vote
Replies: 14
Views: 1585

Re: avatar vote

I love the spacefern and since you made it you totally deserve to have it as your awesome avatar, but selfishly I really want spacefern swag to be a thing so I can wear it/pin it to my bag and desk corkboard/etc and it might be weird if I was like wearing your identity... Sooooo I'm going to vote re...
by Eravial
Thu Mar 2, 14:46 2017
Forum: Feminism
Topic: The "biological argument"
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: The "biological argument"

But this can get me in trouble when I'm dealing with someone who knows more than me, but has less finesse with English. :eyebrow: Are there are things like women getting testicular cancer which demonstrate how incredibly muddied these waters actually are? Unless you're suggesting that non-operative...
by Eravial
Wed Feb 22, 0:25 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Happy 13th spacefemmiversary rowan!
Replies: 13
Views: 902

Re: Happy 13th spacefemmiversary rowan!

Yay! You are awesome!!
by Eravial
Wed Feb 22, 0:24 2017
Forum: Feminism
Topic: The "biological argument"
Replies: 8
Views: 1546

Re: The "biological argument"

Are there are things like women getting testicular cancer which demonstrate how incredibly muddied these waters actually are? For a non-biologist science-phile like myself, that's exactly the sort of factoid that would be convenient to have on hand. Links to sources would be amazing too. I mean, I'...
by Eravial
Thu Feb 16, 13:00 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: Are you a good dancer?
Replies: 16
Views: 715

Re: Are you a good dancer?

I'm crap at anything formal, but I do freestyle dance pretty well when inspired in a live music setting. I can also dance with props (hula hoops, poi, once a tablecloth at a wedding, scarf, etc.) pretty darn well.
by Eravial
Tue Jan 24, 18:19 2017
Forum: Random
Topic: what is your disease?
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: what is your disease?

Stress! Because 1) I study it, 2) I embody it, 3) it is often transmissable between people, 3b) there's arguably currently an epidemic, 4) it physiologically fucks you uuuup all by itself, 5) but it also facilitates ALL THE OTHER DISEASES because fuck your immune system! Moral of the story, who want...