Back in 2008, Japanese scientists gathered a couple hundred cherry blossom seeds and, for vaguely defined scientific reasons and probably mostly just because we like sending things into space, shipped them off to the International Space Station. The seeds spent eight months in space, then returned to Earth. Some were replanted, in an effort to help children “learn how [seeds] grow into trees and live on after returning from space.”
Instead, they’ve got something of a mystery on their hands. In the 14 locations where the seeds were planted, four have burst into bloom years ahead of schedule. Most recently, near a Buddhist temple in central Japan, a plant known, naturally, as the ”space cherry tree” has already grown 14 feet tall. And it’s begun to bloom — about six years earlier than expected. Stranger still, its flowers have only five petals each; its parent tree averages 30.
Scientists are flummoxed, the AFP reports:
Kaori Tomita-Yokotani, a researcher at the University of Tsukuba who took part in the project, told AFP she was stumped by the extra-terrestrial mystery.
“We still cannot rule out the possibility that it has been somewhat influenced by its exposure to the space environment,” she said.
Tomita-Yokotani, a plant physiologist, said it was difficult to explain why the temple tree has grown so fast because there was no control group to compare its growth with that of other trees.
She said cross-pollination with another species could not be ruled out, but a lack of data was hampering an explanation.
“Of course, there is the possibility that exposure to stronger cosmic rays accelerated the process of sprouting and overall growth,” she said.
“From a scientific point of view, we can only say we don’t know why.”
IDK IF YOU KNOW ABOUT THIS WEBSITE YET, BUT I DON’T EVEN CARE IF YOU DO.
CHARAHUB BASICALLY ALLOWS YOU TO MAKE A DIRECTORY OF ALL YOUR OCS.
AND SO (they let you get super detailed)
It lets you store 100 characters (you gain 2 extra slots whenever someone uses your referral code) and 10 images per character. You can even make GROUPS to organize them a little more— per RP or something. Image files can’t be too big either.
BUT if you want more file size, more character slots, and more other stuff, you can get a subscription! Don’t worry, subscriptions are super cheap (take notes, deviantART)!
pssst dudes charahub is really cool for character reference stuff. i have one, i should really make more use of it.
i know a lot of people who follow me that would be very excited to know about this.
If only I had fewer than 100 characters. This is why I’ve got a number of wikis, including the giant ‘everything’ one that only has Shannon and Brady able to see what’s on it (because their shit is there too).
BUT THIS IS SERIOUSLY REALLY COOL AND I MIGHT MAKE ONE DESPITE HAVING A WIKI OR SIX JUST SO THAT I CAN. Or use it for things I wouldn’t put on my wiki, like characters in non-original settings that don’t already have their own wikis (read: other people’s games).
But anyway, I recently sat down to figure out exactly where Steve’s local gay bars would be, or where the closest ones would be, for purposes of plotting things out, and uh … turns out that Steve Rogers lived in the MIDDLE of the biggest cruising/gay bar/gay hangouts area of Brooklyn. Like, a couple blocks from the St. George Hotel, which was almost entirely gay by the early 40s.
This is actually a really great, fascinating essay on the area and time Steve grew up in. The whole idea that Steve (and Bucky even more) would be completely, totally clueless seems even more ridiculous when you really look at this stuff.
Did you know the sun rose in the east and will set in the west? Or that water is wet? Or that little shits will be little shits even if you give them millions of dollars to make a movie? This person is also vv upset that Benetton and Star Trek had the sheer gaul to cast people of color in their respective media.
I cannot even begin to fathom the wrongness of this
“From the beginning, we were concerned about casting, the issue of race. What we realized is that this story is functioning at the level of myth, and as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn’t matter. They’re supposed to be stand-ins for all people. Either you end up with a Bennetton ad or the crew of the Starship Enterprise. You either try to put everything in there, which just calls attention to it, or you just say, ‘Let’s make that not a factor, because we’re trying to deal with everyman.’ Looking at this story through that kind of lens is the same as saying, ‘Would the ark float and is it big enough to get all the species in there?’ That’s irrelevant to the questions because the questions are operating on a different plane than that; they’re operating on the mythical plane.” - From the Complex article.
Colorblindness always seems to equate not having anyone of color involved in casting. Therefore race does matter. It matters enough to exclude anyone that isn’t white.
whoever said that, i hope their fuckin house burns down w/them in it tbh
See: white as default. Same shit, different movie…and I hope every single last one of them flops.