UCLA’s Steve Cole from The Social Life of Genes.
Your DNA is not a blueprint. Day by day, week by week, your genes are in a conversation with your surroundings. Your neighbors, your family, your feelings of loneliness: They don’t just get under your skin, they get into the control rooms of your cells.
That sounds like a lot of pressure.(via jesswanderlust)
Epigenetics in a nutshell
It’s forcing me to learn things I wouldn’t ever have investigated otherwise. Things that I am usually pretty good at being 100% ignorant of, like what Michele Bachmann and Lindsay Lohan are up to.
Three covers for the viral campaign I shot for Catapult.org
Even in 2014, the rights of women and girls are severely threatened by sex trafficking, slavery, child marriage and other violations around the world. International Women’s Day, observed annually on March 8, continues to spread awareness and garner support — and change — for women across the globe.
Catapult, a crowdfunding site dedicated specifically to the advancement of women and girls, has released a startling new visual campaign in an attempt to make this year’s IWD “more than just a cover story.” The Cover Stories campaign features three mock magazine covers that highlight terrifyingly real human rights issues to push the conversation forward.
The magazines display the grisly names Child Bride, Good Slavekeeping and Thirteen — wordplays on the popular magazines Brides, Good Housekeeping and Seventeen, respectively.
Headlines such as "The Wedding You’ll Never Forget But Wish You Could" and "Who Needs a Childhood Anyway?" float next to the young models. The cover of Good Slavekeeping pretends to cater to the human rights violators themselves, adding another dark layer to the already serious campaign.
Pittsburgh, PA-based graphic designer and writer Don Moyer likes to draw things that make him laugh. That’s why he’s been hard at work on a fantastic series of drawings based on traditional blue willow china plate patterns. The designs look authentic except for one extraordinary difference: the otherwise tranquil design on each plate includes some sort of unexpected calamity. It could be an alien invasion or natural disaster. It could be a sea monster or a swarm of bats. It could even be a giant zombie poodle, flying monkeys or robots. There are simply so many ways that disaster might strike.
Moyer calls this awesome ongoing series Calamityware. Two of his designs (the flying monkeys and the giant robot) have been produced as actual porcelain plates thanks to successfully funded Kickstarter projects.
Check out Don Moyer’s Calamityware Flickr set to view more of his designs.
[via Lost at E Minor]
Pennsylvania Dutch nightmares.
Can we all agree that Carl Kasell’s grumpy face is the best part of OK Go’s Tiny Desk Concert?
Broadcasting legend Carl Kasell just announced that he’s retiring from Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me this spring and we’re still sure this GIF set is one for the books. We’re all gonna miss you, Carl!
Bye, Carl! :(
Here in public health (and also medicine), the best possible test/study design is called the “gold standard.” Randomized controlled trials are systematically labelled “gold standards” in my classes.
Having taken basic econ, I find the phrase a little weird. Because the gold standard is an actual thing, in which gold acted as a unit that currencies were measured against. Which no country does anymore. So the gold standard is currently not an economic “gold standard.”
I assume that economics is where the health terminology comes from. I hope it’s not emblematic of outdated expectations and ideals in my field.
Viscous and vicious are very different words. A viscous dog would also be pretty alarming, though.
Another storm. Great.
"Are you disgusted, disgruntled and disheveled? Well, unfortunatly you’re never going to be gusted, gruntled or sheveled.
Disgusted, disgruntled, and disheveled are what you might call “lonely negatives.” They’re negative words whose positive partners have vanished or never existed in the…