The loss of tropical rain forests is likely to reduce the energy output of hydroelectric projects in countries like Brazil that are investing billions of dollars to create power to support economic growth. — Felicity Barringer, NYTimes. Good, quick read. (via climateadaptation)
Another look at life in space. This time how a candle burns aboard the International Space Station (ISS).
A comparison between the combustion of a candle on Earth (left) and in a microgravity environment, such as that found on the ISS.
wow yes this
From the WashPost, how Latin America voted on the UN Syria resolution this week.
Fairly predictable, on the whole. Though I am somewhat surprised by Brazil and Uruguay (I would’ve expected a “yes” vote). But, in Brazil’s case, it’s probably hedging bets. Brazil wants to be the regional power. It wouldn’t be good to start off choosing sides. Interesting.
Stats Pr0n of the Day: U.S. Map of Hate Speech on Twitter
Since June 2012, Dr. Monica Stevens of Humboldt State University in California has been mapping more than 150,000 geotagged tweets that contain homophobic, racist or abliest language. The result is the Geography of Hate, an interactive map of the U.S. which reveals the hotspots of “hate tweets” across the country. A deeper analysis of the project is available at Floating Sheep.
Reversed cotton candy eating.
I’ve told the kids in the ghettos that violence won’t solve their problems, but then they ask me, and rightly so; “Why does the government use massive doses of violence to bring about the change it wants in the world?” After this I knew that I could no longer speak against the violence in the ghettos without also speaking against the violence of my government —
Martin Luther King Jr. (via loveinfamine)
The Martin Luther King Jr. White people never quote
Junius Stinney was the youngest person in America to be executed on death row in 1944 at age 14. He was quickly accused by the (white police) of ‘killing’ two little (white girls) with lack of evidence. His conviction and sentencing opened and closed in one day. There were no witnesses called and there was no transcript of the trial details and black people were not allowed inside the courtroom during that time.
[I always repost this because i don’t want anyone to forget about him!]
Lemme just say, that kid definitely didn’t do it.