Science: British WWII Propoganda Parody Posters

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***Is that supposed to be something like a Toshiro Mifune-esque caricature? So very confused with that one poster but otherwise cute.

(Source: Society 9)

Send help. 
I’m trapped under piles of academic journals


Hey Shychemist. I've been following your blog for awhile and I want to bring up something that seems dated but nonetheless holds to be accurate today. I feel like the girls who consider themselves to be on the science side of tumblr to be horribly mistaken. It's statistically proven that women applicants struggle to get into stem doctorate programs, and rightfully so, they don't belong there. examples- atomic-o-licious, brainsx , adventuresinchemistry, i can't fit anymore but you get it














It doesn’t seem dated, your attitude is dated. This is the 21st century.

Women deserve to be in STEM programs just as much as men. I’d wager they deserve to succeed in the Sciences even more than men because of the sexism and misogyny they experience.

They struggle to get in because they’re the minority, and a lot of people who could admit them are sexist (regardless of gender) because of the society they grew up in. Its not through any intellectual weakness. These women are amazing and just as smart as the men in their fields.

You have no right to say these things to these amazing women, many of whom I consider to be friends.

Wow. That seems like really fucking wrong. And offensive.
And I would love to take some more time out of my day to be pissed about it.

It seems that I have a lot of fucking science to do. 
So, uh, screw that.
If anybody needs me, me and my lady bits will be getting some fucking science done.


I’m oddly excited to have been name checked by this shitty anon. Because it means that the very fact that I got into an Ivy League, top 15 science PhD program (where I fucking belong) is a giant fuck you to shitty anon. Also, shitty anons make Lewis sad. Because Lewis is a feminists science hippo.


imageBest way for me to deal with shitty nonnies who think women can’t do science? DO MORE SCIENCE!!!! MWAHAHAHA


Crap, I’m a woman biologist. I’d go get another career but I have a groundbreaking thesis on rapid evolution of reproductive isolation between seed beetle populations to finish. 

I’m not a well-known tumblr scientist…but I am a scientist all the same. And while I could probably obtain a more gender-appropriate occupation… I’m pretty content with the fact I’m an atmospheric chemist Additionally, I am also one of the few women who have managed to be selected to intern at NASA’s airborne research program. 




Do I not deserve a place in the STEM fields, anon? 

Hey ladies! Mind if some physicists join in?

At the CERN visiting the CMS part of the LHC where were were working for 8 months on both computational and experimental work:


Presenting our research at a conference on Physics of Living Systems:

And visiting the Wind Tunnel experiment after presenting our research at Max Planck Institute at a Advances in Cardiac Dynamics Workshop


Oh, me? What do I do? I try to understand why superbursts happen in neutron stars! This is important because: they shouldn’t happen but they do. And the implications could be astoundingly helpful for things like, oh I don’t know, nuclear fusion.


Oh, just me, at a conference after presenting this:


"don’t belong there"?! excuse you! 
Im not a science tumblr but i am a girl and a geologist so i kinda prove you wrong…?

In the Sorbas Basin finding fossilised bird trackways and fossilised rain drops

Using HCl to dissolve solnhofen plattenkalk (limestones) to make plastic copies of exceptional fossils  


On board the HMS Discovery, a state of the art scientific ship which anchors at the NOC (national oceanography centre Southampton)


Doing some geological mapping and fieldwork in Ingleton Yorkshire


So yeh anon, you’re wrong and very very very outdated in your opinions 

oh wow this anon thinks that women don’t belong in STEM—

better throw my archaeology B.A. in the trash, burn my thesis and stop teaching biology, chemistry and physics to the 8-12th grades.


I’ve got image 




oh I guess I should burn the cheque I got for guest lecturing in grad school too—


Sorry, no time to answer douchey anon. To busy getting paid handsomely to do research things like this


While dressed fabulously like this


Because unlike the bullshit movies would tell you, geologists don’t wear white lab coats. Something to do with all that dirt. 

I’d tell my grad school and all the funding bodies that gave me a fellowship and research grants that they were totally mistaken because girls don’t science well except OOPS ALREADY GOT MY MS IN GEOLOGY, TOO LATE. 

Well darn. Guess I better just get back to doing science instead.

I just got crushes on like eight people at once. Fuck yeah science ladies of tumblr.


Wait, not good at science? Damn, maybe I should stop doing phylogenetic research and just kinda leave it to the guys. I’m sure they’ll have more successful results than- 


Oh. See that? That means that extracting the DNA, amplifying the 28 ribosomal subunit, and running all twenty-six samples under gel electrophoresis all worked, but for only two. That’s what we call a successful gel, the best I’ve ever done. 

Well, I’m a girl, so, I guess that doesn’t count for anything. 

(Fuck you.)

Women do indeed struggle to get into STEM programs and careers, thanks to manky misogynistic maggots like the Anon above.
Thankfully there are splendid support networks out there like COAch which work towards eliminating the bias against women in STEM careers, as well as provide workshops and mentoring for women scientists.

I had the honor of meeting many of the women at a COAch Cameroon workshop a few weeks ago. The 55 women scientists ranged from professionals in public health, agro-forestry, zoology, chemistry, epidemiology,genetics, and other diciplines. They are professors, senior lecturers, NGO vice-presidents, teachers, researchers, government workers, and graduate students. We even had 3 young girls who care about promoting more inclusive science education in their public schools! 

Idiots like the Anon above may still wail their outdated hate… but scientists of all genders and backgrounds are coming together to change the inequities that have poisoned our scientific community. 

I may hate Anons like these, but holy hominids, I fricking love the response from the amazing women scientists on tumblr. 

Ps- This girl was put in charge of the Department Animal Behavior and Enrichment for my company at 25 yrs old. This made me not only the youngest department head of my company, but also in NIH (contractor) history. Pardon me while my 2,000 NHPs and I tell Ol’ Grey Face up there to suck it.

Back in the States!
Unpacking is pretty quick when nearly everything you have is dirty field clothes.


Dancing With Death - Louis Raemaekers (1869 - 1956)


A family of Bonnet Macaques shading from the rain.

I love the little wet puff just taking a nap in the back.



DOES YOUR LABORATORY GLOW? — Workplace safety poster from the National Institutes of Health.

(National Library of Medicine)

Nice open toed shoes, lab safety poster. 

Nevermind the exposed legs and loose hair… you’re just asking for trouble. 


(via 500px / Jumping for Joy by Neal Cooper)

You know you wish your predator avoidance strategy looked this good.

Random Animal Fact:
Impalas (Aepyceros melampus) have a unique running-leap locomotion that can reach heights up to 9.8ft (3m) high and distances up to 33ft (10m)! (x)


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Oops! I misspoke! 
I’m still in Cameroon, we just returned to Yaounde from Ebo Forest (via Douala) - and I’m staying at a place that actually has some (occasionally cooperative) wifi! 
But I won’t be back in the States until Thursday / Friday…. 

Moral of the story: It’s 2230hrs here and I’ve been up since 0400hrs. Clearly I don’t even know what I’m typing at this point.

Back from Ebo Forest! (but still in Cameroon)

My body is covered with scrapes, bruises, and bug bites…
My things are all wet, muddy, and smelly…
And I am sleep deprived, exhausted, and (actually rather) sick…

But I’m absolutely elated right now because - holy frick guys - I actually saw chimps in the wild this past week!!!!


Gephyromantis (Pandanusicola) cf. bicalcaratus

The frogs of the subgenus Pandanusicola are very difficult to identify, because they are extremely similar. G. bicalcaratus is merely a guess based on morphology and colouration, but without examining the frog it is impossible to identify.

Photo by Richard Denyer