Radio Free Tejas

A French scientist has revealed a major new discovery about one of Leonardo da Vinci’s most famous paintings, shedding new light on his techniques.

Engineer Pascal Cotte has spent three years using reflective light technology to analyse The Lady with an Ermine.

dduane:

(resigned sideways look) Ya think?

…So this is nice news. However: this has no affect on the situation that particularly interests me. Which means that I’m still… BANNED IN TEXAS!

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Highland Park is the old money part of Dallas, with all that implies, so the knowledge they were being laughed at as one of the backwards parts of the state was enough to convince them to mend their ways, or, at least, look as if they were trying. 

And then [Vimes] realized why he was thinking like this.

It was because he wanted there to be conspirators.

It was much better to imagine men in some smoky room somewhere, made mad and cynical by privilege and power, plotting over the brandy.

You had to cling to this sort of image, because if you didn’t then you might have to face the fact that bad things happened because ordinary people, the kind who brushed the dog and told their children bedtime stories, were capable of then going out and doing horrible things to other ordinary people.

It was so much easier to blame it on Them.

It was bleakly depressing to think that They were Us. If it was Them, then nothing was anyone’s fault. If it was Us, what did that make Me? After all, I’m one of Us. I must be. I’ve certainly never thought of myself as one of Them. No-one ever thinks of themselves as one of Them.

We’re always one of Us. It’s Them that do the bad things.

Terry Pratchett, Jingo (via captainofalltheships)
browsethestacks:

Phantom Lady by Mike Grell

browsethestacks:

Phantom Lady by Mike Grell

buddyblanc:

All-Star Superman by Grant Morrison & Frank Quitely

For anybody who needs this today <3

jtotheizzoe:

ted:

What is the universe made of? We only know a tiny fraction  4 percent  of the answer. From our little corner of the cosmic map, how do we know what else is out there? Luckily, we have space messengers (otherwise known as cosmic rays) that bring us data from parts of the cosmos far beyond our reach. Veronica Bindi explains how cosmic rays transmit information about our universe from the great beyond.

Watch the full lesson here»

That number, 4 percent, never ceases to amaze me. That all of the visible, touchable, seeable matter that makes up all of everything is less than one-twentieth of the whole pie!

Luckily, not knowing is half the battle! At least when it comes to scientific curiosity.