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Since her death in 1979, the woman who discovered what the universe is made of has not so much as received a memorial plaque. Her newspaper obituaries do not mention her greatest discovery. […] Every high school student knows that Isaac Newton discovered gravity, that Charles Darwin discovered evolution, and that Albert Einstein discovered the relativity of time. But when it comes to the composition of our universe, the textbooks simply say that the most abundant atom in the universe is hydrogen. And no one ever wonders how we know.

Jeremy Knowles, discussing the complete lack of recognition Cecilia Payne gets, even today, for her revolutionary discovery. (via alliterate)


Cecilia Payne’s mother refused to spend money on her college education, so she won a scholarship to Cambridge.

Cecilia Payne completed her studies, but Cambridge wouldn’t give her a degree because she was a woman, so she said fuck that and moved to the United States to work at Harvard.

Cecilia Payne was the first person ever to earn a Ph.D. in astronomy from Radcliffe College, with what Otto Strauve called “the most brilliant Ph.D. thesis ever written in astronomy.”

Not only did Cecilia Payne discover what the universe is made of, she also discovered what the sun is made of (Henry Norris Russell, a fellow astronomer, is usually given credit for discovering that the sun’s composition is different from the Earth’s, but he came to his conclusions four years later than Payne—after telling her not to publish).

Cecilia Payne is the reason we know basically anything about variable stars (stars whose brightness as seen from earth fluctuates). Literally every other study on variable stars is based on her work.

Cecilia Payne was the first woman to be promoted to full professor from within Harvard, and is often credited with breaking the glass ceiling for women in the Harvard science department and in astronomy, as well as inspiring entire generations of women to take up science.

Cecilia Payne is awesome and everyone should know her.

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sexism is a man telling a woman something isn’t sexist and thinking just by virtue of him being a man that his opinion trumps hers


Oh gosh, so I realize that I haven’t posted any art since January. I’ve turned into an internet hermit. :(

I apologize for my disappearance, since early this year I’ve been crazy busy with deadlines of different sorts.  In my spare time I have managed to keep up work on Daily Planet Files related art. I’ll be sharing more soon over the next few days!

Right now we have a new office group shot at the Daily Planet, Lois and Lucy relaxing at home, and Clark awakened by Lois during one of her nightly news patrols!

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‘Saturday Night Live’ best host poll: Did Seth Rogen play it too safe? — VOTE | EW.com


I haven’t seen it go around on the dash today. New SNL week, new poll. Josh BARELY made it last week, with just 10% of the vote. Come on, we can do better! :D We’re so much closer to the end of the season! Let’s vote again!

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Adventures of Superman #50 [download]

You live in a world where you can see as far as the horizon, hear halfway across the planet and fly almost as fast as light. There’s little that’s unknowable to you. So I got you something rare in your world. I got you a mystery tied up in a bow. Something that has the potential to flummox you, frustrate you, and intrigue you. Lois, it just so happens I already have one of those.

*Don’t forget to read this interview with AoS #50 writer, and big Lois Lane fan, Kelly Sue DeConnick: "[Lois is] an equal partner. She’s every bit as interesting and exciting."

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