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bemusedlybespectacled:

midgardmorningstar:

coelasquid:

thegoddamazon:

dragonsplash:

blaze-ferrari:

Evolution Simplified

This photoset should be required reading for every citizen.

FINALLY

One of the things I find to be a common misunderstanding is that people think “Adapt to survive” means life forms mutate in ways to suit their environment, when it’s really more like mutations happen and the life form adapts to accommodate it. If they find a more efficient way to live with the mutation or it allows them to spread and flourish in previously uninhabitable territory, it kicks of a process of divergent evolution. If the mutation is too harmful and impedes them too heavily before they can adapt to it, it dies out.

Mutated life forms are often reproductively unappealing to the original population! But in nature some amount of inbreeding is fairly common, and a mutation that might be recessive will become more common in an isolated population. With divergent evolution you often see a population split into groups that change until they do not wish to mate with each other and continue to change until the cannot viably mate with each other. And by then they’re different species. Like with birds, often a group of song birds will not be friendly towards song birds that sing a different tune, even if they’re the same species. One flock of birds gets separated and after a while they begin to sing slightly different songs. the two flocks will no longer socialize with each other, any genetic quirks unique to either of the two flocks will remain within that flock. Over a few generations one flock may have ended up with bigger beaks and the other flock may have loner legs, the standards for a desirable mate in each flock will have changed.

That’s also an oversimplification of the process, but you know, I feel like I see a lot of creationists get hung up on the idea that an animal would be like “it’s cold here, better evolve some blubber into my kids”, when it’s really more like “oh no I ended up with this weird blubber gene, well I guess at least it means I can hunt in colder territory and get food no one else can”

FAR TOO MANY PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS

I think also an issue is that people really have trouble grasping the idea of billions of years of evolution. Like, the Lensky experiment involved bacteria. Evolution occurred in bacteria (keep in mind how quickly they reproduce compared to other organisms) over the span of twenty years. For just one mutation. 

Evolution takes ages upon ages to happen, beyond the scope of any amount of time we can experience, and I think just thinking about that, about the utter slowness of it, is just difficult for people to understand. It’s just easier for creationists to believe that the universe popped into existence rather than try to understand that creation took literally billions of years to become what we know today.

mybooksandi:

And loved a thousand times

I love this!

mybooksandi:

And loved a thousand times

I love this!

bookshopsessions:

ibongbakal:

bluemoon5510:

i-wontdance:

Ballet Dancers in random situations. Link Photos by Jordan Matter

http://iwontdance.com

This photo set is just so beautiful to me

Ballet dancers are the most flexible people ever.

all the yes

thegoddamazon:

malregima:

mycardboardbalcony:

ihititwithmyaxe:

Science!, simplified.

IT’S IN ENGLISH! I GET IT NOW!

LMFAO basically what I need for every math class and physics class.

milkteasympathy:

CLOTHING LIFE HACKS

becky-fitness:

How I got my splits! (click on photos to make them bigger)

Stretch 1 - Try not to let the front knee come beyond the toes. Having your toes on your back leg curled under will make it slightly easier for beginners.

Stretch 2 - Stand up with your legs apart and just get as low as you can go!

Stretch 3 - Sit back on one leg (so your foot is under your bum) with the other leg straight in front, and bend over your front leg as far as you can.

Stretch 4 - One leg bent in front and the other directly behind. This yoga pose is called One Legged Pigeon

Stretch 5 - Yoga mermaid pose, don’t stress if you can’t do this straight away, it’s a big quad stretcher, don’t force this - it’ll come with time!

Do all stretches on both legs!

  • Do these AFTER you are warmed up (I suggest cardio) otherwise you may hurt yourself.
  • Practise every day with one day rest and try to hold each pose for at least 30 seconds.
  • It took me 1.5 months to get my right split and 2 months to get my left. Everyone is different so you could need more or less time than I did, but be patient!
  • LISTEN TO YOUR BODY!! If your muscles are really hurting, light stretching only! Don’t force it!
  • Take rests days!! VERY IMPORTANT. Your muscles need rest to repair otherwise you will overstretch and hurt yourself.

I track the tag #beckyfitness, I’d love to see your split progress!! 

anomaly1:

mrmoses717:

otakunes:

Presidents being presidential. Oh and Ben Franklin too.

‘Merica

I like the Ben Franklin one but I’m picking up some uncomfortable subtle tones about the last one

thegoddamazon:

meyong:

Female Gambit by nadyasonika

In which gender-bent Gambit is better than the original.

Wow