Aspiring chemist. 19 years old. Chem/biochem double major, c/o 2015 at the University of Washington. Graduated from KMHS and GRCC in 2012.

A little place for things I find amusing, ramblings about my life, and my love affair with science.



This is your annual reminder that Zach Effron has a YOLO tattoo.

How did you spell his first and last name wrong

Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?





A couple of years ago, when I was newly pregnant and reporting in the West Bank, some of my local colleagues insisted that I skip covering a protest at an Israeli checkpoint. At first, I was resistant to letting pregnancy stand in the way of my work, but they knew from experience that there might be tear gas, and tear gas, they said, causes miscarriages.

They were right: though rigorous studies are few, there is evidence that tear gas is an abortifacient. In 2011, Chile temporarily suspended its use after a University of Chile studylinked it to miscarriage and fetal harm. Investigating the use of tear gas in Bahrain in 2012, Physicians for Human Rights found that local doctors were reporting increased numbers of miscarriages in exposed areas. And UN officials have connected tear gas to miscarriages in the Palestinian territories.

This means it’s likely that police in Ferguson, Missouri, have been spraying abortion-causing chemicals on crowds of civilians. Recently at TheNation.com, Dani McClain wrote about the killing of black youth as a reproductive justice issue, one that goes to the heart of the rights of parents to raise their children in peace, safety and dignity. She’s correct, of course, but if the anti-abortion movement were actually concerned about the well-being of the unborn, then the violence in Ferguson would be a pro-life issue as well.

jesus fuck

Oh my fucking god!!!!!!!!!!!!!




cecil baldwin apparently has a really good singing voice. kevin r free does stage musicals.

what i’m proposing is

*steeples fingers*

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Two brides have become two of the most kickass women in the world by marrying to protest against homophobia in Russia.

Alina Davis, a 23-year-old trans woman, and Allison Brooks, her 19-year-old partner, donned matching white floor-length bridal gowns and married at a civil registry office earlier this month.

As Davis is still legally regarded as male, the office had no choice but to hand them a marriage certificate.

The couple said officials chided them, and appeared to be violent.

‘She called us the shame of the family and said we need medical treatment … I was afraid my pussycat [an affectionate pet name in Russian] would beat the fuck out of her,’ Davis said on her VK page.

But the couple were allowed to sign the papers, meaning a gay couple in Russia are legally recognized as married – even if it’s through a loophole.

‘This is an important precedent for Russia,’ Davis said.

Russia banned same-sex marriage and outlawed ‘gay propaganda’ in 2013.

holy jesus look at these two warrior princesses

they are my heroes


"Oh, you don’t wanna recognize my gender? Okay then lol guess you have to recognize my marriage"

that is amazing


Iggy Azalea and spilled fries

so sick of seeing bad grammar on this website






I don’t know which is the “correct” answer, but I know which one I’m going to use from now on


Photosynthesis Inspires Better Fuels

Society’s energy supply problems could be solved in the future using a model adopted from nature. During photosynthesis, plants, algae and some species of bacteria produce sugars and other energy-rich substances (i.e. fuels) using solar energy. A team headed by researchers from the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Energy Conversion is currently developing experimental methods to ascertain how this process occur in nature.

The scientists are investigating a particularly important cofactor involved in photosysthesis, a manganese-calcium complex, which uses solar energy to split water into molecular oxygen. They have determined the exact structure of this complex at a crucial stage in this chemical reaction. This has led to a detailed suggestion as to how molecular oxygen, O2, is formed at this metal complex. Through these new insights into photosynthesis, the scientists have provided a blueprint for synthetic systems that could store sunlight energy in chemical energy carriers.

Read more: http://www.laboratoryequipment.com/news/2014/08/photosynthesis-inspires-better-fuels


jeremy is such an important person okay

you’re also very very v e r y important too


My villagers gave me a nickname




bestillandknowthatiamsatan replied to your post “The rotational barrier around a peptide bond has nothing to do with…”


So if we take the resonance argument to be true, we’d expect there to be a significant partial negative charge on the oxygen and partial positive charge on the nitrogen, as well as partial C-O single bond character and C-N double bond character: 


But these were all apparently inconsistent with observations. The oxygen is about as negative as in a typical ketone and the nitrogen about as positive as a typical amine, and the bond lengths didn’t deviate significantly.

A computational group did a pretty in-depth study into the bonding, and they found that the primary factor in the planarity/lack of rotation of a peptide bond is because of bond dipoles. In the typical trans conformation (trans referring to the rest of the peptide), the dipoles are lined up favorably, whereas the alignment is significantly less favorable for a cis conformation.


(Ref: Modern Physical Organic Chemistry, Anslyn and Dougherty, p. 23)

The rotational barrier around a peptide bond has nothing to do with the resonance structures of the amide.

My entire life is a lie.


zuko, dad of dragon durk headcanon’s are very important to me. actually, zuko’s daily life is very important to me. or just. zuko




motherfuckers will say how things are “in Africa” like it’s one big place that’s homogenous throughout

 but god forbid you say “Britain” when you mean “England”

But when you’re referring to Britain you can also be referring to Scotland and Wales… I’ve met some English people that got offended when I called them “British” and just wanted to be called “English”. Others didn’t care. I guess it’s all relative. 

Yeah, and when you refer to “Africa,” you could be referring to Algeria, Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cape Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Libya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Morocco, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, São Tomé and Príncipe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Tunisia, Uganda, Zambia, or Zimbabwe, and those are just the 54 recognized sovereign states listed on wikipedia

Not to mention the fact that there are around 62,641,000 (62 million) people in the handful of countries in the UK, while there are around 1,032,532,974 (just over a billion) in the dozens of countries on the continent of Africa

Do you see why it’s a problem that people get who don’t give two shits about the “Africa” thing but still get super worked up about the “Britain” thing?

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