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Teen creates bio-plastic from banana peels

Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.
The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.
“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.
“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”
Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.
In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.


Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?
Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.

When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.

Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands
basically everyone should stop s***ting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them

or that one time a girl found the cure for cancer that we could be using in 15 years

But nah, girls and women just suck at math and science and have never invented anything worthwhile. Sure. Right. 

geekygothgirl:

coolandfroody:

dustedsunshine:

campdracula5eva:

girlinfourcolors:

atomstargazer:

Teen creates bio-plastic from banana peels

Sixteen-year-old Elif Bilgin of Turkey has developed a way to replace traditional petroleum-based plastic with banana peels.

The Turkish teen took home a US$50,000 prize for her project “Go Bananas!” Thursday after winning the second annual Scientific American Science in Action Award, associated with Google Science Fair.

“My project makes it possible to use banana peels, a waste material which is thrown away almost every day, in the electrical insulation of cables,” Bilgin said in a media statement.

“This is both an extremely nature-friendly and cheap process, which has the potential to decrease the amount of pollution created due to the use of plastics, which contain petroleum derivatives.”

Bilgin spent two years developing the bio-plastic, which does not decay. She said the process is so easy that it is possible to repeat at home, with special care taken for chemicals used in the production process.

In September, the teen will compete at Google’s California headquarters for the overall Google Science Fair prize for 15-to-16 year olds. She will also have access to a one-year mentorship.

Has anyone else noticed how many brilliant breakthroughs in science are coming from the minds of teenage girls the last few years? Between this story, the four girls in Nigeria who invented a generator that runs on urine, the California girl who invented a twenty-second cell phone charger… Who knows where we’d be today without the patriarchal interference of men, stealing or hiding the brilliance of women?

Our future is in the hands of teenage girls, and I for one feel really good about that.

When I was about 7 I wanted to invent a thing that purified water based off of fish gills. I went to the school library to do research like a good little inventor and one of my teachers asked me what I was doing, and then told me that there were some new barbie books in, and that I’d probably be better off with those.

Don’t forget the girl who invented a torch that’d light up just from the heat of your hands

basically everyone should stop s***ting on teenage girls because they do awesome things when you let them

or that one time a girl found the cure for cancer that we could be using in 15 years

But nah, girls and women just suck at math and science and have never invented anything worthwhile. Sure. Right. 

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  • Me: *turns up music*
  • Guy: I said I'd fuck you if you didn't have so many tattoos!
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sad-asians said: A lot of people who appropriate the Bindi like to use the whole "Why are Bindis accessible to us" excuse. What's your opinion on this?

bankuei:

I’m not going to speak on the Bindi specifically, because there’s a lot of Desi folks you could ask about this in depth.

(“You” here is not you specifically, instead aimed at appropriators etc.)

I’ll talk about accessible and pull from a simple example.  A few years back I went to a parade in Japantown.  It was specifically based in a Japanese folk tradition, with part of it including folks having to carry a platform, playing music, etc.  

At the very end of the parade, clearly uninvited, showed up all these white people in fake geisha gear, on stilts, who… looked like horrible caricatures who decided on their own they were going to “join in the parade”.

"Why was the parade accessible to us if they didn’t want us to join in?"

Now, there’s different levels of ownership and participation and meaning to all things.  One of the most disingenuous things people do is try to pretend all cultural practices and actions are equally loaded.  ”Oh, well, are you saying I can’t eat Indian food, huh, huh?”

The real problem is one of invading space and the power of definition.

When you eat food, you’re not invading anyone’s space.  You’re cooking at home, you’re eating at a restaurant - these are expected things.  This is very different than showing up at someone’s cultural practice and forcibly pushing your way in.  It’s different than deciding you’re going to wear someone else’s history as a toy, as a costume, in public, because it’s fun for you.  

It’s also different than taking pictures, or perhaps making books or artbooks of yourself dressed as them, or making their food, or selling DVDs on how to make their music, for your profit because you know you can sell it better because you’re white.

And this stuff always clearly shows because people who participate are working WITHIN the original cultural communities, whereas appropriators never do.  They’re not interested in the people, they’re interested in taking something “accessible” and then getting rid of the people, the context, and the origins that it came from.

It says everything that “cultural appreciation” strangely requires removing the people who created it, removing the names and lineages, and the actual history of it and putting yourself in it’s place.

Lots of things are accessible.  That doesn’t mean you get to go take them and then claim ownership.  

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25 year old Chen Yen-hui recreates makeup looks from the Tang dynasty

People gotta signal boost the fuck out of this because you know it won’t get the attention it deserves till a white person copies it

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godtxt:

please do not let ferguson die out like everything else big does. do not let this die out. do not let this continue on for three days and then everyone forget about it. do not let this happen.

queue this post up 3 days from now, a week from now, a month from now, a month from then. make sure even if you forget your blog will remember.

the fact i’m seeing reblogs slow down despite the fact there is still news breaking is concerning

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If nothing else, no religion can stand in the way of fun power tools.
5 Myths You Probably Believe About Major Religions

#5. The Amish Do Not Use Technology
The Amish Ordnung stresses the concepts of modesty, necessity, productivity, and especially community. Nothing in there says anything about shunning the Internet. It’s just that the idea of sitting alone in the dark while reading dick jokes off a $2,000 glowing rectangle is pretty much their idea of hell. They’re completely cool with modern gadgetry when its use is necessary and doesn’t cause adverse effects to the community. And contrary to what you might have heard, they have nothing against electricity. They just think the public grid is bullshit, so they use home generators, solar power, and batteries instead.

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If nothing else, no religion can stand in the way of fun power tools.

5 Myths You Probably Believe About Major Religions

#5. The Amish Do Not Use Technology

The Amish Ordnung stresses the concepts of modesty, necessity, productivity, and especially community. Nothing in there says anything about shunning the Internet. It’s just that the idea of sitting alone in the dark while reading dick jokes off a $2,000 glowing rectangle is pretty much their idea of hell. They’re completely cool with modern gadgetry when its use is necessary and doesn’t cause adverse effects to the community. And contrary to what you might have heard, they have nothing against electricity. They just think the public grid is bullshit, so they use home generators, solar power, and batteries instead.

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Vin Diesel does the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

This has got some slick production value too. Vin Diesel is serious.

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avengethewindflower said: hey, I'm a massive fan and I have been for a while now and I was wondering if you could maybe give me some advice on writing dialogue between characters for comedy because I'm really kinda struggling, thanks and sorry about wasting your time.

thisdanobrien:

Reeeeead a lot. I may have mentioned this before, but I was lucky because, in high school, our theater department had a really robust library of plays. Starting sometime in my Junior year I committed myself to reading a new one every single week for no reason other than I liked reading plays more than paying attention in certain classes. Plays are a great writer’s resource, especially if you’re struggling with dialogue.

I would also suggest trying some exercises where you write with a particular person in mind. If you’re writing a scene between two buddy cop characters, Jim and Megatron, for example and you can’t seem to wrap your head around making them sound real or fleshed out, just cast them (when I was writing Dan in Agents of Cracked, I was alternately writing for Jason Bateman or Tobias Funke).

Pretend Jim is going to be played by Michael Cera (who I’ve chosen because he’s got such a specific way of speaking). When Megatron asks Jim if he likes to party, nonexistent Jim might say “Sure” or “I like to party,” but Jim-as-Michael-Cera would say “Party? Oh, I mean, yeah, if you- I’m not exactly, I wouldn’t call myself a party…partysaurous, but, yeah, no yes. Yes. I’m party. I have partied. Yes.” It doesn’t matter that you probably won’t get Michael Cera to play this part (and it doesn’t matter if you’re writing a book where the “parts” aren’t played by ANYONE); what matters is now you have a character with a distinct voice.

Then just pick someone else for your voice inspiration for Megatron (could be a famous person or someone in your life whose cadence and mannerisms you know really well), and see what organically happens when two people with established voices do when stuck together in a specific situation. Michael Cera and Omar from The Wire are in a police car together, on a stakeout. What would they say to each other?

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Latest positive news out of Ferguson. Community coming together.

Teachers: Heroes.

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