Math and Science Week!
Chien-Shiung Wu, First Lady of Physics
Chien-Shiung Wu (simplified Chinese: 吴健雄; traditional Chinese: 吳健雄; pinyin: Wú Jiànxióng, May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese Americanexperimental physicist who made significant contributions in the research of radioactivity.
Wu worked on the Manhattan Project, where she helped develop the process for separating uranium metal into the U-235 and U-238 isotopes by gaseous diffusion. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the Law of Conservation of Parity. This discovery earned the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics for her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang, and also earned Wu the inaugural Wolf Prize in Physics in 1978.
Her expertise in experimental physics evoked comparisons to Marie Curie, and her many honorary nicknames include “the First Lady of Physics”, “the Chinese Madame Curie”, and the “Queen of Nuclear Research”.
Johnnie Phelps, a woman sergeant in the army, thought, “There was a tolerance for lesbianism if they needed you. The battalion I was in was probably about ninety-seven percent lesbian.”
Sergeant Phelps worked for General Eisenhower. Four decades after Eisenhower had defeated the Axis powers, Phelps recalled an extraordinary event. One day, the general told her, “I’m giving you an order to ferret those lesbians out. We’re going to get rid of them.”
“I looked at him and then I looked at his secretary who was standing next to me, and I said, ‘Well, sir, if the general pleases, sir, I’ll be happy to do this investigation for you. But you have to know that the first name on the list will be mine.’ “
“And he was kind of taken aback a bit. And then this women standing next to me said, ‘Sir, if the General pleases, you must be aware that Sergeant Phelp’s name may be second, but mine will be first.”
“Then I looked at him, and said, ‘Sir, you’re right. They’re lesbians in the WAC battalion. And if the general is prepared to replace all the file clerks, all the section commanders, all the drivers-every woman in the WAC detachment-and there were about nine hundred and eighty something of us-then I’ll be happy to make that list. But I think the general should be aware that among those women are the most highly decorated women in the war. There have been no cases of illegal pregnancy. There have been no cases of AWOL. There have been no cases of misconduct. And as a matter of fact, every six months since we’ve been here, the general has awarded us a commendation for meritorious conduct.”
“And he said, ‘Forget the order.’”
The Gay Metropolis, page 47, Charles Kaiser (via bibliothekara)
Phelps tells this story herself in the excellent 1984 documentary Before Stonewall, which you can watch in its entirety on YouTube (she’s at 19:30, but really, watch the whole thing): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX7AxQd82H8
Always been here.
Manueluv and I are convinced Agent K is Coulson’s father. Hell, MIB is even owned by Marvel.
Welp. Never gonna unsee this.
HEADCANON ACCEPTED SO FAST I THINK I BROKE SOMETHING
Guys - who do you think told Phil all those stories about Cap?
THIS POST IS OVER 2 YEARS OLD AND IT JUST. GOT. BETTER.
For art to be unpolitical means only for it to ally itself with the ruling group.
Abu ‘l-Qasim Khalaf ibn ‘Abbas al-Zahrawi (ca 936–1013(?)) was a Muslim surgeon living in Cordoba under the Umayyad dynasty.
Al-Zahrawi was the first to describe an ectopic pregnancy as well as the first person to figure out that there was a hereditary component to hemophilia. He wrote a medical treatise based on his study of ancient Greek medical texts and his own personal experience, He intended his text, titled kitab al-tasrif li-man ‘ajiza ‘an al-ta’ alif, to be a compendium of medical knowledge for its reader. It included all facets of medicine including descriptions of diseases, treatments, medicines and useful herbs and minerals. Its most famous chapter was “On Surgery and Instruments.”
During the Middle Ages, al-Zahrawi was revered along with other luminaries such as Galen as one of the father’s of medicine and his text served as one of the foundational texts for surgery.
Unlike other medical works, his text is actually fairly straight forward. He does not bury his ideas beneath mounds of philosophy or theology. As a consequence, it became immensely popular with would be doctors and surgeons. His text also helped to raise the status of surgery in medieval Europe from being perceived as a lowly, menial trade to ultimately becoming a medical specialty.
His surgical text included a number of illustrations of surgical tools. Some were based on Ancient Greek and Roman designs while others were al-Zahrawi’s own invention. His cephalotribes— a tool designed by al-Zahrawi to be used in extracting a dead fetus from the uterus—for example are quite close to the forceps that would be designed by Hugh Chamberlen in the 19th century.
[mod note] You can read more here at muslimheritage.com.
First it means that there is no summer slump. Audiences will flock to theaters if the film debuting is something they all want to see. Second, it means that Marvel can do whatever it wants now. So if they choose not to make a female-centric or minority-centric superhero film, it’s because they just don’t want to.
Scott Mendelson, writing at Forbes.com about GotG’s financial opening success.
Supermodel Andreja Pejic, known in the fashion industry for her stunning and often androgynous modeling of both men’s and women’s clothing, has come out as a transgender woman.
Pejic says she will only model women’s clothing from now on, and reportedly has the full support of her friends, family and agency.
Pejic said in a statement, “To all trans youth out there, I would like to say respect yourself and be proud of who you are. All human beings deserve equal treatment no matter their gender identity or sexuality. To be perceived as what you say you are is a basic human right.”
She also told Style.com, “I figured out who I was very early on—actually, at the age of 13, with the help of the Internet—so I knew that a transition, becoming a woman, was always something I needed to do. But it wasn’t possible at the time, and I put it off, and androgyny became a way of expressing my femininity without having to explain myself to people too much.”
Amazing! Congrats to her!
someone put into words why i hate when people rib that all homophobic people are just secretly gay
being queer isnt some ironic punishment
THERE WE FUCKIN’ GO
also: it is actually possible for straight people to be homophobic WHOA