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The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Dir.: Peter Jackson

So the dragon here is the shittiness of these movies and the dude is — well it’s you.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014) Dir.: Peter Jackson

So the dragon here is the shittiness of these movies and the dude is — well it’s you.

(Source: rchrisevans)

8bitfuture:

This is the sunshield on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.
This test unit was unfurled to full-size for the first time last week and “worked perfectly”, according to NASA.

The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope’s mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield’s five layers into their precisely stacked arrangement with its kite-like shape.
The Sunshield test unit was stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California.
The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments. The infrared instruments need to be kept very cold (under 50 K or -370 degrees F) to operate.   The Sunshield protects these sensitive instruments with an effective sun protection factor or SPF of 1,000,000 (suntan lotion generally has an SPF of 8-50).

In addition to providing a cold environment, the Sunshield provides a thermally stable environment. This stability is essential to maintaining proper alignment of the primary mirror segments as the telescope changes its orientation to the sun.

8bitfuture:

This is the sunshield on NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope.

This test unit was unfurled to full-size for the first time last week and “worked perfectly”, according to NASA.

The Sunshield is about the length of a tennis court, and will be folded up like an umbrella around the Webb telescope’s mirrors and instruments during launch. Once it reaches its orbit, the Webb telescope will receive a command from Earth to unfold, and separate the Sunshield’s five layers into their precisely stacked arrangement with its kite-like shape.

The Sunshield test unit was stacked and expanded at a cleanroom in the Northrop Grumman facility in Redondo Beach, California.

The Sunshield separates the observatory into a warm sun-facing side and a cold side where the sunshine is blocked from interfering with the sensitive infrared instruments. The infrared instruments need to be kept very cold (under 50 K or -370 degrees F) to operate.   The Sunshield protects these sensitive instruments with an effective sun protection factor or SPF of 1,000,000 (suntan lotion generally has an SPF of 8-50).

In addition to providing a cold environment, the Sunshield provides a thermally stable environment. This stability is essential to maintaining proper alignment of the primary mirror segments as the telescope changes its orientation to the sun.

"What if you could use 100% of your brain for cognitive abilities? What kind of secret powers could you unlock?"

pyramidslayer:

List of secret powers unlocked:

  • loss of motor functions
  • loss of bowel control
  • loss of all senses
  • loss of temperature control
  • loss of relation to any physical spaces
  • loss of heartbeat control
  • death

Lucy, in theaters this Friday.

The idea that you only use a small portion of your brain is dumb. Different parts of your brain serve different purposes, if you only used a small part of it you’d likely be a drooling idiot with no motor functions. While its nice to think that you have hidden super-powers that is not the case.

You can however, you know, think and reason and learn…and mostly google all this stupid shit rather than just believe what random people tell you.

disneyvillainsforjustice:

-teesa-:

7.23.14

George Takei describes the moment when he and his family were sent to an internment camp.

"Another scene I remember now as an adult is every morning at school we started the day with the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag…there was the American flag flying over the camp but I could also see the barbed wire fence and the sentry towers pointing at us from my schoolhouse window as I recited the words ‘With liberty and justice for all’." - George Takei, The Daily Show (July 24, 2014). 

Full Episode (apologies, The Daily Show website does not have the best video player). 

To Be Takei documentary official website. 

- Mod Dawes Sr. 

He also did a talk about this on TED, I must admit I knew nothing of this.

http://www.ted.com/talks/george_takei_why_i_love_a_country_that_once_betrayed_me