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Apr 15 '14
edwardspoonhands:

spectacularuniverse:

I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?
More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.(Source)

Whhaaaaat?

edwardspoonhands:

spectacularuniverse:

I’ve seen this photograph very frequently on tumblr and Facebook, always with the simple caption, “Ghost Heart”. What exactly is a ghost heart?

More than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. Some won’t survive the wait. Last year, 340 died before a new heart was found.

The solution: Take a pig heart, soak it in an ingredient commonly found in shampoo and wash away the cells until you’re left with a protein scaffold that is to a heart what two-by-four framing is to a house.

Then inject that ghost heart, as it’s called, with hundreds of millions of blood or bone-marrow stem cells from a person who needs a heart transplant, place it in a bioreactor - a box with artificial lungs and tubes that pump oxygen and blood into it - and wait as the ghost heart begins to mature into a new, beating human heart.

Doris Taylor, director of regenerative medicine research at the Texas Heart Institute at St. Luke’s Episcopal Hospital in Houston, has been working on this— first using rat hearts, then pig hearts and human hearts - for years.

The process is called decellularization and it is a tissue engineering technique designed to strip out the cells from a donor organ, leaving nothing but connective tissue that used to hold the cells in place. 

This scaffold of connective tissue - called a “ghost organ” for its pale and almost translucent appearance - can then be reseeded with a patient’s own cells, with the goal of regenerating an organ that can be transplanted into the patient without fear of tissue rejection.

This ghost heart is ready to be injected with a transplant recipient’s stem cells so a new heart - one that won’t be rejected - can be grown.


(Source)

Whhaaaaat?

Apr 15 '14
ichkaufdasnicht:

Shirt von s.Oliver: “Anything girls can do, boys can do better.”
(via)

ichkaufdasnicht:

Shirt von s.Oliver: “Anything girls can do, boys can do better.”

(via)

Apr 15 '14

antichrist-misha:

SO HAS EVERYONE SEEN THE MARVEL ONE-SHOT AGENT CARTER, BECAUSE IF YOU HAVEN’T, I STRONGLY SUGGEST YOU DO SO

Apr 15 '14
larissamousseline:

María de Molina
María de Molina (1265 – 1321), was the wife of Sancho IV of Castile. She was queen consort of Castile and León from 1284 to 1295 and then queen regent until the coming of age of her son Ferdinand IV.
Biography
María de Molina was a princess from the Kingdom of León. She was the daughter of the infante Alfonso of Molina and Mayor Alonso de Meneses. Her paternal grandparents were Alfonso IX of León and Berenguela of Castile.
She married her cousin Sancho of Castile in 1281, the second son of Alfonso X the Learned, although the matrimonial dispensation for kinship was not previously granted.
Upon the death of Alfonso X, she became queen consort after her husband was crowned king of Castile and León as Sancho IV. His reign was short since he died in 1295.
After the death of Sancho IV, his eldest son Ferdinand IV, under age, was crowned with Maria de Molina as regent queen. Shortly after a series of quarrels broke out in Castile and León. The legitimacy of Ferdinand IV was questioned by his ambitious uncles, the infantes Juan and Enrique, and by his cousins the infantes de la Cerda, sons of the prince Alfonso, eldest son of Alfonso X on the grounds of the lack of matrimonial dispensation. The objection was supported by James II of Aragón and Denis of Portugal, whose army invaded Castile in 1296.
The political skill, boldness and perseverance of María de Molina succeeded in turning her adversaries against each other. The invasion from Aragon and Portugal was defeated and the rights of Ferdinand IV were established. Besides, in 1301, a papal bull declared the marriage between Sancho IV and María de Molina valid.
After Ferdinand IV coming of age, María de Molina delivered the regency to him and abandoned politics. However, she had to endure the annoyances and disregards from her son who did not deserve nor was grateful to María’s saving of his throne.
María de Molina died in Valladolid in 1321.

larissamousseline:

María de Molina

María de Molina (1265 – 1321), was the wife of Sancho IV of Castile. She was queen consort of Castile and León from 1284 to 1295 and then queen regent until the coming of age of her son Ferdinand IV.

Biography

María de Molina was a princess from the Kingdom of León. She was the daughter of the infante Alfonso of Molina and Mayor Alonso de Meneses. Her paternal grandparents were Alfonso IX of León and Berenguela of Castile.

She married her cousin Sancho of Castile in 1281, the second son of Alfonso X the Learned, although the matrimonial dispensation for kinship was not previously granted.

Upon the death of Alfonso X, she became queen consort after her husband was crowned king of Castile and León as Sancho IV. His reign was short since he died in 1295.

After the death of Sancho IV, his eldest son Ferdinand IV, under age, was crowned with Maria de Molina as regent queen. Shortly after a series of quarrels broke out in Castile and León. The legitimacy of Ferdinand IV was questioned by his ambitious uncles, the infantes Juan and Enrique, and by his cousins the infantes de la Cerda, sons of the prince Alfonso, eldest son of Alfonso X on the grounds of the lack of matrimonial dispensation. The objection was supported by James II of Aragón and Denis of Portugal, whose army invaded Castile in 1296.

The political skill, boldness and perseverance of María de Molina succeeded in turning her adversaries against each other. The invasion from Aragon and Portugal was defeated and the rights of Ferdinand IV were established. Besides, in 1301, a papal bull declared the marriage between Sancho IV and María de Molina valid.

After Ferdinand IV coming of age, María de Molina delivered the regency to him and abandoned politics. However, she had to endure the annoyances and disregards from her son who did not deserve nor was grateful to María’s saving of his throne.

María de Molina died in Valladolid in 1321.

Apr 15 '14
crojocreates:

amischiefofmice:

PRAISE BE

True story: When I was about 10 years old (1992) my mom took my little sister and I to McDonalds. We both wanted Happy Meals and even though we’re both girls my mom knew I always favored boys toys over the girl ones. So she had asked for a girl toy for my sister and a boy toy for me. When we sat down to eat we noticed that we were given 2 girl toys. Not even saying a single word to my mom I walked back up to the counter with my happy meal in hand and told the lady that I wanted a boy toy. She pointed to the fact that I was a girl. I said yes…I am a girl. But didn’t want the miniature barbie. I wanted the cool looking toy car. Again…she says ‘but you’re a girl’. And I’m here like…I don’t care. I want the boy toy. After that another woman, who I’m assuming was manager, asked what happened. I told her and she easily traded the girl toy for the boy toy. I said ‘thank you very much’ before looking at the other woman with a winning smirk and turning back to go sit my mom and sister.

crojocreates:

amischiefofmice:

PRAISE BE

True story: When I was about 10 years old (1992) my mom took my little sister and I to McDonalds. We both wanted Happy Meals and even though we’re both girls my mom knew I always favored boys toys over the girl ones. So she had asked for a girl toy for my sister and a boy toy for me. When we sat down to eat we noticed that we were given 2 girl toys. Not even saying a single word to my mom I walked back up to the counter with my happy meal in hand and told the lady that I wanted a boy toy. She pointed to the fact that I was a girl. I said yes…I am a girl. But didn’t want the miniature barbie. I wanted the cool looking toy car. Again…she says ‘but you’re a girl’. And I’m here like…I don’t care. I want the boy toy. After that another woman, who I’m assuming was manager, asked what happened. I told her and she easily traded the girl toy for the boy toy. I said ‘thank you very much’ before looking at the other woman with a winning smirk and turning back to go sit my mom and sister.

(Source: scarfetsu)

Apr 14 '14
fancy-mint-bunny:

21 year old Tesnim Sayar was born and raised in Odense, with the Turkish Muslim descent. She defines herself as Muslim punk and grow rebellious punk clothing style and culture, but live according to his own religious beliefs.
“I am Muslim. I like my religion, I like my scarf. I can not see an obstacle in why I should not be able to combine being both punk and Muslim.”
source ( x )  

fancy-mint-bunny:

21 year old Tesnim Sayar was born and raised in Odense, with the Turkish Muslim descent. She defines herself as Muslim punk and grow rebellious punk clothing style and culture, but live according to his own religious beliefs.

“I am Muslim. I like my religion, I like my scarf. I can not see an obstacle in why I should not be able to combine being both punk and Muslim.”

source ( x )  

Apr 14 '14

strongerquickerbetter:

fit-foot-forward:

This is Scarlett Johansson at a beach in Hawaii.

She is one of the most gorgeous women in the world and a huge sex symbol. She isn’t totally skinny, she only has a thigh gap if she stands with her legs apart and she has cellulite and stretch marks on her thighs and butt. Does she give a fuck? No!

Regardless of all this, she’s absolutely gorgeous. There’s nothing wrong with cellulite, or stretch marks, or not having a perfectly flat stomach, you are beautiful and these things are normal. 

I just wanted you all to see somebody who isn’t “perfect”, is still incredibly beautiful and doesn’t care about her stretch marks.

This legitimately just made me feel 1,000x better. I am a perfectionist about every aspect of my life, and sometimes it’s hard for me to recognize that nobody is or can be perfect.

I’m pretty sure I have reblogged this before but I just love this so much. Scarlett is one of my favorite women of all time. 

(Source: )

Apr 14 '14
ichkaufdasnicht:

"Fass mich an"-Werbung bei Lidl.
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ichkaufdasnicht:

"Fass mich an"-Werbung bei Lidl.

(via)

Apr 14 '14

medievalpoc:

complexitii:

lifeforliberation:

Why was the artist information wiped away?

Love Elizabeth Colomba!

Contemporary Art Week!

Elizabeth Colomba (official site)

(Source: lostinurbanism)

Apr 14 '14

dicktho:

marshalliversen13:

oh-sheep-dip:

i-r3fus3-2-sinkk:

Bob Saget: Saying fuck you to gender roles since 1994.

A wonderful message for people everywhere.

Do what you like to do. Gender isn’t a barrier that limits you with what to do or not.

except for getting pregnant

getting pregnant has nothing to do with gender 

(Source: aboysbestfriendishismother)

Apr 14 '14

tasia-reader:

In which “Jenny” Bravo is sick of your shit

Apr 14 '14
ytellioglu:

A GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRING WITH SIREN - HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.

ytellioglu:

A GREEK GOLD AND GARNET EARRING WITH SIREN - HELLENISTIC PERIOD, CIRCA 4TH-3RD CENTURY B.C.

Apr 13 '14
medievalpoc:

Book of Hours, Dutch (Utrecht or Delft)
 f. 123v: The Deposition: ‘Hier doetmen Ihesum van den cruus’
Netherlands (c. 1410-1420)
Illuminated Manuscript (parchment codex), 125 x 90 mm.
[x] [x]
The Black man in the background to the right (also crucified) I have reason to believe is the Good Thief, also called Saint Dismas.
Another image from this Book of Hours here.

medievalpoc:

Book of Hours, Dutch (Utrecht or Delft)

f. 123v: The Deposition: ‘Hier doetmen Ihesum van den cruus’

Netherlands (c. 1410-1420)

Illuminated Manuscript (parchment codex), 125 x 90 mm.

[x] [x]

The Black man in the background to the right (also crucified) I have reason to believe is the Good Thief, also called Saint Dismas.

Another image from this Book of Hours here.

Apr 13 '14

spacebunnysparkle-empress asked:

1/2. answer to your post got too long. I think maybe Martin, as an author, is just portraying the world as it is. in the world we live in, those things are true. It is violent and terrible and men, particularly white men do have the power. For me personally, i see it as a mirror. i feel like he's exposing how awful we can be. plus it makes for conflict and you cant have a good tv or fiction without tons of that. also, in real world,

medievalpoc:

sisterofsilence:

kishiria:

medievalpoc:

historically things like rape were either not discussed, considered NBD, or something which meant you must commit suicide because why would anyone want you after that? when i watch/read game of thrones, it makes me think about the brutality in our own lives, and how our media handles that. i dont know if it has that effect on anyone else though.

1. You’re wrong about social perspectives on violence, including sexual violence, from “history”. Firstly, because you seem to be generalizing the entirety of human history. Secondly,

imageWoman Kills a Would-Be Rapist and is Presented with his Belongings, manuscript illumination, 12th c., Madrid, Biblioteca Nacional, MS Graecus Vitr. 26-2, fol. 208r. [more; more]

According to the text of the Madrid manuscript of the “Synopsis historion,” a Byzantine chronicle written by John Skylitzes, “There were some Varangians dispersed in the Thrakesion theme for the winter. One of them coming across a woman of the region in the wilderness put the quality of her virtue to the test. When persuasion failed he resorted to violence, but she seized his Persian-type sword, struck him in the heart and promptly killed him. When the deed became known in the surrounding area, the Varangians held an assembly and crowned the woman, presenting her with all the possessions of her violator, whom they threw aside, unburied, according to the law concerning assassins.” In the image depicting these occurrences, the woman uses a spear to kill her attacker, and the other Varangian men approach her with armfuls of clothing.

Women’s History in regard to the European Middle Ages, specifically, is so constantly being revised, revisited, and rewritten, what is considered “the norm” and what is considered “exceptional” changes with the day of the week, the phase of the moon, and the latest piece of documentation being debated in various circles.

You can read this excerpt reviewing Gendering the Master Narrative: Women and Power in the Middle Ages in its second incarnation, versus the one from 1988 which the authors claimed focused too much on
"the positive"…. as you can see, these ideas are constantly in flux, as well they should be! I’m ready for another volume refocusing on the positive, myself…. :|

In other words, THIS is precisely what I mean-people get these ideas from media and project them onto history a lot of the time. And yes, there are plenty of counter-examples, we can talk about Artemisia Gentilischi, and a million other things, but my point is that you cannot universalize this.

2. That’s precisely the problem I’m talking about, that GoT is more of a reflection of our CURRENT SOCIETY than it is Medieval European Society, but it’s often being presented as or defended as “Just How Things Were Back Then”. You know, back when DRAGONS.

3. I think I’m going to have to have a whole speech very soon on how conflict in fiction is 100% possible without replicating or exaggerating gender or race-related oppression (Laurie J. Marks’ Elemental Logic series), AND without erasing gender (Ursula K. LeGuin’s The Left Hand of Darkness) OR people of color (like basically 90% of the genre of epic fantasy. And urban fantasy, for that matter.)

FYI, the Varangians were Vikings.  This woman killed a fucking Viking and the others honoured her for it.

Let me rephrase that: a native Byzantian woman defended herself and killed a Varangian (a certain group of ‘vikings’, to be brief) who had come to these lands for trade and as hired guards (its more complex but bear with me). When the other Varangians heard of one of their own having attempted to assault a woman they proceeded to dump his corpse and give her all her belongings. Rather than, ya know, gang up on her like they constantly do in GoT (./vomit).

It is an extremely interesting manuscript excerpt to look at the interaction of different cultural groups, the way they value eachother within and across said groups, and the expectations on either side. The Varangians responded in the way they would when one of their own had attacked another, and the other had rightfully defended themselves. The fact that the ‘other’ was in this case a woman and of a culturally different group was completely irrelevant to them: someone was assaulted, therefore, it was obvious to them what aught be done - namely compensate her with the deceased’s belongings / holdings.

Thanks for adding more context to the story.

I really just want to add one more time that fantasy stories that you read or watch on TV are stories invented by writers. They are not fettered by “historical facts” to have misogyny (or racism, or anything else) hardwired into every storyline supposedly based on history. Their stories are the result of choices that they are responsible for.

Apr 13 '14
"I am a friend, comrades, a friend!"

Yuri Gagarin’s first words upon returning to earth, to a woman and a girl near where his capsule landed. (12 April 1961) The woman asked: “Can it be that you have come from outer space?” to which Gagarin replied: "As a matter of fact, I have!" (via asonlynasacan)

Reblogging again for today’s historical significance

(via asonlynasacan)

(Source: billionquotes.com)