An Archive of Growth?

Author: Shen

funny

Robo-Dick

There is a life-size android version of the SF writer Philip K. Dick, built in 2005 by David Hanson. It has been christened ‘Robo-Dick’.
consent

VAWA 2

Some studies show that up to 1 in 5 women reports being sexually abused before the age of 15. (Source: WHO)
science

Glaciers melting

In 1910 Glacier National Park was home to more an estimated 150 glaciers. That number has now shrunk to 25 as of December 2016. (Source: National Park Service)

If computers get too powerful, we can organize them into a committee — that will do them in.

Bradley’s Bromide

 

feminism

That’ll learn ’em

The first American woman to go to medical school was admitted as a joke. When Elizabeth Blackwell applied to Geneva Medical School in 1847, the students thought it was a…

I found one day in school a boy of medium size ill- treating a smaller boy. I expostulated, but he replied: ’The bigs hit me, so I hit the babies; that’s fair.’ In these words he epitomized the history of the human race.

–Bertrand Russell

 

books

Hop on Pop’s What Now?

Dr Seuss included the word ‘contraceptive’ in a draft of his children’s book Hop on Pop to make sure his publisher was paying attention.

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

–Marie Curie

 

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Merit Ptah

The earliest recorded female physician was Merit Ptah, a doctor in ancient Egypt who lived around 2700 B.C. Many historians believe she may be the first woman recorded by name in…

I became a feminist as an alternative to becoming a masochist.

–Sally Kempton

 

Rational

Once in every 2-3 years

By the end of this century, what have been once-in-20-year extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation.  (Source:…

The older one grows, the more one likes indecency.

–Virginia Woolf

 

feminism

Midwifery

After childbirth, midwives support mothers to breastfeed and to prevent mother-to-child-transmission of HIV. They check the health of the newborn and also counsel the mother on newborn care, birth spacing…

When two people love each other, they don’t look at each other; they look in the same direction.

–Ginger Rogers

 

If you can’t say anything good about someone, sit right here by me.

–Alice Roosevelt Longworth

 

In religion and politics, people’s beliefs and convictions are in almost every case gotten at second hand, and without examination.

Mark Twain–

 

science

Meteors

There are over 20 million observable meteors per day. The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons. The typical size of a meteor is about one…

Are you insinuating that I am a purveyor of terminological inexactitudes?

–Winston Churchill

 

books

J. R. R. VIKING AAAAAH

J. R. R. Tolkien was known to dress up as an axe-wielding Anglo-Saxon warrior and chase his astonished neighbour down the street. (Source: interestingliterature.com)

To hate a man because he was born in another country, because he speaks a different language, or because he takes a different view of this subject or that, is a great folly. Desist, I implore you, for we are all equally human…Let us have but one end in view, the welfare of humanity.

–John Comenius

 

feminism

antibodies for baby

Breast milk contains antibodies that help protect infants from common childhood illnesses such as diarrhoea and pneumonia, the two primary causes of child mortality worldwide. (Source: WHO)

God made everything out of nothing, but the nothingness shows through.

–Paul Valery

 

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould

 

books

Age of Gender Enlightenment

In 1921, American novelist Edith Wharton was the first woman to receive a Pulitzer Prize for fiction. She won the award for her novel The Age of Innocence, a story set…

Say what you want about long dresses, but they cover a multitude of shins.

–Mae West

 

science

Hurricanes & Typhoons

According to expert Jeff Masters, 2016 saw the strongest storms ever observed in two regions. We also witnessed seven Category 5 storms, which is a huge number. Among typhoons that…