Lara Southgate

Thoughts on literature, writing, and media

26 Aug

Parisian photographer Janol Apin Creates Visual Puns of Paris Metro Stations in a Project Called “Métropolisson

25 Aug

nevver:

Jen Lobo

24 Aug

science-junkie:

Blood of world’s oldest woman hints at limits of life

Death is the one certainty in life – a pioneering analysis of blood from one of the world’s oldest and healthiest women has given clues to why it happens.

Born in 1890, Hendrikje van Andel-Schipper was at one point the oldest woman in the world. She was also remarkable for her health, with crystal-clear cognition until she was close to death, and a blood circulatory system free of disease. When she died in 2005, she bequeathed her body to science, with the full support of her living relatives that any outcomes of scientific analysis – as well as her name – be made public.

Researchers have now examined her blood and other tissues to see how they were affected by age.

What they found suggests, as we could perhaps expect, that our lifespan might ultimately be limited by the capacity for stem cells to keep replenishing tissues day in day out. Once the stem cells reach a state of exhaustion that imposes a limit on their own lifespan, they themselves gradually die out and steadily diminish the body’s capacity to keep regenerating vital tissues and cells, such as blood.

In van Andel-Schipper’s case, it seemed that in the twilight of her life, about two-thirds of the white blood cells remaining in her body at death originated from just two stem cells, implying that most or all of the blood stem cells she started life with had already burned out and died.

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23 Aug

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23 Aug

cassbones:

zenpencils:

AMY POEHLER: Great people do things before they’re ready

THAT’S SO PRECIOUS

22 Aug

michaelmoonsbookshop:

elaborate calligraphy of Edward Cocker

Early 18th century edition c1710

21 Aug

asylum-art:

Emily J Hay 

Artist on Tumblr

She write:Art is a huge release for me and I strongly suggest it to anyone who needs an outlet. I also believe anyone can make art; there are no limitations and art takes a variety of forms, not just a pretty picture,”

21 Aug

music-geek-fandom-freak:

catladyinwaiting:

actual german compound nouns:
Staubsauger (vaccuum cleaner, literally “DUST SUCKER”)
Vorhang (curtain, literally “HANGS IN FRONT”)
Wasserkocher (kettle, literally “WATER BOILER”)

AS SOON AS I SAW “HAND ANKLE” (Handgelenk) I KNEW THESE WERE GERMAN TO ENGLISH TRANSLATIONS.

(Source: iraffiruse)

20 Aug chrishallbeck:

Washed.
Maximumble by Chris Hallbeck [website | patreon | twitter | facebook]

chrishallbeck:

Washed.

Maximumble by Chris Hallbeck
[website | patreon | twitter | facebook]

20 Aug shipklainedemort:

winged:

onnawufei:

dizzymisslizzi:

soundlesswind:

theamericankid:

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.

What.

wat.

I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.  

…I feel like there’s a weird sign about the universe going on here.

Oh my God

shipklainedemort:

winged:

onnawufei:

dizzymisslizzi:

soundlesswind:

theamericankid:

The Quick Brown Fox Jumps Over the Lazy Dog.

What.

wat.

I feel like I’ve been preparing for this image all my life.  

…I feel like there’s a weird sign about the universe going on here.

Oh my God