No filter needed for the most beautiful shade of orange on earth #texasfight

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…For beauty is nothing but / The beginning of terror, that we are still able to bear / And we revere it so, because it calmly disdains / To destroy us. Every Angel is terror.

Duino Elegies, Rainer Maria Rilke

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Portrait of a Young Woman, Jean-Etienne Liotard 

Girl with a Pearl Earring, Johannes Vermeer 

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Mughal ensemble worn by Captain John Foote of the Hon. East India Company in his portrait by Sir Joshua Reynolds, 1761

From the York Museums Trust

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Reports of Russian military moving across the border into Ukraine caused a Twitter avalanche.

As the first reports of Russian troops taking over new frontiers along the border appeared, Twitter and other social networks started sounding the alarm as users tried to decide how to raise awareness of the incursion. 

Ukraine Blows Up Twitter with News of Russian Invasion

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The Eyes Of Texas Are Upon You. Hook em!

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Throwback to last night when I guy in the elevator told my male friend that daterape jokes are funny but don’t make them in front of girls at Greek parties because they might get scared and leave.


Grand Duchess Maria Nikolaevna of Russia, Duchess of Leuchtenberg by Christina Robertson, 1840s.

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Solar energy that doesn’t block the view

A team of researchers at Michigan State University has developed a new type of solar concentrator that when placed over a window creates solar energy while allowing people to actually see through the window. It is called a transparent luminescent solar concentrator and can be used on buildings, cell phones and any other device that has a clear surface. And, according to Richard Lunt of MSU’s College of Engineering, the key word is “transparent.”

[read more at MSU] [paper] [picture credit: Yimu Zhao]


^^^ that pic comment tho

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The Lamassu:

A protective deity from Mesopotamian culture, the human headed, winged lion-esque creature guarded palace gates and was adopted as a royal kingly symbol by the Assyrians. I have been fortunate to visit three of the six museums which house these massive and awe-inspiring sculptures. 

The first two pictures are from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City and were taken by my friend and I March 2013. They stood guard at the palace at Nimrud, built by Ashurnasirpal II in the 9th c BCE. 

The third picture is from from the Oriental Institute at the University of Chicago and was taken this summer 2013 by me. This winged creature stood guard at the palace of Dur-Sharrukin (Khorsabad), the capital of Sargon II, built in the 8th c BCE. 

The fourth picture, taken from Wikipedia, is also from this palace. These are housed in the Louvre Museum in Paris, France. When I visited in 2003, I did not have a digital camera, and most of my photos were lost in a move. 

Three other museums house such creatures: The British Museum, the Pergamon Museum in Berlin, and the National Museum in Baghdad, Iraq. I hope one day to visit the rest of these museums. Maybe London and Berlin first…

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nicki performing anaconda. taylor swift having all females playing the instruments during her performance. fifth harmony being the first girl group in YEARS to win a VMA. beyonce basically PREACHING feminism to the crowd. thank you God

plus lorde, a 17 year old girl, winning in a category made entirely of adult men

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