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    asksecularwitch:

biologyweeps halp.
Book is the magic of shape shifting by rosalyn green.

Would suggest immolation of the offending object and strongly worded letter to author because CHRIST. Do I have to bring out the ‘laws of physics’ lecture again. 
Are you going to review that thing officially at some point or is it all like that? 

    asksecularwitch:

    biologyweeps halp.

    Book is the magic of shape shifting by rosalyn green.

    Would suggest immolation of the offending object and strongly worded letter to author because CHRIST. Do I have to bring out the ‘laws of physics’ lecture again. 

    Are you going to review that thing officially at some point or is it all like that? 

     
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    magicalgirlwandamaximoff:

Excuse me biologyweeps do you know what creature made this huge ass shell? I took a picture of it with a quarter for size comparison

I sort of need to know where you live for that because some species are pretty local. It’s looks absolutely like a member of the Pectinidae family (also known as scallops). They’re actually really interesting because they have many tiny eyes edges of the live shell, sometimes in a really striking blue, like here:

Without knowing where you found it I can only narrow it down via exclusion. It’s in all likelihood not a member of the mesopeplum genus because the shells of those tend to be wavey. 
Nodipecten is also unlikely because those seem to have very prominent nodes on the shell. Not Adamussium because that one only lives in antarctic waters. Not Crassadoma because there’s only one species and that looks considerably different. 
But there are almost 60 more genera in that family so I really can’t narrow it down anymore than ‘it’s a good sized Pectinidae’ 

    magicalgirlwandamaximoff:

    Excuse me biologyweeps do you know what creature made this huge ass shell? I took a picture of it with a quarter for size comparison

    I sort of need to know where you live for that because some species are pretty local. It’s looks absolutely like a member of the Pectinidae family (also known as scallops). They’re actually really interesting because they have many tiny eyes edges of the live shell, sometimes in a really striking blue, like here:

    Without knowing where you found it I can only narrow it down via exclusion. It’s in all likelihood not a member of the mesopeplum genus because the shells of those tend to be wavey. 

    Nodipecten is also unlikely because those seem to have very prominent nodes on the shell. Not Adamussium because that one only lives in antarctic waters. Not Crassadoma because there’s only one species and that looks considerably different. 

    But there are almost 60 more genera in that family so I really can’t narrow it down anymore than ‘it’s a good sized Pectinidae’ 

     
  3. (picture courtesy of asksecularwitch)

    And no, NaturalNews is not a source. Scientific papers are a source. NaturalNews is a site that regular misquotes, misrepresents and generally abuses science to the point where it’s barely even recognizable as such anymore. If you cite NaturalNews as if it was a reliable source for scientific information you’re outing yourself as barely scientifically literate. The same goes for whale.org. 

    But since we’re already here, let us take a look at some of the select claims NN makes about lemon water:

    - hydrates the body Well they’re not wrong, but that’s what water generally does to your body. You know, the whole ‘you can die of dehydration’ thing.

    - Alkalizes your body. YOUR BLOOD PH IS FUCKING STABLE. I have said it so often I’ll say it again, if your blood pH was that easily influenced you’d be dead. Changing your blood pH is not a thing, your blood has three damn buffer systems in place for a reason. (hint: that reason is because otherwise you’d die)

    - Cleansing properties. Ah yes nice and nebulous. Cleanses what from where? Because normally your body doesn’t need help, I mean it might need a bit of fiber but you should get that from your hopefully balanced diet anyways. And other cleansing? you got a liver. And kidneys. And in the vast majority of cases this is enough. 

    Seriously if you trust NN with science news you and me need to sit down for a long chat about reliability and bias. 

     
  4. 12:06

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    Reblogged from biologyweeps

    PSA

    biologyweeps:

    I won’t be around from Monday to Thursday next week. Ask and Submit will stay open but your questions won’t be posted until Friday at the earliest.

    If you have pressing issues get them out during the weekend but next week Owlet Tours Vienna with the Miniowlet (my baby sis) so there won’t be much science. 

    Reblog to remind you all that I’ll be very busy and unavailable next week. 

     
  5. Anonymous said: Is there any difference in terms of nutrition/health/safety/flavor between free range meat/eggs/dairy and factory farmed?

    That depends a bit on your local laws in regards to both (also how both these things are defined)

    For example if you keep animals in big numbers and small ranges, the spread of diseases is very easy and often prophylactic medication is used to fix that. However, the laws in regards to how much medication an animal is allowed to receive and what sort of medication is usually decided by each country on it’s own. The same naturally also goes for the animal density in a farm or cage and general regulation of how much place to move the animal has. 

    For example in the EU, treating animals with growth hormones is banned and certain antibiotica are also on the no-no list to address antibiotics resistance in the population of both animals and humans (here). As such there is already a big difference between the quality of meat between different methods of factory farming. The EU has also banned the battery cages that have been used for egg farmings before. 

    Now, taste is a bit tricky. Generally, animals that are made to grow faster have a different muscle/fat distribution that can impact flavour (related to the ‘marbling’ of a piece of meat). Long transport between where an animal was raised and where it’ slaughtered also influences meat quality (here, here). 

    So there’s ways that food quality is impacted by animal raising conditions, but also by the local law restrictions, which is something you’ll have to look up for yourself if you want to make sure. Naturally factory farmed products are cheaper, which means that it may be the only meat option available to some people. Generally it would be preferable to buy animal products from as ethical as farming method as possible, but we should acknowledge that sometimes there’s not much of a choice. 

     
  6. 11:14

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    Anonymous said: penis size anon here, what about jelqing?

    Nope.

    Seriously penis enlargement is simply not a thing in most cases, and the cases that work are either very very risky or only have a minimal success rate. Seriously it’s not working.

    It’s also completely unnecessary in a lot of places. I know that people told that penis size is like super important in sex and it’s really really not, all the dudes can chill please, those spa mails are lying to you and making you unnecessary self-conscious about your body. Even in cases of medical-term micropenis, if you’re worried about your partner being unsatisfied or something, there are many many other way to get THAT without even involving a penis.

    Also this advice arrived addressed to you yesterday. 

     
  7. 03:38

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    Tags: reblog for replyslightly off-topic

    obiwangibroni:

biologyweeps:

mistixs:

biologyweeps ?

Ah yes the realm of gross over simplification. How I love it. 
Yes the things in your food are used to make cells, or synthesize things out of which cells are made. However the indication that fruit is somehow inherently better for your skin (or body) is….
I hate to break it to whoever made that picture, but CELLS ARE MADE OF LIPID MEMBRANES NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT. Unless you eat one-sided to the point where you’re deficient of certain things nutrients, it DOES NOT MATTER if you get your vitamins from pills or fruits, the vitamins are chemically identical whether they’ve been made in a lab or a fruit. Unless there’s some factor in bio-availability (some things absorb better when eaten with fat for example) your body does not give a single fuck about the source. It can’t. To your body all vitamin A looks the same because chemically speaking it is. Also well done for implying that things-not-produce are inherently bad for you. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you can eat everything you like, from the most butter creme smothered chocolate cake to the sour of lemons, if you eat it in moderation. Yes even that friend chicken breast and the full fat. It’s not so much about how healthy your food looks, it’s about how you balance your diet for nutrients. If you live of nothing but apples you can end up as malnutrition-ed as someone who lives of nothing but steaks. The malnutrition will be different, but it will happen. 
Secondarily the number is wrong, the Epidermis alone (and that’s only one of your skin layers) already need 48 days for a complete overturn (here).

Ich eine Berliner!

(pst there’s a verb missing. What you wanna say is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’)

    obiwangibroni:

    biologyweeps:

    mistixs:

    biologyweeps ?

    Ah yes the realm of gross over simplification. How I love it. 

    Yes the things in your food are used to make cells, or synthesize things out of which cells are made. However the indication that fruit is somehow inherently better for your skin (or body) is….

    I hate to break it to whoever made that picture, but CELLS ARE MADE OF LIPID MEMBRANES NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT. Unless you eat one-sided to the point where you’re deficient of certain things nutrients, it DOES NOT MATTER if you get your vitamins from pills or fruits, the vitamins are chemically identical whether they’ve been made in a lab or a fruit. Unless there’s some factor in bio-availability (some things absorb better when eaten with fat for example) your body does not give a single fuck about the source. It can’t. To your body all vitamin A looks the same because chemically speaking it is. Also well done for implying that things-not-produce are inherently bad for you. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you can eat everything you like, from the most butter creme smothered chocolate cake to the sour of lemons, if you eat it in moderation. Yes even that friend chicken breast and the full fat. It’s not so much about how healthy your food looks, it’s about how you balance your diet for nutrients. If you live of nothing but apples you can end up as malnutrition-ed as someone who lives of nothing but steaks. The malnutrition will be different, but it will happen. 

    Secondarily the number is wrong, the Epidermis alone (and that’s only one of your skin layers) already need 48 days for a complete overturn (here).

    Ich eine Berliner!

    (pst there’s a verb missing. What you wanna say is ‘Ich bin ein Berliner’)

    (Source: symphonyofawesomeness)

     
  8. 03:33

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    Tags: Anonaskssexual content

    thesuperfeyneednoshoes said: If the penis size anon is still seriously wanting something, and isn't worried about using something indiscreet: you can buy sex toys that are kind of like a dildo but made to be worn on a penis and add some extra length or girth. I'd look up an example for you, but I'm using someone else's computer in the middle of their kitchen, so I think that would be kind of awkward...

    *snorting* Yeah don’t do that.

    There you go anon, just don’t try to inject anything in your dick, that way lies pain and suffering. 

     
  9. 03:32

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    Reblogged from mistixs

    Tags: I was summoned to thisnutrition and health

    mistixs:

biologyweeps ?

Ah yes the realm of gross over simplification. How I love it. 
Yes the things in your food are used to make cells, or synthesize things out of which cells are made. However the indication that fruit is somehow inherently better for your skin (or body) is….
I hate to break it to whoever made that picture, but CELLS ARE MADE OF LIPID MEMBRANES NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT. Unless you eat one-sided to the point where you’re deficient of certain things nutrients, it DOES NOT MATTER if you get your vitamins from pills or fruits, the vitamins are chemically identical whether they’ve been made in a lab or a fruit. Unless there’s some factor in bio-availability (some things absorb better when eaten with fat for example) your body does not give a single fuck about the source. It can’t. To your body all vitamin A looks the same because chemically speaking it is. Also well done for implying that things-not-produce are inherently bad for you. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you can eat everything you like, from the most butter creme smothered chocolate cake to the sour of lemons, if you eat it in moderation. Yes even that friend chicken breast and the full fat. It’s not so much about how healthy your food looks, it’s about how you balance your diet for nutrients. If you live of nothing but apples you can end up as malnutrition-ed as someone who lives of nothing but steaks. The malnutrition will be different, but it will happen. 
Secondarily the number is wrong, the Epidermis alone (and that’s only one of your skin layers) already need 48 days for a complete overturn (here).

    mistixs:

    biologyweeps ?

    Ah yes the realm of gross over simplification. How I love it. 

    Yes the things in your food are used to make cells, or synthesize things out of which cells are made. However the indication that fruit is somehow inherently better for your skin (or body) is….

    I hate to break it to whoever made that picture, but CELLS ARE MADE OF LIPID MEMBRANES NO MATTER WHAT YOU EAT. Unless you eat one-sided to the point where you’re deficient of certain things nutrients, it DOES NOT MATTER if you get your vitamins from pills or fruits, the vitamins are chemically identical whether they’ve been made in a lab or a fruit. Unless there’s some factor in bio-availability (some things absorb better when eaten with fat for example) your body does not give a single fuck about the source. It can’t. To your body all vitamin A looks the same because chemically speaking it is. Also well done for implying that things-not-produce are inherently bad for you. I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again: you can eat everything you like, from the most butter creme smothered chocolate cake to the sour of lemons, if you eat it in moderation. Yes even that friend chicken breast and the full fat. It’s not so much about how healthy your food looks, it’s about how you balance your diet for nutrients. If you live of nothing but apples you can end up as malnutrition-ed as someone who lives of nothing but steaks. The malnutrition will be different, but it will happen. 

    Secondarily the number is wrong, the Epidermis alone (and that’s only one of your skin layers) already need 48 days for a complete overturn (here).

    (Source: symphonyofawesomeness)

     
  10. Anonymous said: how do i increase my penis size i.e. blood flow during erection/girth?

    You sort of really don’t? 

    i mean there’s surgery, if you feel like that’s worth the risk of… well total loss of penile function. 

    Pills so far have proven entirely worthless. i mean yes Viagra does the thing bit it doesn’t increase size.

    Penis pumps only have a efficiency of maybe 10% (that’s 1cm if you start out with 10cm), and that’s considering the option of injury if you overdo it. in Peyronie’s disease it’s a good idea but outside of that it’s under the ‘really not worth the effort’ section. 

    Clamping is….dude just no, you don’t want to have them drain blood from your penis to make the erection go away when it turns painful (look up priapism. No fun. NO. FUN.). If you use penis rings (your call) use something in the right size. This is like when you use condoms, you want to buy the proper size. Not the ‘I’ll show off’ size. Buy your own. 

    Also why do you even want a bigger penis? you know that saying with the ‘it’s not about size, it’s about skill’?

    It really is, a big dick is not going to make you better in bed, in fact such a thing as ‘too big’ exists. Especially too long. Vaginal intercourse can be fucking ouch if you get something rammed against your cervix. In anal intercourse you can also have a problem with ‘too long’ and with ‘too wide’ because your sphincter (especially the internal one) was not intended by nature to have large things shoved into it. (Which reminds me again, if you do sex, any kind of sex, and it hurts, STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING.)

    If you’re worried that you’re not satisfying your partner, ASK THEM. No seriously, ASK THEM. Good sex is communication based. If your partner is really not satisfied, let me introduce you to the concept of oral stimulation or using your fingers. The penis is not the be-all end-all of sex.