You can tell a girl she’s smart her whole life, encourage her in school, buy her a chemistry set, send her to math camp, help her apply for college scholarships in STEM fields, and she’s still eventually going to walk into a classroom, a lab, or a job interview and have some man dismiss her existence, deny her funding, pass her over for a promotion, or take credit for her work. How about you work on getting those assholes out of power and quit telling me not to call girls pretty.
I just wanted a refill on my Sprite.
That’s all I wanted.
and I would have done anything for it
Welcome to Page 1 of Mass Effect: Parallel Shepards (or maybe Double Shepardy, still working on what I’ll call this)
First off, you may notice that there are two versions of this page. One with Female Shepard and the other with Male Shepard. (there’ll be a link to the other version below)
I thought it be fun to do this comic with both Shepards. Not in the one comic together but kind of parallel to each other. Of course for awhile each comic will be the same with just one Shepard switched out for the other but I’m hoping as we go along they will start to diverge as each Shepard makes different choices and starts to develop into their own character. Let’s see where this goes!
(had to split the image thanks to tumblr squishing the full version)
Neuroscience: The man who saw time stand still
One day, a man saw time itself stop, and as David Robson discovers, unpicking what happened is revealing that we can all experience temporal trickery too.
It started as a headache, but soon became much stranger. Simon Baker entered the bathroom to see if a warm shower could ease his pain. “I looked up at the shower head, and it was as if the water droplets had stopped in mid-air”, he says. “They came into hard focus rapidly, over the course of a few seconds”. Where you’d normally perceive the streams as more of a blur of movement, he could see each one hanging in front of him, distorted by the pressure of the air rushing past. The effect, he recalls, was very similar to the way the bullets travelled in the Matrix movies. “It was like a high-speed film, slowed down.”
The next day, Baker went to hospital, where doctors found that he had suffered an aneurysm. The experience was soon overshadowed by the more immediate threat to his health, but in a follow-up appointment, he happened to mention what happened to his neurologist, Fred Ovsiew at Northwestern University in Chicago, who was struck by the vivid descriptions. “He was a very bright guy, and very eloquent” says Ovsiew, who recently wrote about Baker in the journal NeuroCase. (Baker’s identity was anonymised, which is typical for such studies, so this is not his real name).