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Adrianne Haslet-Davis dances again for the first time since the Boston terrorist attack last year. 

When the bombs went off at the Boston Marathon finish line, Adrianne Haslet-Davis lost the lower half of her left leg in the explosion. She’s a ballroom dance teacher, and she assumed she would never dance again. With most prosthetics, she wouldn’t.

But Hugh Herr, of the MIT Media Lab, wanted to find a way to help her. He created a bionic limb specifically for dancers, studying the way they move and adapting the limb to fit their motion. (He explains how he did it here.)

At TED2014, Adrianne danced for the first time since the attack, wearing the bionic limb that Hugh created for her.  

Hugh says, “It was 3.5 seconds between the bomb blasts in the Boston terrorist attack. In 3.5 seconds, the criminals and cowards took Adrianne off the dance floor. In 200 days, we put her back. We will not be intimidated, brought down, diminished, conquered or stopped by acts of violence.”

Amen to that, Hugh. 

Watch the full talk and performance here »

I’m actually in tears. 

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melissabeth25:

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On the eve of the Boston Marathon, we at Spartan Race, along with the country, pay tribute to all the victims and survivors of last year’s attack.
Pictured are athletes and citizens who lived through the events and won’t let tragedy grind them to a halt. This series shot by Robert X. Fogerty for Dear World captures the resilience of those affected that can’t be dampened. Please visit their site to learn more about these people’s stories and pay tribute. 

Boston is as strong as community as the world has. We are proud to be part of it. On Marathon Monday, we will be there and along with the rest of the world, we will be watching a city recover as one.  

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orbitalencounters:

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014

orbitalencounters:

Total lunar eclipse for the Americas on April 14th 15th 2014

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I don’t think so.

I don’t think so.

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collectivehistory:

A freed Jewish prisoner expresses his rage and beats down a German guard at the liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. An American soldier looks on and does not interfere. Germany, 1945

collectivehistory:

A freed Jewish prisoner expresses his rage and beats down a German guard at the liberated Dachau Concentration Camp. An American soldier looks on and does not interfere. Germany, 1945

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ghostbustaahs:

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screaming-at-the-constellations:

That’s fricking cruel

I hate getting tips like this. I can’t walk into my apartment office and say, “I don’t have money, but LET ME PAY YOU WITH THE WORD OF GOD!”

PSA: Don’t tip your severs/bartenders like this. We have bills just like you too.

My dad is a pastor, but he has a side-job as a waiter. He says this happens more often than people would like to believe. And the people who hand out the tracts are the people who tip really poorly. You want to be a good example for Christ? Show the love of God by giving the waiter a good tip for the service they did for you. Include a tract if you like, but NOT one that looks like fake money, and NOT IF YOU AREN’T GOING TO TIP WELL IN THE FIRST PLACE. 

My pastor used to be a waiter. He said that happened all the time to him. Since he became a pastor, he’s had a lot of waitresses come up to him and ask him why he tips so well.

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pattnson:

I’m sorry. Did I step on your button?

⇒ Natasha Romanoff in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

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