This image shows the core region of the Rho Ophiuchi Complex, centered around the prominent blue reflection nebula IC 4603.
This is one of the nearest star forming regions and the intricacies of the dense interstellar dust clouds in the area provides a spectacular display of light and colours.
The bright star is 7.9 magnitude SAO184376 which is the main source of light for the blue reflection nebula. The contrasting red areas towards the top are primarily due to reflected light from the hearby red giant star Antares, which lies outside the field of view. The entire area is also littered with hundreds of dim reddish stars, which are typically very young T Tauri stars.
In the midst of a debate over a controversial law calling for drug tests for any welfare recipients, public health researchers and activists in Georgia are calling for a more scientifically backed means of reaching out to and helping drug users — one that has, save for one brief period, been restricted from receiving federal funds for more than 25 years.
Georgia, along with Florida and Utah, has sought to test welfare recipients for drugs with the stated aim of saving tax dollars and getting people off drugs, but at the same time those three states combined have just one center that has scientific backing for accomplishing those goals — neither of which has been shown to be accomplished by drug testing.
Advocates say that distributing the equivalent of a few dimes a day to try and prevent a disease that may cost hundreds of thousands of dollars over a lifetime may seem a simple and smart policy, particularly when those few dimes connect recipients with health care workers they are more likely to trust and when the program is endorsed by leading health organizations. But when the few dimes represent the cost of a few syringes and the recipients are IV drug users, symbolism seems to overwhelm the scientific evidence.
i rly enjoy drawing karkat doing things he would never have interest in doing.
really fun rosedave commission i just finished! my shipping interests are showing…