illustration from Stephen Greenblatt’s piece in The New Yorker about Lucretius
this twenty-first century morning makes me
a Roman meditating a thousand years ago
On the Nature of Things, a universe
Ghost heart image by Doris Taylor
Right now, more than 3,200 people are on the waiting list for a heart transplant in the United States. And other s are hoping for replacement kidneys, livers, lungs, and pancreases. We need spare parts.
Some of those waiting won’t make it, because an appropriate match won’t be available in time. Some will get a transplant, but it will be rejected by their body.…
That grew at incredible pace
Now close observation
Reveals this inflation
Has left an indelible trace."
I am looking forward to watching Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey - the relaunch of Carl Sagan’s classic “Cosmos: A Personal Voyage.”
The show is hosted by astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson.
Cosmos premieres Sunday (March 9) on FOX, and Monday (March 10) on the National Geographic Channel.
There was no New Moon this month, but there will be two in March – on the 1st and the 30th.
I have seen some websites call the New Moon a Black Moon. That is not an astronomical term but the name is understandable since the Moon is not normally visible at this phase (except when it is seen in silhouette during a solar eclipse).
I never lose sleep worrying about light. Is it a particle or a wave? It has a very lovely split personality.
What is going on on Mars during certain times of the year when dark streaks are appearing? Scientists baffled. It isn’t water. It contains iron.
sci-universe: These footprints, found on England’s eastern coast, are more than 780,000 years old. They are the earliest human footprints that have been found outside of Africa.
Researchers found that the most common emotions trigger strong bodily sensations, and the bodily maps of these sensations were topographically different for different emotions. The sensation patterns were, however, consistent across different West European and East Asian cultures, highlighting that emotions and their corresponding bodily sensation patterns have a biological basis.
The findings have major implications for our understanding of the functions of emotions and their bodily basis. On the other hand, the results help us to understand different emotional disorders and provide novel tools for their diagnosis.
The image shows how body maps indicate the regions whose activation increased (warm colors) or decreased (cool colors) when feeling each emotion.
Poop and Compass
Dogs: contemplative and seekers of True North
I grew up always having a dog, but it has been years…
Today is Sir Isaac Newton’s bithday. I was looking up at the Moon tonight and trying to see what he might have seen.
He wrote, “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”