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Archive for "Jan 2014"

The Myth of Earthrise

Is the Earthrise image the begning of a modern myth? Perhaps explores Craig Chalquist where he writes that, “To tell a myth is to tell a culture’s dream about its inner workings and truths.”

The Happiness Index

Bhutan has troubles, but maybe it also has good intentions. It is trying to build itself with happiness before profit. Gretchen Legler over at Orion Magazine writes, Westerners, in their dawning realization that money can’t buy happiness, often misinterpret [Gross National Happiness] GNH, holding out hope that Bhutan alone knows one last magic trick that […]

A Dream of Trees

A Dream of Trees by Mary Oliver There is a thing in me that dreamed of trees, A quiet house, some green and modest acres A little way from every troubling town, A little way from factories, schools, laments. I would have time, I thought, and time to spare, With only streams and birds for […]

PBS Newshour on Dark Matter

Dark matter in the news check it out.

Sunday Haiku

the full moon unnoticed passes the entire sky when you blink   the small sea reflects rays of full moonlight a whale surfaces   all who share the earth face the threat of extinction from entropy’s trap Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.

Sunday Haiku

the new moon spits an intention for the new year onto a hot jade stone   hard to unravel yet much more difficult to weave journey into fog   a smoke halo hangs utterly bare on winter up from our embers Haiku contributed from Nite Rote.

Ancients

Ancients: a time-lapse film of sunset to sunrise in the Atacama desert.

Length, Height, and Breadth

Imagine that reality is as strange as string theory predicts. String theory calls for ten perhaps eleven space-time dimensions where strings and membranes vibrate to generate the particles and ultimately all emergent phenomena of the natural world. The dynamics of such a universe quickly escapes our ability to describe it with ordinary language or to […]

The Voyagers

In 1977 NASA launched the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft on a journey through our solar system and beyond. These space craft carried with them golden records, literally records coated in gold, with recordings of clues to human culture. “The launching of this bottle into the cosmic ocean says something very hopeful about life […]