Reading up on tomorrow’s Transit of Venus.
A Scientist in her laboratory is not only a technician: she is also a child placed before natural phenomena which impress her like a fairy tale.
- Marie Curie
We often hear people complaining how science ruined magic and wonder. But I disagree. Nothing is more magical than discovering how things work and recreating those “wonders”.
I took the liberty of changing “he” to “she” and “him” to “her” in Dr. Curie’s quote. She would have wanted it.
The cosmos does not care what happens to us. It is indifferent to our existence.
It surrounds us in both utter darkness and blinding light.
In space, the silence is deafening and yet if you tune in just right, it sings to us.
Amidst it all, we sit here on our “mote of dust”, the product of broken stars long dead. Having seeded the universe with their cast off corpses.
If there is a god — a meaning to all this — that was “Him”, and he doesn’t care what we do because he’s dead.
So next time you stare up into the night sky like all our ancestors before us, don’t htink, What are they for?”
Just enjoy it. Neither we, nor it will be there forever. - Sci-ence
Watching a NatGeo feature on bats brought back memories of my exciting yet horrifying experience of entering a cave friggin’ full of scary bats. Had to wade through knee-deep guano swarming with cockroaches and ants and maybe aliens.
I bet it only took about 15min (30min back-to-back) to clear the guano pit, but it felt like a lifetime. But I totally forgave the universe when after curse-filled wading, we reached a huge cavern with about a meter of hole on the roof which let the natural light. In this part, which our guides call the “cathedral”, there were not bats.
We started a little bonfire then the most amazing thing happened. The putrid smell, which by that time we have gotten used to, was suddenly overpowered by a fresh pine-like smell. Our guides said the burning of the dried twigs caused the cave air to smell good. Now that’s cool. To this day, I regret not investigating the phenomena for real.
I am the master of elements, all 118+ of them! - Mendeleev
Take that Aang!
"Of all the nations, the armies of the ununoctium-benders are probably the least intimidating. The xenon-benders come close, but their flickery signs are at least effective for propoganda."