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Birth

“Incidentally, disturbance from cosmic background radiation is something we have all experienced.  Tune your (analog) television to any channel it doesn’t receive, and about 1 percent of the dancing static you see is accounted for by this ancient remnant of the Big Bang.  The next time you complain that there is nothing on, remember that …

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See

In this excerpt from So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish by Douglas Adams ©1985, John Watson, also known as “Wonko the Sane,” discusses the scientific method: I’m not trying to prove anything, by the way. I’m a scientist and I know what constitutes proof. But the reason I call myself by my childhood …

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Preconceived Notions

Excerpted from John Glassie’s excellent biography of Athanasius Kircher, A Man of Misconceptions ©2012: In 1610, twelve years before Kircher arrived in Cologne, Galileo Galilei, a mathematics professor in Padua, published a slim volume, Starry Messenger, about the observations he’d made with a new instrument he called the perspicillium, or the telescope.  It was a …

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Being Green Again

Excerpt from The Dream That Must Be Interpreted by Rumi (1207-1273):    We began as a mineral. We emerged into plant life and into animal state, and then into being human, and always we have forgotten our former states, except in early spring when we slightly recall being green again. That’s how a young person …

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Bad Science

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Future Stuff

I like the first three panels a lot.  It does make you wonder what things we could be overlooking.

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Project Noah

If you like to take pictures of wildlife- even if it’s just snapshots on your cell phone- Project Noah is a site you’ll enjoy. They have free apps for Apple and Android, or you can access them through the World Wide Web.

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Logic

(via Boing-Boing) In the video, a mathematician proves that if you add all the numbers in the universe together (1+2+3+4…) that the answer is -1/12.  And while they are explaining it, it all sort of makes sense. But if you attach something real to the numbers, then it seems like it all falls apart.  For …

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