Science

What makes the pale blue dot blue

Oh Great Confluence

A sinewing fog, through ancient browns and greenDewy leaves, dripping beneathMisty whispering, through lush green fernRain rain, falling fallingTrickling onto, moldy leavesFlowing through, gnarly rootsBackswimmers delighting, in gathering poolsWoodthrush warily sippingShimmering little pools, coming and goingGathering and rushing, noisily against, mossy rounded stoneConverging and rushing, toward some far off placeSubmerging cavernously, reemergingFlowing powerfully, against mountains...
And why the biological study of the brain brings us closer to a philosophical understanding of mind

Some Civilized Words About Global Warming

In a ”which came first, the chicken or egg” sort of way, have you ever speculated, as you think with words, about what your conscious sense of self would be like in the utter absence of words? In other words,...
Allegorical supposition of the sun’s flare-up position

THUS SPAKE OLD SOL

Hey, you idiots over there on the third planet!When are you going to wake up?Don’t you dare tell me to, “Can it;”I’ve been here since Sirius was a pup.You’d better use me while I’m still around.I’ve only got five, “Bills”...
What makes the pale blue dot blue

Oh Great Confluence

A sinewing fog, through ancient browns and greenDewy leaves, dripping beneathMisty whispering, through lush green fernRain rain, falling fallingTrickling onto, moldy leavesFlowing through, gnarly rootsBackswimmers delighting, in gathering poolsWoodthrush warily sippingShimmering little pools, coming and goingGathering and rushing, noisily against,...
And why the biological study of the brain brings us closer to a philosophical understanding of mind

Some Civilized Words About Global Warming

In a ”which came first, the chicken or egg” sort of way, have you ever speculated, as you think with words, about what your conscious sense of self would be like in the utter absence of words? In other words,...
Allegorical supposition of the sun’s flare-up position

THUS SPAKE OLD SOL

Hey, you idiots over there on the third planet!When are you going to wake up?Don’t you dare tell me to, “Can it;”I’ve been here since Sirius was a pup.You’d better use me while I’m still around.I’ve only got five, “Bills”...
Poetic treatise: Under-utilization of deserts’ solar-energy-storage capacity

VERY ARID ANGST

The great deserts of the world – Gobi, Sahara –Just sit there, wondering why…For eons, they sit there in the sun,Absorbing the light from its ray-gun.For eons, they sit, listless,Their sands glowing, blowing,Ever inert and blissless.Now, they speak:Man and beast...
Why copper kills bad stuff

The Copper Lady and the Superbug

If a large passenger plane crashed every day, would you risk taking a flight? It's estimated that's how many people on average die every day from contracting an antibiotic resistant infection, a superbug, from a hospital stay. According to the...
When scientific evidence and political myths collide

Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf

On Dec. 24, 2017, an influential nationalistic member of the Danish parliament, Søren Espersen, said, "Wolves attack small children and old people. It's nuts to have them in Denmark...[translated from the Danish]."  Espersen is a member if the Danish People’s...