Science

A Trek Through San Diego’s Big Three

NOBODY ASKED THE ANIMALS

In three weeks’ time, I visited three of San Diego’s biggest tourist attractions – the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld of San Diego. After battling crowds on weekends and battling smaller crowds on weekdays for each park, I reached an overall conclusion: Humans are the winners and animals are...
What's in your genes?

IT’S ALL IN MY GENES

My wife decided to have our DNA tested. She didn’t do it to search for genetically based diseases or even for a DNA identification in case I get lost again. I am a person who gets lost a lot. I...
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,...
A Trek Through San Diego’s Big Three

NOBODY ASKED THE ANIMALS

In three weeks’ time, I visited three of San Diego’s biggest tourist attractions – the San Diego Zoo, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, and SeaWorld of San Diego. After battling crowds on weekends and battling smaller crowds on weekdays...
What's in your genes?

IT’S ALL IN MY GENES

My wife decided to have our DNA tested. She didn’t do it to search for genetically based diseases or even for a DNA identification in case I get lost again. I am a person who gets lost a lot. I...
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...