Category Archives: Nature

Tolkien on Mercury

The mercurial mind of J.R.R. Tolkien has now found an appropriate home in the solar system, a newly-named crater on the planet nearest the intense golden rays of the Sun: Source: The Universe Today May The Hobbit, Silmarillion and Lord … Continue reading

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Go Curiosity!

Curiosity, the van-sized high-tech rover, is set to land on Mars tonight! The above animation of Curiosity’s mission to Mars is well-worth watching – seriously – all 11 minutes of it. The landing itself looks harrowing – more nail-biting than … Continue reading

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The Audacity to Dream

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Let’s be friends

“Josh Williams sings Mark Mathewson’s ‘Mordecai’ at the Doyle Lawson Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park in Denton, NC on May 5, 2011. During this song, a small bird lands on Josh’s guitar while he’s singing. Watch his reaction as … Continue reading

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All things are connected

“All things by immortal power Near and far, Hiddenly, To each other linked are, That thou canst not stir a flower Without the troubling of a star.” – Francis Thompson,“The Mistress of Vision,” Poems (1913) Arabian Star Flower Scale of … Continue reading

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Mountains like clouds

O Earth, what changes hast thou seen! There where the long street roars, hath been The stillness of a central sea. The hills are shadows, and they flow From form to form, and nothing stands; They melt like mist, the … Continue reading

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Moonlight

As a pale phantom with a lamp Ascends some ruin’s haunted stair, So glides the moon along the damp Mysterious chamber of the air. Now hidden in a cloud, and now revealed, As if this phantom, full of pain, Were … Continue reading

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An ancient chemist on teaching

“Nor do I fail to understand that it is difficult to make clear the dark discoveries of the Greeks in Latin verses, especially since we have often to employ new words because of the poverty of the language and the … Continue reading

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The Winter Hexagon

Index of Christmas holiday posts “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength… who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea; who made the Bear and Orion, the Pleiades and the chambers of the … Continue reading

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Water cycle – globe model

Nearly 3/4ths of the surface of our Earth, “the blue planet,” is covered with water. Water is characteristic of biological life in the universe as we know it. To more clearly see how much water there is in the Earth, … Continue reading

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