Monthly Archives: August 2012

The Consolation of Poetry

The reading of poetry is perhaps not one of the more popular activities among modern Americans. Americans do not lack for hearing poetry on a regular basis however; after all, the lyrics of all those songs on the radio are … Continue reading

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Landing on Mars

JPL has created this nice video combining the animation of the landing of Curiosity with the video of the engineers and scientists at JPL in the control room while the landing was actually happening, announcing it step by step. Send … Continue reading

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Extermination

Only in the twentieth century did the human race begin to gain control over the diseases that have devastated the health and welfare of people throughout history. The spread of hygiene, effective treatments, antibiotics and vaccinations have transformed the world … Continue reading

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Immensity

The late science fiction author, Arthur C. Clarke, famous for 2001: A Space Odyssey, wrote, “The fact that we have not yet found the slightest evidence for life — much less intelligence — beyond this Earth does not surprise or … Continue reading

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Snapshots

Most of my students do not understand just how much there is to learn. My purpose, in instructing them, is not just to give them information. It is not just to expand their understanding of the subject that they are … Continue reading

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Curiosity on Mars!

Curiosity has successfully landed on Mars. It landed on its own, autonomously. The United States has had a robotic presense at Mars (in orbit or on the surface) for the last 15 years. The United States is the only nation … Continue reading

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Memory

As we live our lives, it is not uncommon to contemplate our memories of times past and compare them to our hopes for tomorrow. The difficulty, of course, comes in the actual remembering of what has transpired. Our memories are … Continue reading

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Kick the Can

“Kick the Can” was a Twilight Zone episode from its third season. The episode was first broadcast in 1962. The residents of Sunnyvale Rest Home are waiting to die, sitting about in creaking rocking chairs, staring at the walls, going … Continue reading

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Profound Emptiness

In The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Douglas Adams wrote “Space is big. You just won’t believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it’s a long way down the road to the chemist’s, but … Continue reading

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The Value of Poetry

On Sunday, about 10:30 PM Pacific Time, a one ton nuclear powered rover carrying lasers to blast rocks, a laboratory, and 3-D cameras will land on Mars after an eight and a half month trip. It cost the American taxpayers … Continue reading

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