Eurythenes plasticus is a species of amphipod, first described in 2020. It was named in reference to the PET (polyethylene terephthalate) plastic found in its stomach.Read more "Eurythenes plasticus"
TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER? WELL … Let me rephrase that: Take me to someone with whom to exchange knowledge.Read more "TAKE ME TO YOUR LEADER? WELL …"
CETACEAN SOUL SEARCH When a whale looks you in the eye, it’s to communicate and learn – species to species. A whale’s eye is a picture window to its soul – a panoramic view of kind receptiveness deeper than, by comparison, our tiny brains. It’s not just the size differential that tells you […]Read more "CETACEAN SOUL SEARCH"
🎤 🔉 NEW WORLDS VOYAGE They say one day the stars will be so far away from one another as to be forevermore invisible, one to another. Imagine, if one could get financed, the intergalactic Columbus of that age – Possessed of such bravery to set sail beyond “Sol,” without stars to beckon or guide, […]Read more "New Worlds Voyage"
SENSE OF REALTY We think one day we’ll find another Earth encircling some other distant sun. It won’t be like the planet of our birth. not one can stand up to comparison. If lucky, we’ll find one that’s the right mass — not to crush us with its gravitation — with atmosphere made of breathable […]Read more "SENSE OF REALTY"
In 1977, a recording of “Liu Shui” (流水; Stream), as performed by Guan, was chosen to be included in the Voyager Golden Record, a gold-plated LP recording containing music from around the world, which was sent into outer space by NASA on the Voyager 1 and Voyager 2 spacecraft. It is the longest excerpt included on the disc (lasting seven minutes and […]Read more "TOPPING THE STAR CHARTS"
POOR REFLECTION If we find life a few light-years from here, and it turns out that that life’s multi-celled and that it is intelligent, I fear they’ll still be dumb, and hope will be dispelled. What if they’re even stupider than us – some ancient culture that never evolved – no bronze age, their […]Read more "POOR REFLECTION"
FIRST APPEARANCE In memoriam Robert Sheckley reflected in glass a commonplace human, startling at first he’d fit in, he knew Earth’s sentient forms blinded by expectations Trying to gropple in this restricted body, settled for a grin. I was very happy to have this tribute to one of my favorite writers and all time […]Read more "First Appearance"
One of four discovered (in 1610) by Galileo, Europa is the smallest of the Galilean moons, but still larger than Pluto. It is very bright because it is entirely covered in ice. When Zeus (Jupiter) raped Europa, he “abducted” her in the form of a white bull. In the above collage, you can see the […]Read more "Life In Europa"
OUMUAMUA (1I/2017U1) Dagger of Death Oumuamua, dagger from space, is flung at its target end over end – too fast for any rocket to outpace. Earth, spun within the Sun’s disc, can’t defend against this object just recently spied (though it is the size of a football field) – a blade ten times as […]Read more "OUMUAMUA, DAGGER OF DEATH"