dash n2 DUK (#DestinationUnKnown)

Of course, the result isn’t the point… The point is the longing.

Desire can’t be sated, because if it is, the longing disappears and then we’ve failed, because desire is the state we seek…

The worst thing of all would be if we actually arrived at perfect, because if we did, we would extinguish the very thing that drives us.

We want the wanting.

Seth Godin on desire, the paradox of which Rebecca Solnit explored beautifully. Reminiscent of Carl Sagan’s point about science and spirituality

Or, as Andy Warhol wrote in his meditations on sex and love, “The most exciting thing is not-doing-it. If you fall in love with someone and never do it, it’s much more exciting.”

(via explore-blog)


jtotheizzoe:

currentsinbiology:


These Bacteria Are Wired to Hunt Like a Tiny Wolf Pack
There is an elaborate stealth communication network in the Earth beneath your feet. This smart web acts like a superorganism, fortifying defensive capabilities and coordinating deadly attacks on unsuspecting targets. But it’s not run by the NSA, the CIA, or the military. This web is made of bacteria.
A team of scientists led by Manfred Auer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have used cutting-edge 3-D microscopy to identify a new mechanism for bacterial networking. They observed elaborate webs of a common soil bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus, connected by thread-like membranes. This system of cellular pipelines suggests that some bacteria have evolved complex ways to deliver molecular cargo out of sight from snooping neighbors. Their work appears in the journal Environmental Microbiology.

Myxococcus xanthus biofilm devouring a colony of Escherichia coli. Credit: James Berlemanc

Hey look, it’s an article I wrote for WIRED last year popping up on my own dashboard! Circle of life, man.

jtotheizzoe:

currentsinbiology:

These Bacteria Are Wired to Hunt Like a Tiny Wolf Pack

There is an elaborate stealth communication network in the Earth beneath your feet. This smart web acts like a superorganism, fortifying defensive capabilities and coordinating deadly attacks on unsuspecting targets. But it’s not run by the NSA, the CIA, or the military. This web is made of bacteria.

A team of scientists led by Manfred Auer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have used cutting-edge 3-D microscopy to identify a new mechanism for bacterial networking. They observed elaborate webs of a common soil bacterium, Myxococcus xanthus, connected by thread-like membranes. This system of cellular pipelines suggests that some bacteria have evolved complex ways to deliver molecular cargo out of sight from snooping neighbors. Their work appears in the journal Environmental Microbiology.

Myxococcus xanthus biofilm devouring a colony of Escherichia coli. Credit: James Berlemanc

Hey look, it’s an article I wrote for WIRED last year popping up on my own dashboard! Circle of life, man.


nypl:

Writing  can be a daunting task: the blank page staring back at you, the search for inspiration. Over the years, NYPL has spoken to dozens of notable authors who have faced this challenge and created something extraordinary. On National Day on Writing, we’ve collected the best bits of writing advice from our most beloved guests, including Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, and Cheryl Strayed.  View Larger

nypl:

Writing  can be a daunting task: the blank page staring back at you, the search for inspiration. Over the years, NYPL has spoken to dozens of notable authors who have faced this challenge and created something extraordinary. On National Day on Writing, we’ve collected the best bits of writing advice from our most beloved guests, including Zadie Smith, Toni Morrison, and Cheryl Strayed. 


becomingyogini:

Crow is a whole different game on a SUP, I was up for the challenge 😉 and…I don’t foresee the SUP pics ending anytime soon…especially because we have another SUP Social tonight and tomorrow night at Marshland Rd Boat Landing on Hilton Head Island! Bring your own paddleboard ☺️ everyone is welcome and it’s FREE! The board I’m on is a beautiful @bogasup Todos, Jill is on the extra stable @bogayoga board (far right).  (at Broad Creek Landing)

Totally impressive! View Larger

becomingyogini:

Crow is a whole different game on a SUP, I was up for the challenge 😉 and…I don’t foresee the SUP pics ending anytime soon…especially because we have another SUP Social tonight and tomorrow night at Marshland Rd Boat Landing on Hilton Head Island! Bring your own paddleboard ☺️ everyone is welcome and it’s FREE! The board I’m on is a beautiful @bogasup Todos, Jill is on the extra stable @bogayoga board (far right). (at Broad Creek Landing)

Totally impressive!


jtotheizzoe:

NEW VIDEO!

How To See Time Travel

In this week’s It’s Okay To Be Smart, I’ll show you how to build your own cosmic particle detector and witness time travel with your very own eyes!

Earth is under constant bombardment from cosmic radiation. There’s sunlight, of course, but that’s the good stuff. Solar wind, the next most common variety, is mostly blocked by Earth’s magnetic field and diverted to the poles. But there are other, more distant sources of charged particles, too.

Distant stars, supernovas, and even other galaxies are constantly exhaling high-energy protons and atomic nuclei, subjecting Earth to a constant cosmic downpour. High in the atmosphere, the subatomic cosmic projectiles smash into gases like billiard balls, sending a rain of muons down towards Earth.

Just this second, dozens of these particles flew through your body. Each minute, 10,000 or so muons hit every square meter of Earth. They could have been a major force in shaping early life on this planet. The thing is, muons don’t live very long, and they shouldn’t be able to travel down to Earth. So how do they get here?

TIME TRAVEL!

Watch this week’s video to find out more.

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He had always attracted the adolescent, and in this way has influenced the literary and intellectual awakening of each generation that has followed his own… This peculiar appeal to the young arises not only from the romantic iconoclasm of Wilde’s ideas, but also from the almost adolescent zeal with which he champions them. … “Disobedience,” he reminds us, “is man’s original virtue. It is through disobedience that progress has been made, through disobedience and through rebellion.” Here the best of the nineteenth century speaks through its most wayward representative.

— On Oscar Wilde's enduring appeal. Also, Wilde at his finest, his sharpest, and his most romantic.  (via explore-blog)


well-meh:

A very suportive childfree piece at The Guardian. What’s most impressive, though, is the comments. I mean, internet comments, right? A vile pit of raging sexism and thoughtless bile? But these are thoughtful, supportive, and.. grateful for the public awareness of childfree lifestyles. View Larger

well-meh:

A very suportive childfree piece at The Guardian. What’s most impressive, though, is the comments. I mean, internet comments, right? A vile pit of raging sexism and thoughtless bile? But these are thoughtful, supportive, and.. grateful for the public awareness of childfree lifestyles.