A Little Night Music


A Little Night Music

A Little Night Music

Frost happens,
yet some things never change.
The fields are alive with the sounds of music,
portending endings.
Frost happened
‚Äď last night, eons ago
‚Äď it’s all the buzz!
“O, what will we do. It was
so foreboding! Woe is us.”

It’s OK. It is I. Follow me . . .
into the change, past the fear,
beyond the change,
arriving in the peace of eternal now,
the only moment we’ve ever known.
I have overcome the world. Yes!
World without end. Amen. (see Matt 14:22-36)

(Click blue title above to listen to nature’s song.)




Here’s a rather poetic description of how this element came to be: <excerpt>

You take two stars that are orbiting each other. This is not as hard as it seems. Nearly half of all stars in our own Galaxy have at least one other star in its system. But make sure that both of these stars are at least 10 times bigger than our Sun. Then wait about 10 million years. This is the average lifetime of big stars. They will eventually exhaust all their fuel and explode in their individual supernovae. All that will be left of them will be their cores, called neutron stars. These are some of the strangest objects in the universe. Each of the neutron star contains mass equal to that of our Sun, but all packed in a size no greater than a city like Karachi. This means that they have very high density. A teaspoon of neutron star material would weigh as much as a mountain. Now you have two of these neutron stars orbiting each other. But orbits for such exotic objects are unstable. The two stars will eventually collide with each other ‚ÄĒ and this collision will result in the creation of gold and other rare elements.

However, in an act of ultimate charity, these elements are spread into the surrounding space.

By the time our Solar system was born, many such collisions had enriched our Galaxy with gold (and other elements). The gas cloud that formed the Sun and the Earth already contained these elements. Some of this gold became part of the Earth. Four-and-a-half billion years later, this rare element caught the attention of bipedal species and it became an object of desire and envy.

So the next time when you wear a gold ring or necklace, pause for a minute and appreciate how the cosmos gave us bling.

Salman Hameed is associate professor of integrated science and humanities at Hampshire College, Massachusetts, USA. He runs the blog Irtiqa at irtiqa-blog.com

“Marshmallow Fields, Forever”

IMG_0295My apologies to The Beatles for this mash-up of their song title into a visual pun. Fall does that to my brain. And the signs are everywhere. These geese gleaning in a threshed oat-field, across the road from our house, are about ready to wing it; and we won’t be far behind. Merida beckons.



DINOSAURS: Down Mexico Way !!!


(English intro to Spanish lang post) Quo Mexico scientific magazine published in its August edition a fabulous 20-pages report about the paleontological study of dinosaurs in M√©xico. 100 years ago in 1913, a german geologist first documented the presence of dinosaur fossils in the country. Since then and specially in the last 3 decades, many paleontological sites have been opened and 6 new species have been described. The story has a great narrative, excellent photographies, several scientific sources, info-graphics, and clear explanations. Its online version has 4 different videos interviewing mexican researchers, and a very dynamic graphic design. It’s not common to find so extensive and elaborate stories in the spanish- lang scientific magazines. It’s a terrific and exceptional work.

Lo publicado en el n√ļmero de agosto de la revista¬†Quo M√©xico¬†es algo excepcional: un complet√≠simo¬†dossier de 20 p√°ginas¬†sobre los estudios paleontol√≥gicos de dinosaurios realizados durante los √ļltimos 100 a√Īos en M√©xico, aprovechando el efem√©ride de que en 1913 un investigador alem√°n report√≥ por primera vez la presencia de huesos fosilizados de dinosaurios en tierras mexicanas.

Cierto que cuando hablamos de dinosaurios solemos pensar primero en EEUU, China o la Patagonia, pero gracias a este detallado trabajo ahora sabemos que hay zonas de México con una cantidad de fósiles abrumadora, y que en el país se han llegado a identificar 6 especies nuevas. Esto es científicamente muy relevante.

Revisando el¬†pdf “El despertar de los gigantes” por¬†Thelma G√≥mez Dur√°n¬†podemos constatar una narrativa fluida que empieza caminando por el desierto de Coahuila con un buscador de f√≥siles local enamorado de “las piedras” desde su adolescencia, contin√ļa revisando los inicios de la paleontolog√≠a mexicana, y avanza explicando en boca de numerosas fuentes los principales hallazgos transcurridos, especialmente en las √ļltimas d√©cadas. La calidad gr√°fica de la pieza es excepcional (fotos: Luis Delfin y Xanat Madera, ilustraciones: roman Garc√≠a Mora), incluyendo cronolog√≠as, esquemas e infinidad de informaciones complementarias. Al final del texto se explica est√°n revisadas por cient√≠ficos mexicanos, lo cual lo convierte en un gran ejemplo de colaboraci√≥n estrecha entre investigadores y periodistas. Una obra de divulgaci√≥n extensa, rigurosa y fluida, que sin duda aporta un valor diferencial y que puede inspirar nuevas piezas de tal profundidad. Merece una lectura y an√°lisis.

El esfuerzo de Quo M√©xico es remarcable, y lo vemos tambi√©n en¬†el especial web “Viaje al M√©xico prehist√≥rico. All√≠ se presentan de manera m√°s visual partes del documento de la revista impresa, se a√Īaden incluso 3 v√≠deos con entrevistas a cient√≠ficos locales, una fabulosa cronolog√≠a animada, galer√≠as, y un genial esquema con las 6 especies de “dinos 100% mexicanos”. De verdad, merece la pena revisar tanto el pdf como el especial web, y felicitar al equipo de Quo M√©xico por el excepcional documento tanto en contenido como en formato.

Рpere estupinyà

MY SOURCE: Knight Science Journalism, MIT   http://ksj.mit.edu/tracker/2013/08/quo-méxico-20-excelentes-páginas-dedicad



IMG_3493 by eric chaffee

 Carnaval, Merida, Yucatan, 2013

In heaven all the cooks are French, all the lovers are Italian, all the police are British, all the mechanics are German, and the whole thing is organized by the Swiss; whereas in hell all the cooks are British, all the lovers are Swiss, all the police are German, all the mechanics are French, and the whole thing is organized by the Spaniards (or was it the Greeks?). And the Yankees in hell continually attempt to order ice water.

Jesus was not joking when he observed that heaven is here now (see verses 20,21). [Espa√Īol,vv.20,21]¬†[Polski,v20-21]