There and Back, Again?

Try to acquire the weird practice of savouring your mistakes, delighting in uncovering the strange quirks that led you astray.

Daniel Dennet, Daniel Dennett’s seven tools for thinking

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Not until we are lost do we begin to understand ourselves.

—Henry David Thoreau (via lazyyogi)

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These Self-Assembling Nanoflowers Are As Beautiful As They Are Tiny

Harvard researchers grew these lovely microscopic gardens using delicate chemical reactions.

A nanorose may not smell as sweet as an organic one, but the red petals on this micron-scale flower are unquestionably just as beautiful. At Harvard University, materials scientists have perfected an underwater chemical reaction that results in these gorgeous, self-assembling nanoflowers. The microscopic structures are crystals that build themselves, one molecule at a time, on a glass surface submerged in a beaker of water, barium chloride, and sodium silicate. When carbon dioxide from the air naturally dissolves in the water, it sets off the chemical reaction that causes the crystals to form. Though the colors in these images are artificial, the intricate shapes of the nanoflowers are very real. The twists, curves, and ruffles are created when the scientists shift the components of the chemical reaction; the crystals naturally “grow” toward or away from various chemical gradients. For example, the broad-leaf shapes you’ll see in the gallery formed in solutions with extra carbon dioxide. “When you look through the electron microscope, it really feels a bit like you’re diving in the ocean, seeing huge fields of coral and sponges,” says Wim L. Noorduin, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard and lead author of the paper in Science. “Sometimes I forget to take images because it’s so nice to explore.” Click here to see more of these amazing creations. (via These Self-Assembling Nanoflowers Are As Beautiful As They Are Tiny | Popular Science)

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One night evolution had a vision of a world where things were perfect. Life coexisted peacefully with other life; nobody fought or died or ate each other’s entrails. There were no monsters in the ocean, only leafy sea dragons, fluttering calmly back and forth to keep everyone safe. It was a world of serenity, a world of quiet splendor, where everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. 

wtfevolution:

One night evolution had a vision of a world where things were perfect. Life coexisted peacefully with other life; nobody fought or died or ate each other’s entrails. There were no monsters in the ocean, only leafy sea dragons, fluttering calmly back and forth to keep everyone safe. It was a world of serenity, a world of quiet splendor, where everything was beautiful and nothing hurt. 

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Mandrake Root, painted in gouache, 5x7 in.


Legend has it that when the root of the Mandrake is dug up it screams out and kills all who hear it. It was also common in folklore that it would only grow where the semen of hanged man had dripped to the ground…

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brittwilson:

Mandrake Root, painted in gouache, 5x7 in.

Legend has it that when the root of the Mandrake is dug up it screams out and kills all who hear it. It was also common in folklore that it would only grow where the semen of hanged man had dripped to the ground…