Posts tagged life.
By acting now, in the spirit of common but differentiated responsibility, we accept our duty to one another and to the stewardship of a planet blessed with the gift of life.
Pontifical Academy of Sciences’ climate change report
Decide in your heart of hearts what really excites and challenges you, and start moving your life in that direction. Every decision you make, from what you eat to what you do with your time tonight, turns you into who you are tomorrow, and the day after that. Look at who you want to be, and start sculpting yourself into that person. You may not get exactly where you thought you’d be, but you will be doing things that suit you in a profession you believe in. Don’t let life randomly kick you into the adult you don’t want to become.Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s answer to the question “Any advice to a young person who wants to get into this field?”, from his spectacular reddit IAmA (via apoplecticskeptic)
Some much needed inspiration.
This Ain’t Yo Momma’s Muktuk: Fermented Seal Flipper, Botulism, Being Cold & Other Joys of Arctic Living ›
Dining Alaskan native style. A brilliant article on food, family, and infections in the Arctic - definitely Not for the weak.
“The lower-right end of the periodic table, where all the super-heavy artificial elements reside, is soon to be graced by two new names. Elements 114 and 116 should be called flerovium (Fl) and livermorium (Lv), chemistry’s governing body, the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry (IUPAC), proposed on Thursday. IUPAC is allowing five months for public comment on the suggestions, but these names are very likely to be confirmed next May.
Livermorium is named for the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in Livermore, California, and flerovium for Georgi Flerov, the founder of the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research in Dubna, Russia. (Dubnium was already taken — it’s element 105).
Element 114 was first reported almost thirteen years ago by the Dubna team, who fired calcium-48 ions into plutonium targets to (briefly) fuse nuclei together. The same group was also first to report element 116 11 years ago, this time firing calcium into curium. Further confirmatory experiments followed, but it was not until June of this year that IUPAC accepted the elements had been created, giving credit jointly to scientists at Dubna and at Lawrence Livermore.
The last addition to the table was element 112, Copernicium (Cn). IUPAC still doesn’t think that there’s enough evidence to accept that elements 113, 115 and 118 have been discovered.”
Joe at sarka.tumblr.com wrote in response to my International Ozone Day post: “I didn’t know this was today. Last night, I watched Known Universe, a National Graphic TV series on Hulu. In one of the episodes, a scientists dipped a basketball into a bucket of water, took out the basketball, and the resulting water dripping from the basketball was analogous to the thinness of Earth’s atmosphere. It was a shocking analogy, one of those things where you appreciate our precarious existence. We are truly living in a “Goldilocks zone”. Sometimes you just have to wonder how one thing goes wrong and that’s it: our atmosphere gets sucked into space, our oceans are poisoned, an asteroid crashes into the planet. It’s said that our planet is resilient, and I believe it. But I also believe that it is delicate. And I also believe that such a precarious balance can ultimately only be held together by a divine force, by God, and that it is our responsibility to help that force keep things together.
Source: Joe @ Sarka.tumblr.com.