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Wednesday Poem

Above Pate Valley We finished clearing the last  Section of trail by noon,  High on the ridge-side  Two thousand feet above the creek  Reached the pass, went on  Beyond the white pine groves,  Granite shoulders, to a small  Green meadow watered by the snow,  Edged with Aspen—sun  Straight high and blazing  But the air was cool.  Ate a cold fried trout in the  Trembling shadows.

Why Is Cancer More Common in Men?


Erin O'Donnell in Harvard Magazine: Oncologists know that men are more prone to cancer than women; one in two men will develop some form of the disease in a lifetime, compared with one in three women.

In the Future We’ll Grow Body Parts From Plants


Sheherzad Preisler in Tonic: Growing human tissue is a huge challenge for researchers, even on a small scale.

A PHYSICIST PUTS HER PASSION INTO PROSE


Muneeza Shamsie reviews Only the Longest Threads by Tasneem Zehra Husain in Newsweek Pakistan: Her novel is framed and juxtaposed by the growing friendship between Sara Byrne, a theoretical physicist, and Leonardo Santorini, a science journalist.

Save the NEA: One Poet’s Story of How the Arts Build Community


Patricia Traxler in Agni: Just to give some idea of what killing the NEA will (or more aptly, will not) accomplish, the $146 million budget of the National Endowment for the Arts represents just 0.012% (about one one-hundredth of one percent) of our federal discretionary spending.

Music as medicine: how songs could soon replace painkillers and help you sleep better


From Wired: In September 2013, Marko Ahtisaari resigned from his position as the head of product design at Nokia.

Roger Penrose: Fashion, Faith and Fantasy in Physics

Video length: 1:03:50 Video length: 19:04

how to write 'romantic' biographies


Michael Dirda at The Washington Post: Holmes’s “This Long Pursuit” is itself a complement to two earlier volumes: “Footsteps: Adventures of a Romantic Biographer” (1985) and “Sidetracks: Explorations of a Romantic Biographer” (2000).

capitalism and christianity


Barrett Swanson at Dissent: Though few contemporary Christians would likely admit it, many of the American colonies were built upon the idea of redistribution.

orpheus in bulgaria


Allegra Hyde at Threepenny Review: My husband and I have lived in Bulgaria for six months, lived in this country often confused for other places.

Remember why we work on cancer


Levi Garraway in Nature: I first realized I'd been bitten by the science bug in the summer of 1987. I was walking home from the laboratory, mulling over an organic chemistry reaction that I had been attempting — and mostly failing — to execute.

A.I. VERSUS M.D.


Siddhartha Mukherjee in The New Yorker: Explanations run shallow and deep. You have a red blister on your finger because you touched a hot iron; you have a red blister on your finger because the burn excited an inflammatory cascade of prostaglandins and cytokines, in a regulated process that we still understand only imperfectly.

Remember why we work on cancer


Levi Garraway in Nature: I first realized I'd been bitten by the science bug in the summer of 1987. I was walking home from the laboratory, mulling over an organic chemistry reaction that I had been attempting — and mostly failing — to execute.

Why Are Zygotes People?


by Paul Bloomfield The decision guaranteeing abortion rights in the United States, found in Roe v. Wade (1973), was based on a right to privacy, which the court found to be primarily protected by the Fourteenth amendment's "concept of personal liberty and restrictions upon state action" and the Ninth amendment's "reservation of rights to the people".

Monday Poem

Okay, poets, we get it: things are like other things                ......           —A. R. & M. G. Ah, But Math is Like That Too When poets are so dissed by engineers and physicists they really should consider this: (4+2) is just like 6 and keeping that in mind 81’s like the square of 9 and in case you think these are a poet's tricks, √36 is too like 6 (in this, poetry’s like arithmetic).

Beauty is Not (Entirely) in the Eye of the Beholder


by Dwight Furrow In philosophy the most important development in the last 300 years has been the idea that what can be intelligibly said about reality is constructed out of our subjective responses, suitably constrained by social norms and intersubjective communication.

perceptions


Asad Raza. Root Sequence. Mother Tongue. Whitney Biennial, 2017. Installation: 26 young, potted trees, tools, and caretakers.  More here, here, and here.

Under The Radar, Part 1


by Misha Lepetic "In economics, the majority is always wrong."  ~ JK Galbraith One of the unfortunate gifts of the current, star-crossed administration is that there's something for everyone that will get their knickers in a twist.

4B

by Tamuira Reid The day Luna went mad her mother thought, finally. The signs had been there, hanging around at the dinner table, in the bathroom where she ironed her hair.

CATSPEAK


by Brooks Riley


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