What's Out There

What's Out There

“We are just an advanced breed of monkeys on a minor planet of a very average star. But we can understand the Universe. That makes us something very special.”

- Stephen Hawking

I have recently been examining all the known superstitions of the world, and do not find in our particular superstition [Christianity] one redeeming feature. They are all alike, founded upon fables and mythologies.
- Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Woods; Jefferson was the principle author of the Declaration of Independence and third U.S. president
Speak the truth - especially unpopular truth. Especially truth that offends the powerful, the rich, the well-established, the traditional, the mythic.
- Edward Abbey
post-mitotic:

microscopic bone marrow transplant — hematopoietic stem cells (the immortal source of both red and white blood cells) poised in a syringe for transplant
colored SEM composite image
credit: Steve Gschmeissner
post-mitotic:

microscopic bone marrow transplant — hematopoietic stem cells (the immortal source of both red and white blood cells) poised in a syringe for transplant
colored SEM composite image
credit: Steve Gschmeissner

post-mitotic:

microscopic bone marrow transplant — hematopoietic stem cells (the immortal source of both red and white blood cells) poised in a syringe for transplant

colored SEM composite image

credit: Steve Gschmeissner

There are now 6 billion of us, and our numbers grow by the equivalent of the population of China every decade….and at almost every step, we have emphasized the local over the global, the short-term over the long. We have destroyed the forests, eroded the topsoil, changed the composition of the atmosphere, depleted the protective ozone layer, tampered with the climate, poisoned the air and the waters, and made the poorest people suffer most from the deteriorating environment. We have become predators on the biosphere – full of arrogant entitlement, always taking and never giving back. And so, we are now a danger to ourselves and the other beings with whom we share the planet.
- Carl Sagan
I believe in evidence. I believe in observation, measurement, and reasoning, confirmed by independent observers. I’ll believe anything, no matter how wild and ridiculous, if there is evidence for it. The wilder and more ridiculous something is, however, the firmer and more solid the evidence will have to be.
- Isaac Asimov
asapscience:

A *REAL* image captured by Cassini of two of Saturn’s moons. Rhea, the planet’s third largest moon is sighted next to Epimetheus, a small, inner moon. Breathtaking! 
via ScienceAlert
asapscience:

A *REAL* image captured by Cassini of two of Saturn’s moons. Rhea, the planet’s third largest moon is sighted next to Epimetheus, a small, inner moon. Breathtaking! 
via ScienceAlert

asapscience:

A *REAL* image captured by Cassini of two of Saturn’s moons. Rhea, the planet’s third largest moon is sighted next to Epimetheus, a small, inner moon. Breathtaking! 

via ScienceAlert

As more people become more intelligent they care less for preachers and more for teachers.
- Robert Ingersoll (d. 1899)
It is absurd to divide people into good and bad. People are either charming or tedious.
- Oscar Wilde (via infamoussayings)
We can judge our progress by the courage of our questions and the depth of our answers, our willingness to embrace what is true rather than what feels good.
- Carl Sagan
electricspacekoolaid:

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, looking over  Reunion & Mauritius Islands in a moonlit Indian Ocean captured by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station 19:57 GMT 25 August 2013.
Fragile Oasis
electricspacekoolaid:

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, looking over  Reunion & Mauritius Islands in a moonlit Indian Ocean captured by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station 19:57 GMT 25 August 2013.
Fragile Oasis
electricspacekoolaid:

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, looking over  Reunion & Mauritius Islands in a moonlit Indian Ocean captured by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station 19:57 GMT 25 August 2013.
Fragile Oasis

electricspacekoolaid:

The Seven Sisters, also known as the Pleiades star cluster, looking over  Reunion & Mauritius Islands in a moonlit Indian Ocean captured by NASA astronaut Karen Nyberg from the International Space Station 19:57 GMT 25 August 2013.

Fragile Oasis