“A single ray of light from a distant star falling upon the eye of a tyrant in bygone times, may have altered the course of his life, may have changed the destiny of nations, may have transformed the surface of the globe, so intricate, so inconceivably complex are the processes of nature.”—
“The living cell is the most complex system of its size known to mankind. Its host of specialized molecules, many found nowhere else but within living material, are themselves already enormously complex. They execute a dance of exquisite fidelity, orchestrated with breathtaking precision. Vastly more elaborate than the most complicated ballet, the dance of life encompasses countless molecular performers in synergetic coordination. Yet this is a dance with no sign of a choreographer. No intelligent supervisor, no mystic force, no conscious controlling agency swings the molecules into place at the right time, chooses the appropriate players, closes the links, uncouples the partners, moves them on. The dance of life is spontaneous, self-sustaining, and self-creating.”—Paul Davies (via inthenoosphere)
“My brain is only a receiver, in the Universe there is a core from which we obtain knowledge, strength and inspiration. I have not penetrated into the secrets of this core, but I know that it exists.”— Nikola Tesla (via titanium44)
“Geographers Erle Ellis and Navin Ramankutty argue we are no longer disturbing natural ecosystems. Instead, we now live in “human systems with natural ecosystems embedded within them.” The long-held barriers between nature and culture are breaking down. It’s no longer us against “Nature.” Instead, it’s we who decide what nature is and what it will be.”—Paul J. Crutzen and Christian Schwägerl, Living in the Anthropocene:Toward a New Global Ethos (via inthenoosphere)
“Around us, life bursts with miracles—a glass of water, a ray of sunshine, a leaf, a caterpillar, a flower, laughter, raindrops..
If you live in awareness, it is easy to see miracles everywhere.
Each human being is a multiplicity of miracles; Eyes that see thousands of colors, shapes, and forms; ears that hear a bee flying or a thunderclap; a brain that ponders a speck of dust as easily as the entire cosmos; a heart that beats in rhythm with the heartbeat of all beings.
When we are tired and feel discouraged by life’s daily struggles, we may not notice these miracles, but they are always there.”—Thích Nhất Hạnh (via yogachocolatelove)
Yo, great blog. I have a question though. When images of galaxies are shown with false colour, how does NASA or whomever else decide which colours should represent parts of the galaxy that are otherwise invisible? Are the colours based on science or just aesthetics? Cheerio.
Images taken in light wavelengths invisible to us are recorded as brightness and are given colors that match their relative wavelength in the visible light spectrum. Remember that each color of light has its own wavelength; red light has a wavelength of ~750 nanometers, and violet light has a wavelength of ~400 nanometers. All other colors in the spectrum we can see lie between these extremes. Colors that we cannot see have wavelengths that are shorter (ultraviolet, X-ray, gamma-ray) or longer (infrared, microwave, radio) than the visible light spectrum. In a composite image, X-ray data will be given a violet hue because violet has a short wavelength, and infrared data will be given a red hue because red has a long wavelength. It’s a way of ‘compressing’ the total light spectrum into the visible spectrum so we can perceive it. If you want to know more, NASA has a great website describing the meaning of color in images, and instructions on how to process data from space telescopes yourself!