Infinity Imagined
Multicellular Organic
Neural Network
Lives in Nitrogen-Oxygen Atmosphere
270 K - 300 K
Eats, Breathes, Thinks, Creates

A Supermassive Black Hole Powering Quasar RX J1131-1231

Imagination alone is not enough, because the reality of nature is far more wondrous than anything we can imagine.

This adventure is made possible by generations of searchers strictly adhering to a simple set of rules: Test ideas by experiment and observation; build on those ideas that pass the test; reject the ones that fail; follow the evidence, wherever it leads; and question everything.

Accept these terms, and the cosmos is yours.

The measure of greatness in a scientific idea is the extent to which it stimulates thought and opens up new lines of research.

All the water on Europa compared to all the water on Earth.

Enceladus and Saturn

Cassini Narrow Angle camera (NAC) clear filter frame colorized to approximate the appearance of Saturn’s limb and emphasize Enceladus’ grayish color in contrast. 

Image credit: Gordan Ugarkovic

 Crescent Moon Rising and Earth’s Atmosphere  

On Feb. 1, 2014, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency astronaut Koichi Wakata tweeted this view of a crescent moon rising and the cusp of Earth’s atmosphere. Distinct colors are visible because the dominant gases and particles in each layer of the atmosphere act as prisms, filtering out certain colors of light.
Image Credit: NASA
A story about my work has been published in the UVic newspaper “The Ring”!

One student’s grand view of the smallest things
Invisible worlds exist all around us. UVic biology undergrad James Tyrwhitt-Drake has made it his mission to reveal the smallest of those worlds, with spectacular results.
The invisibility of microscopic creatures, much like the perceptual invisibility that comes with the speedy flapping of a hummingbird’s wings, requires special equipment to capture and appreciate. For Tyrwhitt-Drake, that equipment is the scanning electron microscope (SEM) in UVic’s Advanced Microscopy Facility.
Tyrwhitt-Drake’s enthusiasm is contagious: he thinks of himself as a “science artist” and explains the motivation behind his work in grand terms. “I just want to show everyone that the world is beautiful.”
“We so often use technology as simply a tool for comfort,” he clarifies, “but it can also be used as a window into other worlds; into the worlds around us that the human body cannot experience unaided.” [continue reading]
what-dimension asked: Do you think that intelligent life is the universe's method of reproduction?

I think that life is a method by which the universe produces systems that resemble parts of itself from different perspectives.  A ‘mind’ is a simulation or dynamic replica of a volume of the universe that is generated by a system of interacting particles.  The mind of each organism resembles its local universe to promote survival by enabling behavioral interactions with its environment.  In this way each mind is a fractal shape of the universe experiencing itself.  What we call ‘intelligence’ or more accurately ‘consciousness’ may be the degree of fractal recursion within a universe-replicating system.  


astarte: Horizon of Europa, photographed by Galileo, 1st February 1999.
Images adjusted so the horizon is always level and at centre; in the originals it is tilted about 45° and toward the bottom right corner.
Image credit: NASA/JPL. Animation: AgeOfDestruction.
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