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Nature’s Bling

The Natural History Museum of LA County has its share of gems. A whole room of them, in fact. Hundreds of rubies, topaz, opals, obscure formations of marvelous multi-colored rocks and minerals — even asteroids — a veritable pageant of dramatically lit geological psychedelia. There are gems on top of gems, gems growing out of…

Clumper’d in balls of clouds

Despite the completely irrational nature of the rainstorms that have been sporadically whipping Los Angeles, we on Earth are lucky, weather-wise. We don’t have to deal with rains of sulphuric acid droplets, nor infinite giant hurricanes like those which make up Jupiter’s red spot or the dark spot on Venus, which, until the mid-1990′s, consisted…

String Theory, Part Three

Definitely the final essay in this series. And no more politics. In a Universe first, I received in my cool email “box” yesterday a piece of rebuttal about the political implications of the tokes on String Theory in my last essay. What my correspondent pointed out to me was that my comparison of Intelligent Design…

The Man Whom The Trees Loved

People might as well be trees. The only difference, sometimes, between the swathe of humans plodding across this earth and the equal amount of botanical life foliaging its way across it is a question of time. It seems to me that we often forget — or never knew — that plants, like ourselves, live linear…