This is It.

•November 7, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Read this fascinating letter from Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to President-Elect Barack Obama. It’s interesting—definitely aggressive; not exactly polite. But it sort of passive-aggressively says, “I hope we can reach a peaceful situation.” Not a bad sign from a feared dictator.

Listen. We have the opportunity to really work to bring about peace in the world. I think electing Barack Obama as President of the United States could be the start of a great era on Earth. What if we said to the other major leaders of the world, “Look, how do we get peace with you? Let’s do it. (Yes) We can.”

Imagine of John McCain lead an intiative for all the people who voted for him: “Look, you voted for me, and we lost. But now we’ve still got to do what we said we would: work together to come up with solutions that will make this country work. I want to join hands with Barack Obama and make this happen. With your help, (yes) we can.”

This election will be remembered. But imagine if it marks the start of a new era in not just American, but World politics—one in which the entire world realizes that we can work together to solve the great challenges of our generation–to bring about peace and prosperity to all.

The time has come. We are too smart to let the world continue in upheaval as it has. We are smart enough to figure out ways to keep the world peaceful and prosperous. For all the intelligence built up in millions of well-educated and wise thinkers around the globe, we can find a way to make our global society work.

Leaders of the world, and particularly President-Elect Obama, I urge you to make this kind of change an important part of your agenda. (Yes) We can do this.

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Horton hears an underground rumble from miles away

•May 6, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Elephant!

Elephants communicate with infrasound, rumblings at frequencies too low for us to hear. The sounds travel at least 4 km (2.5 mi) through the ground; elephants listen for these with extra-sensitive feet. Each species has a complex library of calls–greetings, mating announcements, long-range group coordination–and can recognize the “voices” of family members. Check out the Elephant Listening Project, where you can listen to recordings of calls.

Mechanical Mirrors

•April 29, 2008 • Leave a Comment

This is beautiful, stunning, computer-aided mechanical art. See your face in blocks of wood. This one‘s my favorite video, but check out all of Daniel Rozin’s mechanical mirrors and other cool interactive art.

Kerouac

•March 25, 2008 • 1 Comment

On the Road Scroll

Jack Kerouac is an essential American author. You can read a scanned image of the first page-worth of the 120-foot scroll on which he typed On the Road in a single paragraph. They’ve come out with a book that recreates the scroll.

Jill Bolte Taylor

•March 13, 2008 • 5 Comments

Jill Bolte Taylor

Jill Bolte Taylor is a neuroanatomist who had a stroke and remembers the whole process. Her talk at TED is absolutely fascinating and inspiring.

Thanks to Matt for the tip.

Albert Hofmann

•March 3, 2008 • Leave a Comment

Lysergic acid diethylamide<–from Wikipedia

Dr. Albert Hofmann, on the occasion of celebrating the 50th anniversary of his famous bicycle ride: “You, my dear friends, and millions all over the world who now commemorate the 50th birthday of ergot’s child, we all testify gratefully that we got valuable help on the way to what Aldous Huxley said is the end and the ultimate purpose of human life–enlightenment, beatific vision, love. I think all these joyful testimonies of invaluable help by LSD should be enough to convince the health authorities, finally, of the nonsense of the prohibition of LSD and of similar psychedelics.”

The Oldest Living Animal

•October 31, 2007 • 1 Comment

A clam was found in Iceland, cut open, and had its rings counted. It was over 400 years old. Sadly, the procedure killed the creature. Who knows how much longer it would’ve lived?

 
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