Science Saturday

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Space photography gets me every time. Maybe it’s because for the last six years I’ve lived in places where I’m lucky if I see a handful of stars because of all the light pollution, or maybe it’s all the Star Trek I’ve watched over the years, I don’t know, but photos of nebulas and sunspots just do it for me.

So do satellite images of crazy dust storms.

163 new species discovered last year. This does not change my association of the WWF with Mean Gene Okerlund, unfortunately.

The link between dinosaur and bird is even stronger now, and it’s pretty weird looking.

And finally, I will never go swimming in Palau. Not going to happen.


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →