pity this busy monster, manunkind–ee cummings

I know that I have posted this before, but it has been beneficial to me to read this about once a week; perhaps you will find it so, as well.

pity this busy monster, manunkind,

not. Progress is a comfortable disease:
your victim (death and life safely beyond)

plays with the bigness of his littleness
— electrons deify one razorblade
into a mountainrange; lenses extend
unwish through curving wherewhen till unwish
returns on its unself.
A world of made
is not a world of born — pity poor flesh

and trees, poor stars and stones, but never this
fine specimen of hypermagical

ultraomnipotence. We doctors know

a hopeless case if — listen: there’s a hell
of a good universe next door; let’s go

–ee cummings


The incredible water bear

We already knew that tardigrades (water bears) were indestructible, and now we find that a huge chunk of their DNA is aftermarket.

Tardigrades, already made of indestructible win, have shown up again in the scientific weirdness Hall of Fame this week, thanks to a new study that sequenced the first tardigrade genome and found that 17.5% of it came from other species.

Ugly little creatures, though. And I don’t mean ugly-cute.


BioArt winners

This year’s winners of the BioArt competition, put on by Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), pay equal respect to the colorful and dark sides of life. From awe-inspiring intricacies of nerve cell development and brain connectivity to the molecular machinery of the Ebola virus and mobility of cancer cells, the full spectrum of life is represented.

Check it out.

Shachi Bhatt and Paul Trainor/Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Shachi Bhatt and Paul Trainor/Stowers Institute for Medical Research