morning 03.10.17

Better. This is better.

Scientists rewrote the DNA of an entire species. Yeast. The research is admirable, but considering that only in past year or so it was confirmed that there is actual information in the way DNA is folded and not merely the sequences, it might not go well. We’re in the midst of a great extinction anyway. Why not?

The Caynton Caves look more spectacular than I imagined. It’s that mood lighting probably.

Researchers create ‘time crystals’ envisioned by Princeton scientists. “…atoms are arranged in patterns not only in space, but also in time. In addition to containing a pattern that repeats in space, time crystals contain a pattern that repeats over time.” Non-equilibrium systems. They require prodding by laser to keep atoms in this cycle.

Neanderthals Munched on ‘Aspirin’ and Woolly Rhinos. Plaque in teeth of individual with tooth abscess showed evidence of poplar. The detail about Neandertals and Homo sapiens sharing the same pathogen for tooth decay 48,000 years ago is interesting too. Not sure what to make of that yet.

Dolmen at Kibbutz Shamir 4,000 years old. Israel. 50 ton capstone. Bones of an adult male, an adult female and a young child. Engraved art in ceiling. Beads.

Scientists have used hair to locate where distinct Aboriginal groups lived in Australia up to 50,000 years ago. It’s extremely surprising to see that the groups remained that static.

morning 04.01.16

It ain’t right that I’ve never read Delany. Dhalgren has been on my To Read list for well over a decade, closer to three. LA Review of Books has an essay devoted to Delany and Paris Review has an interview with him.

Knights Templar win heresy reprieve after 700 years. The Vatican publishes the original trial documents. Thanks, Jeremy.

Alan Lomax archives now online. No time to dig through at moment.

An exhibition of John Dee’s books invites his rehabilitation as a mathematician. What happened to that giant mechanical beetle?

Bill pointed out to me that the creator of the #BernieMadeMeWhite tag is from Baton Rouge. I had an awkward exchange with someone who didn’t understand what the tag meant, only to be lectured that Hillary dominated the Southern States and Washington is indeed very white. Uhhhhh…. yeah…. Thanks.

Architect Zaha Hadid dies at age 65. She was unfamiliar to me but her work was immediately recognizable.

Heydar Aliyev cultural centre in Baku, Azerbaijan.