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Octopus vulgaris by GabyBarathieu Octopus in Réunion island

This unbelievable thing is an octopus!

(Space.com)  Exoplanet Kepler-186f: Earth-Size World Could Support Oceans and Life (Infographic)
Astronomers have discovered a planet about the size of Earth, orbiting its star in the zone where oceans of liquid water would be possible.
A study of the newly-found planet indicates it could have an Earth-like atmosphere and water at its surface. The planet Kepler-186f is the fifth planet of the star Kepler-186, 490 light-years away.

Booksellers Say They Bough Shakespeare’s Personal Dictionary on eBay

Scholars say that William Shakespeare used as many as 30,000 different words in his plays and poetry. They further estimate that he knew about a quarter of all the words circulating in English during his lifetime.
This is remarkable, and it raises a question: How did he learn them? Some, we know, he invented; some he borrowed from Latin or French. But others he simply looked up, in any one of a number of reference books available to Londoners in the late 16th century.
Now, two New York City booksellers say they have found one of those books. And it’s not just any guide: This is William Shakespeare’s dictionary, owned and annotated by the man himself.
For more than half a century, many scholars have believed that Shakespeare consulted a 1580 dictionary published in London called An Alvearie, or Quadruple Dictionarie. Assembled by Cambridge Latin instructor John Baret, the Alvearie was one of the most popular dictionaries of its time. It was “quadruple” because it covered four languages: English, Latin, Greek, and French.
Read more. [Image: Koppelman, via the Folger Shakespeare Library]

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How awesome is this!

Huge, beautiful, you-will-not-believe-it news! THE PYXIS just sold to Pheobe Yeh at Crown Books. It’s a three-book deal, done by my fantastic agent, Charlie Olsen, at Inkwell Management. Wa-hooo!!!!
There are so many psychedelic awesome pictures of wormholes out there, but none of them ever have life inside. This one was the only one I could find that looked like it maybe had life. 
Still on a quest to find things that might look like the memory seas. “Creature from the Depths”. 
Some absolutely breathtaking sea art from George Dmitriev. 


I was browsing the web in search of photos that might look like the memory seas and I came across this: AngelinaArt at DeviantART. At The Bottom Of The Sea…. by AngelinaArt
Where we are now.
In case you haven’t heard - scientists have discovered almost 1000 alien planets!
It makes perfect sense. There are over 100 billion stars in our galaxy, and each one of those stars could have just as many planets as our own solar system - maybe more.
What’s really surprising is that it took us this long to find the first 1000. I’m guessing we’ll find millions more, and I’m certain that we’ll also find life on those planets. 

What is the Pyxis?

In real life, it is a very tiny constellation that you can hardly see. If you live in North America, then you probably can’t see it at all, because it’s a Southern constellation. This is one reason why real life is boring. 

In space, however, a Pyxis is a magical object. It looks a bit like an astrolabe. It has mysterious symbols on its face, and a stone in the center that glows bright blue when you hold it. Nobody is sure how it works, but rumor has it that you can “activate” the Pyxis and open a hidden compartment in the galaxy.

This compartment is called the Shroud. It’s made of dark matter and it’s protected by black holes. Everyone thinks there is treasure inside the Shroud, but this would be disappointing. I mean, who cares about gold? There are so many more interesting things in the universe….

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Clarke’s First Law

I would just like to take a moment today to remember Arthur Clarke’s First Law:

When a distinguished but elderly scientist states that something is possible, he is almost certainly right. When he states that something is impossible, he is very probably wrong.

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This quote made me think of the Strands: 

"Torrent of light and river of the air, Along whose bed the glimmering stars are seen, Like gold and silver sands in some ravine…" Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

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