Friday, February 26, 2010
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"When Raphael had thus made an end of speaking, though many things occurred to me, both concerning the manners and laws of that people, [...] I only commended their constitution, and the account he had given of it general. [...]I cannot perfectly agree to everything he has related; however, there are many things in the Commonwealth of Utopia that I rather wish, than hope, to see followed in our governments." Utopia, Sir Thomas More
Installation by Heike Weber titled, "Utopia"
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Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Since we're still pondering the crushing, monumental force of dark energy from a few posts ago, I figured I'd follow up with these seemingly appropriate photos by Vincent Fournier. Blurring the lines between reality and science fiction fantasy, his 'Space Project' series highlights the irony of man's fascination with space.
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Monday, February 22, 2010
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Pictures of space via NASA's Astronomy Picture of the Day. The pictures are accompanied by brief explanations written by astronomers. Below is an example of the kind of thing that makes you feel incredibly small and useless. On top of the near-crippling awe that these photos inspire, we are also informed of the existence of a mysterious dark energy. The presence of which only serves to expand and preserve the universe. It's half comforting, half terrifying.
"Explanation: This tiny ball provides evidence that the universe will expand forever. Measuring slightly over one tenth of a millimeter, the ball moves toward a smooth plate in response to energy fluctuations in the vacuum of empty space. The attraction is known as the Casimir Effect, named for its discoverer, who, 50 years ago, was trying to understand why fluids like mayonnaise move so slowly. Today, evidence is accumulating that most of the energy density in the universe is in an unknown form dubbed dark energy. The form and genesis of dark energy is almost completely unknown, but postulated as related to vacuum fluctuations similar to the Casimir Effect but generated somehow by space itself. This vast and mysterious dark energy appears to gravitationally repel all matter and hence will likely cause the universe to expand forever. "