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Rest in Peace, Robin Williams.
July 21st, 1951 - August 11th, 2014

Thank you for bringing joy into my childhood and life with your voice and acting. Thank you for your contagious jokes, your wacky impersonations, and amazing acting. Thank you for making my childhood experience better, and thank you for bringing joy to those even though you battled with your own joy. If only you could have known how much you’ve impacted people. Your life work will live on, and you will never be forgotten. I know I won’t forget you. Thank you for helping me whenever I felt sad and having a film for every mood. Gone, but never forgotten.

I’m crying not over a celebrity death but a great man.. he helped so many through dark times, wish we could have helped him better.

(Source: disneyyandmore)


No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world.

We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.

(Dead Poets Society, 1989)

Oh Captain, my Captain.



In case you missed it earlier, here’s this week’s video!

This week I asked a question I suspect not many people ask: Why is your brain in your head? You know, instead of elsewhere, tucked away safe and warm down with all your other guts?

The answer lies a few hundred million years back on your evolutionary tree, thanks to a family of genes that you share with everything from fruit flies to foxes to fish.

The awesome papercraft sequences were done by Vanessa from BrainCraft. I make an appearance in her video this week, where I help explain how your brain grew from just a few cells into the biological wonder that’s currently allowing you to read this post. I can’t get enough of this GIF from her vid:


Watch the BrainCraft video below:

Two of my favorite YouTube Science People, Vanessa and Joe, let you know why evolution placed our brains in the most precarious of places. (Hint: Because evolution isn’t intelligent.)


Photographic soap bubble studies by Santiago Betancur Z  that look like planets  

Photographer and painter Santiago Betancur Z explores the intersection between science and abstract art in his photographic studies of bubbles, as well as producing life-size figure painting. In his photographs and video recordings, Betancur Z captures imagery of soap bubbles against dark backgrounds, showcasing the random kaleidoscopic color and light effects produced by the delicate spheres, and the chance allusions that occur in their surfaces

Watch this beautiful collaboration between Santiago Betancur Z and musician Julian De La Chica

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