Friday, March 4, 2011

Remarkable Things

He who thoughtfully and with a searching eye investigates the laws of Nature in all their immense variety is stricken with astonishment when he stumbles upon a wisdom he was not aware of.

Immanuel Kant
Does the bee hover over the blossom to announce her arrival to the flower's vital parts?
If tortoises flip over on their backs can they turn over again without help?
I read in a nature magazine that squirrels who bury acorns for the winter forget where they buried some of them, and that's how Nature plants her oak trees. Isn't that a remarkable thing?

We recently had a total eclipse of the moon. Many people watched it including me. I was struck by the fact that the moon did nothing about it, but the globe I was standing on was casting its shadow over the moon. If an astronaut had been standing on the moon he would have seen the sun disappear. Isn't that a remarkable thing?

How do pigeons find their way back to their home cages even from hundreds of miles away?
Why does Nature sometimes create two headed snakes. Siamese snakes, imagine that.
In New England they observe where the spiders build their winter nests. The higher the webs the greater amount of snow there will be. Isn't that a remarkable thing?

How can a polar bear swim in water so cold that an average human being would not live in it for a minute?
Why must there be a dip, a harmonic arc, at the top of a harp?
A healthy bat can consume over a thousand mosquitos in one night. Isn't that a remarkable thing?

How can Nature gradually turn wood into stone?
Why do your household pets know more about you than you know about them?
The ocean tides come in and go out everyday without fail. Isn't that a remarkable thing?

I'm an artist. I don't want to be a scientist, but I'm delighted to learn some of the astonishing things that scientists know.

DB - The Vagabond
(This is not a contest)

What was the most significant event that happened in 2010?

Only 7 responses so far. Winter is almost over. Get on board people.

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