Blow Out A Candle, Illuminate Your Mind
Featuring the stunning photos of Grover Schrayer, Kyle Hill shines light on a beauty you never knew existed: the waxbow.
The smoke that wafts from the just-extinguished wick of a candle is not mere ash and soot. It is a nearly-invisible cloud of vaporized droplets of wax. Head on over to But Not Simpler…to find out the physics behind this shimmering phenomenon.
A tidbit of wonder that’s been sitting under our noses, on our birthday cakes, this whole time. Keep your eyes open and your brains sharp … you never know when you’ll stumble on something amazing.
Sometimes I write love poetry for no one. Sometimes I like to stretch emotionally as well as technically.
New Illustration: Space Sirens
The last remaining astronaut watched helplessly as his comrades left the ship one by one and were carried away. He told himself that he would not succumb the way his shipmates had; he knew he would struggle. But the creatures, if they could even be called that, somehow seemed to know him, and when his turn came and the singing of the cosmos reached a crescendo in his ears, his mind emptied of all but the desire to join them in the void. Gazing into the creature’s face, he mused on how tender, how gentle its embrace seemed to be, and even as his oxygen supply dwindled he did not resist.
India re-criminalizes gay sex →
#it's hard to stop something in India if major hindu and muslim groups agree
#I mean on how many issues do they do that?
#ps -- ugh
The Indian Supreme Court ruled today that an ancient law banning gay sex was struck down improperly, reinstating the law and essentially making homosexuality illegal.
In 2009, a lower court decided that a law passed by the British in 1861 which banned “carnal intercourse against the order of nature with man, woman or animal” was unconstitutional. The Supreme Court today overturned that decision. Under this law, homosexuality is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and only Parliament can change it.
There is almost no chance that Parliament will act where the Supreme Court did not, advocates and opponents of the law agreed. And with the Bharatiya Janata Party, a conservative Hindu nationalist group, appearing in ascendancy before national elections in the spring, the prospect of any legislative change in the next few years is highly unlikely, analysts said. …
S. Q. R. Ilyas, a member of the All India Muslim Personal Law Board, which had filed a petition in the case asking that the lower court decision be reversed, praised Wednesday’s ruling.
“These relationships are unethical as well as unnatural,” Dr. Ilyas said. “They create problems in society, both moral and social. This is a sin as far as Islam is concerned.”
We should be mad as hell right now, you guys — and a little bit terrified. This is a law from 1861. That’s how far we’re regressing.