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Today’s Quotes

“All men are our brothers.  As far as the discovery of the truth is concerned, they are all working for the same purpose; they may be separated by the accidents of space and time, and by the exigencies of race, religion, nationality, and other groupings; from the point of view of eternity they are working together.”

“If we are generous enough, we can stretch our souls everywhere and everywhen else.  If we succeed in doing so, we shall discover that our present embraces the past and the future and that the whole world is our province.”

“A deed happens in a definite place at a definite time, but if it be sufficiently great and pregnant, its virtue radiates everywhere in time and space.”

~George Sarton, 1884 – 1956

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Fall (Autumn)

The months of September through November are my favorite time of year; always have been.  There’s something invigorating about this time, an energized feeling in the air.  Everything outside becomes more beautiful as the leaves on the trees change color and the wind blows the fallen leaves around.  The air becomes crisp, and even chilly at night.  Light gives way to dark earlier, dusk takes on a different glow, and the sunsets seem more beautiful.  The awesome sounds of football play every Saturday, Halloween rolls around, and it’s time to break out the recipes for warm comfort foods.  I always want to try new things and explore, maybe even reinvent myself or start anew…  For some, they get this feeling in the Spring, but for me, it’s always in the Fall.

Today’s Random Science Fact

Atomic Emission Spectra

The discontinuous line spectra of light produced when excited atoms return to their ground state and emit photons of a certain frequency.

Each atom has a specific energy difference which in turn produces different radiated wavelengths, which equals it’s emission spectrum.  Since each element has a unique emission spectrum, elements of an unknown composition can by identified via atomic emission spectroscopy (AES).  This technique is commonly used in labs for several purposes, including the regulation of alkali metals for pharmaceuticals, quality control in metal casting and foundry facilities, and in the chemical analysis of substances.

The science behind atomic emission is also utilized in the creation of neon signs.

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Today’s Quote

“The inexperienced in wisdom and virtue, ever occupied with feasting and such, are carried downward, and there, as is fitting, they wander their whole life long, neither ever looking upward to the truth above them nor rising toward it, nor tasting pure and lasting pleasures.  Like cattle, always looking downward with their heads bent toward the ground and the banquet tables, they feed, fatten, and fornicate.  In order to increase their possessions they kick and butt with horns and hoofs of steel and kill each other, insatiable as they are.”

~Plato, 427 BC – 347 BC, from The Republic, 586a-b

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Today’s Quote

“To you who are scattered and broken, gather again and mend.  Rebuild always, and again I say rebuild.  Renew the face of the earth.  It is a loved face, but now it is covered with the webs of tired spiders.”

~R. A. Lafferty (Raphael Aloysius Lafferty), 1914 – 2002, Judy’s letter to the dispersed members of the Church of Omaha, in “And Walk Now Gently Through the Fire” (1972)