Man-made Proteins Stick Like Glue, Even Underwater

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Shellfish such as mussels and barnacles secrete very sticky proteins that help them cling to rocks or ship hulls, even underwater. Inspired by these natural adhesives, a team of MIT engineers has designed new materials that could be used to repair ships or help heal wounds and surgical incisions.

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“ The moon does not fight. It attacks no one. It does not worry. It does not try to crush others. It keeps to its course, but by its very nature, it gently influences. What other body could pull an entire ocean from shore to shore? The moon is faithful to its nature and its power is never diminished.
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The Girl With The Indian Tattoo

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I was at an event in Portland Oregon when a young woman approached me.  On her shoulder was a beautifully done tattoo of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce. I immediately recognized the image as a famous 1877 portrait because I had that very portrait hung in my study. Joseph, along with Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln are my pantheon of Great Americans.

Impressed, I asked the young lady how she came to that choice.  She told me she was “into” Native American spirituality and this image just “jumped out at her”.  She did not even know that the figure was Chief Joseph. I instantly knew why the picture had attracted her interest. It was the eyes. The most striking aspect of that photograph are the eyes.  The eyes are filled with compassion, wisdom, intelligence and a deep abiding sadness. So, I went on to explain to her just how fine a choice she had made.

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"A new study warns that humankind has now reached an evolutionary paradox—not evolving fast enough to adapt to the environmental changes it’s causing while at the same time being unable to control the constantly evolving pests and diseases that threaten its survival.

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