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Saturday, July 23, 2016

In the Dark with Dark Matter

(NASA/ESA photo)
Is it that the WIMPS (weakly interacting massive particlels) are too wimpy, or is it just too difficult to see invisible stuff?

Whatever the case, scientists from the Large Underground Xenon experiment at a South
Dakota abandoned gold mine, are still in the dark when it comes to dark matter.  Although researchers descended more than 4,800 feet and spent over $10 million, they could not fathom those mysterious depths.

Dark matter is thought to comprise “more than four-fifths of the universe’s matter.”  Richard Gaitskell of Brown University theorizes that these particles “pass through Earth every second.”  He also admits that there is a “slight and unlikely” possibility “that scientists are looking for something that isn’t there.”

Perhaps they'll find something that is, instead.


Copyright July 23, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Santas converge on Copenhagen

Hmmm...     (Public Domain)
During the off-season, life can get a bit dull at the North Pole.  Any Santa worth his snow would therefore hightail it off to Copenhagen.

There he would find many like-minded saints:  140 to be exact.  That’s how many attended the annual World Santa Claus Congress this year.  They represented 12 different countries and thousands of delighted children.

So what goes on at a Claus reunion?  Do the big guys exchange gifts and eat sugar cookies?  Turns out there’s “some sightseeing, a foot bath in the sea, Christmas cake baking and storytelling for the children.”  Not to mention a heated debate about when Christmas Eve should really be…


Copyright July 23, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved

Final regrets: If only...

(Photo by Diego Grez)
Although dying has its downsides, it certainly has a way of knocking things into perspective.

When palliative-care nurse Bonnie Ware asked patients what their deepest regrets were, the answers she received were quite instructive.  Since none of us really know when our last moments might be, it might be wise to heed these regrets here and now.

Regret number one, the first and foremost on patients’ minds, was this:  “Not being true to yourself.”  When life is lived by what others might think, dreams often go by the wayside.  Unfulfilled potential is a sad thing indeed.

Other intense regrets were as follows:  working too much, not paying enough attention to family and friends, burying authentic feelings, and not making happiness a conscious priority. 


Copyright July 23, 2016 by Linda Van Slyke   All Rights Reserved