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"Now I am quietly waiting for the catastrophe of my personality to seem beautiful again, and interesting, and modern." - Frank O'Hara, "Mayakovsky"

I make lists: 22. UCF College Grad. Mathematician. Space Pirate Anti-hero. Yogi. INTJ. Vector from Vegetarian to Vegan.
I plan on living on a sailboat and doing mathematics and yoga for my life.

Grand Canyon I ➾ Luke Gram

Hanging out on the edge of the Grand Canyon ➾ Luke Gram

Zio and Nightwind are reaching, under spinnakers, down the middle of Long Island Sound during the New York Yacht Club Cruise of 1939.
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Another species to be added to the ever-growing tick-list:

Africa’s Western Black Rhino has been officially declared EXTINCT. Poaching and lack of conservation have led the subspecies of black rhino to extermination, while the Northern White Rhino is ‘teetering on the brink of extinction’.

    Way to go, humanity.

what’s sad is hardly anyone fucking cares or wants to hear about it let alone talk about it

Join David Robson for ‘Perfecting the Fundamental Postures’ on Saturday, October 11th, from 3-5:30pm. In this workshop, you will take a deep and detailed look at the alignment and actions of Ashtanga’s opening sequence, and learn new ways to deepen your daily practice. For more info, please visit:
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DNA may have had humble beginnings as nutrient carrier

New research intriguingly suggests that DNA, the genetic information carrier for humans and other complex life, might have had a rather humbler origin. In some microbes, a study shows, DNA pulls double duty as a storage site for phosphate. This all-important biomolecule contains phosphorus, a sometimes hard-to-get nutrient.
Maintaining an in-house source of phosphate is a newfound tactic for enabling microorganisms to eke out a living in harsh environments, according to a new study published in the open-access, peer reviewed scientific journalPLOS ONE. The finding bodes well for life finding a way, as it were, in extreme conditions on worlds less hospitable than Earth.
The results also support a second insight: DNA might have come onto the biological scene merely as a means of keeping phosphate handy. Only later on in evolutionary history did the mighty molecule perhaps take on the more advanced role of genetic carrier.
"DNA might have initially evolved for the purpose of storing phosphate, and the various genetic benefits evolved later," said Joerg Soppa, senior author of the paper and a molecular biologist at Goethe University in Frankfurt, Germany.

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