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At its best, literature is pure encounter: it resists consumption because it cannot be used up and it cannot expire. The bonds that are formed between readers and writers, between readers and characters, and between readers and ideas, are meaningful in a way that the bonds formed between consumers and products can never be. Literature demands curiosity, empathy, wonder, imagination, trust, the suspension of cynicism, and the eradication of prejudice; in return, it affords the reader curiosity, empathy, wonder, imagination, trust, the suspension of cynicism, and the eradication of prejudice.

Eleanor Catton in her thoughtful and helpful article “on literature and elitism” in MetroMag.

(Thanks to yago for the tipoff)

superfluidity:

The new supernova is the 53rd to be reported this year, but it’s special because you have a chance to see it yourself at its height in a couple weeks. That’s pretty cool considering it exploded 12,000,000 years ago.
Supernovae aren’t simply incredible explosions; they represent a cosmic yard stick of sorts. Cosmologists rely on the light produced by supernovae to map out the contours of distant galaxies. Type Ia supernovae, like this one, are of particular interest, because their explosions are the most predictable, and often the brightest, events in the sky. Because Ia supernovae give off a standard amount of light based on their mass, scientists can calculate their distance from Earth.

What drink is best paired with casual supernova observation?

superfluidity:

The new supernova is the 53rd to be reported this year, but it’s special because you have a chance to see it yourself at its height in a couple weeks. That’s pretty cool considering it exploded 12,000,000 years ago.

Supernovae aren’t simply incredible explosions; they represent a cosmic yard stick of sorts. Cosmologists rely on the light produced by supernovae to map out the contours of distant galaxies. Type Ia supernovae, like this one, are of particular interest, because their explosions are the most predictable, and often the brightest, events in the sky. Because Ia supernovae give off a standard amount of light based on their mass, scientists can calculate their distance from Earth.

What drink is best paired with casual supernova observation?

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