An Archive of Growth?




There is a life-size android version of the SF writer Philip K. Dick, built in 2005 by David Hanson. It has been christened ‘Robo-Dick’.

Glaciers melting

In 1910 Glacier National Park was home to more an estimated 150 glaciers. That number has now shrunk to 25 as of December 2016. (Source: National Park Service)

Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

–Marie Curie



Once in every 2-3 years

By the end of this century, what have been once-in-20-year extreme heat days (one-day events) are projected to occur every two or three years over most of the nation.  (Source:…


There are over 20 million observable meteors per day. The largest found meteorite was found in Hoba, Namibia. It weighed 60 tons. The typical size of a meteor is about one…

The most important scientific revolutions all include, as their only common feature, the dethronement of human arrogance from one pedestal after another of previous convictions about our centrality in the cosmos.

–Stephen Jay Gould



Hurricanes & Typhoons

According to expert Jeff Masters, 2016 saw the strongest storms ever observed in two regions. We also witnessed seven Category 5 storms, which is a huge number. Among typhoons that…

Fandom at work

The only fan letter Richard Dawkins has ever written was to Douglas Adams; to his delight, he got one back. (Source:

Parts per million

The pre-industrial concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere was 280 parts per million (ppm). As of December 2016, 404.93 ppm. (Source: National Wildlife Federation)

I contemplate with sovereign reverence that act of the whole American people which declared that their legislature should make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, thus building a wall of separation between church and state.

–Thomas Jefferson



Adelie penguins!

Researcher Bill Fraser has tracked the decline of the Adélie penguins on Antarctica, where their numbers have fallen from 32,000 breeding pairs to 11,000 in 30 years. (Source: National Geographic)

Science knows no country, because knowledge belongs to humanity, and is the torch which illuminates the world.

–Louis Pasteur



No ice

The Arctic Ocean is expected to become essentially ice free in summer before mid-century. (Source:

TWO Nobels!

Marie Curie is the only woman to ever win two Nobel Prizes. Her first award was for physics for her work on spontaneous radiation with her husband, with her second being…

How impulsive are you?

I never know how to answer this question. I suppose I'm half and half? On the one hand, I am VERY tempted by candy at the check out register. On…