I've started hearing a lot about biodynamic wine recently, and had gotten the impression that it was just a fancy way of talking about organic wine. Turns out, that assumption was incorrect. According to this fascinating—and frequently funny—piece in San Francisco Weekly, biodynamic farming is, essentially, organic farming … plus a heaping helping of astrology, mysticism and some delightfully medieval-gothic growth preparations. (One involved taking fresh cow skulls, stuffing them with oak bark, burying them at the fall Equinox, unearthing in spring and adding minute amounts of the resulting goop to compost piles. Ostensibly to promote healing in plants.) Perhaps unsurprisingly, large, independent, peer-reviewed studies haven't found much of a difference between biodynamic and organic grapes. Now, some folks like biodynamic wine, and that's cool. I just think people ought to know what it is they're paying a premium for.
Early Friday morning, the Moon moved through the Earth's shadow to create the longest lunar eclipse in almost 600 years. During this near-total eclipse, 97% of the Moon went dark. The Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles captured the three and a half hour event and sped it up into the lovely one minute video above. READ THE REST
In this video, Columbia University neuroscientist Daphna Shohamy explains the science of memory to a kid, a teen, a college student, a grad student, and an expert. Along the way, she describes how her research is reshaping our understanding of what we remember, how, and where. From the transcript at Wired: We're interested in the… READ THE REST
Kamoʻoalewa, "wobbling celestial object" in Hawaiian, is the name of a 165-foot rock that swings around the Earth on the reg, sometimes just 9 million miles from us. It's easy to think of Kamoʻoalewa as a second moon but there's one big difference: Our Moon orbits the Earth, but even though Kamoʻoalewa gets (kinda) close… READ THE REST
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