1) Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

All the complicated details
of the attiring and
the disattiring are completed!
A liquid moon
moves gently among
the long branches.
Thus having prepared their buds
against a sure winter
the wise trees
stand sleeping in the cold.

2) If you are in the market for a new home this one bedroom, 1,704 sq ft house, in Hawaii, is a steal at only $80,000,000.

“Once a major portion of the Kaiser Estate, the magnificent property was developed by industrialist and developer, Henry J. Kaiser. Unsurpassed in significance and scale, the property contains nearly 5.5 acres and is sited in the prestigious Portlock neighborhood on the East Oahu coastline. Commanding spectacular vistas of Maunalua Bay and Diamond Head, the setting is both tropical and grand and includes a boat harbor. The property can be divided and sold in 3 separate parcels.”

3) It was a big week for American astronomers, they held their 217th annual meeting in Seattle.

Of course any meeting of great minds must be fueled by coffee. What is your favorite energy booster?

Religion and science do mix

The people at this conference, and the instruments they build, have advanced our knowledge about the Universe outside our solar system more in the last decade then the sum total of all that had previosuly been known.

I predict that in 2011 we will find an “earth like” planet, where earth like life could exist on its surface.

Do you think finding life on another planet will significantly change how we think about life on our own? How?

One of the news stories coming from the conference is that NASA’s Kepler mission’s confirmed the discovery of its first rocky planet, named Kepler-10b. Measuring 1.4 times the size of Earth, it is the smallest planet ever discovered outside our solar system.


Kepler-10 was the first star identified that could potentially harbor a small transiting planet, placing it at the top of the list for ground-based observations with the W.M. Keck Observatory 10-meter telescope in Hawaii

Natalie Batalha, Kepler’s deputy science team lead at NASA’s Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif:

“Kepler’s ultra-precise photometer measures the tiny decrease in a star’s brightness that occurs when a planet crosses in front of it. The size of the planet can be derived from these periodic dips in brightness. The distance between the planet and the star is calculated by measuring the time between successive dips as the planet orbits the star.”

“The discovery of Kepler-10b, a bona fide rocky world, is a significant milestone in the search for planets similar to our own,” said Douglas Hudgins, Kepler program scientist at NASA Headquarters in Washington. “Although this planet is not in the habitable zone, the exciting find showcases the kinds of discoveries made possible by the mission and the promise of many more to come,”