CONSTRAINED: The height of redwood trees, like these Giant sequoia trees in Sequoia National Park, California, is set by the balance between gravity on the one hand, and transpiration, water adhesion, and surface tension in the plant xylem on the other.lucky-photographer/iStock Why life is constrained to be about the sizes we see on Earth. BY GREGORY LAUGHLIN The size of things in our universe runs all the way from the tiny 10-19 meter scale that characterizes quark interactions, to the cosmic horizon 1026 meters away. In these 45 possible orders of magnitude, life, as far as we know it, is confined to a … Continue reading Can a Living Creature Be as Big as a Galaxy?
by Melissa Joy Jonsson, Contributor Waking Times Addictions as Distractions “Whoa, you like to think that you’re immune to the stuff, oh yeah / It’s closer to the truth to say you can’t get enough / You know you’re gonna have to face it, you’re addicted to love.” — Robert Palmer Love. We are all addicted to love indeed. Not just the idea, not just the feeling, but the neurochemistry of love. The experience of love favorably changes our neurophysiology in both mind and body. When we experience love, our body produces its own natural opiates, endorphins, the feel-good neurotransmitters. Among these chemicals … Continue reading THE CHEMISTRY OF ADDICTION AND THE GATEWAY TO FREEDOM