Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

This Hubble Telescope image shows a doubly-imaged quasar, which can be used to measure the Hubble constant. A new technique of measuring the Hubble Constant from such doubly-imaged quasar systems could help astronomers better understand how the universe’s expansion rate has changed over time. Credit: NASA Hubble Space Telescope, Tommaso Treu/UCLA, and Birrer et al By Mara Johnson-Groh, Live Science Contributor  Something isn’t quite right in the universe. At least based on everything physicists know so far. Stars, galaxies, black holes and all the other celestial objects are hurtling away from each other ever faster over time. Past measurements in our … Continue reading Something Is Not Quite Right In the Universe, Ultraprecise New Measurement Reveals

Gustav Klimt in the Brain Lab

YOUR BRAIN ON KLIMT: Our brains assemble Gustav Klimt’s paintings piece by piece, symbol by symbol, tricking us into sensing the beauty of the whole, Eric Kandel says.Gustav Klimt (1862–1918) Adele Bloch-Bauer I, 1907 Oil, silver, and gold on canvas Neue Galerie New York. Acquired through the generosity of Ronald S. Lauder, the heirs of the Estates of Ferdinand and Adele Bloch-Bauer, and the Estée Lauder Fun What is neuroscience doing to art? BY KEVIN BERGER The neuroscientist was in the art gallery and there were many things to learn. So Eric Kandel excitedly guided me through the bright lobby of … Continue reading Gustav Klimt in the Brain Lab

To the Pure Land and Back

Like the oxherding pictures used in Zen, Shin Buddhism’s seven phases of the drowning sailor illustrate the path to enlightenment. By Kenneth Tanaka, Illustrations by Andrew Archer Several years ago, at a gathering of American Buddhists of various schools, I introduced myself as a Shin Buddhist to a Zen Buddhist sitting next to me. Smiling, she responded, “So you’re the Christian Buddhist!” I was quite taken aback, but perhaps I shouldn’t have been. It is a view not uncommon among convert Buddhists in the United States, in particular those drawn to meditation traditions such as Vajrayana, vipassana, and of course Zen. I was about to address … Continue reading To the Pure Land and Back