- Researchers think that earth was formed dry and water arrived on meteorites
- Hydrogen, oxygen and carbon atoms make up more than 90% of your body weight
- The gas cloud Sagittarius B2 contains roughly a billion billion billion litres of alcohol at 200% proof – more alcohol than human beings have distilled in their history... the bad news is that filling a single glass would involve trawling a volume roughly the size of earth, Brooks cautions those minded to head off for a space party...
The poem below, from my 2005 collection Looking for Icarus, was inspired as it says by a crash course in an aspect of physics:
Optoelectronics: you scribe the tonguesof lithium, niobium - moleculeswhich rearrange the fabric of us allas surely, as improbably as love.
I’m picturing tectonics: grinding plates of continents beneath the heaving oceansmeshing in uneasy shifts beyond the reachof light, of all our knowing.
This spinning planet’s wild arcane interior,throbbing secret lives, drawn brieflydown to this: this triangle on paper, captiveatoms whirling in their disenfranchised
orbits, knocking on the sides, against each otherin their frenzy to be free and glyph-less –these fish-tanks, when what they wanted was the sea.
© Roselle Angwin 2005