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Snow Drifts Raise My Cosmic Consciousness

Snow Drifts Raise My Cosmic Consciousness

Last week, deep drifts of cold snow buried my domestic universe. Within them were specks of dust from treated roads and residues of carbon from exhaust. Flinging this stuff around my inner space with a shovel reminded me of last year's noteworthy comet story from outer space, 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. Both are fluffy mixtures of gas, ice, dust and carbon-rich compounds. This jolting comparison is bridged by the final phrase of Charles Darwin's Origin of Species: "Whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being, evolved." Star stuff is what...

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