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Earth Day image courtesy of NASA


by Edward E. Bruessard

What wonders astir
  in Life's invisible world
There's hustle and bustle
  a sigh, teardrop, or chuckle

For cells expire
  and cells are born
Life never stops
  but goes on and on

Life's master molecule
  is Mother DNA
For she forms the birds and the bees
  and the humans and grapes

It took the knowledge
  of Watson and Crick
To unravel the secret
  of the structure of it

It took the knowledge
  of Nirenberg and friends
To decode the language
  that's written within


Watch (DNA - Chalk Talk)

Watch (Tomato: Decoded)

Watch (Secrets of Plant Genomes Revealed!)

Watch (Mitochondria: Chalk Talk)

Timeline of the Universe Image

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD): Milky Way Galaxy

Index of /interstellar/probe/introduction/images

Make a Space Place t-shirt! :: NASA's The Space Place

Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD): 2006 August 28 - Eight Planets and New Solar System Designations

Geologic Time: Graphical Representation of Geologic Time

Watch (Planet Earth: Amazing Nature Scenery)

Watch (Vangelis, Life of Antarctica)

A. R. Rahman - "Revival (Vande Mataram)"

Watch (Population by Country)

Watch (Third World, Dancing On The Floor (Hooked On Love))

Stevie Wonder - "If It's Magic"

Watch (The Known Universe by AMNH)

Watch (Science Nation - IceCube and Its Frozen Secrets)


It often has been stated that all work and no play could make Jack a dull boy. I agree that, say, after several weeks of hard work, humans should relax, take it easy, enjoy life, and have some fun. It is only fitting for humans occasionally to stop, reflect, and celebrate the miracle of life, the miracle of Earth, the miracle of the Solar System, and the miracle of the Universe. The human life span presently is no more than 75 or 80 years of existence. Humans may as well spend some of those 75 or 80 years enjoying life.

Watch (Kool & The Gang, Celebration)

Watch (Lionel Richie, All Night Long)

Forget about fighting, wars, and murder. The following table lists close to 30,000 fun places to go and interesting things for humans to do all over the world. Some of these almost 30,000 places might be located nearby where you live, or you may wish to consider visiting some of them while on vacation. The following table is incomplete and remains a work in progress.

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Table Summary
Feature Code Count Feature Description
AMTH 23 amphitheater an oval or circular structure with rising tiers of seats about a stage or open space
AMUS 112 amusement park Amusement Park are theme parks, adventure parks offering entertainment, similar to funfairs but with a fix location
ATHF 326 athletic field a tract of land used for playing team sports, and athletic track and field events
BCH 9,616 beach a shore zone of coarse unconsolidated sediment that extends from the low-water line to the highest reach of storm waves
BCHS 38 beaches a shore zone of coarse unconsolidated sediment that extends from the low-water line to the highest reach of storm waves
CSNO 57 casino a building used for entertainment, especially gambling
CTRS 10 space center a facility for launching, tracking, or controlling satellites and space vehicles
FISH 159 fishing area a fishing ground, bank or area where fishermen go to catch fish
GDN 522 garden(s) an enclosure for displaying selected plant or animal life
MALL 2,134 mall A large, often enclosed shopping complex containing various stores, businesses, and restaurants usually accessible by common passageways
MUS 5,048 museum a building where objects of permanent interest in one or more of the arts and sciences are preserved and exhibited
OBPT 124 observation point a wildlife or scenic observation point
OBS 41 observatory a facility equipped for observation of atmospheric or space phenomena
OBSR 9 radio observatory a facility equipped with an array of antennae for receiving radio waves from space
OPRA 39 opera house A theater designed chiefly for the performance of operas.
RECG 7,245 golf course a recreation field where golf is played
RECR 471 racetrack a track where races are held
RESH 70 hunting reserve a tract of land used primarily for hunting
RESN 877 nature reserve an area reserved for the maintenance of a natural habitat
RESW 276 wildlife reserve a tract of public land reserved for the preservation of wildlife
SPA 198 spa a resort area usually developed around a medicinal spring
STDM 904 stadium a structure with an enclosure for athletic games with tiers of seats for spectators
THTR 299 theater A building, room, or outdoor structure for the presentation of plays, films, or other dramatic performances
ZOO 132 zoo a zoological garden or park where wild animals are kept for exhibition
Total 28,730    

Watch (Newcleus, Jam On It)

Watch (Chromeo, Fancy Footwork)

At the opposite end of the spectrum, all play (that is, too much partying) and no work could make Jack a dysfunctional zombie. The key to life is for humans to strike a harmonious balance between work and play. The key to life is to live responsibly.

Watch (ABC Report on The Inner Life of the Cell)

Watch (BBC Secret Universe: The Hidden Life of the Cell)

Watch (The Secret of Life)

Watch (Finding a Balance)

Watch (My Health, My Choice, My Future)

Balancing Work and Play


Earth, Wind & Fire - "Faces"

The O'Jays - "Unity"

Labelle - "What Can I Do For You?"

Stephanie Mills - "You Can Get Over"

Lou Rawls and the Philadelphia International All-Stars - "Trade Winds"

The Isley Brothers - "Harvest For The World"

Staple Singers - "Respect Yourself"

Stevie Wonder - "Do Yourself A Favor"

Watch (Mary J. Blige, No More Drama)

Watch (Mary J. Blige, Stay Down)

Watch (Mass Extinction Event)

Watch [Oceanlab, Miracle (Above & Beyond Club Mix Radio Edit)]

Marvin Gaye - "Save The Children"

Sly & The Family Stone - "Everyday People"

The S.O.S. Band - "There Is No Limit"

Earth, Wind & Fire - "Pride"

Alice Coltrane featuring Carlos Santana - "Bliss: The Eternal Now"

Andreas Vollenweider - "Hall Of The Stairs/Hall Of The Mosaics (Meeting You)"



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