Daily Archives: February 16, 2007

The most beautifully obscure library in the world?

Just looking at this photostream makes me feel like I’m in an Umberto Eco novel! This is the Real Gabinete Portugues de Leitura (Royal Portuguese Reading Room) in Rio de Janeiro, Brasil. Founded in 1837 with books sent over from … Continue reading

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Poem of the Week: let’s hear it for descent with variations

Let’s be honest: biologists sometimes get a little intoxicated by the beauty of the natural world. My friends know I will break off mid-conversation to crawl into the brush, mesmerized by a snake or a liverwort. My good china is … Continue reading

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