Lost in a Roman wilderness of pain
"Why are women… so much more interesting to men than men are to women?"
"How many times have people used a pen or paintbrush because they couldn’t pull the trigger?"
Virginia Woolf, Selected Essays
The beauty and power of the cell
“This is the beauty and power of the cell, and one of the core insights to emerge from modern biology: A cell confronts the harshness and instability of the outside world by making itself a haven. A cell contains all the tools it needs to preserve order and stability within its borders, to keep its interior recesses warm and wet and chemically balanced. In this equilibrated, levelheaded setting, the cell’s vast labor force of proteins and enzymes will operate at peak performance, and so sustain the cell in its state of mild grace. There is nothing more natural than a cell; the natural world, after all, is full of them. At the same time, a cell is the ultimate act of artifice, a climate-controlled limousine with cushioned seats and a private bar, cruising through a mad desert storm.”
— from “Molecular Biology: Cells and Whistles,” in The Canon: A Whirligig Tour of the Beautiful Basics of Science by Natalie Angier
(Painting by Greg Dunn. “[The] hand-painted image shows cells in a human hippocampus—a region of the brain important in memory and navigation.” Thank you, dailymail.co.uk.)