Famous Quotes

“In 2002, having spent more than three years in one residence for the first time in my life, I got called for jury duty. I show up on time, ready to serve. When we get to the voir dire, the lawyer says to me, “I see you’re an astrophysicist. What’s that?” I answer, “Astrophysics is the laws of physics, applied to the universe—the Big Bang, black holes, that sort of thing.” Then he asks, “What do you teach at Princeton?” and I say, “I teach a class on the evaluation of evidence and the relative unreliability of eyewitness testimony.” Five minutes later, I’m on the street.

A few years later, jury duty again. The judge states that the defendant is charged with possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine. It was found on his body, he was arrested, and he is now on trial. This time, after the Q&A is over, the judge asks us whether there are any questions we’d like to ask the court, and I say, “Yes, Your Honor. Why did you say he was in possession of 1,700 milligrams of cocaine? That equals 1.7 grams. The ‘thousand’ cancels with the ‘milli-’ and you get 1.7 grams, which is less than the weight of a dime.” Again I’m out on the street.”

Neil deGrasse Tyson

What do you know about the brown bear population of Europe?

A recently published report commissioned by rewilding europe has found that the brown bear population of Europe, once on the brink of extinction, has doubled between 1970 and 2005. “conservation actually works,” said frans schepers, managing director of rewilding Europe. “wildlife will fairly quickly bounce back if we allow it to. this report shows that.”

He added, “with continued and strong legal protection, an active boosting of existing wildlife populations or by reintroductions setting up new ones, and a growing wildlife based tourism combined with increased tolerance towards wildlife, more species will surely follow.”

Bear in the taiga, Finland, 2008

Photos by staffan widstrand (2,4,6,7) and stefano unterthiner of european brown bears