Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards

These are the latest articles and videos I found most interesting.

  1. Søren Kierkegaard: Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards
  2. New ‘Molecular Movie’ Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion
  3. What are Quantum Dots?
  4. Cancer Surgery Technology
  5. CGI 3D Tech Demo HD: “Heartworks – Heart”
  6. How a driverless car sees the road
  7. Gravitational Lensing
  8. The Curvature of Earth
  9. A Powerful New Way to Edit the Human Genome

Søren Kierkegaard: Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

I saw that the meaning of life was to make a living, its goal to become a councilor, that the rich delight of love was to acquire a well-to-do girl, that the blessedness of friendship was to help each other in financial difficulties, that wisdom was whatever the majority assumed it to be, that enthusiasm was to give a speech, that courage was to risk being fined ten dollars, that cordiality was to say “May it do you good” after a meal, that piety was to go to communion once a year.

Marry, and you will regret it; don’t marry, you will also regret it; marry or don’t marry, you will regret it either way. Laugh at the world’s foolishness, you will regret it; weep over it, you will regret that too… Hang yourself, you will regret it; do not hang yourself, and you will regret that too; hang yourself or don’t hang yourself, you’ll regret it either way; whether you hang yourself or do not hang yourself, you will regret both. This, gentlemen, is the essence of all philosophy.

No one comes back from the dead, no one has entered the world without crying; no one is asked when he wishes to enter life, nor when he wishes to leave.

The School of Life
Søren Kierkegaard

Soren Kierkegaard is useful to us because of the intensity of his despair at the compromises and cruelties of daily life. He is a companion for our darkest moments.

New ‘Molecular Movie’ Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion

SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory
New ‘Molecular Movie’ Reveals Ultrafast Chemistry in Motion

Scientists for the first time tracked ultrafast structural changes, captured in quadrillionths-of-a-second steps, as ring-shaped gas molecules burst open and unraveled. Ring-shaped molecules are abundant in biochemistry and also form the basis for many drug compounds. The study points the way to a wide range of real-time X-ray studies of gas-based chemical reactions that are vital to biological processes.

What are Quantum Dots?

National Institute of Biomedical Imaging

NIBIB’s 60 Seconds of Science explains how quantum dots work and why they glow.

Cancer Surgery Technology

Bang Goes The Theory – Brit Lab – BBC

Liz Bonnin visits Imperial College London to find out about the cancer research work they are doing that could improve the efficiency and accuracy of cancer surgery. Taken from Bang Goes The Theory: Series 8.

CGI 3D Tech Demo HD: “Heartworks – Heart”

Inventive Medical

Fantastic medical 3D Tech Demo for the breakthrough virtual heart product called “Heartworks” created by the talented folks over at Glassworks

Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road


Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is … the driver. Chris Urmson heads up Google’s driverless car program, one of several efforts to remove humans from the driver’s seat. He talks about where his program is right now, and shares fascinating footage that shows how the car sees the road and makes autonomous decisions about what to do next.

Gravitational Lensing


In a long line of intellectual triumphs, Einstein’s theory of general relativity was his greatest and most imaginative. It tells us that what we experience as gravity can be most accurately described as the bending of space itself. This idea leads to consequences, including gravitational lensing, which is caused by light traveling in this curved space. This is works in a way analogous to a lens (and hence the name). In this video, Fermilab’s Dr. Don Lincoln explains a little general relativity, a little gravitational lensing, and tells us how this phenomenon allows us to map out the matter of the entire universe, including the otherwise-invisible dark matter.

The Curvature of Earth


A new take on an old classic. Once again, experience the glorious curvature of Earth. This time, however, the fluttering aurorae and city lights can now be seen in 4K Resolution at 60 frames per second.

A Powerful New Way to Edit the Human Genome

Wall Street Journal

Scientists have high hopes for a new gene-editing technology that could provide them with unprecedented power to rewrite the code of life.

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