star-clusters-74052_640It’s difficult not to be inspired by monumental scientific accomplishments. It speaks to the progress of the human species. Whether it’s the sequencing of the human genome or the realization that the fundamental components of the human body were manufactured in the core of stars throughout our galaxy, these seminal works give us a larger glimpse of the real world around us.

The human gene-what? My atoms were made where?

Okay, maybe you’re familiar with the sequencing of the human genome but you may be less familiar knowing that the same atomic particles fabricated in stars scattered throughout the depths of the cosmos constitutes your very existence. How about the reprogramming of differentiated cells? ENCODE? Probably not. This to me isn’t surprising considering these important tour de force works included an array of authors, taking away from the poetic nature of the lone scientist “burning the midnight oil”.