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Stardust

Maybe it’s the recent flyby (and impact) that has space on people’s minds, but here are a couple of worthy links, but the sentiments one of my personal inspirations, Carl Sagan, seem to be popping up all over.

This morning for example, I read over at Brainpickings that there is a kids’ book out that seems to want to communicate a favorite notion:

The nitrogen in our DNA, the calcium in our teeth, the iron in our blood, the carbon in our apple pies were made in the interiors of collapsing stars. We are made of starstuff.  — Carl Sagan, Cosmos

You Are Stardust: Teaching Kids About the Universe in Stunning Illustrated Dioramas

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On that same theme, just last night on a drive up from Tampa, I caught a nice episode of NPR’s TED Radio hour, called “Peering into space“.  These are a bit overproduced, striving but not landing on the mark set by Radiolab, but the people involved really are smart and interesting.