Archive for June, 2013

Plants Do Maths

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Plants do a calculation to ensure their starch reserves last until dawn, says new research.

“Plants have a built-in capacity to do maths, which helps them regulate food reserves at night, research suggests.” Here’s the recent BBC article that reports on the research in e-Life journal.

I have just finished up my two-month cross-Canada tour that ended with me presenting a spoken-word piece on memory, commemoration and colonization in Ottawa. I’m a little pooped.

So lazily I’ll let Christina Agapakis muse on the language aspect of these mathematical similes in her blog at Scientific American:

“These are the kinds of metaphors that can lead to some very philosophical deep thoughts about the nature of numbers and the appropriateness of machine metaphors in biology, but perhaps, like Embassytown’s similes, the construction of these models and “circuits” is a prelude to new biological Language.”

Thanks Christina Agapakis!

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Fallen Tree Bench by Benjamin Graindorge

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Hello all! After another jaunt out to the East Coast for the #Canada150 project, I got on the train in Halifax on Friday and have just gotten off the train today in Jasper. It’s time to bring the big poem into existence …

Here is a bit of plant art for your cerebral pleasure in the meantime.