You are mostly not you.
That is to say that 90 percent of the cells residing in your body are not human cells, they are microbes. Viewed from the perspective of most of its inhabitants, your body is not so much the temple and vessel of the human soul as it is a complex and ambulatory feeding mechanism for a methane reactor in your small intestine.
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« High Energy Physicist
A few Old Blues may harrumph, in a civil sort of way, upon learning that Steven Chu, Ph.D. ‘76, the Cal Alumni Association’s 2011 Alumnus of the Year, is not only the current U.S. Secretary of Energy, the recent director of the Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the bearer of a Cal Ph.D. in physics, but he also spent a big and formative piece of his career at Stanford University.
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« Unearthing California
In October 1769, the first group of Spaniards to explore Northern California by land passed through Santa Cruz. They were searching for Monterey Bay but, misled by the hyperbole of Spanish sailors, hadn’t recognized the bay even as they stood on its sands. The expedition under Gaspar de Portola was in bad shape by this time: lost and hungry, with many of the explorers dying of scurvy. At the mouth of Waddell Creek in the Santa Cruz... Learn more »
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