‘How Little We Know About The Universe’

One feather drifts down to rest in an about-to-be-mowed meadow. The patterning and design, a marvel of evolutionary engineering. Insatiably curious? Well, let’s go take a look.
Noro tweed knit up - a fourth version of a dog sweater for Boston terriers.

Upon seeing the feather, intuition (felt more than thought) says “this is something amazing.” Photographs capture the details. Curious about which species from which this feather came – the closest match seems to be a great horned owl (male), as seen (third from right) on The Feather Atlas of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Boston terrier in a river making ripples. Looking at it – really seeing the way it is formed – provided a key for a solution to engineering a knitted neck transition of a Noro (“The World of Nature” is the company motto) banded sweater. Study physics and ponder that the more humans learn as a collective whole, the natural world of a universe is revealed to be stranger than can be imagined – and a ready resource standing by for solutions to manmade issues.

From an interview by Lesley Stahl, CBS 60 Minutes correspondent, with Italian physicist Fabiola Gianotti, CERN director-general: “Is it possible that there’s — and I read this in science fiction, that there’s a whole dimension — a dimension that we don’t even know about?” – Stahl.

“Absolutely. There are theories in part — theory in particle physics that predicts the existence of additional dimensions. String theories, for instance, they require seven additional dimensions. So, as experimentalists we should, with our high-tech instruments like the Large Hadron Collider, just listen to nature and to what nature wants to tell us.” – Gianotti

“One of their biggest goals is shining a light on dark matter and dark energy which are among the great remaining mysteries of modern science and reminders of how little we know about the universe.” – From the script of The Collider, a segment which aired on Nov. 8, 2015. Read the full interview. Fourteen inventions inspired by nature reported on Bloomberg. Designed-by-nature products for the medical industry from the Washington Post.

Observed from walking a meadow with dogs, with time and space enough to think.