I was enjoying a beautiful summer day, when my phone started BLOWING UP with WesKids talking about college rankings. I was expecting the usual “college rankings are ways of implementing oppressive and othering hierarchies that fuel this neoliberal corporate educational machine-industrial-complex-thing.” But I was wrong.
Old-school homie Ari Wolfe ’03 sends in this, along with a punny picture:
Princeton in Asia Recruiting Session
Calling all seniors! What are YOU doing next year? Come out to the Princeton in Asia info session to learn about the possibilities of having an adventure in one of 18 countries around Asia. NO previous language experience necessary to apply! Bring your questions and your sense of adventure.
Date: Oct. 7
Time: Noon – 1:00 PM
Place: Allbritton 311
(Hurr hurr, if Ari was a football player, Ari would be a pun-ter. Hurr hurr. Or maybe you could ship off to Ja-pun… that doesn’t really work.)
I’m not going to try to write much about how amazing this is right now, since I’m not sure I could do it justice–but here is a link to the relevant Gizmodo post and the Slashdot comment thread (those are usually enlightening). From Gizmodo:
All life on Earth is made of six components: carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus and sulfur. Every being, from the smallest amoeba to the largest whale, share the same life stream. Our DNA blocks are all the same.
But not this one. This one is completely different. Discovered in the poisonous Mono Lake, California, this bacteria is made of arsenic, something that was thought to be completely impossible. While she and other scientists theorized that this could be possible, this is the first discovery. The implications of this discovery are enormous to our understanding of life itself and the possibility of finding beings in other planets that don’t have to be like planet Earth.
The official announcement hasn’t happened yet–it’s scheduled for 2 pm. Expect an update from us, too.