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With the country still in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the mantra of the season has been, "Follow the science. Listen to scientists."

Rarely, if ever, has the science of COVID intersected with the visual arts, however. But on Friday (Dec. 18) from 5-7 p.m. the Bareiss Gallery will host the opening reception of "OUR Covid-Infection & Resurrection," both installation art and a tutorial of immediate relevance.

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In the coming months, NASA scientists plan to fly the NuMex Española Improved chile to the International Space Station, where it will be part of an ongoing experiment to grow crops without gravity - and perhaps eventually on Mars.

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At 5:30 a.m., 75 years ago, a flash of light brightened the desert valley of the Jornada del Muerto in New Mexico, and the world stepped into the Atomic Age.

The hard work of a team of scientists was realized in the southern New Mexico desert when their "gadget" detonated, sending a fireball and smoke so high the blast could be seen from miles away.

As we head into week three of lockdown, at the same time Taos Pueblo observes their annual “quiet time,” I continue to take my early morning walks, which eventually lead me to a clearing where I have an unobstructed view of the mountain. It is my habit to give thanks at that moment, for the blessing of having arrived here once more. This attitude of gratitude carries through the remainder of my day, and these days, more profoundly than ever before.

Scientists gave us the name Homo due to our relationship with other primate animals and sapiens because it means "possessing great judgment and insight." Across recorded history, sapiens have created tools that helped our ancestors survive and the discovery of metal was a major step forward in tool-making. One group of such tools was guns which have been a very mixed blessing.