Saturday, April 29, 2017

Attercopus, WWW


400 million years:
DNA absorbed in
Viruses  spread
Protein templates
Spider to spider
Resulting in silk
Spirals, parallel
Lines, spinnerets
And why I got a
D  in  geometry.



14 comments:

  1. I got an A in geometry and I still do not understand what you said.

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    1. Emma, you must have been able to master those geometric proofs that gave me so much trouble. Wish I'd sat next to you in that class.

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  2. I echo Emma! I do know those photos are wonderful, though.

    So, did spiders evolve their ability to spin web silk from viruses? That would be a much better use for a virus than causing sore throats and snuffly noses.

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    1. O_Jenny, I recently read that biologists found bits of spider DNA in some viruses. It apparently allowed the viruses to get through tissues in spiders and cause trouble. I wondered if the web-building genes could've hitched a ride on this process.

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  3. Nothing like wisps of web in your face while walking through the woods:)
    The experience usually makes me dance and say ugly words.

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    1. Rick, I know that dance --steps and lyrics. In fact, I believe that's very close to how the Tarantella Dance started.

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  4. Spiders are clever in spinning webs. They have evolved to do this.

    Thank you. Love love, Andrew. Bye.

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  5. Great last line, and one that made me laugh out loud. Geometry is a world of its own, as are your poetry skills. Thank you, Geo.

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    1. My pleasure, Robyn, and privilege.

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  6. I see
    You got a D
    In geometry
    We need to remember
    These natural wonders of evolution
    Are a great creation
    Not for understanding
    But for appreciation

    And you surely get an A for that, Geo

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    1. Kind KK, thank you for the A. It raises my average considerably.

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    1. Thanks, Sujatha, for reading my poem --glad you enjoyed it.

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