RGM Reference 151BE on the wrist at Half Dome in Yosemite

Heartbeat: Stunning American Natural Beauty And The RGM Reference 151BE

Too little is usually said about the few great watchmakers located in the United States. And admittedly, they are few and far between. Here is a glimpse into the work of Roland Murphy of RGM by way of my own watch, the RGM Reference 151BE, shot against the backdrops of the Grand Canyon and Yosemite National Park.

Aurora Borealis seen in Germany, note how bright the scenery looks for a dark night

The How, What, When, Where And Why Of Seeing The Aurora Borealis, AKA Northern Lights

My wife and I serendipitously chanced upon “seeing” the aurora borealis while visiting Jackson Hole, Wyoming last year, and the excitement of that led to months of research. And that research led more recently to spending a few days in the Arctic Circle in the north of Sweden. Here is what I’ve learned about the northern lights so far, some of it firsthand.

50 interesting things you should know about Earth

50 Unbelievable And Timely Facts About Earth

How much time one could survive in space without a suit, whether there are truly 24 hours in a day, why dinosaurs cannot live in the present day (shock: ‘Jurassic Park’ is complete fiction), where most of the volcanos are, if there is a river beneath the Amazon, how long since it has rained on the driest place on earth, and what percent of the world’s species we have discovered (hint: not many), and much more more.

Here are 50 things you should know about the planet we live on.

Peacock at the Hotel Byblos in Saint Tropez

Heartbeat: Colorfully Quilled Peacock In Saint-Tropez

The peacock’s iridescent colors are not actually pigment colors at all, but are reflections off the structure of the feathers, which have patterned nano-fiber components. Slight changes in the spacing of the nano-fibers produce different colors much in the same way as iridescent colors reflect off a film off brown/black oil or a butterfly’s wing. But they are none less beautiful for that.