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“And I think to myself / What a wonderful world”

A heart-shaped cattle brand, first recorded on February 10, 1873 and registered to O. C. Whitney of Ennis, Montana—and owned by the same family ever since—is going on the auction block two weeks from tomorrow.

Meanwhile, researchers recently discovered that, when you put an atom of gadolinium inside a carbon buckyball, the structure acts as if it has two stable polarization states. In other words, they’ve created a single-molecule switch.

Isn’t it odd that we live at a time in which the technological spectrum remains so…broad? I mean, here we are on the cusp of molecular computing, and someone’s about to purchase the right to use a 147-year-old livestock brand. Seems crazy to me, that’s all.



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