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A new Dr. Seuss book — 'Horse Museum' — is coming out this fall
A new generation is waiting for the whimsy and wit of Dr. Seuss.
- The new book will be titled Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum.
- Author of 45 children's books, Dr. Seuss's profundity mixed seamlessly with his simplicity.
- Revisit and explore these timeless classics by yourself and with your children.
Publisher Random House has announced that a new Dr. Seuss book, Horse Museum, will be released this fall. In it, a horse guides children through a tour of an art museum, teaching them how we all see the world in different ways.
The book's release on September 3 will mark nearly 30 years since the legendary Dr. Seuss — born Theodor Seuss Geisel — passed away. The original manuscript for the never-released book was discovered in the late author's La Jolla home back in 2013.
For Horse Museum, illustrator Andrew Joyner's scenes are inspired by Seussian fashion. Artwork in the museum are also featured in the style of Pablo Picasso and other renowned artists.
Alongside the manuscript for Horse Museum were also some original sketches from the author, which helped Joyner, as well as the unpublished manuscript for What Pet Should I Get?, which became a #1 New York Times bestseller in 2015.
In the new book, other iconic Seuss characters — the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and Horton the Elephant — will make cameos.
Cathy Goldsmith, one of the last Random House publishing executives to have worked with Geisel while he was alive is overseeing the project. She's ecstatic to be bringing Dr. Seuss to a whole new generation of readers.
"I remember fondly the days when Ted would come to Random House to hand-deliver his latest work, which included reading aloud to staff gathered in a conference room… Poring over the manuscript and Ted's original sketches for Dr. Seuss's Horse Museum brought me right back to those days, and I continue to be so honored to bring his brilliant work to today's young readers."
Dr. Seuss holds a special place in the hearts of children worldwide. His wild-eyed creatures, zany four-beat rhymed couplets and otherworldly fauna and flora blasted the imagination into formation. A socially conscience man and whimsical intellect to match, Dr. Seuss is still by and large the greatest American children's book author of our time.
Who was Dr. Seuss?
Theodor Seuss Geisel was born in 1904 and wrote 45 children's books throughout the years and some 60 books in total. All of his books still remain in print. Beyond millions have read Dr. Seuss's fantastical stories. Topping bestseller lists, the Dr. Seuss canon has already sold more than 600 million copies and has been translated into more than 20 languages.
Yet in spite of this worldwide renown, the cultural icon we now revere was once a struggling artist. As the famous story goes, Geisel received 27 rejection notices on his first book. American film producer Brian Grazer recounts the story in his book: A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life.
After walking home one day after the book's 27th rejection, with the manuscript and drawings for Mulberry Street under his arm, Geisel bumped into an old peer from Dartmouth College, Mike McClintock. He asked what Geisel was carrying. Geisel quipped:
That's a book no one will publish and I'm lugging it home to burn.
McClintock who just so happened to have been made editor of children's books at Vanguard invited Geisel to his office. The publisher bought Mulberry Street that same day. When the book was finally released, a renowned book reviewer from The New Yorker remarked that
They say it's for children, but better get a copy for yourself and marvel at the good Dr. Seuss's impossible pictures and the moral tale of the little boy who exaggerated not wisely but too well.
A few Dr. Seuss books to revisit and read with your children
Although he did admit that "there's an inherent moral in any story," Dr. Seuss was never an outright moralizer. He also wrote sophisticated verse in a simplified manner in a way that made it easy for any child to understand. His illustrations were far out, and the combination between them and his words seemed to always strike with an authentic message.
His big idea at the time was that children would learn how to read best by devouring entertaining books with an easy going vocabulary. That seems obvious now, but was revolutionary when Geisel started:
"I don't think my book is going to change society. But I'm naïve enough to think that society will be changed by examination of ideas through books and the press, and that information can prove to be greater than the dissemination of stupidity."
The author seemed to have intuitively grasped the essential concepts of the developing youthful mind. As children grow and come into their own, an inherent and natural strife emerges. As much as children wish to break free and become their own people, they still must depend on parental guidance. Through Dr. Seuss's books, adults serve as the vocal voyaging oration through imaginative maturation and youthful creation.
For those who've read Dr. Seuss before, it's time to take another look by yourself and with your children. And time to let the cycle continue.
The Cat in the Hat
The Cat in the Hat published in 1957, is the book that rocketed Seuss from a successful author to legendary children's book phenomenon.
Everything we've come to know and love about Seuss is in this book. The dynamic verse and beautiful illustrations take us to somewhere new and quite bizarre as Dr. Seuss paints a compelling and educationally immersive world. It's also not without its biting satire and political edge either. In a set of 1983 interviews from Jonathan Cott, Geisel specifically remarked about this individual book.
"I'm subversive as hell! I've always had a mistrust of adults… Hilaire Belloc, whose writings I liked a lot, was a radical. Gulliver's Travels was subversive, and both Swift and Voltaire influenced me. The Cat in the Hat is a revolt against authority, but it's ameliorated by the fact that the cat cleans up everything in the end."
Considered by Seuss to be his best book, The Lorax, published in 1971, is Seuss's paean to environmentalism. Critics were not fond of it originally and there were even some calls to remove it from certain school curriculums. At the cusp of a new movement, Dr. Seuss speaks out against the mindless destruction of natural beauty and splendor of the Earth in the pursuit of a never-ending more-mentality. He wanted to create something that addressed rampant industrialism without it being boring, he stated:
"The Lorax came out of me being angry. In The Lorax I was out to attack what I think are evil things and let the chips fall where they might."
One of the most moving pieces of environmental literature seems to come from a children's book. It's disconcerting to hear this message disparaged and critiqued by naysayers throughout the years, as the message is something we must all take to heart – we cannot sacrifice ourselves and our planet for the forsaken ideal of so-called progress.
Oh, the Places You'll go!
A hit with the high school and college graduate crowd – Oh, the Places you'll go! - was Dr.Seuss's last published story while he was still alive. A book for both children and adults, it celebrates both the ups and downs of life. It instructs its reader to go along with life's wild journey wherever it may take you. Some of it will be daring and thrilling, other times will be dark and scary. Let these simple rhymes bring you into the flow of your own life and figure out what it's all about.
"It's opener there
in the wide open air.
Out there things can happen
and frequently do
to people as brainy
and footsy as you.
And then things start to happen,
don't worry. Don't stew.
Just go right along.
You'll start happening too."
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The father of all giant sea bugs was recently discovered off the coast of Java.
- A new species of isopod with a resemblance to a certain Sith lord was just discovered.
- It is the first known giant isopod from the Indian Ocean.
- The finding extends the list of giant isopods even further.
Humanity knows surprisingly little about the ocean depths. An often-repeated bit of evidence for this is the fact that humanity has done a better job mapping the surface of Mars than the bottom of the sea. The creatures we find lurking in the watery abyss often surprise even the most dedicated researchers with their unique features and bizarre behavior.
A recent expedition off the coast of Java discovered a new isopod species remarkable for its size and resemblance to Darth Vader.
The ocean depths are home to many creatures that some consider to be unnatural.
According to LiveScience, the Bathynomus genus is sometimes referred to as "Darth Vader of the Seas" because the crustaceans are shaped like the character's menacing helmet. Deemed Bathynomus raksasa ("raksasa" meaning "giant" in Indonesian), this cockroach-like creature can grow to over 30 cm (12 inches). It is one of several known species of giant ocean-going isopod. Like the other members of its order, it has compound eyes, seven body segments, two pairs of antennae, and four sets of jaws.
The incredible size of this species is likely a result of deep-sea gigantism. This is the tendency for creatures that inhabit deeper parts of the ocean to be much larger than closely related species that live in shallower waters. B. raksasa appears to make its home between 950 and 1,260 meters (3,117 and 4,134 ft) below sea level.
Perhaps fittingly for a creature so creepy looking, that is the lower sections of what is commonly called The Twilight Zone, named for the lack of light available at such depths.
It isn't the only giant isopod, far from it. Other species of ocean-going isopod can get up to 50 cm long (20 inches) and also look like they came out of a nightmare. These are the unusual ones, though. Most of the time, isopods stay at much more reasonable sizes.
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During an expedition, there are some animals which you find unexpectedly, while there are others that you hope to find. One of the animal that we hoped to find was a deep sea cockroach affectionately known as Darth Vader Isopod. The staff on our expedition team could not contain their excitement when they finally saw one, holding it triumphantly in the air! #SJADES2018
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What benefit does this find have for science? And is it as evil as it looks?
The discovery of a new species is always a cause for celebration in zoology. That this is the discovery of an animal that inhabits the deeps of the sea, one of the least explored areas humans can get to, is the icing on the cake.
Helen Wong of the National University of Singapore, who co-authored the species' description, explained the importance of the discovery:
"The identification of this new species is an indication of just how little we know about the oceans. There is certainly more for us to explore in terms of biodiversity in the deep sea of our region."
The animal's visual similarity to Darth Vader is a result of its compound eyes and the curious shape of its head. However, given the location of its discovery, the bottom of the remote seas, it may be associated with all manner of horrifically evil Elder Things and Great Old Ones.
Every star we can see, including our sun, was born in one of these violent clouds.
This article was originally published on our sister site, Freethink.
An international team of astronomers has conducted the biggest survey of stellar nurseries to date, charting more than 100,000 star-birthing regions across our corner of the universe.
Stellar nurseries: Outer space is filled with clouds of dust and gas called nebulae. In some of these nebulae, gravity will pull the dust and gas into clumps that eventually get so big, they collapse on themselves — and a star is born.
These star-birthing nebulae are known as stellar nurseries.
The challenge: Stars are a key part of the universe — they lead to the formation of planets and produce the elements needed to create life as we know it. A better understanding of stars, then, means a better understanding of the universe — but there's still a lot we don't know about star formation.
This is partly because it's hard to see what's going on in stellar nurseries — the clouds of dust obscure optical telescopes' view — and also because there are just so many of them that it's hard to know what the average nursery is like.
The survey: The astronomers conducted their survey of stellar nurseries using the massive ALMA telescope array in Chile. Because ALMA is a radio telescope, it captures the radio waves emanating from celestial objects, rather than the light.
"The new thing ... is that we can use ALMA to take pictures of many galaxies, and these pictures are as sharp and detailed as those taken by optical telescopes," Jiayi Sun, an Ohio State University (OSU) researcher, said in a press release.
"This just hasn't been possible before."
Over the course of the five-year survey, the group was able to chart more than 100,000 stellar nurseries across more than 90 nearby galaxies, expanding the amount of available data on the celestial objects tenfold, according to OSU researcher Adam Leroy.
New insights: The survey is already yielding new insights into stellar nurseries, including the fact that they appear to be more diverse than previously thought.
"For a long time, conventional wisdom among astronomers was that all stellar nurseries looked more or less the same," Sun said. "But with this survey we can see that this is really not the case."
"While there are some similarities, the nature and appearance of these nurseries change within and among galaxies," he continued, "just like cities or trees may vary in important ways as you go from place to place across the world."
Astronomers have also learned from the survey that stellar nurseries aren't particularly efficient at producing stars and tend to live for only 10 to 30 million years, which isn't very long on a universal scale.
Looking ahead: Data from the survey is now publicly available, so expect to see other researchers using it to make their own observations about stellar nurseries in the future.
"We have an incredible dataset here that will continue to be useful," Leroy said. "This is really a new view of galaxies and we expect to be learning from it for years to come."
Tiny specks of space debris can move faster than bullets and cause way more damage. Cleaning it up is imperative.
- NASA estimates that more than 500,000 pieces of space trash larger than a marble are currently in orbit. Estimates exceed 128 million pieces when factoring in smaller pieces from collisions. At 17,500 MPH, even a paint chip can cause serious damage.
- To prevent this untrackable space debris from taking out satellites and putting astronauts in danger, scientists have been working on ways to retrieve large objects before they collide and create more problems.
- The team at Clearspace, in collaboration with the European Space Agency, is on a mission to capture one such object using an autonomous spacecraft with claw-like arms. It's an expensive and very tricky mission, but one that could have a major impact on the future of space exploration.
This is the first episode of Just Might Work, an original series by Freethink, focused on surprising solutions to our biggest problems.
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