Why should a dog, a horse, a rat, have life, and thou no breath at all? --King Lear
The news of the death of astronaut Alan Shepard, the first American in space, arrived at the same time last week as a report that scientists in Hawaii have cloned 50 mice.
Yesterday's future passeth away; a brand-new future cometh. It was as if the future had performed a changing of the guard.
With Shepard's death, time seemed less elastic than we thought it was. The old outleaping moment of the race to the moon, science and technology's heroic counterpoint to the...