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Sometimes the smallest things take up the most room in our hearts.
― A.A. Milne

Whoever said that diamonds are a girl’s best friend has never owned a ferret. The little catsnake noodle can turn the worst day around with its playful dooking and is a remedy for all sorrows. It is with a heavy heart that I must say goodbye to the sweetest and gentlest little soul that I have had a privilege to have in my care and which has sadly passed away last night.

I choose to see the universe, life and death through the lens of science in which chaos is the ultimate equilibrium. Eventually everything will transition from order to disorder and this change is measured in entropy. I believe that much like physical variables in nature, all living creatures go through a similar process that we call ageing. When an ageing system reaches its maximum entropy, i.e. when life can no longer be sustained, it results in death. Daniel Hershey, a chemical engineer, describes life as a spring-wound watch in which the timepiece can stop in two possible ways – either the internal mechanism eventually winds down or it fails leading to a premature demise. Perhaps this is why I chose to study ageing and rejuvenation. Living organisms are open systems continuously exchanging energy with their surrounding environment. Are we able to intervene and increase the time required to reach the maximum entropy? To what extent? Can we slow it down indefinitely?

I’ve gone off on a tangent here. Goodnight, buddy.

AM

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