It's in the air: Skin, stardust, radio waves, vitamins, spider legs | Science | Smithsonian

It's in the air: Skin, stardust, radio waves, vitamins, spider legs

We seldom notice air, but there's more going on in that cubic foot of the ether in front of our faces than most of us would ever guess

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We usually can't see or feel air but take a cubic foot of it and you've got a howling blizzard of bizarre matter and exotic radiation. At any given time or place, the air right in front of your face is full of skin, stardust, radio waves, vitamins, spider legs and effusions from live volcanoes on the Jovian moon Io. Who'd have dared imagine it? A microcosm of the Universe right under your nose.

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