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Chugging infinite cups of joe, humanity thrived as jittery and red eyed immortals… until the supply of coffee bean trees ran dry.

Researchers at the University of Southern California have discovered that both caffeinated and decaffeinated coffee are associated with a lower risk of mortality. Sierra July mixes this theme with the thirst of humanity for immortality, until we come up against our own worst enemy – the end of an abundant coffee supply. // Alex Massey

//Sierra July @sierrajuly is a University of Florida graduate, published writer, and poet. She blogs at talestotellinpassing.blogspot.com.//

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Altair was born a star. “She shines!” all said. But she tripped through life, feeling factory-made, dust bland, unsure what she was made of.

Until recently, scientists thought that the massive explosions of supernovae would completely destroy any molecules and dust that were already present. Recent developments in the study of the cosmic ‘dust factory’ of Supernova 1987A suggest that the aftermath of the death of stars could lead to similar conditions to those seen in a stellar nursery. Sierra July weaves this discovery with ever-familiar imposter syndrome and the haunting sense that every atom is re-used. // Alex Massey

//Sierra July @sierrajuly is a University of Florida graduate, published writer, and poet. She blogs at talestotellinpassing.blogspot.com.//