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Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Sunspots 74


Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to someone else:


Science
This photo from Botany Photo of the Day. Read the description to see what plant part the spherical objects are. I think you'll be surprised.

This photo from Earth Science Photo of the day (not the Botany Photo of the Day-- see above), which gives photographic proof of photosynthesis.

Eris (formerly named Xena) has been designated a dwarf planet (not a planet) in our Solar System. The name is for the Greek goddess of discord, according to this article. Eris has a satellite, named Dysnomia, which is named for the Greek goddess of lawlessness. (Did they have gods, or goddesses, for everything?) Pluto is also now officially a dwarf planet.

Chimpanzees have learned to cross roads cautiously, and may minimize the risk by doing so cooperatively.

The Smithsonian Photography Initiative not only offers access to millions of marvelous photographs, but allows you to create "sequences" of images that you have found interesting, for others to examine.

A great piece by Carl Zimmer on why some E. coli are so dangerous to us. Also, an article about a report that says that using manure as fertilizer is safer than the current scare would have you believe.

Eliot's Q and A on Canada , for non-Canadians, which is hilarious.

Christianity:
A sermon from our pastor, a few days ago, in which he said that Christians who don't act like Christ are violating the commandment about taking God's name in vain. (You won't find the sermon on the web.)

Characteristics of Christian Prayer.

I knew Duke University basketball was taken seriously, but didn't realize it was this serious.

This week's Christian Carnival is here. (For information on locating these Carnivals, see here.)

When I don't tell where I found an item above, I either found it directly, or was probably pointed to it by the Librarian's Internet Index, SciTech Daily, or Arts and Letters Daily. All of these sources are great.

Thanks for reading! Keep clicking away.

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2 comments:

Don said...

The nursery where I used to work sold Senecio rowleyanus as a hanging basket plant. The flowers aren't eye-catching, but they smell like cinnamon.

Martin LaBar said...

Thanks, Don. That's interesting -- I had never seen this plant, so far as I know.