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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Sunspots 77

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

Science: Nature News articles on the Nobel Prize announcements in Chemistry (for the structure of an RNA polymerase), Physics (for measuring the radiation left over from the Big Bang) and Medicine (for study of RNA interference with gene expression). Then, of course, there are the ig Nobel prizes.

The wealthy Templeton Foundation, which is sympathetic to Christianity, didn't get any research proposals from Intelligent Design scientists, who were asked to submit some.

Anthony Zee, apparently a serious academic physicist, has suggested that the Big Bang could contain a message from a creator. (The second link is to a National Public Radio RealPlayer audio file, which begins with a 10-second commercial.) I think we have already received one, or, rather, several!

Archerfish are really good at zapping their prey with jets of water.

Connie Willis splendid speech on the importance of books in her life. Among other things, she tells why she is married because of Tolkien's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

E. Stephen Burnett begins a series on what makes speculative fiction Christian, which looks like it will be important and readable. Part 1 says that Law and Grace are foundational to all Christian fiction. Burnett promises that there will be more, including criticism of some Christian fiction which is basically propaganda, in later installments.

Christianity: A brief, brilliant post on God as author and also editor. "Not only is He the Greatest Author, but also the Greatest Editor-in-chief. He knew when to add details and when to omit them, leaving us to ponder, to question, to seek His voice and His will to answer those questions He knew would linger after the last chapter. We answer those questions ourselves by seeking His guidance and pouring over His clues He left. In this life, we'll never know for certain if we answered them correctly."

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.

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