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Thursday, February 15, 2007

Sunspots 95


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


Science:
There is an interdisciplinary Center for Spirituality and the Mind at the University of Pennsylvania. A recent news report said that they had studied brain changes in Pentecostals during episodes of "speaking in tongues."

Wired reports on the status of organ (as in live person's kidney) sales in India.

David Heddle (who doesn't often agree with the Intelligent Design movement, although he believes in a designer) comes down on the side of William Dembski, for once.

Enceladus, one of the many moons of Saturn, is producing particles that land on other moons of the same planet.

A report on research into producing workable connections between the nervous system and a computer. (Why would anyone do this? For example, so that a quadriplegic could manipulate devices by thinking about doing so.) Some progress has been made. However, it might not be necessary, says the report.

Politics:
Slate says that stem-cell research won't make states that have invested in it rich.

Sports:
At half-time of the February 10th North Carolina men's basketball game, the 1981-2 and 1956-7 teams were honored. Both of them won national championships, 25 and 50 years ago.

Literature:
Eliot writes about prominent writers of speculative fiction, recognized widely, who were also Christian. It's an impressive list.

Christianity:
Jan muses on Lisa Nowak, the now-notorious astronaut.

David Heddle uses scripture to refute arguments that baptism must involve total immersion.

In First Things: "Evangelicals and the Mother of God," an appeal to find a Biblical perspective on Mary.

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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