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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Sunspots 104

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

Science: A proposed experiment to see if quantum indeterminacy applies to objects larger than the sub-atomic.

There is at least one double asteroid -- two bodies, one in orbit around the other, as they orbit the sun.

On why New York City is the most environment-friendly place in the US. Really.

Cellphone radiation may be interfering with the lives of bees.

Politics: "Even the highest morale is eventually undermined by back-to-back deployments...Something has to give and it's giving. Resources are overstretched. Frustration is up, as families are separated and strained. Morale is down. Recruitment is more difficult. And many of our best people in the military are headed for civilian life."*

(or maybe Science)
A US government study on the effect of government-sponsored programs using encouragement of sexual abstinence as a deterrent to teen pregnancy, etc. Here's a quote from .PDF page 17 (not the report's page number, but the number as counted in the file): Findings indicate that youth in the program group were no more likely than control group youth to have abstained from sex and, among those who reported having had sex, they had similar numbers of sexual partners and had initiated sex at the same mean age. . . . however, program group youth were no more likely to have engaged in unprotected sex than control group youth. In other words, such programs didn't help, but they didn't hurt, either.

The German government has studied the so-called "Mozart effect."

Catez Stevens has awarded this blog a Thinking Blogger award. Thanks!

This is two years' worth of the Sunspots part of this blog, and I enjoy doing it, and the blog as a whole. It helps me think.

Literature: A brief, but on-the-mark, essay on "Conflicts in Out of the Silent Planet."

There is a Christian Carnival this week! You can submit an entry yourself, for the next couple of days. For information on these Carnivals, go here.

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*According to USA Today, this statement was made by President George W. Bush in 1999, when he was a candidate for President.

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