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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sunspots 165

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

(or science) A Slate writer tries to become a morning person.

A report on an analysis of evolution in Escherichia coli, which says: ". . . if we replayed the tape of life, we would not get the same results each time. Each step in evolution is dependent on prior history — it is contingent — and since many of the steps are driven by chance yet unfiltered by selection, we cannot predict the direction of evolution." The original scientific paper is here.

Doctors should tell their patients (gently, of course) when there is no further medical help available, and they are going to die. When told, such patients are no more likely to be depressed than those not so told.

Wired reports that your addiction to the Internet may become a recognized psychological disorder. Yes, you, too, may be officially crazy.

Slate on differences between reading on-line and reading printed text .

A search page that helps you find a literary work when you don't know either the author or the title.

A review of Prince Caspian, the movie, saying, more or less, that the movie was not Christian enough, from the SF Site (which is a mainstream science fiction review site, not a religious one).

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