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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Sunspots 198

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

(or something) Slate says that we shouldn't wash out recyclable items before putting them in containers to be recycled, and explains why.

Wired on how leafcutter ants regulate traffic (for example on a narrow twig).

Wired on what are claimed to be the oldest animal fossils.

(or something) An insightful post on tolerance.

Congratulations to Pat Summitt, head coach of the Tennessee women's basketball program since 1975, on her thousandth win as a head coach, the most in history of any coach in major college basketball. I watched part of the game, including some of the celebration after it was over. Summitt (then Pat Head) began as a graduate assistant at age 22, and her first game in Knoxville was in front of a crowd of 53. The crowds are much larger now. Summit said that she thanked God for the opportunities she has had, and that she was blessed. All of the players who have stayed with the program for four years have graduated, a remarkable statistic. Here's the Sports Illustrated article on the game and its significance.

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