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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Sunspots 240

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

Wired reports that the Giant Panda genome has been sequenced. These animals, so beloved of zoo visitors, lack genes for molecules that would enable them to taste meat, and also lack genes for molecules that would enable them to digest bamboo -- apparently, like termites, they rely on microorganisms in their guts to do most of the digestion.

Wired also reports on the warming effect of black carbon soot, which may be worse, in some places, than the effect of Carbon Dioxide.

From the National Science Foundation, a tour of the cell

From the C. S. Lewis blog (about, not by, the late Lewis) some thoughts on how Lewis felt about Christmas celebrations and observances.

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