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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Sunspots 398

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

Science: Wired has posted the year's best microscopic views of living things. Spectacular (in a small way).

Wired has also compiled a presentation of the top scientific discoveries of 2012. These include confirmation of the Higgs field, and synthesis of an alternate information molecule, XNA.

Sports: (and academics!) USA Today tells us that the number one teams in men's college basketball and football, as of December 18, 2012, are also number one in graduation rate. That would be Duke basketball, at 100%, and Notre Dame football, at 97%.

Politics: (sort of) Kathleen Parker, columnist, says that one of the factors contributing to the decline of the middle class is that fewer people with high school education, but not a college education, get, or stay married. She makes some suggestions for fixing this.

According to a report in Wired, there is little or no correlation between video game playing and carrying out acts of violence.

Computing: Gizmo's freeware tells us about two on-line services that will help us save a web page, graphics and text, to our computers, as a single .PDF file.

"Viruses and malware don't teleport into your PC — they're let in. In almost all cases, that means opening a seemingly innocent attachment, clicking a bogus 'You're infected!' popup, or visiting malware havens such as porn sites." - Fred Langa, Windows Secrets, December 20, 2012


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