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Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Sunspots 456

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

Christianity: A fine article by a historian of science, on the question of whether God had any choices when He made the world, based on the thoughts of Galileo and Boyle, two of the greatest scientists of the past.
Computing: Gizmo's Freeware reports on a web page that helps you send out a newsletter, free.
If you are a Facebook member, Facebook automatically puts together a short video of your most popular posts.

Science: Nature says that the Lacks family, and the National Institutes of Health, have reached an agreement over the question of publishing the DNA sequence of HeLa cells, the most important human cell culture. These cells were taken, without the consent or knowledge of Henrietta Lacks, decades ago. Oprah Winfrey's film company is making a file of the story of Mrs. Lacks, and her cells.
National Public Radio reports that modern humans (many of them, anyway) are carrying genes from Neanderthals.

NPR also reports on what happens to our actual achievement when our self-esteem is artificially boosted, or lowered. Perhaps not what you'd expect.

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DM said...

You have inspired me to look some of this info up, esp. the science section. Thank you for a fine post. DM

Martin LaBar said...

Thank you, DM.