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Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Sunspots 511

Things I have recently spotted that may be of interest to
someone else:
Christianity: Todd Wood considers the question of whether it would matter if we discovered intelligent life on other planets, somewhere.

A Lenten meditation on dust (i.e. ashes) in the BioLogos forum.

Computing: Gizmo's Freeware tells about alternativeTo. The idea is that you type in the name of a software application, and the web site can respond with a list of alternatives that do more or less the same thing, and indicates whether they are free or not, and what platforms they work on.

Gizmo's Freeware also recommends Print My Fonts! Our computer has over 300 of them, which I didn't know until I ran the program. We don't need them all. (Actually, our computer says that some of the ones I thought I didn't need are protected system fonts.)

Health: National Public Radio reports that there are bacteria in your soap.

(or cooking) I'm not a "foodie," but you may be. Wired has reviewed 5 meat thermometers.

Humor: (or something) Wired reports that a beehive that is made so that honey will flow from it, without the necessity of removing the combs, has been developed.

Science: FiveThirtyEight Science considers the question of whether or not we can taste fat.

Wired reports that the Amazon basin depends on the Sahara desert for it's continued existence as a diverse ecosystem. Who knew?
Relevant reports that NASA has found two lights on Ceres, a large asteroid. (There's a photo.)

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