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Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Sunspots 538

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

Computing: Jotti is an on-line site that lets you submit a possibly dangerous file for checking. The site checks with several malware detection processes, and gives you a report.

Education: Wired asks if speed reading is really possible.

Difference Between is a web site that posts -- what else -- the difference between lots of things, such as Greek and regular yogurt, Oxycodone and Oxycontin, after and afterward and a lot more. Searchable.

Politics: National Public Radio discusses why Donald Trump appeals to some on the religious right, even though he doesn't have evangelical Christian credentials.

Science: Christianity Today (!) has a splendid display of photos of plankton, near-microscopic organisms that are suspended in the ocean in vast numbers, and in a great variety of species.

Wired tells us that scientists are learning a lot about individual brain cells by making them light-sensitive. Really.

Wired also reports on cochineal, a substance derived from scale insects, which is an important food coloring.

And Wired reports on the largest insects in the world. They live in New Zealand.

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FancyHorse said...

I don't often express political views, but I will say here that I hope that Mr. Trump does not win the Republican nomination. If he does, I may vote Democrat.

Martin LaBar said...

I don't often express them, either, but I agree on both points.

Since I posted this, I read an article indicating that Trump, in addition to not being a member of any church, and never having expressed his belief that his sins have been forgiven, knows almost nothing about the Bible (like a lot of other US citizens). I didn't keep the link.


FancyHorse said...

I saw that article, or a similar one, on Facebook.