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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Sunspots 566

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


Christianity: (and politics, I guess) Christianity Today reports on how World Relief has re-settled many thousands of refugees into the US.

And Christianity Today has an article on how becoming a Christian is like getting a bone marrow transplant. Really.

Computing: Christianity Today interviews an expert on the "pornification" of social media, especially by teen-aged girls.

Wired says that closing your apps doesn't save battery life, and explains why.

Science: Listverse on some recent findings in ant behavior. Example: in at least some species, some of the time, some of the worker ants don't seem to do anything productive.

Listverse has also posted about some commonly believed "facts" about some animals, that are not true. Example: praying mantis females always eat the head of the male who is mating with them.

And Listverse reports on 10 animals that can clone themselves. Some of these are vertebrates -- no mammals or birds, though.

Wired reports that microbes are beginning to replace chemical insecticides in agriculture.

Wired also reports on a strange finding about prime numbers.


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