March 10th, 2005

Scorpion

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SCIENCE NEWS:
* Evangelical leaders use influence to... fight global warming?
* Scientist Charles Townes wins the Templeton Prize for helping advance spiritual knowledge.
* Are we overdue for a super-volcano? (Check out Exit Mundi for why this might be bad.)
* UK to create six-mile long scale version of the solar system.
* Hubble lets us discover the upper limits of star growth.
* Decoding the Arizona Meteor Crater.
* 'Scientists may have found what makes a tune catchy, after locating the brain area where a song's "hook" gets caught.'
Scorpion

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"This is why Deadwood could not be better timed. It reminds us of who we are and where we came from, and that even indecency is part of an American's birthright. It also, if inadvertently, illuminates the most insidious underpinnings of today's decency police by further reminding us that the same people who want to stamp out entertainment like Deadwood also want to rewrite American history (and, when they can, the news) according to their dictates of moral and political correctness. They won't tolerate an honest account of the real Deadwood in a classroom or museum any more than they will its fictionalized representation on HBO... Even as we're constantly told we're in a war for 'freedom' abroad, freedom in our culture at home has been under attack ever since."
-Frank Rich, NYTimes.com