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Only started with Perl4 and Perl5 in 1995. I was doing AWK etc for 12 years before that, and resisted switching. I've been doing OO since before C++ hit bigtime, with Objective-C and SmallTalk, so I really like the (no longer new) Perl5 OO style; and the Lispish Map style is also an old friend. What do I hack with Perl? All data that passes my way; systems monitoring scripts at $DayJob, weather data at night, and I cheat on NPR word puzzles. Member: Boston.pm.org [pm.org] BLU.org [blu.org] /. LinkedIn [linkedin.com]

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Monday January 10, 2005
11:22 AM

Science News

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ArtsJournal summarizes a New Humanist article Is Science Being Undermined By Religion? thusly --
"As a student of the history and philosophy of science, I have been watching with concern how modern science itself — perhaps the single most powerful force for secularisation — is being re–coded as sacred, either as affirming the Bible or the Vedas, or as ‘lower knowledge’ of ‘dead matter’, in need of spiritualisation. As an old–time partisan of the Enlightenment and scientific temper, I have been watching with concern as my fellow intellectuals and activists, in the United States and India, who identify themselves with social justice, anti–imperialism, women’s rights and sustainable development, have themselves paved the way for re–enchantment or re–sacralisation of science." - New Humanist 01/07/05 via ArtsJournal
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SWIFT X-Ray telescope first "light", Gamma Bursts seen
"The NASA-led Swift mission opened its doors to a flurry of gamma ray burst action. Swift's primary goal is to unravel the mystery of gamma ray bursts. The bursts are random and fleeting explosions, second only to the Big Bang in total energy output." - GSFC via ScienceDaily
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Behavior Is 42% Genes, 58% Environment
A Twins study using "social responsibility" inventory questionaire. - Charles Darwin Research Institute, via SciScoop
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Up and Down are Different (Exercise-Wise)
"Going uphill cleared fats from the blood faster, going downhill reduced blood sugar more, and hiking either way lowered bad cholesterol." - SciScoop
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