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Saturday, December 17, 2005  

posted by Gary Williams at 5:29 PM | link |

via Wampum: The 2005 Koufax Awards -- Nominations Are Open

The 2005 Koufax Awards -- Nominations Are Open

Nominations are now open for the 2005 Koufax Awards. This is the fourth year of the awards, which in internet time, makes us old and venerable (or perhaps decrepit). The 2002 winners may be found here. The 2003 winners are listed here, and the 2004 winners are here.

The Koufax Awards are named for Sandy Koufax, one of the greatest left handed pitchers of all time. They are intended to honor the best blogs and bloggers of the left. At the core, the Koufax Awards are meant to be an opportunity to say nice things about your favorite bloggers and to provide a bit of recognition for the folks who provide us with daily information, insight, and entertainment. The awards are supposed to be fun for us and fun for you.

posted by Gary Williams at 4:01 PM | link |

via Google Launches Music Search and Purchase

Google Launches Music Search and Purchase

Google Inc. is introducing a music search feature that details the work of certain featured artists.

Google Inc. has launched a new music search feature that details the work of certain featured artists.

'In analyzing our traffic, we found that a huge number of users conduct music-related searches,' Google said in a statement.

The music search feature is prominently placed above the main search results in what Google calls its 'one box' area -- where information such as weather, movies or books may also be highlighted."

posted by Gary Williams at 8:49 AM | link |

Friday, December 16, 2005  

via ABC NewsScientists Find Gene That Makes People Brown or WhiteDec. 14, 2005 — In a discovery that begins to shed light on what makes one person brown and another white, scientists have identified a gene that appears to be a key player in human pigmentation.

People share 99.9 percent of the same genes, yet pinpointing the very minor genetic variations that cause skin-color differences long has been a mystery to scientists. This discovery, published in the journal Science, marks a significant step toward understanding what's behind the panoply of human skin tones.

'The gene we found seems to modulate the number, size and density of cellular packets that contain brown pigment,' said Keith Cheng, a geneticist at Penn State College of Medicine in Hershey, Pa.

posted by Gary Williams at 9:36 PM
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Thursday, December 15, 2005  

via News

'Buffy' challenges theories of how solar system was formed

ASTRONOMERS have discovered an object half the size of Puto orbiting the Sun beyond Neptune which they say is threatening to rewrite theories about how the solar system was formed.

The body, which has been nicknamed Buffy, has an almost circular orbit which has baffled scientists as most objects in this area, known as the Kuiper Belt, have 'highly eccentric' orbits.

The orbit is difficult to explain using previous theories about the solar system's formation and has prompted a rethink.

Buffy was discovered by the Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope in 2004, but it was not until October this year that it started to become clear that it was something strange.

posted by Gary Williams at 3:00 PM | link |

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