Jewish date: 15 Ṭeveth 5770 (Parashath Wayḥi).
Today’s quasi-holiday: Day 7 of Kwanzaa.
Worthy cause of the day: “Free passage in Shechem (The Shomron Liaison Office)”.
Today’s news and commentary:
- “17 Things Worth Knowing About Your Cat”: Submitted by Barry.
- “What Happened to the Hominids Who Were Smarter Than Us?” and “Human evolution appears to be associated with a trend toward greater intelligence. Is there a discernible trend toward greater intelligence in other species as well? And if cognitive ability confers an evolutionary advantage, why are humans (apparently) so unique in this trait?”: There is a major question of how Homo sapiens evolved. The first article discusses near-humans who lived 10,000 years ago in South Africa (Boskops) who had brains 125% the size of ours and may have tended to be smarter than us, too; their ultimate fate is unknown. Be humble; just because we are the smartest creatures on the planet now does not mean we will automatically survive in the long-term. The second article deals with increases in brain size in general over time.
- “What Could Have Been Entering the Public Domain on January 1, 2010?”: Yes, copyright extension sucks.
- “Extinction Countdown: Genetic analysis reveals parasitic origin of contagious cancer devastating Tasmanian devils”: I cannot make this up. Why am I wondering if there are any human contagious cancers?…
- “Tweets, sexting "unfriended" in U.S. banned word list”
Enjoy, share the weirdness, and Shabbath shalom.