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Tuesday, February 10, 2004

From EurekAlert http://www.eurekalert.org/pubnews.php
Public Release: 10-Feb-2004
Woodpeckers: There's a fungus among us
A new study in the journal Condor by the New York-based Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) and Arkansas State University suggests that a woodpecker's beak is a virtual petri dish of fungal spores that play a key role in the decay of dead trees, or "snags."

Public Release: 10-Feb-2004
Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Comets spread Earth-life around galaxy, say scientists
If comets hitting the Earth could cause ecological disasters, including extinctions of species and climate change, they could also disperse Earth-life to the most distant parts of the Galaxy. The "splash-back" from a large comet impact could throw material containing micro-organisms out of the planet's atmosphere, suggest scientists from Cardiff University Centre for Astrobiology.
[One is Chandra Wickramasinghe, who's been saying such things for years.]

Public Release: 10-Feb-2004
'Heavy metal' snow on blazing Venus is lead sulfide
Lead sulfide -- also known by its mineral name, galena -- is a naturally occurring mineral found in Missouri, other parts of the world, and now. . .other parts of the solar system . That's because recent thermodynamic calculations by researchers at Washington University in St. Louis provide plausible evidence that "heavy metal snow," which blankets the surface of upper altitude Venusian rocks, is composed of both lead and bismuth sulfides.

From the UK edition of Google News:
Three Wise Men may have been... women
Reuters - 9 hours ago
LONDON (Reuters) - The Three Wise Men who followed the star to Bethlehem bearing gifts for the baby Jesus may not have been all that wise -- or even men.
Church of England Questions Wisdom, Gender of Biblical 'Wise Men' Voice of America
Three Wise Men might have been women, church rules Independent
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