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May 16, 2010

Sail Away, Ronnie

Ronnie James Dio has Died

I went to bed as the sun was rising this morning and I awoke this afternoon to the news that Ronnie James Dio, my all time favorite singer and the musician who has meant the very most to me for nearly 3 decades, has died.

It's a very difficult thing to process. While some of my friends are turning this into a "Ronnie James Dio" day and playing his music, I find myself wondering if I'll ever be able to listen to it again.

"They say you're beautiful, and they'll always let you in, but doors are never open to the child without a trace of sin. Sail away."
--Ronnie James Dio, All the Fools Sailed Away

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Posted by Jeff at 04:20 PM | Comments (1)

May 08, 2010

Scientists Discover Origin of Democrats

This is an interesting article: Signs of Neanderthals Mating With Humans

Neanderthals mated with some modern humans after all and left their imprint in the human genome, a team of biologists has reported in the first detailed analysis of the Neanderthal genetic sequence.

The biologists, led by Svante Paabo of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, have been slowly reconstructing the genome of Neanderthals, the stocky hunters that dominated Europe until 30,000 years ago, by extracting the fragments of DNA that still exist in their fossil bones....

Scientists say they have recovered 60 percent of the genome so far and hope to complete it. By comparing that genome with those of various present day humans, the team concluded that about 1 percent to 4 percent of the genome of non-Africans today is derived from Neanderthals.

That one little tidbit has the potential to explain a great deal.

Posted by Jeff at 12:56 AM | Comments (1)

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