Frontiers of science


News Item: “In the Mariana Trench, the lowest point in any ocean, every tiny animal tested had plastic pollution hiding in its gut. . . .”
For those interested in the most important news story this week that no one is paying attention to.

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QT news you can use


Martha Stewart is repotting her begonias as you read this, having already reorganized her kitchen drawers, discarding any unused items.
And what are you doing with this day?

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From Poor QT’s Almanack


On this day 109 years ago Peter De Vries was born, and if you want to know why this writer is worth reading, consider:
“Anyone informed that the universe is expanding and contracting in pulsations of eighty billion years has a right to ask, ‘What’s in it for me?’ ”
Which isn’t to mention:
+ “The murals in restaurants are on a par with the food in museums.”
+ “A hundred years ago Hester Prynne of The Scarlet Letter was given an A for adultery. Today she would rate no better than a C-plus.”
+ “Human nature is pretty shabby stuff, as you may know from introspection.”
+ “It is final proof of God’s omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us.”
A De Vries novel to start with is The Vale of Laughter.
You can work your way up to The Blood of the Lamb.

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