Sunday, December 24, 2006

Topics of Interest: Week ending Dec. 24

Rowling returns to cafe writing
Harry Potter author JK Rowling has revealed she is finishing writing the final book on the boy wizard as she began the very first tale - in cafes.

Rowling releases name of final Potter book
Chicago Tribune
"Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows" is the title of author J.K. Rowling's seventh and final book in the wildly popular Harry Potter series. Rowling handed fans a special Christmas present this morning by unwrapping the eagerly awaited title on her Web site,, launching feverish speculation about the meaning of each word and clues for the outcome of the series.

It is possible to respect the believers but not the belief
The Guardian
We don't have to abandon our own principles to celebrate competing faiths in this multicultural midwinter.

Scientists link weight to gut bacteria
Associated Press via Yahoo!
Researchers found a strong connection between obesity and the levels of certain types of bacteria in the gut. That could mean that someday there will be novel new ways of treating obesity that go beyond the standard advice of diet and exercise.

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