14 September 2006

A Replicant or a Lesbian

I don't usually do news-story posts, but two items today have been so splendid I couldn't resist.

Firstly, the robotic head of Philip K. Dick has gone missing. The story's an absolute gift for a reporter who knows their stuff, as the Guardian journalist, who draws some lovely parallels with Dick's fiction, clearly does.

And the celestial body formerly known as Xena has been officially named Eris, after the Greek goddess of discord. The satellite previously called Gabrielle has been named after Eris' daughter, Dysnomia. "Δυσνομια" in Greek means, loosely, "lawlessness".

(Less obviously amusing is the news that Neanderthals seem to have died out a lot more recently than previously thought. I don't expect you to find that interesting particularly, but I do.)

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