The Food of the Gods
(I say ambrosia, because we don't want to upset the tummies of Mr. Chairman and Senator Irving.*)
December 16 is Arthur C. Clarke's birthday. You can go here to send him birthday wishes.
It's also Ludwig van Beethoven's birthday.
Biologist Ken Miller gives an explanation of the significance of the recently-published Chimpanzee genome here:
And PZ explains it here. (Warning: Casey Luskin aftertaste.)
Shimmies to Pharyngula and, of course, Ken, Ludwig, and Sir Arthur.
*"Until a few centuries ago, the favourite food of almost all men was meat – the flesh of once living animals. I’m not trying to turn your stomachs; this is a simple statement of fact, which you can check in any history book…
"Why, certainly, Mr. Chairman I’m quite prepared to wait until Senator Irving feels better. We professionals sometimes forget how laymen may react to statements like that. At the same time, I must warn the committee that there is very much worse to come. If any of you gentlemen are at all squeamish, I suggest you follow the Senator before it’s too late…"
—Arthur C. Clarke, “The Food of the Gods”