Links ‘n Things Monday (12/10/12)

The symmetry of today’s date is pleasing to the OCD-Adam in me…anyway, I digress. As 2012 winds down, hiring is slowing for the year which is typical around the Holidays. That doesn’t mean that all activity has ceased but the closer we get to Christmas, the more we will hear the refrain of, “let’s pick things back up next year.” Hopefully 2012 has been a good year for you. John and I are both very thankful as our business recently celebrated it’s 1-year anniversary. Here are some links from the past week:

1.) I don’t recommend spending much time on Reddit (if you don’t know what that is, Google it first) – but I was alerted to a pretty interesting page. It’s a collection of chemical reaction .gifs (short movie-images). A lot of them are slow-motion chemical reactions, but most of them are really interesting. I’ve already wasted too much time just watching some of them: http://www.reddit.com/r/chemicalreactiongifs/

2.) I don’t have too much commentary to add to this article – ICIS Chemical Business magazine recently released it list of ‘Top 40 Power Players’ in the chemicals manufacturing business: http://www.sacbee.com/2012/12/10/5043351/icis-unveils-top-40-power-players.html

3.) If you are of a scientific persuasion (and why would you be reading this if you weren’t), then undoubtedly you have considered the science vs. God argument. On December 5th, scientists got together and held an official debate on science and religion in New York. Interesting to hear what both sides had to say on the matter. In my personal opinion, it takes just as much faith to believe in certain scientific ideas as it does to believe in God and I don’t believe the two sides need be opposed to one another, but that’s just my own take on it. Check out this article: http://www.livescience.com/25303-science-vs-god-debate.html

4.) Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past 2 years, you’ve no doubt heard that there is a segment of the population out there that believes the world is going to end on December 21st – in accordance with a Mayan Calendar prediction. NASA has been trying it’s hardest to dispel these rumors in part because they have received a boatload of letters from anxious and/or depressed individuals who say they’ve been contemplating suicide as a result of fears about the end of the world. Here’s a full article about it: http://latino.foxnews.com/latino/lifestyle/2012/12/07/nasa-mayan-apocalypse-myth-2012-wont-be-end-world/

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