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Sunday, August 20, 2006

When is a letter Capital?

Me: Do you know why in the journal papers, they spell bacteria with a small b, and Archaea with a capital A?

QJ: Really? I've seen them spell Bacteria with a capital B.

Me: No, I'll show you. *Frowns and flips through journal review paper*. Look! See this line? 'blabla bacteria.' And this line too! 'blabla Archaea'

QJ: Hmm... I don't know.

Few seconds later:

QJ: I know! Its because everyone has heard of bacteria before but few people have heard of archaea before. So they put a big A so that everyone can tell a difference!

Me: Aaah! That's possible. I didn't even know what on earth an archaea was until I came here...

What is an Archaea, you ask?


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