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  • The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable

    06/01/2014 8:29:30 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    The New York Times ^ | MAY 28, 2014 | Farhad Manjoo
    The Soylent Revolution Will Not Be Pleasurable I just spent more than a week experiencing Soylent, the most joyless new technology to hit the world since we first laid eyes on MS-DOS. Soylent is a drink mix invented by a group of engineers who harbor ambitions of shaking up the global food business. Robert Rhinehart, the 25-year-old co-founder and chief executive of the firm selling the drink, hit upon the idea when he found himself spending too much time and money searching for nutritious meals while he was working on a wireless-tech start-up in San Francisco. Using a process Mr....
  • Woolly Mammoths Are Coming Back, Say Cloning Scientists

    03/16/2014 10:39:35 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 80 replies
    DVICE ^ | March 14, 2014 | Michael Trei
    Woolly mammoths are coming back, say cloning scientists In what sounds like it could be the plot for the next Jurassic Park movie, a team of scientists in Siberia says there's a 'high chance' that they will be able to clone a woolly mammoth. The breakthrough comes as a result of last year's discovery of an incredibly well-preserved mammoth carcass, frozen in the permafrost of Siberia's Malolyakhovskiy island. The scientists estimate that the animal is about 43,000 years old, and was 50-60 years old when it died in distress after getting stuck in the ice. In the ten months since...
  • PETA to Bigfoot Hunters: You Shouldn't 'Shoot and Kill It' Just Because You Can

    02/02/2014 1:13:42 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    |Myrtle Beach News Examiner ^ | February 1, 2014 | Norman Byrd
    The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) are certain about one thing, even though they do not acknowledge that Bigfoot is real: It is just as unethical to kill a Sasquatch as it would be any other animal. In a report posted by the CBS Houston on Jan. 30, the animal rights activists reacted to the idea much as expected, because to members of their organization, shooting and killing a living creature, whether it be for food or sport, is an atrocity. PETA spokesperson Lindsay Rajt told The Houston Chronicle: “As an organization we do oppose hunting of...
  • Nazis Attempted to Train Dogs to Talk, Read and Spell to Win WW2

    01/07/2014 7:42:21 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 33 replies
    IO9 ^ | January 7, 2014 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    Did the nazis really have a school for talking dogs? Just when you think you've gotten to the end of the bizarre by-products of World War II, you learn about talking Nazi dogs. The question is: How official were they? We'll look into the school — or possibly the con game — of talking dogs. Here's what we know. In 1930, Margarethe Schmidt lived with her mother in a relatively large house, and kept Asra, a Great Dane. Asra gave birth to five puppies, and the Schmidts took in a terrier. Somewhere along the line, all the dogs began learning...
  • Eighties icon Kelly LeBrock ‘charged with DUI for going DOUBLE the legal limit’

    12/25/2013 3:23:22 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 71 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 23:27 EST, 24 December 2013 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    Kelly LeBrock has reportedly been charged with a DUI after going twice the legal limit. The Gisele Bundchen of the 80s—who was in such massive hits as Weird Science and The Woman In Red—allegedly had a blood alcohol limit of 0.16 percent (the legal limit is 0.08 percent) when she was pulled over by police in Santa Barbara in November. The 53-year-old will face a $1,000 fine and up to six months in jail, but according to TMZ, if she is convicted, she will likely be put on probation and be required to take an alcohol education course. …
  • Scientists Create Terminator 2-Like Material That Heals Itself

    09/16/2013 7:33:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 20 replies
    DVICE ^ | Monday, September 16, 2013 | Robin Burks
    Scientists Create Terminator 2-Like Material That Heals Itself ... (Or, How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Technological Singularity) In Terminator 2, the T-1000 android was blown nearly in two, only to mend itself by pulling its mercury-like substance back together. Scientists have long been working on creating a polymer to do the same thing, but previous research always required an external factor (like temperature or pressure) to work. Scientists at the CIDETEC Center for Electrochemical Technologies in Spain succeeded where other scientists have failed: they've invented a plastic polymer that will heal itself all on its own....
  • "Bad Science" ... A Dentist Wants to Clone John Lennon from His (sic, Lennon's) Rotten Tooth

    08/21/2013 6:44:18 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    IO9 ^ | August 21, 2013 | Charlie Jane Anders
    A dentist wants to clone John Lennon from his rotten tooth All you need is DNA. A Canadian dentist says he's working with "American scientists" to clone John Lennon from a rotten molar the Beatles singer had extracted in the 1960s. According to the press release (warning: it autoplays a weird parody song, "Love Me Tooth") dentist Michael Zuk bought the tooth at auction for $31,000 and now is working with an unspecified lab to see if they can clone him. Says Zuk: I am nervous and excited at the possibility that we will be able to fully sequence John...
  • (Commie-Soviet Mad Science) The Man Who Tried to Make Human-Ape Hybrids

    06/14/2013 8:37:29 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | June 14, 2013 | Esther Inglis-Arkell
    The man who tried to make human-ape hybrids Ilya Ivanovich Ivanov was a gifted scientist, a dedicated conservationist, and a practical, grounded man who expanded everyone's understanding of animal husbandry. He also, for years, tried to make human-ape hybrids. The post-revolution USSR was a nation that wanted to wholly embrace new technology and progressive science while reinforcing traditional nationalistic pride. It's no wonder that Ilya Ivanovic Ivanov fit right in. He was a biologist who wanted to split his talents evenly between innovation and preservation. Ivanov got a lot of Soviet and international support because he'd been doing useful work...
  • July 1934: See-Saw Rocks Dead Back to Life (U.K. Advertisement, Photo)

    06/11/2013 6:58:56 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 5 replies
    Retronaut ^ | July 1934 | Retronaut
    ... The machine produces 10 to 15 see-saw motions a minute to induce an exact imitation of natural breathing. It works automatically once the patient is balanced on the light metal frame.
  • Scientists Put A Working Eyeball On A Tadpole's Tail

    03/01/2013 12:07:43 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 21 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 3/1/12 | Emily Elert
    It turns out we seriously underestimated the central nervous system. It's hard to say what's crazier: the fact that Tufts University researchers spent a year cutting out the tiny eyeballs of tadpole embryos and sticking them back on to the tadpoles' tails, or: the fact that, when they hatched, a few of the tadpoles COULD ACTUALLY SEE OUT OF THE EYES ON THEIR TAILS. As you know, this is not the way vision is supposed to work--your eyeballs are supposed to be connected to a big fat nerve that carries incoming signals back to your brain, which combines the information...
  • Panda Blood Compound 6x More Powerful Than Current Antibiotics

    01/01/2013 1:54:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 31 replies
    DVICE ^ | Jan 1, 2013 | Evan Ackerman
    Panda blood compound 6x more powerful than current antibiotics In what could be either very good news or very bad news for our fluffy black and white friends, it's been discovered that panda blood contains an antibiotic compound that's vastly more powerful than anything we've got right now. Researchers at the Life Sciences College of Nanjing Agricultural University in China have extracted a compound called cathelicidin-AM from the blood of giant pandas. Cathelicidin-AM is what's called a gene-encoded antimicrobial peptide, a natural antibiotic that's produced by a panda's immune cells. Testing has shown that cathelicidin-AM can kill even drug resistant...
  • Lair of King Tongmyong's Unicorn Reconfirmed in DPRK (North Korea Discovers Secret Unicorn Den)

    11/30/2012 12:28:05 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 25 replies
    Korean Central News Agency ^ | November 29 2012 Juch 101 | Korean Central News Agency
    Pyongyang, November 29 (KCNA) -- Archaeologists of the History Institute of the DPRK Academy of Social Sciences have recently reconfirmed a lair of the unicorn rode by King Tongmyong, founder of the Koguryo Kingdom (B.C. 277-A.D. 668). The lair is located 200 meters from the Yongmyong Temple in Moran Hill in Pyongyang City. A rectangular rock carved with words "Unicorn Lair" stands in front of the lair. The carved words are believed to date back to the period of Koryo Kingdom (918-1392). Jo Hui Sung, director of the Institute, told KCNA: "Korea's history books deal with the unicorn, considered to...
  • Pics: Here's a Real Shark with a Real Laser Attached to Its Fin

    05/02/2012 7:24:55 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 19 replies
    DVICE ^ | May 2, 2012 | Raymond Wong
    Pics: Here's a real shark with a real laser attached to its fin Through the collective power of Facebook "Liking," Wicked Lasers promised a shark with a laser attached to it. Internet, here's your shark with a laser mounted on its fin. The laser isn't on the shark's head, but this will do (for now). Did you really think that Wicked Lasers would arm a shark with a powerful weapon that would give it the ability to sear other marine life? Get real. True, Wicked Lasers and marine biologist Luke Tipple did mount an S3 Krypton laser to a lemon...
  • (Saudi Arabia) EP Clinic Offers to Treat Man ‘Possessed’ by Jinn (Genie)

    07/28/2010 7:19:36 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 3 replies · 2+ views
    ARAB NEWS ^ | Jul 26, 2010 | BADEA ABU AL-NAJA
    MAKKAH: A clinic in the Eastern Province that provides treatment to people possessed by jinns has volunteered to help Turki, a 29-year-old Saudi from Makkah who according to his father is possessed by a female jinn and has, as a result, been chained to a bed for more than six years. “I’ve spoken to the center and they’ve offered to help my son. They will provide accommodation, food and air tickets for him, his wife, me and his mother who is my ex-wife,” said Turki’s father. He, however, added that traveling to the Eastern Province is going to be difficult....
  • Purple Snow Dusts the Countryside of Russia W/Video

    06/11/2010 6:53:58 AM PDT · by OneVike · 27 replies · 1,332+ views
    ChicoER Gate ^ | 611/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Earlier this year on March 9, 2010 it snowed in the Southern Russian region of Stavropol. Normally I would not write an article about snow in Russia, but the snow that fell on that day, was not the kind of snow one envisions when dreaming of a white Christmas.  No, the snow that fell to the ground that morning was actually purple instead of white.  That's right purple snow. Now I am pretty sure most of you have heard of the song "Purple Rain" by the artist formerly known as Prince, but have any of you ever seen purple...
  • Foxy 'Roxxxy': world’s first 'sex robot' can talk about football

    01/22/2010 9:43:06 AM PST · by Malone LaVeigh · 90 replies · 2,283+ views
    Telegraph.co.uk. ^ | 11 Jan 2010 | Andrew Hough
    The world’s first “sex robot”, a life-size rubber doll called Roxxxy who can have real conversations with her owner, including about football, has been unveiled. The dark-haired, negligee-clad, life-size robotic girlfriend comes complete with artificial intelligence and flesh-like synthetic skin. Standing five feet, seven inches tall, the doll weighs 120 pounds, comes with five “personalities”, is “ready for action” her developers said.
  • (Baseball Legend) Ted Williams' Frozen Head For Batting Practice At Cryogenics Lab: Book

    10/04/2009 9:43:07 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies · 2,322+ views
    NYDailyNews.com ^ | Friday, October 2, 2009 | Nathaniel Vinton
    Ted Williams' frozen head for batting practice at cryogenics lab: book BY Nathaniel Vinton DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER Updated Friday, October 2nd 2009, 10:44 AM Head of Ted Williams was abused by employees at Alcor Life Extension Foundation in Scottsdale, Ariz., whistleblower says. AP Ted Williams, who spent his entire career with the Red Sox, died in 2002 at the age of 83. 'Frozen,' by former Alcor exec Larry Johnson, makes shocking claims about how employees treated Ted Williams' frozen head. Take our PollCryonics: Critical or near-criminal? In "Frozen," Larry Johnson, a former exec at the Alcor Life Extension Foundation...
  • Massive Squid Washes Up on Beach in Quake Aftermath

    07/12/2009 8:07:07 PM PDT · by null and void · 43 replies · 3,621+ views
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 12:48 PM PDT, Sun, Jul 12, 2009 | MICHELLE WAYLAND
    Jumbo Humboldt squid wash up minutes after 4.0 earthquake hit off the coast of La Jolla It was an odd start to the morning in La Jolla. First residents were jolted out of bed at 7.34 a.m. by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake that was centered 19 miles out to sea. First residents were jolted out of bed by an earthquake, which is not uncommon in San Diego, but what happened just minutes later was a little fishy. “I was having coffee up on the balcony and I felt it shaking,” Kate Lutkemeier said. She wasn’t the only one. “I heard...
  • Biologists join the race to create synthetic life

    04/19/2008 5:31:26 PM PDT · by Aristotelian · 22 replies · 125+ views
    UK Observer ^ | April 20 2008 | Robin McKie
    Researchers will gather in London this week to outline plans to promote one of the most audacious, and controversial, scientific ideas of the 21st century - synthetic biology. The new discipline, established by scientists such as human genome pioneer Craig Venter, involves stripping microbes down to their basic genetic constituents so they can be reassembled and manipulated to create new life forms. These organisms can then be exploited to manufacture drugs and fuels or to act as bio-sensors inside the body. However, some researchers warn that synthetic biology - which is accelerating at a dramatic pace - also poses dangers....
  • Cow-human cross embryo lives three days

    04/03/2008 5:14:26 AM PDT · by dr.zaeus · 14 replies · 120+ views
    The Herald Sun ^ | 04/03/2008 | Grant McArthur
    HUMAN-cow embryos have been created in a world first at Newcastle University in England, hailed by the scientific community, but labelled "monstrous" by opponents. A team has grown hybrid embryos after injecting human DNA into eggs taken from cows' ovaries, which had most of their genetic material removed...
  • Team Creates Rat Heart Using Cells of Baby Rats

    01/13/2008 9:55:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 95+ views
    NY Times ^ | January 14, 2008 | LAWRENCE K. ALTMAN
    Medicine’s dream of growing new human hearts and other organs to repair or replace damaged ones received a significant boost Sunday when University of Minnesota researchers reported success in creating a beating rat heart in a laboratory. Experts not involved in the Minnesota work called it “a landmark achievement” and “a stunning” advance. But they and the Minnesota researchers cautioned that the dream, if it is ever realized, was still at least 10 years away. Dr. Doris A. Taylor, the head of the team that created the rat heart, said she followed a guiding principle of her laboratory: “give nature...
  • Parents win right to grow babies for 'spare parts'[UK]

    11/11/2007 6:07:31 AM PST · by BGHater · 63 replies · 294+ views
    News.Com.au ^ | 11 Nov 2007 | News.com.au
    PARENTS of sick children in Britain will be allowed to use IVF to create "spare-part babies" under controversial laws published yesterday. The legislation will dramatically relax rules on IVF clinics creating "saviour siblings" who can help cure their older brothers and sisters of medical conditions such as leukemia. Experts said that one day they could create a "designer baby" with kidneys perfectly compatible with a sibling suffering renal failure. More immediately, saviour siblings could give umbilical cord blood or bone marrow to family members in the hope of treating conditions such as sickle cell anaemia. The Government's Human Fertilisation and...
  • Artist implants 'third ear' on his own arm

    10/11/2007 8:40:31 AM PDT · by rfp1234 · 34 replies · 500+ views
    Daily Mail via Drudge ^ | 11th October 2007 | Daily Mail
    Performance artists are known for pushing the bounderies, but one Australian has astonished his contemporaries by having a third ear implanted onto his arm. The Cypriot-born eccentric Stelios Arcadious spent 10 years searching for a surgeon willing to perform the controversial operation.
  • Britain set to okay hybrid embryo research

    09/05/2007 4:15:28 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 6 replies · 324+ views
    One News Now ^ | September 5, 2007 | Jim Brown
    A British pro-life group warns that a new type of embryo research, likely to be approved this week by a U.K. government panel, undermines human dignity. Britain's Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority is expected to give a green light this week to U.K. laboratories seeking to create the first animal-human embryos for medical research using eggs taken from dead cows. British scientists want to use the hybrid embryos in order to research genetic diseases. Anthony Ozimic, political secretary for the Society for the Protection of Unborn Children, opposes the embryo-destructive research. He says that an "a-nucleated" cow egg will only...
  • ILLINOIS STYLE: UI researcher makes crude oil from pig manure

    04/30/2006 7:07:09 PM PDT · by WestVirginiaRebel · 45 replies · 1,719+ views
    BellevilleNewsDemocrat.com ^ | 04-30-06 | WestVirginiaRebel
    HAMPSHIRE, Ill.-Can the other white meat's manure make black gold?"We are the first to actually do this," professor Yuanhui Shang says proudly of his team's ability to turn swine manure into crude oil. He's a bio-environmental engineer at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign who has led the 10-year research project that recently announced a breakthrough in porcine petroleum.
  • Stem cell experts seek rabbit-human embryo

    01/12/2006 9:48:47 PM PST · by Dichroic · 17 replies · 530+ views
    The Guardian ^ | 01/13/06 | Ian Sample
    British scientists are seeking permission to create hybrid embryos in the lab by fusing human cells with rabbit eggs. If granted consent, the team will use the embryos to produce stem cells that carry genetic defects, in the hope that studying them will help understand the complex mechanisms behind incurable human diseases. The proposal drew strong criticism from opponents to embryo research who yesterday challenged the ethics of the research and branded the work repugnant. Plans for the experiments have been put forward by Professor Chris Shaw, a neurologist and expert in motor neurone disease at King's College London, and...
  • Taiwan breeds green-glowing pigs

    01/12/2006 6:39:00 AM PST · by NYer · 34 replies · 773+ views
    BBC ^ | January 12, 2005 | Chris Hogg
    Scientists in Taiwan say they have bred three pigs that glow in the dark. They claim that while other researchers have bred partly fluorescent pigs, theirs are the only pigs in the world which are green through and through. The pigs are transgenic, created by adding genetic material from jellyfish into a normal pig embryo. The researchers hope the pigs will boost the island's stem cell research, as well as helping with the study of human disease. The researchers, from National Taiwan University's Department of Animal Science and Technology, say that although the pigs glow, they are otherwise no...
  • Gorilla Foundation rocked by breast display lawsuit

    02/18/2005 2:31:09 PM PST · by SmithL · 25 replies · 1,634+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 2/18/5 | Patricia Yollin
    Two former employees of the Gorilla Foundation, home to Koko the "talking" ape, have filed a lawsuit contending that they were ordered to bond with the 33-year-old female simian by displaying their breasts. Nancy Alperin and Kendra Keller, both of San Francisco, are taking on the Woodside nonprofit and its president, Francine "Penny" Patterson. Their lawsuit, filed Tuesday in San Mateo County Superior Court, alleges sexual discrimination, wrongful termination in retaliation for reporting health and safety violations, and failure to pay overtime or provide rest breaks. It seeks more than $1 million total in damages for the two women. The...
  • Monkeys Pay to See Female Monkey Bottoms - [it's not a joke, but it's pretty funny]

    01/29/2005 3:25:44 AM PST · by snarks_when_bored · 51 replies · 6,250+ views
    LiveScience ^ | January 28, 2005 | Robert Roy Britt
    Monkeys Pay to See Female Monkey BottomsBy Robert Roy Britt LiveScience Senior Writer posted: 28 January 2005 04:27 pm ET Would you pay to see a monkey's backside? I hope not. Monkeys will, and I guess that's okay, though it sounds awfully close to the sort of thing that lands guys in jail here in the human realm. A new study found that male monkeys will give up their juice rewards in order to ogle pictures of female monkey's bottoms. The way the experiment was set up, the act is akin to paying for the images, the researchers say. The...
  • Scientists Make Phone That Turns Into A Sunflower

    12/06/2004 12:19:13 PM PST · by WestVirginiaRebel · 29 replies · 850+ views
    The Drudge Report ^ | 12-06-04 | WestVirginiaRebel
    AMSTERDAM (Reuters)-Scientists said on Monday they have come up with a cell phone cover that will grow into a sunflower when thrown away.
  • Tesla's "Rays of Death": Who stole them?

    11/24/2003 10:59:50 PM PST · by Destro · 18 replies · 390+ views
    english.pravda.ru ^ | 11/24/2003 17:50 | Dmitry Kuznetsov
    "Rays of Death": Who stole them? - 11/24/2003 17:50 The idea of an "ultimate weapon" capable of defeating an enemy from an astonishingly remote distance has been dominating human's conscious since the "beginning of times." However, only in the course of the past hundred years did science approach practical realization of such question. Whereas present-day weapons mainly consist of strategic rockets and bomber aircrafts (all of which constitute material carriers of combatant supply), engineers have been working on slightly different projects in the beginning of the 20th century. Their main goal was to develop something other than bombs, rockets and...
  • DID THIS WOMAN CHANGE THE COURSE OF MANKIND FOREVER?

    12/27/2002 9:06:30 AM PST · by ConservativeMan55 · 103 replies · 593+ views
    The Washington Post. ^ | 12-27-02 | Reuters
    HOLLYWOOD, Florida (Reuters) - A company associated with a group that believes extraterrestrials created mankind claimed Friday that it had produced the first clone of a human being. The company, Clonaid, announced it had created a healthy baby girl who was a clone of the 31-year-old American woman who gave birth to her. No proof was provided for the claim. "I'm very very pleased to announce that the first baby clone is born," Clonaid director Brigitte Boisselier, a former research chemist in France, said at a news conference in Hollywood, north of Miami.
  • Notes from a parallel universe

    04/29/2002 6:51:57 PM PDT · by lds23 · 84 replies · 730+ views
    Discover ^ | April 2002 | Jennifer Kahn
    Notes from a parallel universe Inside the X-files at the University of California at Berkeley, the line between theory and fantasy, science and supposition, starts to dissolve. The authors of these dissertations are obsessed—and scientists are nearly as obsessed with them Eleven years ago Eugene Sittampalam was sitting in a hotel room on the Libyan coast when he stumbled, as if by fate, on the unified field theory of physics. "I was on an engineering project at the time, with hardly any social life," he says. "I would retire to my room after dinner. I would switch on the radio,...