AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEUNCANNY VALLLEEEEEEEEY!!!


Lifelike Female Walking Robot


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...and you know, deep down part of me is finding it EXTREMELY COOL. Look at the hip joint movement! She's not wobbling from side to side! Okay, not a lot.

But also *shudder*
This? This sort of thing? When we're all on loud and obnoxious shouting about "WE'RE NUMBER ONE"???

This sort of shit is what's going to make us Number Seven Hundred and Forty Eight. If LUCKY. In a world with only 200 odd nations to boot.

"Where does a lot of that earmark money end up anyway? […] You've heard about some of these pet projects they really don't make a whole lot of sense and sometimes these dollars go to projects that have little or nothing to do with the public good. Things like fruit fly research in Paris, France. I kid you not." --Sarah Palin



"This idiot woman, this blind, shortsighted ignoramus, this pretentious clod, mocks basic research and the international research community. You damn well better believe that there is research going on in animal models -- what does she expect, that scientists should mutagenize human mothers and chop up baby brains for this work? -- and countries like France and Germany and England and Canada and China and India and others are all respected participants in these efforts.

"Yes, scientists work on fruit flies. Some of the most powerful tools in genetics and molecular biology are available in fruit flies, and these are animals that are particularly amenable to experimentation. Molecular genetics has revealed that humans share key molecules, the basic developmental toolkit, with all other animals, thanks to our shared evolutionary heritage (something else the wackaloon from Wasilla denies), and that we can use these other organisms to probe the fundamental mechanisms that underlie core processes in the formation of the nervous system -- precisely the phenomena Palin claims are so important."
-- PZ Meyers

Furthermore:

“The Olive Fruit Fly has infested thousands of California olive groves and is the single largest threat to the U.S. olive and olive oil industries,” he said. “I secured $748,000 for olive fruit fly research and irradiation in the (fiscal year 2008) appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA will use some of that funding for their research facility in France. This USDA research facility is located in France because Mediterranean countries like France have dealt with the Olive Fruit Fly for decades, while California has only been exposed since the late 1990s. This is not uncommon; the USDA has several international research facilities throughout the world, including Australia, China and Argentina." -- Representative Mike Thompson (D-Calif.)


Not just ignorant, but HOITY-TOITY AND PROUD therein.

This is a Down's mom, who is laughing at THE FUNDAMENTALS OF GENETIC RESEARCH AND INVITING OTHERS TO ALSO GIGGLE.

This is MENDEL'S SQUARE. This is BASIC STUFF that is in our SOPHOMORE YEAR HIGH-SCHOOL BIO CURRICULUM ACROSS THE LAND.

I... I am not going to cry.

This is my country, and this cannot happen. I say no.
Soooooo, just got back from voting against a councilman who is apparantly sexually harassing and emotionally abusing all his employees. The unfortunate flip side of which is, I'm not entirely sure who I voted FOR. *sigh* Local politics. If in the next year or so there are suddenly a bunch of potholes and social unrest across the twelve blocks surrounding my home, I'll know why.


And...

Just in case they flip the switch tonight and open up a black hole that sucks up the world, and we all wake up dead tomorrow... I loved you all, each in your own way.

The Large Hadron Collider Will Not Destroy the World

...or WILL it?

Goodness, they are being sued and getting death threats.

Got a LOT riding on your word, Hawking.
Good lord. And I thought it sucked at twelve-and-a-half.


girl enters puberty at three
I love this stuff. (There's some kind of epic fiction story lurking in here...not "Clan of the Cave Bear," dammit)

New York Times: How Baboons Think (Yes, Think)
You know, a guy in my MA workshop wrote an entire manuscript, a thriller, on this, and we all sort of dismissed him as a sexist alarmist. (Granted, he was a sexist, but possibly not so alarmist. Also -- karma? -- his wife left him for a woman.)

Er, um, yeah, back to the article -- so they, like, took some stem cells and made fake sperm out of 'em!!

(What's going to happen when we no longer need each other? I like men. :-( )

BBC.co.uk: mice successfully fertilized with artificial sperm

Reaction, salon.com
They can now clone you a god damn BLADDER.
http://www.slate.com/id/2139169/

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Interesting times indeed.

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