More of The Pill’s Glorious Legacy: Widespread Animal Mutation

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from the Times of Trenton ‘Intersex’ fish found in Delaware, other rivers a result of hormone-disrupting chemicals At first glance, most fish caught in the Delaware River look perfectly normal. But scientists who investigated further discovered something very unusual. A sampling of certain male fish were found to be carrying female eggs. These “intersex” fish [Read More...]

Three-Parent Babies Now Only Two Years Away

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Let’s start with the money quote, and then get down to the details: “Are these techniques safe in humans? We won’t know that until it’s actually done in humans. Until a healthy baby is born we cannot say 100% that these techniques are safe, if you think back to when IVF was a new technology [Read More...]

A Snail With a Translucent Shell

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A new species of snail discovered deep in a Croatian cave has a translucent shell: Zospeum tholussum – belongs to a genus of minute air-breathing land snails that cannot see to find their way around and are considered to be true eutroglobionts that only live in dark, underground caves. The fragile snail has a beautifully [Read More...]

Head Transplants?

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This had been tried on animals since the 1950s, but the problem has always been connecting the spinal chord. I don’t doubt that, at some point in the future, the technology will exist to make this possible, and one scientist thinks he may be getting closer: Canavero describes in a recent paper a step to [Read More...]

NeverWet Looks Amazing

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Better living through chemistry! More information. H/T: Victor Lams [Read more...]

Our Weird and Wonderful World

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Magnetic Putty Time Lapse would be an excellent name for a rock band: Posted by Scott Lawson, who has this to say: Magnetic putty time lapse as it absorbs a rare-earth magnet. Taken over 1.5 hours at 3fps, played back at 24fps. The magnetic putty will eventually arrange itself so that the outer surface is [Read More...]

“And Don’t Skimp On the Pâté”

"Oh %#$%: it's Mr. Creosote!"

The Mighty Flynn has the original story and Mark Shea has the jokes. Yes, scientists have finally achieved the ultimate in mechanization: vomiting robots: The robot is named Vomiting Larry, and isn’t being used for sight gags, but is helping scientists to better understand the spread of noroviruses, also know as the winter vomiting bug, which can cause projectile vomiting, [Read More...]

The Mote In Sauron’s Eye

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I shamelessly stole the headline from this PopSci article on Fomalhaut B, a weird rogue planet-like object in the vast debris field surrounding a star called Fomalhaut. Here’s what that star and debris field look like: Gaaa! Have we accounted for all the Palantirs? Fomalhaut B was imaged in 2007 (or maybe earlier or later, the article [Read More...]


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