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...]

Our Ancestors Weren’t Idiots

Cardinal Hugh of Saint-Cher at study. wearing the first eyeglasses ever depicted in art. (Tommaso da Modena, 1352)

I spend much of my of time reading the words and trying understand the thought processes of the medieval mind. Christendom between about the year 1000 and the Reformation was a time and place with a view of the world profoundly different from ours. (The idea of the Renaissance as some great opening of the [Read More...]

Pat Robertson on Young Earth Creationism

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I didn’t bother covering the “Ham on Nye” debate because I thought it was just dumb. A children’s TV show host debating a quack fundie? What next, a debate about Thetans between Dora the Explorer and Tom Cruise? When I kept seeing “Who will win?!” comments on Twitter, my only thought was: Can’t they both [Read More...]

Turn Your Finger into a Speaker

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Disney: finding new ways to creep me out. Okay, it is pretty cool, if pointless. Ishin-Den-Shin allows you to record a message into a special microphone, and then transmit that message directly another person just by touching his ear. The effect is as though you’re whispering right in the person’s ear … through your finger. [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...]


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