Posts Tagged 'science'

WoD – Evil Genius

So, by now most of you know that I pretty much think we will end the human race either through some horrific tinkering with viruses (i.e. Viruses Gone Wild), or due to genetic tinkering of our food supply or other some such transgenic activity from big companies like Monsanto.  This one is brilliant though.

There is a growing preponderance of people who will not eat products made with GMO (genetically modified organism), in particular milk/dairy products.  Here’s one reason why:

Dairy products – It has been discovered that 22 percent of cows in the U.S. were injected with recombinant (genetically modified) bovine growth hormone (rbGH). This Monsanto created hormone artificially forces cows to increase their milk production by 15 percent. Milk from cows treated with this milk inducing hormone contains increased levels of IGF-1 (insulin growth factors-1). Humans also have IGF-1 in their system. Scientists have expressed concerns that increased levels of IGF-1 in humans have been associated with colon and breast cancer.

This group are looking for organic products only, made with soy as a substitute to GMO-altered dairy.  “Boo Monsanto!  We hate Monsanto!  Let’s eat organic only!”  Etc.

So, these folks are all switching to organic soy.  Which of course, is a boon to the soy farmers.  And of course, to the soy seed companies.  (Can you guess what’s coming next…?)   Yes, the largest soy seed manufacturer in the world is… Monsanto.

Pure genius…

 

Wednesday

NESHOMELE (nehSHOHmehleh)

Little soul (term of endearment)

“Come now, my little Neshomele, eat your genetically-altered soy-based insect-resistant hormone-laden faux yogurt.  It’s good for you…”

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WoD – Eyes in the Back of Our Heads

I want one.  An eye in the back of my head.  Why don’t we have one, really?  If we believe in evolution, wouldn’t it have been better to have an eye in the back of our head to protect from charging sabertooth tigers, flying frying pans hurled by Neanderthal wives, and bad guys looking to sneak attack from behind.

It would take a lot of memory and processing for our brains.  As it is now, our brain really just has to process, or compensate for, parallax.  A third eye in the back with a whole new set of images would be a lot to take in.  It’s a bit like the iPhone 5… you know at the bottom of iTunes how you only have a certain amount of memory and you can see what is taking up all the memory on the device, all nicely color-coded?  And sometimes you have to delete songs or photos just to fit something new on there?  Well, perhaps a third eye would have been kind like that.  But I’d certainly bump off of my brain memory some old Billy Joel lyrics and the phone numbers to all my friends in 5th grade if I could download a third eye in the back of my head App.

Evolution is totally great, right?  But if so, why did we not evolve to have a third eye in the back of our heads?

  

Thursday:

FRISH, GEZUNT, IN MESHUGE (frihsh gehZOONT oon muhSHOOgeh)

Fresh, healthy, and crazy

To do the risky things he does, you really have to be frish, gezunt, un meshuge.  

WoD – George Church, and whoa!

Just read this paragraph earlier today (skim it, trust me):

“We converted an html-coded draft of a book that included 53,426 words, 11 JPG images and 1 JavaScript program into a 5.27 megabit bitstream. We then encoded these bits onto 54,898 159nt oligonucleotides (oligos) each encoding a 96-bit data block (96nt), a 19-bit address specifying the location of the data block in the bit stream (19nt), and flanking 22nt common sequences for amplification and sequencing. The oligo library was synthesized by ink-jet printed, high-fidelity DNA microchips. To read the encoded book, we amplified the library by limited-cycle PCR and then sequenced on a single lane of an Illumina HiSeq.”

Whoa.  What the heck does ANY of that mean?  I have basically no idea.  

Well, here is the rough translation: George Church is using DNA (yes, DNA!) as a storage mechanism for data.  

Whoa!

 

Tuesday:

NOKHSHLEPPER (NOOKHshlepper)

A fawner, a toady

That new guy carrying the CEO’s luggage – what a nokhshlepper he is!

WoD – Apple vs. Samsung: He Said/She Said, high tech style

I just saw this nice summary image of Samsung’s line of recent cellphones on TechCrunch.  The ones before the introduction of the iPhone are on the left, then ones after the iPhone’s launch are on the right.  

I know this is just a WoD and not a tech-focused blog about all the intricacies of IP, innovation, and new technology, so I’ll leave the geek-speak aside.  I’ll just summarize the big brouhaha between Apple and Samsung (and Android/Google) by saying it this way:  yes, Samsung most definitely copied Apple’s novel cellphone ideas and likely infringed its IP.  But the courts probably won’t be able to rule in Apple’s favor on much if any of its claims.  We’ll see.  But I doubt Apple will be able to make it all stick, in the end.  

Personally I think that’s too bad because the iPhone was completely revolutionary and novel in so many ways, and that Apple should be able to get some protection from the clear copying being done across the tech. sector these past few years.  Look at that image above again.  A picture is worth a 1000 words.

 

Tuesday:

FANTAZYOR (fanTAHzeeyohr)

A dreamer; someone who builds castles in the air

Steve Jobs — a true fantazyor

WoD – Science Fiction

What is the difference between science and science fiction

 

Increasingly, it seems to me the answer is…  Time.

 

Tuesday:

TOG FAR TOG (TOHG fahr TOHG)

Day by day

We hope his health returns, but for now all we can do is take it tog far tog.



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