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"All I have is facts and science, and people hate facts and science!" -- Leslie Knope
Just to lighten up your day
Is apparently already underway
well, that's sobering | Earth's 6th mass extinction has begun, & there are no signs that humans will be spared http://t.co/CXD4qHrAAA— barb dybwad (@doctorparadox) September 24, 2015
The sixth major extinction event on planet Earth is apparently already underway:
"The relationship between species diversity and ecosystem function is very complex and not well understood. There may be gradual and reversible decreases in function with decreased biodiversity. There may be effectively no change until a tipping point occurs. The analogy here is popping out rivets from a plane’s wing. The aircraft will fly unimpaired if a few rivets are removed here or there, but to continue to remove rivets is to move the system closer to catastrophic failure."
Echoes something I've been thinking about lately (as one does, on late nights thinking about the apocalypse), which is that our popular depiction of the End of Days befalls us quite swiftly, within the timespan of a meteor's catastrophic strike or a nuclear war destined by its nature to proceed through utter destruction at a healthy clip...
We’re kind of like Wile E. Coyote in this area, imagining that "if we can just out-think those pesky Liberals" we can relieve the world of the burden of dealing with the natural distributions we find in nature, and keep continually trying to stuff cats into bags for the remainder of the human existence. If we have the power to say it’s so and be believed, then is it so? Turns out that in some cases, yes — this is actually how the functional creation of reality works. That is how it still observably works in places like Russia and Syria and Iran and so on, where “what happens" is merely a function of what the government tells you is happening.
Being told what’s happening is a comforting thing. It is literally the childhood we all grew up in, with some exceptions — regardless, there is a fundamental desire to know The Truth, i.e. What Is. This is the primordial journey — the fundamental narrative, a story of a human being overcoming the basic obstacles that confront everyone who is a...
...and it's self-financing. It's these kinds of ingenious "net neutral but both sides win" innovations and solutions that could save our planet -- if we can manage not to grind all our emerging young talent into debt-riddled dust before they can make an impact on the world.
by doctor paradox · October 24, 2014
Could be a great platform for outsourcing routine bench work nobody wants to do, provide good jobs to a new sector of lab assistants, and help researchers get access to expertise, skills, or equipment they might not have. There could be a lot of cost savings to be had in engaging a service vs. investing in a new piece of equipment for the lab infrastructure, not to mention having to hire a person to run it (and use maintenance resources).
AWS For Life Science? With $4.1M In The Bank, Transcriptic Wants To Reinvent Scientific Research And Bring Labs Into The Cloud | TechCrunch.
p.s. there should also be an Assembly for science
by doctor paradox · October 25, 2008
At first glance one might file this in the “is this really necessary" department, but Mr. Green Genes (… ok awesome) is more a “proof of concept" of the ability to introduce new genes in a way that’s harmless to the organism. Researchers added the fluorescene gene lovingly named “enhanced green fluorescence protein" to the cat’s DNA as a marker that would easily demonstrate the success of the therapy — under UV light the animal glows a spooky green that indicates the new gene is being expressed without having any adverse effect on the cat’s health.
This particular gene therapy is a precursor to successful development of “knockout gene" therapy that could combat genetic diseases in humans by effectively turning the bad, mutant genes off and replacing them with genes that work normally. It’s also Mr. Green Genes’ ticket to being the most sought after Halloween cat on the planet.