Looking around the room, the producers were thinking the same thing. Belolo grabbed a napkin and jotted down: “Indian, Construction Worker, Leatherman, Cowboy, Cop, Sailor.” Morali walked over to the Indian (Rose was, in fact, Lakota) who’d enticed them into the bar. He wasn’t shy. “Hey you, Indian—you want to be in a group?” (SLTheBeliever) [more inside]
posted by Rustic Etruscan
on Aug 1, 2013 -
Of Sisters And Clones
: An Interview with Jessica Rath
Every apple for sale at your local supermarket is a clone. Every single Golden Delicious, for example, contains the exact same genetic material; though the original Golden Delicious tree (discovered in 1905, on a hillside in Clay County, West Virginia) is now gone, its DNA has become all but immortal, grafted onto an orchard of clones growing on five continents and producing more than two hundred billion pounds of fruit each year in the United States alone.
via Edible Geography [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns
on Jun 20, 2013 -
Cloning trees to stop global warming!
Archangel Ancient Tree Archive is a non profit organization that creates clones of ancient trees and uses them for the purpose of functional forestation. They are doing their part to stop deforestation and fight global warming by planting these cloned trees in different area across the planet. They are also preserve some of the oldest living things on the planet for future generations as well!
posted by Mastercheddaar
on Mar 14, 2011 -
It sprang to life sometime in the 3rd millennium
, outliviving the kingdoms of ancient Egypt, it survived six of the seven wonders of the ancient world
, and it's older than Judaism. It survived 5,000 years (give or take a few hundred), and was cut down in 1964 by Donald Currey
, a graduate student in geography. He was studying the Little Ice Age (prev)
, and he was looking for an old Bristlecone pine in the White-Inyo mountain range of California (prev)
, as a record for climatic conditions from that period. As that tree, nicknamed Prometheus
, is no longer living, the record for oldest tree
goes to a tree from the same stand, Methuselah
. If trees aren't your thing, there are quite a few long-living organisms
of other sorts. For more fun and photos, join Rachel Sussman on her journey to photograph them
. [more inside]
posted by filthy light thief
on May 4, 2010 -
Devil facial tumor disease
has ravaged the population of Tasmanian Devils in the last decade. DFTD is a transmissible cancer
, i.e. the tumor cells themselves (which differ genetically from their host animal) are the agent responsible. The disease is spread by biting and other contact, and the resulting grotesque tumors interfere with feeding and lead to starvation. Poor immune response
may be partially responsible. This is actually not the only such disease: canine transmissible venereal tumor is an analogue
that has been known to be contagious since the 19th century. (CTVT, however, gets a proper immune response.) [more inside]
posted by parudox
on Oct 29, 2007 -
Clones, Robots and Second-Life...
Having solved all other crimes, the Australian Federal Police Commissioner gave us a trifecta of the scary earlier this week. I'd have posted it before but I was waiting for some statement that it was all a fake. Boingboing
has it so it must be true! (Caution: lolcats).
posted by ninazer0
on Jul 12, 2007 -
If you could kiss yourself, would you?
make it happen, and the results are ... disturbing.
Site is in French.
posted by bwg
on Jun 6, 2007 -
: spurious blogs that look real, but exist solely to purvey smut in a very shady way. They're becoming ever more clever, those spammers.
posted by moonbird
on Nov 17, 2003 -
Texas A & M scientists have cloned a housecat, the "world’s first cloned companion animal". Do we need more cats that badly?
posted by Jos Bleau
on Feb 14, 2002 -
Yes sir, that's my cloned alien baby!
I was concerned about this article from cnn about Clonaid going ahead with cloning a human. And then I found out Clonaid was stared by a religious group that believes ETs used genetic engineering to create life on earth. Legitimate news item or bad X-files script? (posted by Miss-Lapin)
posted by miss-lapin
on Jul 3, 2001 -
"Tired of praying and waiting for His second coming, a group of scientists aims to clone Jesus Christ
and fulfill the much awaited biblical prophecy." [via the PDI
posted by lia
on Mar 21, 2001 -