Two videos of animals reacting to bugs on touch screens. Yep.Continue reading
(via Laughing Squid)
Full of frames, starry wallpaper, animated gifs and bizarre font/background colour combinations, the Space Jam website remains unchanged since 1996. You remember the film Space Jam. Michael Jordan teamed up with Bugs Bunny, and that “I Believe I Can Fly” song was somehow involved.
With the sad demise of Geocities, it’s nice to see there are still fragments of this ancient history preserved for all to see.
No, not Jet Li or Jackie Chan.
Because I get weird compulsions sometimes, I have gone through Ray Comfort’s “Special Introduction” to the free copies of Darwin’s “Origin of Species” that are being distributed for free by evangelical Christian groups on university campuses around the world.Continue reading
Free-book receiver beware: that free copy of Origin of Species is practically a Chick tract.Continue reading
I’m becoming rather attached to these 6pm news-style pun titles.
I don’t want to bore you with details I clearly understand very well and much better than you do, but here is the abstract of this research article. These clever folk at UCLA have done-it-in-mice (which is a verb in my mind) of engineering stem cells into T-cells that target and destroy HIV-infected cells.
There is a desperate need for effective therapies to fight chronic viral infections. The immune response is normally fastidious at controlling the majority of viral infections and a therapeutic strategy aimed at reestablishing immune control represents a potentially powerful approach towards treating persistent viral infections. We examined the potential of genetically programming human hematopoietic stem cells to generate mature CD8+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes that express a molecularly cloned, â€œtransgenicâ€ human anti-HIV T cell receptor (TCR). Anti-HIV TCR transduction of human hematopoietic stem cells directed the maturation of a large population of polyfunctional, HIV-specific CD8+ cells capable of recognizing and killing viral antigen-presenting cells. Thus, through this proof-of-concept we propose that genetic engineering of human hematopoietic stem cells will allow the tailoring of effector T cell responses to fight HIV infection or other diseases that are characterized by the loss of immune control.
Blah blah blah. Is it a cure for HIV? My expert opinion is: maybe! Lucky the Foofighters ditched their support for bizarre HIV-AIDS-link-denying organisation Alive & Well. Could have been embarrassing.
Ray Kurzweil is a nutter who probably drinks his own urine, but in a recent interview with Computerworld he talks about the possibility of human immortality in 30 to 40 years. Health- and youth-maintaining nanobots in the blood, the ability to upload total human personality and memory functionality to a non-biological substrate – the stuff of science fiction is getting closer, faster.Continue reading
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How do you knock down buildings without throwing anything solid at them?
With a vortex cannon.