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Podcast Listens: Shameless Plug Edition: Blast Shields Down, Episode 2: MOON, Hard-SciFi at It’s Best

Hold on to your spacesuits, faithful listener. The Blasters get incredibly nerdy and philosophical on this one.

Discussed in this episode: Mellow Sam vs Angry Sam, the future of energy, will robots become better liars than humans and why @C_Duncan is wrong about his “improvements” to this hard science fiction classic.

This episode has the distinction of being the most popular download in the Blast Shields Down series. Find out why.

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When Clones go to Washington: Explore a Series of (Un)Likely Future Events

The benefits of human cloning touted by the LMSCA include ease of organ transplants and possible organ regeneration, mass telepathy, and coordination between pod brothers.

Krupkauer and his colleagues’ testimony and its unified delivery brought the little-known lobbying group to the attention of many lawmakers who might otherwise have been politically opposed to their cause.

What was not approached was the inevitable weirdness brought on when your “pod brother” harbors a strange fascination with watching yourself sleep.
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Modified Bugs would Eat Poo and Crap Oil 2.0


He means bugs. To be more precise: the genetic alteration of bugs – very, very small ones – so that when they feed on agricultural waste such as woodchips or wheat straw, they do something extraordinary. They excrete crude oil.


What is most remarkable about what they are doing is that instead of trying to reengineer the global economy – as is required, for example, for the use of hydrogen fuel – they are trying to make a product that is interchangeable with oil. The company claims that this “Oil 2.0” will not only be renewable but also carbon negative – meaning that the carbon it emits will be less than that sucked from the atmosphere by the raw materials from which it is made.

(via times online, eggradio )

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Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream Guaranteed “Clone Free”

WASHINGTON – Meat and milk from cloned animals may not appear in supermarkets for years despite being deemed by the government as safe to eat. But don’t be surprised if “clone-free” labels appear sooner. Ben & Jerry’s, for one, wants consumers to know that its ice cream comes from regular cows and not clones. The Ben & Jerry’s label already says its farmers don’t use bovine growth hormone.

“We want to make sure people are confident with what’s in our pints,” company spokesman Rob Michalak said. “We haven’t yet landed on exactly how we want to express that publicly.”

For food that does come from clones, the
Food and Drug Administration is unlikely to require labels, officials said.

The FDA gave preliminary approval Thursday to meat and milk from cloned animals or their offspring. Federal scientists found virtually no difference between food from clones and food from conventional livestock.

(via yahoo news)


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First Dog Clone

Scientists in South Korea have produced the first dog clones, they report in Nature magazine this week.

One of the puppies died soon after birth but the other, an Afghan hound named Snuppy, is still doing well after 16 weeks, the researchers say.

Snuppy joins a host of other cloned animals including Dolly the sheep, CC the cat and Ralph the rat.

Scientists hope dog clones will help them understand and treat a range of serious human diseases.

(via bbcnews)

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Of Course, Of Course

More fromthe cloning sector:

The birth of the world’s second horse clone has been announced by scientists.

The foal is a copy of a world endurance champion, Pieraz, an animal that has been castrated and was therefore incapable of normal reproduction.

The research was undertaken by genetic engineering labs Cryozootech of Evry, France, and LTR-CIZ of Cremona, Italy, where the foal is being kept.


This is not such a great restriction in flat racing because the champion horses of the turf are rarely castrated; the best stallions and mares will be sent to stud at the end of their careers to breed the next generation of top horses.

But the proponents of cloning say the copying technology could be useful in those sports frequented by animals that are often gelded at a young age and have no ability to reproduce normally.

(via bbcnews)

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T. Rex DNA

And now… comes the part… where we clone the shit out of those fuckers!

Palaeontologists have extracted soft, flexible structures that appear to be blood vessels from the bone of a Tyrannosaurus rex that died 68 million years ago. They also have found small red microstructures that resemble red blood cells.

The discovery suggests biological information can be recovered from a wider range of fossil material than realised, which would greatly help the tracing of evolutionary relationships.

The preservation found by the researchers is extraordinary – far better than traditionally expected in dinosaur bone. But that may be because researchers have not been looking hard enough at their finds. Mary Schweitzer at North Carolina State University, US, has also extracted similar soft structures from a few other dinosaur bones.

The leg bone came from a skeleton called B-rex found in a remote canyon in South Dakota, in 2000 by a member of Jack Horner’s research team at the Museum of the Rockies in Montana. The 107-centimetre-long femur – small for a T. rex – was intact when found, and its hollow interior had not been filled with minerals. That is unusual for a long-buried bone.

(via wirednews and new scientist)

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Dolly Scientist gets Human Cloning ok

If people understood how freaking far we are from growing full grown humans in a la your favorite sci-fi literature, would they be as bent out of shape?

LONDON (AP) – The British government Tuesday gave the creator of Dolly the Sheep a license to clone human embryos for medical research into the cause of motor neuron disease.


While the latest project would not use the stem cells to correct the disease, the study of the cells is expected to help scientists develop future treatments, according to the Human Fertilization and Embryology Authority, which regulates such research and approved the license.

Stem cells are the master cells of the body. They appear when embryos are just a few days old and go on to develop into every type of cell and tissue in the body. Scientists hope to be able to extract the stem cells from embryos when they are in their blank state and direct them to form any desired cell type to treat a variety of diseases, ranging from Parkinson’s to diabetes.

Getting the cells from an embryo that is cloned from a sick patient could allow scientists to track how diseases develop and provide genetically matched cell transplants that do not cause the immune systems to reject the transplant.

Such work, called therapeutic cloning because it does not result in a baby, is opposed by abortion foes and other biological conservatives because researchers must destroy human embryos to harvest the cells.

(via 7d)

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Genetic Savings & Clone

My research into cloning continues.

Kittens Tabouli and Baba Ganoush aren’t twins, they’re clones, the products of a pet-cloning laboratory. CEO Lou Hawthorne says there’s a fortune to be made copying cats.

“It’s a multibillion-dollar business waiting to happen,” Hawthorne said.

Hawthorne’s company, Genetic Savings & Clone, claims it has a waiting list of those ready to pay $50,000 to clone a beloved cat. Dogs will cost more…

The front page to the Savings and Clone site has a totally farked image.

link via 7d

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Cloning the dead

A fertility scientist at the Kentucky Center for Reproductive Medicine, Panayiotis Zavos, claims to have taken cells from dead humans and cloned them. He stopped short of implanting the embryos, but the scientific community is in an uproar.

The New Scientist article:

In the latest work, Zavos claims to have taken live cells from the tissues of three dead people, injected them into cow eggs stripped of their nuclei and then fused them using electrical stimulation.


Zavos used blood and other tissues from an 11-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash. Her parents kept the tissues in their home refrigerator until they were delivered in dry ice to Zavos? group three days later.

Cells were also used from a dead 18-month-old boy, but the embryos produced survived until the four-cell stage only, Zavos says, and so were not viable.

The third case was that of a 33-year-old man. His tissues were harvested in the mortuary immediately after death, so the team was able to culture them ?just like fresh cells?. These cells produced embryos which grew to the 64-cell stage – ?definitely transferable embryos which can yield a viable pregnancy”, says Zavos.

I don’t know about you but the people who kept their daughter’s body tissue in the fridge after her death creep me out more.


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