A Walk on the Science Side
- Space Shuttle to Launch Despite Urge for No-Go - Even though the NASA engineers are strongly pushing for a cancellation of next month's shuttle launch, NASA head honcho Dr. Michael Griffin has given the go-ahead. When the crew are trapped in orbit, necessitating a multi-million dollar rescue operation, and the shuttle program is killed forever, we all know where the finger will be pointing.
- Stem Cells Repair Paralysis in Mice - embryonic stem cells have successfully been used to repair the spinal cords of paralyzed mice, allowing them to take steps after only six months. This could mean a world of difference to people with spinal cord injuries or motor neuron disease (what Stephen Hawking has). But the religious right want all research into this field stopped, because the creation of a stem cell line involves the use of gasp embryos or bigger gasp therepeutic cloning. Is this the Dark Ages, or what?
- Test Tube Meat on the Way - Dutch researchers are working on a method to grow meat in a lab. Henk Haagsman (Professor of Meat Sciences - how cool is that?) and his colleagues believe that within the next few years we may be eating in vitro mince. A few meat cells need to be harvested to start the cell line, but that can be done without any actual harm to the animal, so i wonder if people who are vegetarian for moral reasons will consider in vitro meat to be okay? Is it kosher? Halaal? Either way, i'll eat it.
- Gravity is the Strongest Force - well, at least according to DaveScot, who appears to have revolutionised physics over at Uncommon Dissent. This is the kind of science IDiots do.
Have a good weekend.