Friday, June 23, 2006

A Walk on the Science Side

Some sciencish headlines for you:
  • 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.


Anonymous Salman said...

Actually, Flake, I once asked the vegetarian with whom I used to have a relationship whether or not she would eat cultured meat. ("Tube Meat", if I may.)

She said no. Apparently, doing so would enable evil people to lie about the meat they were feeding her, thereby tricking her into eating other creature's karma.

No, I'm not making this up.

June 23, 2006 7:09 PM  
Blogger dystopia said...

man, the whole shuttle thing is being blown out of proportion.

test tube meat, yay! now we can put even more farmers out of business, not that i won't eat it when it becomes commercially available and affordable.

And ofcourse, everyone should laugh IDiots.

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June 23, 2006 8:03 PM  
Blogger totalwaste said...

all the ID talk reminds me of the ID-10-T error: fault lies between keyboard and chair. in this case, i guess it's bible and chair.

June 24, 2006 7:08 PM  
Blogger moonflake said...

Salman: I would have asked her how she knows for sure that evil people aren't injecting meat juices into her vegetarian meals right now?

Dyst: 'blown' out of proportion, eh? and i see this comment brought to me by your shiny new adsl! w00t.

TW: problem exists with bible in the first place, compounded by problem between bible and chair. but definitely an 1D10T error code.

June 26, 2006 10:18 AM  
Blogger Bast said...

I can't help but have a knne-jerk "eeeew" reaction to test-tube meat. And if I do so will lots of others, it will be far far worse than silly people going "Eeeeew! Fish genes in my strawberries!!!"
No matter how viable, I don't see it being marketable.

June 26, 2006 11:48 AM  

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