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Mail Order Monsters (2, Insightful)

bigattichouse (527527) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754316)

That was my totally favorite upgrade in Mail Order Monsters - recharge from the sub!

Star Trek IV (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754680)

"We are looking for the Nuclear Wessles."

Re:Star Trek IV (-1, Offtopic)

sexconker (1179573) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755284)

The new Star Trek movie was a terrible fucking mess script-wise, and Kirk and Spock Prime (Nimoy) were like finding a turd on the inside of your Tootsie Pop / Milk Dud.

Everything else was awesome though.

I'd pay good money for audio books read by the new Chekov and Scottie. Fuck, throw in Alan Alda as a narrator and have them read tweets, fucking TWEETS, and I'd pay for it.

I hope the next movie has NO Nimoy, a better script (supposedly it will), and less of a focus on his doucheness Captain Jerk The Kirk.

eating (4, Insightful)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754320)

I want to be able to never need to eat again -- or do I?

I'l like the ability to never HAVE to eat again, but I wouldn't want to lose the ability to eat at all. Eating is enjoyable. One would hope that you could control the photosynthesis to keep from getting too fat, though.

Re:eating (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754360)

Eating is enjoyable.

For some people. Others like me love the idea of never having to eat again. For me eating is a chore I have to do so that I can live. It sucks up time and sometimes makes me ill if my body doesn't like what I ate.

Re:eating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754382)

quit eating out of the dog food bowl.

Re:eating (4, Funny)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754450)

Yeah, but how would this help? Instead of eating you would have to go out into the sun (you know, that big, bright, yellowish thing on the eastern horizon when you go to bed).

Re:eating (0, Redundant)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754518)

Yeah, but how would this help? Instead of eating you would have to go out into the sun (you know, that big, bright, yellowish thing on the eastern horizon when you go to bed).

Which corner of the Earth does this occur on? Where I live the sun sets on the western horizon. Just sayin'.

Re:eating (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754540)

Whoosh!

Re:eating (4, Informative)

characterZer0 (138196) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754554)

whoosh.

The sun rises on the eastern horizon just as you are going to bed after sitting at your computer all night.

Re:eating (-1, Flamebait)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754644)

whoosh.

The sun rises on the eastern horizon just as you are going to bed after sitting at your computer all night.

Whoosh.

Re:eating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754714)

Wow an echo. "Hello is there anyone in there?"

Re:eating (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754836)

Just nod if you can hear me...

Re:eating (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754846)

Wow an echo. "Hello is there anyone in there?"

Whoosh. No! Whoosh.

Re:eating (4, Insightful)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754806)

New rule: You’re only allowed to intentionally miss the point of a joke if the joke you’re making is funnier than the one you’re ignoring.

Re:eating (0, Redundant)

ground.zero.612 (1563557) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755060)

It's not really a joke when it's not funny.

Re:eating (0, Redundant)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755118)

You didn’t think this was funny?

Yeah, but how would this help? Instead of eating you would have to go out into the sun (you know, that big, bright, yellowish thing on the eastern horizon when you go to bed).

Maybe there’s something wrong with your sense of humour.

Or with mine, more likely.

Re:eating (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755334)

It's not really a joke when it's not funny.

That counts as a "whoosh", then. You didn't get the humor.

Re:eating (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754580)

They didn't say the sun was setting, just where it was located when one was going to bed, hence implying that the target of the comment is thought to stay awake until sunrise.

Re:eating (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754592)

Yup, and it rises in the east... at the wee hours of the morning when most of us geeky types are finally heading to bed. :P

Re:eating (2, Interesting)

kalirion (728907) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754988)

For me, some foods are enjoyable, most are a chore.

I'd like to be able to eat some candy bars or ice cream or an occasional steak or whatever for pleasure, maybe pop a vitamin supplement, and not worry about having to eat to survive.

Re:eating (4, Insightful)

confused one (671304) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754618)

Slugs aren't very energetic. It's doubtful that photosynthesis alone will provide the energy necessary to power your body and that meat based computer in your head. You would still need to ingest a fair amount of food, in order to extract the concentrated energy contained in it.

Re:eating (2, Funny)

Intron (870560) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754900)

Slugs aren't very energetic. It's doubtful that photosynthesis alone will provide the energy necessary to power your body and that meat based computer in your head.

So this would work for my boss, then.

Re:eating (5, Informative)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754952)

I just did a few quick calculations. Assuming humans have 2 square meters of skin, and stood naked in direct sunlight in the best conditions for 8 hours per day, and assuming 5% efficiency for photosynthesis, we would only get enough energy to provide for 11 hours of sleep (250 BTU/hr), 7 hours of sitting still (400 BTU), 4 hours of light work (650 BTU) or 1 hour of heavy work (2400 BTU). We'd still probably need to consume 2/3 or so of our normal caloric intake from food.

Sources:
http://www.solarexpert.com/Heat-theory.html [solarexpert.com]
http://hypertextbook.com/facts/2001/IgorFridman.shtml [hypertextbook.com]
http://www.answerbag.com/q_view/514275 [answerbag.com]
http://www.ccmr.cornell.edu/education/ask/index.html?quid=1021 [cornell.edu]

Re:eating (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755114)

I don't know about you, but if you present 2 m^2 of *cross-sectional area* to the sun, then you're either really tall or awfully fat. If 2 m tall, then you'd have to have an average width (from head to toe) of 1m.

Re:eating (2, Informative)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755340)

Yeah. I know it's not perfect, and that all 2 m^2 of skin wouldn't actually be receiving full sunlight. I was just trying to emphasize that even with unrealistically optimal conditions, we wouldn't get nearly enough energy from the sun to live on photosynthesis alone.

Re:eating (4, Funny)

Kompressor (595513) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755394)

Perhaps the GP planned to unzip his skin down the back, peel it forward, and present his entire "surface area" to the sun?

** shudder **

So What, It would still be a good thing... (2, Insightful)

jameskojiro (705701) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755342)

Especially in Third world countries where there is plenty of sun, not much food and not much to do other than subsistence living,. At least it would be enough to get a lot of starving humans through the dry famine months that they get in thrid world countries near the equator.

Sure their skin would be green, but that beats starving to death.

Re:eating (1)

Broken scope (973885) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754926)

I seriously doubt that we have enough surface area to replace eating with photosynthesis. We would also continue to need nutritional input.

They're Zerg. Duh. (3, Funny)

Rei (128717) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754362)

Any other questions that could be easily answered by playing Starcraft?

Nitpick (1, Troll)

Drethon (1445051) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754384)

No I didn't read the article, MSNBC rarely loads properly here at work.

I believe that saying it gains energy via photosynthesis is incorrect. Photosynthesis causes a chemical reaction that converts Carbon Dioxide and Water (CO2 and H2O) into Sugar and Oxygen (C6H12O6 and O2). The sugar is then metabolized (correct term?) into energy.

Re:Nitpick (1)

Attila Dimedici (1036002) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754574)

No I didn't read the article, MSNBC rarely loads properly here at work. I believe that saying it gains energy via photosynthesis is incorrect. Photosynthesis causes a chemical reaction that converts Carbon Dioxide and Water (CO2 and H2O) into Sugar and Oxygen (C6H12O6 and O2). The sugar is then metabolized (correct term?) into energy.

Converting CO2 and H2O to sugar and oxygen requires energy, that energy comes from the sun. So saying that it obtains energy via (which means "by way of") photosynthesis is correct.

Re:Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754578)

Well it gains chemical energy which can be stored or transformed into mechanical energy.

Re:Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754588)

The sugar is then metabolized (correct term?) into energy.

This means, of course that you will still need to eat. You won't need to eat carbs, but you will still need your protein, vitamins, etc.

Presumably you will eat a lot less, and will gain a lot more weight when you do eat carbs.

If humans could get photosynthetic skin, they would also need to get their taste buds altered to find straight protein delicious, or the current obesity epidemic will look like a famine by comparison.

Re:Nitpick (5, Informative)

kmcarr (1185785) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754610)

No, the statement is essentially correct. The slugs harvest (i.e. gain) energy via trapping photons with chlorophyll. They store that energy as chemical bonds in sugar molecules. They then release the energy as needed by metabolizing the sugar. Photosynthesis is the coupled capturing and storing of energy so saying that it "gains" energy via photosynthesis is a reasonable simplification.

Re:Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754656)

Photosynthesis causes a chemical reaction that uses ENERGY that is GAINED from sunlight to convert Carbon Dioxide and Water (CO2 and H2O) into Sugar and Oxygen (C6H12O6 and O2).

fixed that for ya

Re:Nitpick (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754718)

No I didn't read the article, MSNBC rarely loads properly here at work.

I believe that saying it gains energy via photosynthesis is incorrect. Photosynthesis causes a chemical reaction that converts Carbon Dioxide and Water (CO2 and H2O) into Sugar and Oxygen (C6H12O6 and O2). The sugar is then metabolized (correct term?) into energy.

Splitting hairs is more like it. By that same logic you can say that coal isn't an energy source because it's simply the result of a chemical reaction caused by the sun a 100+ million years ago. The slugs are using the sun's energy much as plants do to covert chemicals into sugars which they can use as fuel. If you had read the article the bigger issue is they may absorb the chlorophyll initially but they are able to reproduce it themselves from there. They are very close to being a hybrid between plants and animals and maybe in a few thousand years they will bridge that gap by being born with the ability to create chlorophyll. It's more about the plant and animal kingdoms than semantics about energy production processes.

Re:Nitpick (2, Informative)

Drethon (1445051) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754860)

Actually the hairs I'm trying to split is the difference between energy and an energy source.

Photosynthesis is not like solar power generation that converts sunlight into a different form of energy (electricity).

Instead it uses the energy to produce an energy source (similar to coal as you point out). This energy source is then metabolized into energy. The sun's energy is used indirectly.

Still it is very cool to see an organism that isn't a plant being able to use the sun for more than just heat.

Re:Nitpick (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755440)

So, in other words, the statement is entirely correct, and your nit is incorrect if you're trying to say they don't produce energy from sunlight, but is correct if you're trying to say they produce energy from sunlight in a multi-step process, precisely like plants do, rather than a single-step process (which is not implied by the original statement, which is why it is entirely correct, despite your objections).

Re:Nitpick (2, Informative)

mea37 (1201159) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755570)

If you think about the laws of thermodynamics, you will realize that "uses the energy to produce an energy source" is just a confusing way to say "cnoverts the energy to another form and stores it".

Re:Nitpick (2, Informative)

skine (1524819) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754892)

To summarize the article:

Slugs have somehow included algae DNA with its own, and are now capable of actual photosynthesis. The DNA that was copied didn't code for the creation of chloroplasts, so the slugs have to consume a sufficient amount of algae before they can begin the process.

As long as they are exposed to light for 12 hours per day, they can live without the need for food.

Re:Nitpick (1)

kungfugleek (1314949) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755076)

Slugs have somehow included algae DNA with its own

Good thing it wasn't frog DNA. Then they'd be able to reproduce, too!

Re:Nitpick (1)

Drethon (1445051) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755116)

Isn't that similar to normal digestion in a way?

I know the stomach uses acid to break down food but I believe we use bacteria to actually process the food, we are not capable to do it without the help of another organism.

So similarly the slug cannot processes the sun, water and carbon dioxide without the help of an outside source. Though this source does not reproduce itself so must constantly be replenished.

The above assumes I remember my biology correctly...

Re:Nitpick (1)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755044)

Well to properly nitpick - to take out the energy middleman you'd need to firstly be your own fusion device as the sun is the real middleman. The sun isn't the source of energy it is simply an energy source as atoms are a source of energy, the sun just brings them together.

Re:Nitpick (1)

osu-neko (2604) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755558)

The sun isn't the source of energy it is simply an energy source as atoms are a source of energy

The sun is atoms. Lots of them. Your nitpick is a logical absurdity of the (P and ~P) form.

I want the reverse. (5, Interesting)

jeffb (2.718) (1189693) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754424)

I want to be able to consume as many extra calories as I like, and then radiate the excess as visible light, with radiant area, spectrum and direction under my conscious control.

Or, at least, I'd like to be able to metabolize my food and store excess energy as electric charge, easily transferred to whatever devices are handy.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

flabordec (984984) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754878)

And then we would be hearing about the worst ecological disaster to ever strike earth: global lightning.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

Xtravar (725372) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754880)

It seems you've been playing too much inFamous. Now glucose powered devices that run off your blood stream, that seems more feasible.

Re:I want the reverse. (4, Funny)

ArsonSmith (13997) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754890)

This would be awesome. having a + and - poll could give men's nipples a purpose.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

Gerafix (1028986) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755164)

I don't know about you but mine already serve a purpose. There be nerve endings on them ya land lubber.

Re:I want the reverse. (5, Funny)

Kratisto (1080113) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754912)

If you can make that light coherent and focused, you can be some sort of super hero. Laser Pointer Assisted Presentation Man! Is it a CEO? Is it a college professor? No! It's Laser Pointer Man! Boring wrongdoers into soporific oblivion at the speed of light! Taunting cats in his free time...

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

TheLink (130905) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754924)

Modern man in effect eats a fair bit of oil and coal. It allows them to generate light, travel great distances fast etc.My car consumes about as much in $$$ terms as I do per month.

But yeah, being a superhuman could be fun :).

What you might want in addition to your lightbeams and electric zapping superpowers is the ability to use energy from an external power source to power your anaerobic metabolic modes = e.g. you can sprint and not get tired[1] till you run out of energy from that power source.

While power armor and exoskeletons might help do the same thing, the augmentation I'm talking about could be a bit more discreet and less "in your face".

[1] You probably need a better cooling mechanism though than just sweating: http://www.wired.com/wired/archive/15.03/bemore_pr.html [wired.com]
Cheetahs can run very fast, but a big limiting factor appears to be overheating.

Re:I want the reverse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755446)

After reading TFA it sounds like you need some of your car DNA. Perhaps if you eat it...

Re:I want the reverse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754972)

Bicycle with a dynamo attached. Easy.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

Hurricane78 (562437) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755018)

Well, the problem would be that you then would also be very hot. And not in the good sense. More in the “spontaneous combustion” sense. ;)

But I agree that a way to not use unnecessary calories without an effort would be great. Decadent beyond belief. But great. ;)

You already have metabolized it into a storage. That’s your fat. You just never use it up. I once calculated, that if released all at once, the fat in my body would give enough power to run a flux compensator for 0.88 seconds. No shit!

Wait, according to Wikipedia, chemical energy can be transformed to electric energy by a fuel cell. Hmm... intriguing. ;)
And it can be transformed to electromagnetic radiation (light) by... glowworms! Now that’s an odd one!

So I recommend a glowworm gene therapy and a built-in fuel cell (wetware) in your belly. :)

P.S.: Anyone got better ways of transformation? Those Wikipedia examples are lacking a bit.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

sarahbau (692647) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755022)

That's so much better than my idea of a bicycle powered TV. With your method, you could power the TV directly, just by eating.

Re:I want the reverse. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755086)

http://www.blisstree.com/articles/dynamo-hand-powered-flashlight-kit-71/

That is all.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

zullnero (833754) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755138)

It'd be awesome up to the point where you realize that 7 billion people eating everything in sight drained the global food supply. Then you'll be wishing you had that photosynthesis.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

noidentity (188756) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755168)

I want to be able to consume as many extra calories as I like, and then radiate the excess as visible light

I want to be able to radiate invisible light [wikipedia.org], perhaps also radiate cold heat and dry water.

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

clone53421 (1310749) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755298)

Light is electromagnetic radiation, particularly radiation of a wavelength that is visible to the human eye

Is not the same as:

Light is electromagnetic radiation of a wavelength that is visible to the human eye

Re:I want the reverse. (1)

lewp (95638) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755580)

Personally, when I feel so stuffed I can't eat any more, I just use the restroom. Then I can eat more.

Photosynthesize! (3, Interesting)

The Yuckinator (898499) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754432)

Once you've "eaten enough algae to steal the necessary chloroplasts", you'll be good to go!

I would happily endure eating algae for X days/weeks/months in order to get photosynthesis going in my body. I realize that I'd have to start going outside, but it sounds like a fair trade off to me.

You do realize (1)

marcus (1916) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754482)

That you'll still have to eat something and eating like a plant means eating ... fertilizer.

Re:You do realize (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754558)

That you'll still have to eat something and eating like a plant means eating ... fertilizer.

Nah, you can just absorb that stuff through your roots.

Exactly, eating like a plant (1)

marcus (1916) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754682)

Means you'll be sucking up ... "fertilizer".

Re:Exactly, eating like a plant (1)

mooingyak (720677) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754696)

Shortcut the whole process and just stand in the toilet.

Re:Exactly, eating like a plant (1)

Jeng (926980) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755572)

I thought we already produce "fertilizer" ?

Would that mean that we would no longer have to go to the bathroom, or would it only just give a different meaning to the term "Morning Wood" ?

Soylent green (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754538)

Soylent green makes people...er no, green people make soylent...or, soylent people made green (shrug)

I call dibs on making fuel out of them.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754564)

...for my car. That would be ironic, wouldn't it Alanis?

been a while since bio class (2, Interesting)

Taibhsear (1286214) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754570)

In a normal plant cell is the chlorophyll produces by the cell and then shuttled to the chloroplast to be used or does the chloroplast itself produce the pigment within it's own membrane? If the latter, I would imagine this gene in the slug is redundant as the creature has to eat algae for the chloroplasts anyways.

Re:been a while since bio class (5, Informative)

reverseengineer (580922) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755240)

Chloroplasts, just as with mitochondria, have a small DNA genome of their own. Due to the endosymbiotic relationship that has formed between chloroplasts and their photosynthetic hosts, chloroplasts have found it convenient to offload the majority of their genes to the nucleus. It is estimated that about 90% of the genes necessary for photosynthesis are nuclear, with the rest in chloroplasts, so these sea slugs appear to have acquired the nuclear genes, but not the chloroplast genes.

Chlorophyll itself is made in the cytoplasm, and actually requires relatively few new genes for an animal to be able to produce it, since the complicated steps of its biosynthesis are identical to the heme structures it is already able to make. The real difficulty, and one that this sea slug seems to have been able to surmount according to the Wikipedia page, is the production of the "oxygen-evolving complex," a metalloenzyme with a manganese-calcium core which transfers absorbed energy to a bound water molecule to break it into electrons, protons, and molecular oxygen. Heterotrophic organisms don't produce anything like it.

Adam (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754670)

Now they just need to produce a miraculous substance to be dubbed "Adam"...

you'd still need to eat (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30754762)

This might be used to supply a maintenance level of energy such that if your activity level was relatively low and in an environment where you could get enough sun and water, it might keep you alive until you can get to a better situation but I doubt it could supply enough energy to keep an athletic person performing at their peak level. For instance, I doubt we'd see someone be able to do the Tour de France on self supplied sugars.

I could see some basement dwelling computer nerds trying this and setting up enough brights lights and such that the local police might think it was a grow-op in operation.

Gene transfer question? (2, Interesting)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754788)

The article seems to indicate that the genes to produce chlorophyll can be passed on to offspring. But then:

The slugs accomplishment is quite a feat, and scientists aren't yet sure how the animals actually appropriate the genes they need.

Wouldn't that be a fluke that only needed to happen once? They do point out that the animals also have to get chloroplasts by eating plant material (these are not passed on to offspring), so perhaps they meant to say they aren't sure how they appropriate the chloroplasts. I would agree that's a really good question.

Sea Slugs and nematocysts (4, Interesting)

Guppy (12314) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754820)

Some species of Sea Slugs have another similar interesting ability -- to adsorb and host nematocysts (stinging cells) from jellyfish and hydrozoans they've eaten, and use them for their own defense. The mechanism is substantially different (foreign cells are sequestered in specialized sacs, compared to the intracellular hosting of an organelle) though.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glaucus_atlanticus [wikipedia.org]

There are other ways to do this (2, Interesting)

Locke2005 (849178) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754898)

Couldn't you just form an symbiotic relationship with algae or photoplankton, allowing them to live inside you for protection in return for using them for energy? Aren't there already animals that do this?

Re:There are other ways to do this (1)

sydneyfong (410107) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755028)

We already do almost that (except the inside body part). It's called agriculture :)

Eating is not just energy (1)

gmuslera (3436) | more than 4 years ago | (#30754962)

Building and repairing too. And well, there are those that enjoy the taste of some food. Anyway, having an extra source of energy won't hurt, you dont always need to be building and repairing, or at least could do it in a less urgent way than for getting the energy needed to live.

Actual evolution? (1)

DaveV1.0 (203135) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755120)

Is this actual, observed evolution?
Is this the proof creationists are always demanding?

Re:Actual evolution? (1)

CorporateSuit (1319461) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755546)

No. Studying something unique in the animal kingdom for 20 years does not make it evidence for anything. The slug is able to build chlorophyl from borrowed chloroplasts -- something no other animal has done. How long it's been doing that, we don't know. It's something cool and something that biological researchers can observe and attempt to understand outside of the pseudoscientific holy war of the church of evolutionism vs. all other religions. Dragging evolutionism vs creationism into this will only ink up the waters on any research done, and cast biology even further into its current dark age.

Congeress is doing what? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755300)

Sea slugs eliminating middlemen?!? Does this mean instead of private contracts they are just going to take control of entire industries?

Never? (1)

TooMad (967091) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755386)

No more Sushi, no more Chocolate, no more Carrabba's Cozze in bianco. Now if it were something you could switch on and off I would be all for it. No more military chow hall food. I could list more things you wouldn't have to eat but that alone is enough.

The Nigerian leader in District 9 was right! (3, Funny)

JoshDM (741866) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755388)

FTA: "The sneaky slugs seem to have stolen the genes that enable this skill from algae that they've eaten."

I'm gonna go find and chow down on some ninjas right now, so I gain Real Ultimate Power!!

How is this news? (3, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 4 years ago | (#30755392)

Slugs have been around for millions of years!

forget absorbling light (1)

ajrs (186276) | more than 4 years ago | (#30755494)

I want to emit light. at will. So I don't need a flashlight, or could get a job as an organic tanning booth and loose weight at the same time. Or, dare I say, sparkle when outdoors.

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