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Chemists Crack Secrets of Mussels' Super Glue

Hemos posted more than 10 years ago | from the your-secrets-revealed dept.

Science 197

Roland Piquepaille writes "Researchers from Purdue University working under an award from the National Science Foundation (NSF) have discovered that common blue mussels are using iron found in seawater to create their own super glue. "In addition to using the knowledge to develop safer alternatives for surgical and household glues, the researchers are looking at how to combat the glue to prevent damage to shipping vessels and the accidental transport of invasive species, such as the zebra mussel that has ravaged the midwestern United States." This overview contains more details and references about this discovery. You'll also find an image of mussel glue at a magnification of 25,000X and one of a mussel adhering to a sheet of Teflon."

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Mussels (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952215)

They're fucking strong!

Re:Mussels (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952237)

i create my own super glue, which is secreted fom a specialized organ between my legs.

Scary cleaning cycle.. (2, Funny)

scsirob (246572) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952220)

Next time they try cleaning those mussels off a large ship, the ship desintegrates too. Same glue, sorry...

thank god (2, Funny)

Joe the Lesser (533425) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952222)

Get these things off of me!

Too bad for the mussels (1, Interesting)

Dilbert_ (17488) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952224)

Superglue or not, here in Belgium and The Netherlands millions of mussels are eaten every year ;-)

mussels yummy! (5, Funny)

tuxette (731067) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952252)

"Stick to your ribs" suddenly has a whole new meaning...

american pie 2 (3, Funny)

lotas (177970) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952227)

i wouldent want to get my hand stuck with that, anywhere, never mind there....

Kinda answers that question... (4, Funny)

da3dAlus (20553) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952230)

What sticks to Teflon?
Mussels!

Bah, there was a punchline in there somewhere, but I think I missed it.

I guess (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952323)

Maybe the next time George W. Bush has a public speaking arrangement we should throw mussels at him

Re:Kinda answers that question... (5, Funny)

Frymaster (171343) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952356)

What sticks to Teflon?

er... the frying pan.

Re:Kinda answers that question... (5, Funny)

cmpalmer (234347) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952473)

So, er... frying pans... are made of... mussels?

Re:Kinda answers that question... (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952599)

Hence she's a witch! Burn her!

Re:Kinda answers that question... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952720)

i don't think anyone got that, but that was really funny.

I thought the answer to that was... (3, Funny)

Phekko (619272) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952374)

...my cooking.

There must be different kinds of mussel glues, though, as some mussels really DO taste like glue...

Re:Kinda answers that question... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953027)

The question should be what does Teflon stick to.
Based on the final condition of every Teflon coated frying pan I ever purchased NOTHING.
I don't even care if you use Teflon friendly cooking tools, eventually the Teflon wears off.
Then there's also been recent studies about the poisonous vapors Teflon gives off as it heats so basically even Teflon can't stick to Teflon when heated.
Perhaps they should try Mussel glue to stick Teflon to frying pans. Given the fact that they use hulking massive industrial diamond coated grinding blades to remove Mussels from steel ships it might work.

So the next time (5, Funny)

Tebriel (192168) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952232)

So, the next time a lamp breaks or something, I'll just go fetch a mussel and fix it with that. Cheap and easy! Just don't tell PETA.

Re:So the next time (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952777)

Mussels aren't "cuddly" or "cute", so PETA won't pay any attention to them.

Teflon? (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952240)

Since when was Teflon that leader of anti-stick materials? Put them on some salt, then we'll see who is better!

Blogzine [blogzine.net]

Muscle Glue (2, Funny)

JRHelgeson (576325) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952250)

I grew up with "Super Glue", does this mean that the next generation will grow up with "Muscle Glue"?

Will Muscle Glue remover cause the iron to oxidize and rust away thereby breaking apart the protein strands? Inquiring minds want to know.

Re:Muscle Glue (1)

Graemee (524726) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952342)

In keeeping with the super glue aspect, doesn't the mussel hanging from the teflon look like the guy hanging from the hardhat in the super glue commercials.

Re:Muscle Glue (1)

TopShelf (92521) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952573)

Those aren't super glue commercials, they're for...

Crraaaaaazzzzzyyyyy Glue!

Strong enough to suspend this man in thin air!

(I guess thick air is outta the question)

More importantly (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952355)

will sniffing Mussel Glue get me blitzed for cheap?

That depends (5, Informative)

The Tyro (247333) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952577)

On the oxidation state of the iron molecules. The glue dissolver might have to reduce the iron in order to break the bond. Iron is commonly found in the Fe2+ and Fe3+ oxidation states. If the iron molecules are in the Fe2+ state, then you would be correct.

There's a couple of easy mnemonics to remember the general RedOx rules:

OLEGON (Oxidation is Loss of Electrons and Gain in Oxidation Number)
or
LEO says GER (Loss of Electrons is Oxidation, Gain of Electrons is Reduction).

There's probably others, but basic chemistry was a looong time ago for me...

Re:That depends (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953122)

OIL RIG

Oxidation is loss, reduction is gain

Re:Muscle Glue (1)

Cat_Byte (621676) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952693)

http://www.gorillaglue.com/

The toughest glue on planet earth. ;)

Hey! (5, Funny)

twoslice (457793) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952251)

and one of a mussel adhering to a sheet of Teflon.

That's my dinner!

Why ? (2, Interesting)

Krapangor (533950) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952255)

If you reduce the water amount in saliva of the mongolian veld goat then you get stuff with nearly the same properties. The goats need this to be able to eat the cacti in the desert.
However this is known to some time now and nobody seems to care or even to use it.

Re:Why ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952570)

and how long do you think peta will let you keep dehydraded goats?

Re:Why ? (4, Funny)

Guano_Jim (157555) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952612)

Hey buddy, what you do with mongolian veld goats on your time is your business.

Combine some mussel superglue with some bioluminescent squid [radio.cbc.ca] (ogg file) and you've got yourself a mean underwater flashlight, though.

Re:Why ? (4, Funny)

hamsterboy (218246) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953433)

However this is known to some time now and nobody seems to care or even to use it. -- Proud owner of a Mensa membership card.
Did you buy this card from eBay, or does Mensa not have an English section on their entrance exams?

Hamster

More links for the chemistry inclined (5, Informative)

chrestomanci (558400) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952262)

This area of research is similar to what I did as a chemistry post graduate.

After a bit of googling, I found the researcher's home page:
http://www.chem.purdue.edu/Faculty/wilker.h tm

I also found the page for his research group. Linked from it, was a more detailed description of the chemistry involved:
http://www.chem.purdue.edu/wilker/adhes ives.htm

Unfortunately, while I could find a number of links to actual publications in peer-reviewed chemistry journals, all where subscription sites.

Re:What the hell is a zebra mussel? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953199)

From (what else?) www.zebra-mussels.com:

"In the late 1980's zebra mussels (Dreissena polymorpha) first arrived in North America by traveling in the ballast tanks of freighters where the mussels ultimately were discharged into the Great Lakes. Since that time, zebra mussels have had a significant negative impact on the environment and industries in both the United States and Canada. Native North American wildlife is being destroyed by the zebra mussel, pipelines and inlet structures are being encrusted, heat exchangers are being plugged, and general all around havoc is being created as the zebra mussels migrate south.

The migration has occurred at a very rapid rate (Figure 1) and zebra mussels are now found as far south as New Orleans and have invaded most of the major river systems (Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Tennessee, Arkansas and Cumberland) as well as inland lakes and reservoirs. "
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So... (0, Redundant)

clifgriffin (676199) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952265)

Is this compound superior to our own super glue?

Will it set as fast? One of the advantages of traditional super glue is that it uses minute amounts of water on each surface to cause it to set.

Or is this academic only and no one is suggesting we work on replacing our current solution.

In short: What is the significants of this find, out side of academia?

Re:So... (4, Informative)

canajin56 (660655) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952329)

The topic says:
"In addition to using the knowledge to develop safer alternatives for surgical and household glues, the researchers are looking at how to combat the glue to prevent damage to shipping vessels and the accidental transport of invasive species, such as the zebra mussel that has ravaged the midwestern United States."

You didn't even have to RTFA!

strong real-world applications (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952369)

the military is interested in this adhesive for marine purposes especially. this could be used for live underwater repairs. it holds much stronger, to more surfaces, and longer when compared to traditional superglue. it's supposed to work quite well outside of water, as well, but i'm not familiar with whether it needs water to set.

Re:So... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952660)

they're using it to build a smarter SPELL CHECKER, asshole

"significants"? what are you, two?

"Super Glue" is misleading (4, Funny)

krog (25663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952271)

When you say "super glue", most people here think of Superglue(tm), which is cyanoacrylate adhesive, not mollusk snot. Couldn't a different phrasing have been used?

Re:"Super Glue" is misleading (1)

NetNinja (469346) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952375)

When you say superglue, people automatically assoicate it with something that sticks well.. Like superglue.
remember, the little people need it spelled out in a clear and concise manner.

Re:"Super Glue" is misleading (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952482)

Mollusk snot. I like it. Let's call it that from now on.

Re:"Super Glue" is misleading (4, Funny)

revscat (35618) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952588)

When you say "super glue", most people here think of Superglue(tm), which is cyanoacrylate adhesive, not mollusk snot.

I think I might have found my new .sig.

Forget those fancy pants (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952272)

You'll be able to store your palm, iPod, and trapper keeper on the barnacles on your ass. Look ma, no hands!

so what? (3, Insightful)

zasos (688522) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952274)

I guess because "mussel glues present the first identified case in which transition metals are essential to the formation of a non crystalline biological material" it is interesting science... but why whoud we care?...
I hate these press releases that don't give any specifics (e.g., strength in MPa) nor do they provide larger picture of why would we care...
oh, well, good for mussels any way... they are tasty...

More permanence may not be best (5, Insightful)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952282)

You know, with this development, and all the recent talk about gecko super-tape being developed... it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. We're developing products that make structures, installations etc. more and more permanent.

We all talk about expanding recycling programs, and cutting down on fossil fuels, but then build structures that have such highly developed components, they can never be re-used or perhaps even dismantled (without disintegration, probably releasing even more agents into the biosphere).

Now don't get me wrong, with the right regulation and foresight, these kind of developments can be true breakthroughs. But forging ahead without considering whether an invention can be dismantled or reduced to its original components is not good engineering these days.

But hell, my field is ancient history, what do I know...

Re:More permanence may not be best (-1, Flamebait)

krog (25663) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952367)

...or we could go in the other direction, living in mud brick huts, using every part of the buffalo, and NOT POSTING ON SLASHDOT OR USING A COMPUTER OR ELECTRONICS EVER AGAIN.

you may want to consider the Amish culture.

Re:More permanence may not be best (4, Insightful)

addie (470476) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952409)

You obviously didn't read my "don't get me wrong" paragraph. There is such a thing as sustainable development, but we tend to learn how to do a thing much quicker than how to do it safely. I'm not saying we shouldn't develop these kinds of technologies, but simply that we need to fully consider the ramifications of such permanent ideas on future generations.

Or are you more of a living in the now kind of guy?

Re:More permanence may not be best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952510)

Well, if we did a bit more energy research (tesla-stylee), we could just vaporise and recondense stuff we wanted to get rid of. The energy scarcity Big Lie has held the earth in thrall for most of a century, just to preserve the societal control of a few slimy old men.

Is the sky really falling? Do geckos hold it up? (1)

John Harrison (223649) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952946)

we need to fully consider the ramifications of such permanent ideas on future generations.

What are "permanent ideas"? How are these ideas harmful? I am confused. I also don't see how gecko tape or mollusk glue are harmful to recycling efforts. If anything they help. If something breaks I can "permanently" fix it with gecko tape or mollusk glue instead of throwing it away. How does this harm future generations?

Now nuclear waste is the sort of problem that we shouldn't be passing on to future generations, but I fail to see how glue is going to destroy your grandchildren. Unless they sniff too much of it.

I am adding some text here because the above somehow does not meet the strict requirements of the lameness filter. Perhaps it is too compressible? I don't know. This verbage should lower the average amount of repetion in my post.

The post still comes back as unacceptable. This is Slashdot censorship. Someone is messing with me here. I would like to know what the problem is. Help?

Re:More permanence may not be best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953481)

>There is such a thing as sustainable development, but we tend to learn how to do a thing much quicker than how to do it safely.

Fact 1: People live longer and healthier now than they have ever done in the past (including even the near past).

Fact 2: During medieval times, when development (sustainable and not so) came to a standstill to be replaced with petty wars, people were sicker and lived shorter life spans than ever before.

I won't make a fallacy and glue (pun intended) those facts together, but think about it.

>I'm not saying we shouldn't develop these kinds of technologies, but simply that we need to fully consider the ramifications of such permanent ideas on future generations.

An interesting twist on the old axiom, "you can kill a man but you can't kill an idea".

Re:More permanence may not be best (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952689)

We'll live.

Re:More permanence may not be best (3, Insightful)

axolotl_farmer (465996) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952812)

You have to consider what you mean by permanent:

A protein based glue that sticks to everything but is biodegradable, or a polymer based one that doesn't stick as good and lasts until the sun goes nova.

Re:More permanence may not be best (3, Interesting)

1u3hr (530656) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952813)

You know, with this development, and all the recent talk about gecko super-tape being developed... it makes me feel a little uncomfortable. We're developing products that make structures, installations etc. more and more permanent.

If we used a glue that was similar to an existing organic substance it most likely would be more recyclable than the current acrylics and cyanoacrilates and such; hopefully production would produce less toxic waste, though I doubt they'll be milkng mussels for it. Conversely, making more durable products reduces obsolescence so ideally less is discarded.

DMCA (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952287)

Isn't this a violation of nature's rights? Greenpeace should sue them based on DMCA!

old news (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952288)

This was discovered by Sander Haemes 3 years ago [tudelft.nl] .

Re:old news (1, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952620)

I think you need to read the article. It describes the discovery that the mussel's use iron.. This isn't described at all in the article you linked.

Re:old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952635)

I'm in no way intending on knocking the effort that went into the research. Yea science!

But since you point out prior work, I wonder how much of this has to do with the NSF et al. getting their glory -- for having the insight to fund this research.

Re:old news (2, Informative)

TheLink (130905) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952692)

No mention of iron by that Sander Haemes article though.

synthesis is a sticky situation (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952324)

actually, research has been conducted on mussels like these for at least the past 15 years. scientists were having horrible trouble producing this adhesive on their own, and could only get something remotely close by crushing thousands of mussels and extracting the adhesive from them, and still the glue would wear off sooner than expected.
the discovery that iron contributes to the chemical structure will perhaps expedite the process of simulation and production, but there's still a long way to go. as technologically advanced as we are, we know hardly anything about how to build things on a molecular level, and even if we finally observe the chemical makeup of this glue, i believe production technology will be holding back synthesis.

Re:synthesis is a sticky situation (2, Interesting)

medication (91890) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952543)

unless of course we isolate the gene(s) responsible for the creation of the protein/metal glue... then it's a matter of recobinate DNA and our helpful little friends bacteria..

WGAR!?!? (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952333)

It's a mussel.

Give me practical applications, or give me death!

Re:WGAR!?!? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952528)

I'm Offtopic?

you're OFFTOPIC!

This whole thread is OFFTOPIC!!!!!

Zebra mussel info page (5, Informative)

slashd'oh (234025) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952339)

More information about the zebra mussel can be found here:

The Zebra Mussel Page [wayne.edu]

The slide show link is informative. To quote: "Zebra mussels are a pest organism because they not only attach to one another, but also to man-made objects, including water intakes and other plumbing of water, power, and other companies that use fresh water. [snip] Zebra mussels also attach to other organisms, such as these native (North American) mussels from Lake Erie. Heavy loads of zebra mussels have killed essentially all native Unionid mussels in western Lake Erie, an early site of the zebra mussel invasion. Zebra mussels first appeared in Lake St. Clair (yellow star, north of Lake Erie), possibly from ship's ballast water from the Black Sea region. They rapidly spread downstream with the current, and upstream and to other watersheds on boats, with bait, and by other man-mediated mechanisms."

The National Atlas website has a nice Shockwave animation illustrating the invasion between 1988 and 1999:

Animated Map Showing Zebra Mussel Distribution [nationalatlas.gov]

OK, But.... (2)

Qeygh (463357) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952350)

Will "mussel glue" fix broke eye glasses?

Re:OK, But.... (1)

Qeygh (463357) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952382)

s/broke/broken/

I knew I should have clicked the "preview" button.

Re:OK, But.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952608)

You didn't have to bother. It wasn't funny the first time either.

More glues in the news (2, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952353)

Glue in the News [thistothat.com]

I love his lab team... (1)

Raleel (30913) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952354)

apparently, mussel research is not an equal opportunity employer ;)

Re:I love his lab team... IS NOT A TROLL (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952897)

NOT A TROLL, same thought line as this

Prof Wilker - SCORE! (Score:2)

Can't wait for Mussel Man! (1)

xsfo (604140) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952361)

I can't wait for a new superhero: Mussel Man
He has the power of muscle and glue.
Take that Spiderman!

Huffing? (2, Funny)

metallikop (649953) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952363)

But does anything happen when you huff muscle glue?

Re:Huffing? (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952438)

Your cock gets hard.

"ravaged"? (1)

dmd (404) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952376)

Now I have this image of vast hordes of zebra mussels stampeding across the midwestern plains....

Or are those zebras?

Re:"ravaged"? (1)

Darth_brooks (180756) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952459)

having seen zebra mussel infestations in the great lakes, you're not too far from the truth.

Re:"ravaged"? (3, Informative)

cybermace5 (446439) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952742)

I had to live on the shore of Green Bay during the zebra mussel invasion. Billions upon billions died and washed ashore. The stench was unbelievable, and the shells formed dunes ranging from 3 to 8 feet, 60 feet out into where the water used to be, as far as you could see up and down the shoreline.

And the little buggers are so sharp. You can't swim anymore, when you feet touch bottom the mussels cut you. It's exactly like dozens of paper cuts on the soles of your feet.

I hope they don't counteract this glue.... (1)

TheLevelHeadedOne (700023) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952403)

...because the last thing we all need is to have weak mussels...

..rimshot..

Thank you, thank you, I'll be here forever...

Re:I hope they don't counteract this glue.... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952979)

The secret of a good laugh is for the joker to not overflow the listener with good material. But the opposit is also true.

A little bias going on in the lab? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952437)

check out image #7 at the link:

http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/04/pr0402_images. ht m

EAT BERTHA'S MUSSELS! (-1, Offtopic)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952453)

n/t

Great, now all we need ... (4, Insightful)

torpor (458) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952483)

... is someone to produce a super-mussel in its own shimmering vat, just pumping the stuff out for us to make our own spacecraft hulls with.

Should be easy.

What would be interesting is a genetically mutated mussel for ships which a) roams around sealing cracks, and b) kills all other non super-mussel mussels from the hull.

Maybe a super ship fixing mussel with frickin' lazers on its valves? That'd rock.

But anyway, I'm serious about the shipfixing idea. Why can't we work -with- nature instead of against it all the time, why oh why?

Re:Great, now all we need ... (1)

Bigman (12384) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952699)

Bizzarrely enough, when I read this story, I started thinking 'Hey maybe they could make spaceships out of this if its so tough'.. I guess I need to stop reading Larry Niven and get out there in the big blue room....

Re:Great, now all we need ... (1)

inode_buddha (576844) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952776)

Cool idea actually, but I dunno if you could pack that much intelligence into a single mussel. I've been wondering about something like a "hive" of mussels, where the collective intellect of the hive is greater than any individual. It would be a neat way to paint the bottom of a ship, for example, with insanely strong glue as a kind of "paint".

Nifty idea overall; maybe this is the kind of thing we can use computational biology for?

Um.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952895)

A super mussel. Just don't make a male and female giant mussel, and just DON'T Release them into the ocean! THEN we'd have a major problem on our hands. Imagine the world's oceans infested by huge giant mussels, no water left, no organisms left...

Bye bye humans and all other life on the planet...

Don't fuck with the food chain!

Suddenly... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952945)

George Lucas has a strange desire to make a movie...about giant mussels...invading from outer space....

Re:Great, now all we need ... (2, Funny)

Boing (111813) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953203)

What would be interesting is a genetically mutated mussel for ships which a) roams around sealing cracks, and b) kills all other non super-mussel mussels from the hull.

Oh, great. Some ship with one of these on it sinks, and suddenly the tectonic plate boundaries are sealed. Then what're we gonna do, huh?

Hmmm, on second thought, no more earthquakes or volcanos or tidal waves doesn't seem like such a bad thing...

Overview? (2, Funny)

FesterDaFelcher (651853) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952592)

"This overview contains more details and references about this discovery."

Wouldnt an overview have less details? :)

Re:Overview? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952682)

No, it would have fewer details.

Even sticks to Teflon.. eh? (1)

michaelhood (667393) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952601)

Did they try T-Fal? Maybe they should spray some Pam.

Prof Wilker - SCORE! (4, Funny)

argStyopa (232550) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952643)

Lessee, handsome young professor, with EIGHT grad students. All coincidentally female and good looking. What are the odds of THAT? Spend a lot of time in the lab, do ya, Doc?

http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/news/04/images/theteam .j pg

I'm going to let everyone ELSE make the jokes, thanks.

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952722)

"handsome young professor"?

"female and good looking"?

Are we looking at the same photo? What I saw there was the January issue of the Ugly Parade!

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952723)

He looks gay

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (5, Funny)

Bigman (12384) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952754)

Just goes to show that chicks dig guys with mussels....

*rim-shot*

Oh well, I'm known for my awful puns, so I guess this just adds to my rep!

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (1)

Abcd1234 (188840) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952976)

Wow. That, sir, was impressive.

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7952901)

This guy looks scarily like Dale Winton!

Re:Prof Wilker - SCORE! (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953030)

Isn't it obvious?

He's gay.

If only (3, Funny)

Pragmatix (688158) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952728)

If only we can figure out a way to sneak some of this stuff into Darl McBride's mouth.

NSFW? (2, Funny)

ChilliNuts (718413) | more than 10 years ago | (#7952950)

Did anyone else see the link in the overview page entitled "NSF page" and hope for some nudy mussel pics?

No? ... /shuffles back to fark

Wow (3, Funny)

lone_marauder (642787) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953001)

such as the zebra mussel that has ravaged the midwestern United States.

Those zebra mussels must be pretty badass to be growing in Nebraska cornfields.



(yes, I know zebra mussels are a problem for inland freshwater bodies. The joke is still funny. Thank you.)

A sheet of Teflon? (4, Funny)

sharkey (16670) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953108)

Whoopdedoo. When they get a guy to stick a mussel on his hat and use it to hang from a steel girder high over the city, then I'll be impressed.

3n 355 3ff (2, Funny)

Deraj DeZine (726641) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953177)

NSF? You mean the National Secessionist Forces? I have a feeling that they didn't discover this for themselves, they probably just hijacked a shipment from UNATCO.

purdue .. (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 10 years ago | (#7953275)

he taught one of my undergrad inorganic chem classes! good/funny/interesting to see him slashdotted!

Teflon? That's easy. Try the MS EULA (3, Funny)

mnemotronic (586021) | more than 10 years ago | (#7953368)

Teflon? No problem-o. Try getting anything to stick to the MS WinXP EULA [microsoft.com] .

... ahwell, dere goes me karma den.

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