top Scientists Optimistic About Getting a Mammoth Genome Complete Enough To Clone
Recent studies have elucidated the importance of a creature's microbiome (especially gut flora) to its digestive capabilities and overall health. How healthy can an animal whose microbiome is extinct be (unless it inherits a suitable microbiome from its surrogate elephant mother)?
top Uber Has a Playbook For Sabotaging Lyft, Says Report
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You used to rob limos?
top 43,000-Year-Old Woolly Mammoth Remains Offer Strong Chance of Cloning
Could such animals possible be healthy in the absence of the gut flora & other micro-species that evolved along with it?
top Why Does Facebook Need To Read My Text Messages?
I removed Facebook from my Android device when I discovered it wanted permission to take photos without even notifying me
top Scientists Invent Urine-Powered Robots
If the robots require us to be around for their fuel, perhaps they'll refrain from wiping us out...
top Building Melts Car
Don't forget snow globes! (There actually was a recall over this -
top Mayan Pyramid In Belize Leveled By Construction Crew
I spent two seasons in the mid-1980s excavating at Nohmul, and can put a rest to some of the speculation here.
Nobody in this region is unaware of the nature of these ruins, nor their significance. This part of the country is flat limestone plains, and it is generally understood that any small hills are in reality ancient ruins.
The site draws almost no tourists whatsoever (it is almost entirely unrestored), so liability is not a concern. While not amongst the better known sites, it had much historic value nonetheless, which is why it was the subject of numerous investigations by Cambridge and Rutgers Universities, National Geographic, etc. The destruction of one Nohmul's primary structures for road fill is indeed a tragedy. The gentleman who owned the site when I excavated there would never have let this happen, but I suspect that ownership changed hands in the interim.
about a year and a half ago
top Berkeley Scientists Plan To 'Jurassic Park' Some Extinct Pigeons Back To Life
It is estimated that bacteria alone (only one component of our microbiome) far outnumber human cells. I'm not totally up on my modern biology, but i suspect that the situation with birds is comparable; could any species be resurrected successfully in the absence of its associated microfauna?
about a year and a half ago
top Apple Said To Be Working On a 'Watch-Like Device'
Or is it more like this?
top Facebook Test Will Let You Message Strangers For $1
So Facebook, you want to be the preeminent social media site, but you want me to pay for every message sent to my non-FB friends? Let me know how that works out for you...
top NASA DTN Protocol: How Interplanetary Internet Works
...something amateur ("ham") radio operators have been using since the 1980's...
top Microsoft's Hidden Windows 8 Feature: Ads
Opting out at choice.live.com requires registration, including providing an email address. [sarcasm]I'm sure i'll never receive unsolicited emails from them! [/sarcasm]
top 15 Years of Stuff That Matters
I would have expected mention of what may be Slashdot's most profound contribution to the Internet: The Slashdot Effect!
top Your Moral Compass Is Reversible
This would seem to fall under the frightening rubric that, "by definition 50% of people are of below-average intelligence"...
top PayPal Unveils Mobile Payment System
...that an ad for Squareup (served by ad.doubleclick.net) appears at the top of of my browser window when viewing this article...
top Russian Scientists Say They'll Clone a Mammoth Within 5 Years
Biologists have relatively recently come to understand the complexity, abundance and importance of the mammalian microbiome; for example, it is estimated that bacteria alone (only one component of our microbiome) far outnumber human cells. Given that mammoths are long extinct, their associated microfauna are likely absent from the word as well. Doesn't sound promising for maintaining healthy animals...
top How Do You Keep Up With Science Developments?
I second the suggestion. New Scientist is awesome - it covers every science subject under (and well beyond) the sun, and does so in a manner that is technologically sophisticated, yet well within the reach of any reasonably well-educated reader. The weekly print version is admittedly a bit expensive (especially for those not in the U.K.), but much of the content is covered for free at their website (www.newscientist.com).
top Why Netflix Had To Raise Its Prices
I think it's pretty funny that a Netflix ad appeared on my page to the right of this discussion...
top RadioShack Trying To Return To Its DIY Roots
That mirrors my experience. As a kid i shopped there so often for components that they'd memorized my name, address & phone number (back then RS required you to supply these; some BS about warrant/return requirements). Years later, it became apparent that the place was populated with sales driods working on commission, who knew *nothing* whatsoever about electronics