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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

COW 401 AND her herdmates were the product of two and a half years of research, Van Eenennaam's attempt to create a strain of gene-edited cattle specially suited to the needs of the beef industry. read more


Sunday, March 17, 2019

Late 2017 – the astronomers in Hawaii spotted something strange. The first known interstellar object- almost looking like a blip of light went past the sun very fast. Nobody knew what it could be. Some said it could have been from a star. Being an unprecedented sighting, astronomers were trying to find out more about it. How could such an object get into the Milky Way? read more


You get a job, achieve things at the job, gain responsibility, get paid more, move to a better company, gain even more responsibility, get paid even more, rent an apartment with a parking spot, stop doing your own laundry, and you buy one of those $9 juices where the stuff settles down to the bottom. But are you happier? You do all kinds of life things -- you buy groceries, read articles, get haircuts, chew things, take out the trash, buy a car, brush your teeth, shit, sneeze, shave, stretch, get drunk, put salt on things, have sex with someone, charge your laptop, jog, empty the dishwasher, walk the dog, buy a couch, close the curtains, button your shirt, wash your hands, zip your bag, set your alarm, fix your hair, order lunch, act friendly to someone, watch a movie, drink apple juice, and put a new paper towel roll on the thing. But as you do these things day after day and year after year, are you improving as a human in a meaningful way?


It's a story that has fascinated people for decades. Two Pascagoula men claim they were abducted by aliens while fishing on the Pascagoula River. As was expected by the two men -- Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker -- their story was often met with skepticism and ridicule.. read more


Defense officials want to test a neutral particle-beam in orbit in fiscal 2023 as part of a ramped-up effort to explore various types of space-based weaponry. They've asked for $304 million in the 2020 budget to develop such beams, more powerful lasers, and other new tech for next-generation missile defense. Such weapons are needed, they say, to counter new missiles from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran. But just figuring out what might work is a difficult technical challenge. read more


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