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China Is Cloning Pigs on an "Industrial Scale"

China Is Cloning Pigs on an "Industrial Scale"
A new report by the BBC reveals that China isn't just experimenting with cloning—it's doing it on an "industrial scale." Which is at best interesting and at worst more than a small cause for concern.

Spearheaded by a company called BGI, the technology required to clone animals isn't particularly new, but the application to mass production certainly is. In a report for the BBC, David Shukman explains what he saw when he visited the facility in China recently:

The first shed contains 90 animals in two long rows. They look perfectly normal, as one would expect, but each of them is carrying cloned embryos. Many are clones themselves. This place produces an astonishing 500 cloned pigs a year.


It seems that the old fashioned way of producing pigs is inefficient. What does this mean for the food supply? In theory, they are just identical chunks of meat.

What do people here think?
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jan 16, 2014, 07:09 PM (6 replies)

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

Organic Mega Flow Battery Promises Breakthrough for Renewable Energy

an. 8, 2014 — A team of Harvard scientists and engineers has demonstrated a new type of battery that could fundamentally transform the way electricity is stored on the grid, making power from renewable energy sources such as wind and solar far more economical and reliable.

The novel battery technology is reported in a paper published in Nature on January 9. Under the OPEN 2012 program, the Harvard team received funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to develop the innovative grid-scale battery and plans to work with ARPA-E to catalyze further technological and market breakthroughs over the next several years.

he paper reports a metal-free flow battery that relies on the electrochemistry of naturally abundant, inexpensive, small organic (carbon-based) molecules called quinones, which are similar to molecules that store energy in plants and animals.


This is a solution to the intermittent nature of many renewable energy sources.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Sun Jan 12, 2014, 03:52 PM (7 replies)

What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?

What Is The Polar Vortex And Why Is It Doing This To Us?
High-pressure systems over Alaska and Greenland, Samenow added, are "allowing the jet stream to dive south over the U.S. and also for this polar vortex to drop south with the jet stream."

For a more visual image of what's happening, though, we suggest an analogy offered by science writer Andrew Freedman, who spoke with Morning Edition's David Greene.

"This is air that is circulating the Arctic," Freedman said. "In the last couple of days, it's sort of become lopsided — sort of like a figure skater that has extended their arms and then tripped.

"You know, when a figure skater pulls their arms in, they spin tighter and tighter and faster and faster. But when they put their arms out, they are a little bit slower and a little bit more wobbly and more prone to fall or stop skating at the end of their routine.

"What's happening now is that a piece of it is down on the other side of the globe, but a piece of it kind of got lopsided and came down on top of us."

Great explanation with good links. Yes, the vortex appears to be a child of global warming.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Tue Jan 7, 2014, 03:58 PM (5 replies)

Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Power Station

Breakthrough: One Step Closer to Nuclear Fusion Power Station

The superconductivity research group of the University of Twente (UT) has made a technological breakthrough crucial to the success of nuclear fusion reactors, allowing for clean, inexhaustible energy generation based on the workings of the stars in our galaxy.

The crux of the new development is a highly ingenious and robust superconducting cable system. This makes for a remarkably strong magnetic field that controls the very hot, energy-generating plasma in the reactor core, laying the foundation for nuclear fusion. The new cables are far less susceptible to heating due to a clever way of interweaving, which allows for a significant increase in the possibilities to control the plasma. Moreover, in combination with an earlier UT invention, the cables are able to withstand the immense forces inside the reactor for a very long time. The increased working life of the superconductors and the improved control of the plasma will soon make nuclear fusion energy more reliable: the magnet coils take up one third of the costs of a nuclear fusion power station. The longer their working life, the cheaper the energy will be. The research is a project within the context of the Green Energy Initiative of the University of Twente.

Cost-effective clean energy Project leader Arend Nijhuis: 'The worldwide development of nuclear fusion reactors is picking up steam, and this breakthrough leads to a new impulse. Our new cables have already been extensively tested in two institutes.' Mr Nijhuis has been invited for a new collaboration with China and expects that the UT system will become a global standard. The world's largest nuclear fusion reactor, ITER, is under construction in Cadarache in France, and is expected to start operation by 2020, as a joint project of the US, EU, Russia, India, Japan, South Korea and China. However, China and South Korea have also initiated their own national large-scale nuclear fusion projects, in which the UT technology can be incorporated.


Perhaps this will finally make the dream of fusion a reality and make fission obsolete.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Jan 2, 2014, 01:19 AM (1 replies)

Filubuster Crack Whore adicts forced to go cold turkey

without a single judicial nomination they can snort.

You gave um hell, Harry.

Good on ya.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 06:00 PM (4 replies)

Does reforming the filibuster remove a Senator's right to put a hold on any nomination.

Granted, from the Senates own site at Senate.Gov, they admit there is no actual rule in place.
Senate Legislative Process
The practice of "holds" (requests by senators to party leaders to delay floor consideration of legislation or nominations), which is nowhere recognized in Senate rules or precedents and about which little is known with respect to its origins, has become a prominent feature of today's Senate

But it has been used often to stop a nomination. Will Republicans go nuclear with this procedural tool to stop the government from governing? Stay tuned for next week, next month, next year.

Harry, you have the power, make the filibuster go away.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Nov 21, 2013, 12:20 PM (6 replies)

We must not kid ourselves into thinking that Christie hasn't got a shot at the White House

In almost every election, Republicans nominate what they see as the sensible moderate in sheep's clothing. Romney won the "electable" meme and became the nominee against the teaparty clamoring for a "Real Conservative." (NOTE - a Teaparty "Real Conservative" is the person who sounds sane to the crazies.) McCain won the "electable" meme and the nomination in 2008. Bush won the "electable" meme in 2000, and the White House, with that "Compassionate Conservative" lie while running against Bill Clinton's zipper, with the help of criminal acts and the Supreme Court.

As long as there are enough Republicans who want someone they think is electable by the independent center right voters, he will win the "electable meme." If an open crazy like Cruz wins the nomination, the Republican party will have completed its Wiginization and will be gone by 2020, replaced by a party that keeps its screaming crazies in a box.

This is why Christie is the most dangerous Republican in the current race. He is capable of looking normal to the independent, non-aligned voters in the center, many of whom are Republicans who were left without a party by the shifting definition of "Conservative" and the drive for ideological purity.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Nov 6, 2013, 10:20 AM (48 replies)

The Hillary-lujah Chorus

Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

For the next Clinton President reigneth.
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

For the next Clinton President reigneth.
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

The Wife of Bill Clinton
Is become the President of our Land,
And mother of Chelsea, And mother of Chelsea;
And she shall reign for four years and four,
For four years and four, four years and four,

Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents, :|
And President of Presidents,
And She shall reign,
And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents,
And President of Presidents,
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!

And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents
And She shall reign for four years and four,
Clinton of Clintons, and President of Presidents!
Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah! Hillary-lujah!
Hillary-lujah!

(Brought to you by the Droppings Behind the Horse Foundation.)
Reposted from another thread.
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 09:16 PM (4 replies)

Exceptionalism!

If we are an Exceptional Nation
Do we not then have Exceptional rulers
Who sit their Exceptional arses
Upon an Exceptional throne
Supported by Exceptional companies
Led by Exceptional executives
That deliver Exceptional profits
To their Exceptional 1% investors
While the Exceptional masses
Wallow in Exceptional mystery
For the Exceptional scraps
Tossed them by Exceptional leaders
Of their Exceptional nation.

Agnosticsherbet
10.31.2013
Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Thu Oct 31, 2013, 02:33 PM (1 replies)

Milestones to an exciting plot.

Posted by Agnosticsherbet | Wed Oct 30, 2013, 09:05 PM (6 replies)
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