… Except that’s an oversimplification in extremis, and ignores the role that religious institutions (which, sigh, yes, includes the Catholic Church) have had in sponsoring the sciences.
People are about to go “BUT GALILEO!”
Yes, Galileo is a big shiny example of church wrongdoing - except the popular mythology about Galileo is outright wrong. Galileo wasn’t censured for pushing heliocentrism - Galileo was censured for pushing heliocentrism when the evidence didn’t support his theory, and then viciously mocking anybody who didn’t take his model at his word, even though it didn’t match reality.
It wasn’t until Kepler, a century later, that we had a heliocentric theory of the solar system that met the evidence as well as the geocentric-epicyclic model. Galileo modeled his heliocentrism on circles (because they were mathematically perfect) and ignored it when his circular heliocentric model didn’t match up to the extant observations of planetary movement.
He also grievously insulted his patron and friend, the Pope, and was merely sentenced to house arrest (in an extremely large house with sprawling, expansive grounds) in an era when many who had committed much milder insults to powerful patrons were tortured and executed.
As One More Thing, it is always a very difficult thing to predict exactly where scientific advances are going to go. Research into high-density energy generation and storage has stalled with fusion perpetually 15 years from market (for the last three-quarters of the century). By contrast, high-density data storage (and generation) has increased geometrically, to the point where in 2013 we are beyond where we predicted back in the 1960s we’d be half a millennium from now.
So yeah. Simplistic comment is simplistic.
Ugh!! Bad news for animals…farming their genes for medicine. http://bit.ly/1k15pDr
These poor babies had jellyfish DNA inserted into their DNA.
HUMANS ARE DISGUSTING!
dude i feel bad for that one little piggy that isn’t glowing
he’s sitting there like what is this bro
Not only does this make it easier to find your piggy in the dark but no one will eat glowing bacon…ergo…MAKE ALL THE BACON GLOW!
The gene is called GFP and by using it one can track other inserted genes. It’s called a selectable marker. The pigs don’t “glow” they are fluorescent under black light like trippy posters.
Using vertebrates such as mammals helps the research and biotech development since the new proteins fold appropriately when the inserted genes are transcribed and translated. Producing human genes in bacteria is notoriously difficult because simple organs lack many of the processing mechanisms.
Similar technology has been made using goats and sheep and these are huge steps toward manufacturing life saving drugs.
While one may disagree with using animals as a pharmacy, historically, pigs pancreas was ground up to provide life saving insulin to diabetics - until patients develop an allergy to it. Genetic manipulation can prevent these shortcomings.
Read more about:
GFP (novel prize worthy research)
Using mammals for pharmacy
Insulin production & therapy
Periodic table created by London-based graphic designer Alison Haigh. Each element is represented by a visualization of its electronic structure, rather than by numbers and letters. Simple and elegant.
Simple and elegant, but…
As much as I like this concept, it misses the elegance of nature – and, in fact, the elegance of electronic structure. The beauty already intrinsic to the periodic table is seemingly absent. For instance, each of the noble gasses (on the far right) is inert because of its full electron shell. These should really be the most beautiful things in this image. But instead they look incomplete.
As it is, it’s a bit like presenting the complete works of Shakespeare, but as a single excessively large book. Then removing all the titles of the individual plays, so you can’t tell where Hamlet ends and Twelfth Night begins.
Alongside the noble gasses, similarly beautiful, complete, structures should really be there for the s block, the d block, and the f block too. If someone makes a graphic like that, I’d give it my full support. As it is though, this just makes me feel uncomfortable. Like it’s rather missing the point…
radioactivepigeons asked: Two parasites walk into a bar. The bartender says, "We can't serve viruses here." One turns to the other and says, "Well, he's not a good host."
If I were an enzyme I would be DNA helicase so I could unzip your genes.
Perhaps Lewis Carroll found a bit of inspiration in the tobacco hornworm to create the Hookah-Smoking Caterpillar. The tobacco hornworm eats tobacco leaves and its breath smells of nicotine. Its bad case of halitosis keeps predators at bay, as it advertises the animal’s toxicity.
Read more: http://bit.ly/1it6DWq via NatGeo