Harvesting Blue Blood

From horseshoe crabs.   Before you complain about how this hurts the crab population, the crabs that have their blood drained are, for the most part returned alive.  Look, before anybody gets concerned about the 30% or so that die, the crab lifecycle expects that 90% of the larvae hatched will not make it to mating.  Followed up with the fact that mated crabs die soon after egg laying.

http://inhabitat.com/every-year-250000-horseshoe-crabs-donate-their-blue-blood-to-save-humans/

I grew up on the water and horseshoe crabs are interesting creatures. They’ve been around since before the dinosaur, essentially unchanged for hundreds of millions of years.  I’m not surprised that horseshoe crabs have excellent disease resistance. It goes along with the very hard shell and the shape that allows the crab to crawl along the bottom.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horseshoe_crab

A remarkable creature.

Is It Ok To Be Both A Scientist And An Artist?

Adam Savage has been having a “Ask Adam Anything” blog on the Tested website.

http://www.tested.com/premium/565709-ask-adam-anything-4-time-management-tips/

One question that came up was this one from “dork daddy”:

Good morning, Adam. This question is from my brilliant, beautiful, precocious 10 year old daughter, Ellie. I certainly know how I would answer it, but I suspect you’d have a pretty unique and eloquent spin of your own. My daughter has passions and interests that range the entire spectrum. She is a gifted writer, a prolific artist, an enthusiastic athlete and a natural-born scientist. She has so many interests she sometimes feels like she can’t keep up. The question she often asks me as she looks to her own future is this:

Is it possible to be an artist and a scientist at the same time?

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If You Are Any Kind Of Maker, You will Want This

The complete Amateur Scientist on CD-Rom

http://www.surplusshed.com/pages/item/m2071.html

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ISBN%3D0970347626/sciencehobbyist/

When I was a kid, Scientific American always had a science project that people could do in their home shops, usually with normal tools and some scrounging.  The quality of these projects was always extremely high.  Scientific American stopped putting those articles out sometime in the 1990’s, here they all are.  There are thousands of pages of useful stuff and projects to fabricate.  This is especially useful for getting info  on obsolete projects and dangerous stuff.

How Do We Know What A GMO Is?

The basic thinking behind the opposition to GMO crops is that Genetic manipulation is dangerous because we don’t know what all the consequences will be.  As this article points out, it that’s the issue, then we are In REAL trouble.

http://grist.org/food/mind-bomb-its-practically-impossible-to-define-gmos/?utm_source=syndication&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=feed

I’m not a biologist, but even a light reading of some bio stuff sort of tell you that genes are remarkably fungible. I think that this is life’s protection against a dangerous universe.  And it’s worked for billions of years.  Blending genes to get desired traits is just another way that human being using nature to improve our lives.

What Impact Does Stuff Like This Have On Science?

Yet another missive from a puppy kicker.  Now I don’t know the exact circumstances about The Marcy case.  For all I know he could be the biggest horndog out there as well as being a total idiot. . I am sure that if he was NOT aware of the fact that he had to keep constantly alert about his behavior, he was a total idiot.  I do think that it’s telling that the events were not reported for YEARS after they took place when the so called victims were changing careers from astronomy to professional activists and victims.

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I Suspect That Einstein Would Have Loved This

Quantum entanglement verified by experiment.

http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/22/science/quantum-theory-experiment-said-to-prove-spooky-interactions.html?_r=2

The article makes much of how Einstein derided quantum entanglement.  What the Times seems to missed is that it was Einstein who also said that one experiment could prove him wrong.  Which this did.  Which makes for interesting physics, which is after all, the study of the world as it is, not as we would like it to be.

You can make up all the theories you want, but ultimately you have to test the theories against reality.  Which doesn’t care how elegant your math is or how well your theory fits together.  Reality is what is. As a true scientist, Einstein understood that and that’s why he would have loved this experiment.

Making Morlocks For Climate Change

In order to prevent climate change, create Morlocks.

http://gizmodo.com/meanwhile-in-the-future-to-stop-climate-change-we-mus-1733583113

It’s for the planet.  This is typical of the kind of thought that’s been driving the Progressive movement since HG Wells.  So I should not be surprised that the same sort of bad stuff keeps coming to the surface. I suppose that it should be no surprise that the article should be written by high status Eloi, Rose Eveleth, she who loves science so much that she drives scientists to tears over a shirt during their greatest triumph.

She does talk a little about who gets to choose who gets modified and what modifications happen.  I do want to know who “we” is.  If experience in the last century is any guide, who “we” is and who makes the kind choices about people is fairly evident.  Unfortunately for Ms. Eveleth we have an all too good series of examples of Been There, Done that.  Frankly we don’t want to go down that road again no matter how hot it gets.

Unfortunately Progressives can’t seem to learn from past mistakes.  They always seem to want to go down the same paths.  They can’t seem to understand that 1984, Brave New World  and The Time Machine  were warnings, not instruction manuals.  I think that even some of the Progressives of the last century were every concerned about the possible consequences of the things that they were advocating.  Somehow they didn’t follow that logic to the conclusion that they were advocating  for the wrong things.

At this point, the climate change argument misses the point.  Even if things were as bad as the climate crowd says, do we really want to, in the end even give up our very humanity.  Do we really want to want to remake people in to some sort of ideal chosen by a few based on something that at best is a good “maybe.”  Frankly though, it would be easier to deal with the Ice caps melting than with the social changes wanted by the “we” crowd and the consequences of same.

It’s amazing how these people always come to the same conclusions, that somehow humans must be coerced into becoming new people, better suited to the new world, whatever that is that the Progressives are pursuing in their current fad.  Now, apparently the want to reach into our very genes and “nudge” us into a new species.  It seems like every new go around of Progressivism creates yet more new coercive lunacies, to top the bloody past that’s already happened.

I can’t understand the logic that says that all of us should inflict permanent damage on our children to chase the will of the wisp.  The fact is that nobody really knows what the climate will do.  Computers are not oracles and like all models the climate models are at best, guesses on reality.  The evidence seems to be that they a poor guess at that. especially when it comes to the potential effect of rising Carbon Dioxide.  It bothers me when supposedly intelligent men seemingly ignore chemistry and physics when chasing horror stories.  Especially when they are trained in those disciplines.

When you start paying attention to the climate crowd you realize that they are afraid.  Not of the climate, but of you.  The whole climate  cargo cult “science” is about making sure that you don’t pursue you own best interest and above all don’t seek to improve yourselves and gain status and wealth.  See, status and wealth are for them, the elites, the Davos crowd, the Club Of Rome people, The Strongs, Soros, Rockefellers and Steyers.  We, the masses should not be aspiring for prosperity, we should expect it to be rationed by “them.”

Maybe they should  be afraid.  I took my time machine to the future and my Morlock friends told me that Eloi was pretty tasty.  Like chicken, but they can’t eat chicken.  They are genetically allergic to it.  Look, when people come up with “solutions” like this, it’s pretty obvious that things have gone way off the deep end and that this is NOT the way to go.  But I’m sure that shortly we will see soon yet another lunatic suggestion from the climate crowd, just wait.

Update:
From Watts Up With That.

http://wattsupwiththat.com/2015/10/01/bizarre-idea-turning-us-into-dwarves-with-night-vision-will-save-us-from-climate-change/

I guess they think that you can always drug up the Morlocks they create.

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