Also in today's links: cloned dogs, android twins and more.
- You know those people in your office who are always sitting there rubbing in hand sanitizer gel, while you shiver at the thought of the feel of that stuff and wonder why they don't just stand up and go wash their hands? Well, the stuff won't even protect you from getting a cold. But washing your hands might.
- Researchers have developed an auto key that blocks the driver's cell phone from being used while it's in the ignition. How about if every driver ticketed for talking on a cell phone while driving gets one of these instead of (or in addition to) having to pay a fine?
- A man running a business to clone dogs explains -- in great detail -- life with these pets. It's nice that he likes how his dog corners while running -- just like the genetic donor! -- but is that really a reason for people to spend $100,000+?
- That's all the pet peeves I have today, so in other creepy re-creation news, a Japanese professor created a really creepily realistic android version of himself.
- And as if cloning doesn't have enough potential to screw with evolution, hunting is driving a serious change in evolutionary patterns, with smaller animals and individuals with less impressive horns and antlers more likely to survive and breed in some cases. Here's the quote of the day: "When you take [tusked elephants] systematically out of the population for several years, you end up leaving essentially a bunch of losers doing the breeding." -- biologist Marco Festa-Bianchet of the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec.
One pet peeve I have is people who greet me with "Hi. How are you?" Once-in-a-while I will JOKINGLY ask them "Do you really want to know?" Most will answer back "Not really." I will then JOKINGLY ask them "Why did you ask me then? Don't ask a question you don't want answered. If they aren't feeling "Fine," don't complain when they start telling you EXACTLY how they are, no matter how long it takes. My standard greeting is "Howdy."
You know if they would thin the population of "game" animals to where it should be, "hunting" might actually require skill. It would also help to ban strictly trophy hunters. Or maybe limit such things as the number of points a deer can have in order to be shot. 10 points and under are fair game, over that are illegal to kill. That would allow the most intelligent animals to survive and do most of the breeding.
On the cell phone thing, I think the providers could make some PHONES which dont WORK in moving vehicles. We cycle through cell phones MUCH more then cars folks. I can keep rebuilding the engine in my 81 pick-up, but no one I know can "re-build" their cell. Good grief, we are becoming slaves to technology. When is ole Abe Lincoln gonna rise from his ashes and save us all from THIS slavery?