genetically modified cows…

produce human milk:

“‘It’s good,’ said worker Jiang Yao. ‘It’s better for you because it’s genetically modified.'”

heh. make sure to read that with a really bad jackie chan sort-of accent. you know, like this: “it good! it bettah foh you because it genetically mohdified!” it’s waaay funnier then. (~_^)

on a more serious note:

“The director of the research project, Professor Li Ning, said Western concerns about the ethics of genetic modification are misplaced.

“‘There are 1.5 billion people in the world who don’t get enough to eat,’ he said. ‘It’s our duty to develop science and technology, not to hold it back. We need to feed people first, before we consider ideals and convictions.'”

well, there you go.

update 06/10 – huh. the argentines are at it, too: Argentine lab clones cow to produce human-like milk

another update 06/10 – ok! so i found the research article connected to this … uh … research, and what these chinese scientists have done is to get the cows to produce milk with more lysozyme in it. ah ha! so, it IS betteh foh you! (as long as you don’t grow a second head.) see here:

Characterization of Bioactive Recombinant Human Lysozyme Expressed in Milk of Cloned Transgenic Cattle

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they might be waaaaycists…

…but the japanese really got that altruism thing down (d*mn them, they made me cry):

“Pensioners come forth for Fukushima”

“As the Japanese government and TEPCO struggle to bring the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant under control, a group of pensioners has decided to put their lives at risk to save younger people from radiation….

“‘My acquaintances and I talked very intensively about the accident and about how we could help contain the disaster,’ explained 72-year-old Yasuteru Yamada who came up with the idea.

“‘A functioning cooling system is indispensable,’ he pointed out. ‘But who is supposed to build it? Only people can do it. So why not us? Since we don’t have such a long future ahead?’

“Yamada is a former engineer who studied metallurgy. He set up ‘Qualified Veterans for Fukushima Nuclear Plant No. 1’ as a registered charity to convince the authorities of its seriousness….

“Yamada and his friends have now contacted 2,500 people in Tokyo and the surroundings. Some 450 people have already offered their help and 90 of them – all in their 60s – have agreed to work in the plant itself. He says they are ‘worried about what’s coming. But should we not do anything just because we are worried?'”

previously: japanese waaaaycism

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yes, we’re all exactly the same

guess this kid must’ve studied advanced maths and astrophysics for at least 10,000 hours … before he turned 3 years old:

Genius at work: 12-year-old is studying at IUPUI

previously: you, too, can become a physics genius!

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beautiful people are more intelligent…

…at least according to kanazawa, altho i’m not 100% persuaded by this latest study he refers to (precisely ’cause of the poss ‘halo effect’ he refers to)…

…but are intelligent people more beautiful?

i dunno about that. just look at the last 10 winners of the nobel prize in physics. smart guys the lot of them. really smart. über smart! but it’s gotta be admitted, none of them are george clooneys or brad pitts:

andre geim & konstantin novoselov

charles kao, willard boyle & george smith

yoichiro nambu, makoto kobayashi & toshihide maskawa

albert fert & peter grünberg

now none of these guys is particularly bad looking, but their looks do not scale with their iqs.

just sayin’.

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“underlying brainpower”

“So how does that guy become a [crossword] puzzle ace? Besides training like an athlete, Mr. Feyer said, it helps to have ‘underlying brain power and a head for trivia.’ He always had high grades and test scores, he said. He excelled at math as well as music, abilities that he thinks go together with crossword solving.

“What they all have in common, he said, is pattern recognition — as he begins filling in a puzzle grid, he starts recognizing what the words are likely to be, even without looking at the clues, based on just a few letters.

“‘A lot of the time, crossword people are musicians,’ he said, noting that Jon Delfin, who has won the tournament seven times, is a pianist and music director. ‘Mathematicians and computer scientists are also constructors.’

“Arthur Schulman, a crossword constructor and retired psychology professor from the University of Virginia, who taught a seminar called ‘The Mind of the Puzzler,’ agreed that there is a strong correlation between skill at word puzzles and talent for math and music. All, he said, involve playing with symbols that in and of themselves are not meaningful. ‘There’s an underlying connection, but I’m not sure what it might be,’ Professor Schulman said. ‘It’s finding meaning in structure.'”

from a cool article in the nyt (it happens sometimes!): “Across and Down, Who Is The Fastest Wizard of All”

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oh, honestly!

boingboing gushes:

“Inside the Bronx high school [Bronx High School of Science] that produced seven Nobel-winning physicists—despite having sub-standard physics education while most of them were in school. According to this article, what the Bronx High School of Science lacked in specific-subject resources, it made up by creating an engaging environment that got kids excited about science, in general, both in and out of the classroom.”

never mind that 6 of the 7 are/were ashkenazi jews!:

Leon N. Cooper
Sheldon L. Glashow
Steven Weinberg
Melvin Schwartz
Russell A. Hulse (not jewish)
H. David Politzer
Roy J. Glauber


the pc-left is so clueless.

see also “bronx physics.” and here.

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you, too, can have perfect pitch!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of listening closely to too many notes you, too, can have perfect pitch!

accurately identify which note a struck bell has played even if you’re only seven years old! Identify the numerical value in hertz of a given note! (wtf?) name that tune in just one note!

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe you could try being a little more east asian.) really!!

(no, not really.)

bonus. bonus bonus.

previously: you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

amaze your friends! astound your co-workers! after just 10,000 hours of thinking about biology reeeeally hard you, too, can become a brilliant evolutionary theorist!

consider (at great length) finch beaks! (huh?) come up with brand, new ideas about selection – naturally! write a lot about topics related to sex! (bonus!)

all it takes is 10,000 hours of your spare time! (and maybe a big, bushy beard.) really!!

(no, not really. hint.)

previously: you, too, can become the fastest man on earth!

update: see also “The Talent Debate” and “No You Can’t”

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