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    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 18th 2012
    Midway, a film by Chris Jordan.

    Watch that trailer and weep.
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    Print your own drugs.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
    Vatican Reprimands a Group of U.S. Nuns and Plans Changes
    The Vatican’s assessment, issued on Wednesday, said that members of the group, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, had challenged church teaching on homosexuality and the male-only priesthood, and promoted “radical feminist themes incompatible with the Catholic faith.”

    The sisters were also reprimanded for making public statements that “disagree with or challenge the bishops, who are the church’s authentic teachers of faith and morals.” During the debate over the health care overhaul in 2010, American bishops came out in opposition to the health plan, but dozens of sisters, many of whom belong to the Leadership Conference, signed a statement supporting it — support that provided crucial cover for the Obama administration in the battle over health care.

    “I’m stunned,” said Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby founded by sisters. Her group was also cited in the Vatican document, along with the Leadership Conference, for focusing its work too much on poverty and economic injustice, while keeping “silent” on abortion and same-sex marriage.

    I think that last sentences summarizes very well everything that's wrong with the catholic church : "Stop helping the poor, goddammit! Who cares about the poor? Can't you see the gays are getting married?"
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
    According to The Verge "Mystery company backed by James Cameron and Google executives may be an asteroid mining project"

    MIT's Technology Review has just gotten news of a mysterious new project that claims it will "create a new industry and a new definition of 'natural resources.'" Space exploration company Planetary Resources will be unveiled in a conference call on Tuesday, April 24th. Besides the audacious announcement, which promises to "overlay two critical sectors — space exploration and natural resources — to add trillions of dollars to the global GDP," what makes this unique is its high-profile support group. The venture is backed by Google executives Larry Page and Eric Schmidt, director James Cameron, and politician Ross Perot's son, among others.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
    It may look like a plane but this is a prototype truck being developed by a German university:

    I'm not sure what the separate wheeled thing at the front is: possibly a hot-swappable battery pack?
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012
    A Chinese company wants to use het pumps to recover the massive amunt of energy in warm shit.


    It actually makes quite a of of sense.

    Apparently nobody thought of this before because poo-poo is icky.
    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012 edited
    A new process for refining Silicon could make solar cells cheap as dirt.
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    Yeah but I heard that geothermal company thinks they're hot shit.
    • CommentTimeApr 19th 2012 edited
    Flight Aborted at 392 Feet Because Pilot Was Texting

    I don't like this, guys. This is getting silly.
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    XNA is synthetic DNA that’s stronger than the real thing

    The molecules that piece together to form the six XNAs investigated by Pinheiro and his colleagues (pictured here) are almost identical to those of DNA and RNA, with one exception: in XNA nucleotides, the deoxyribose and ribose sugar groups of DNA and RNA (corresponding to the middle nucleotide component, labeled yellow in the diagram above) have been replaced. Some of these replacement molecules contain four carbons atoms instead of the standard five. Others cram in as many as seven carbons. FANA (pictured top right) even contains a fluorine atom. These substitutions make XNAs functionally and structurally analogous to DNA and RNA, but they also make them alien, unnatural, artificial.
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    Nothing like a stroll through the Whitechapel news thread to remind oneself that we are living in the future.
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    celan: Here's a blast from the past to offset that:

    Vatican: the definition of Lawful Evil. "Hey you nuns, stop concentrating on the poor and social & equality issues, and get back to gay bashing!"

    Sister Simone Campbell, executive director of Network, a Catholic social justice lobby and members of LCWR, said on Twitter: "I think we scare them."
    "It's painfully obvious that the leadership of the Church is not used to having educated women form thoughtful opinions and engage in dialogue.
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    @Vornaskotti : I don't know howt to say that, but just scroll up a bit to my previous post?
    • CommentAuthorWood
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
    Meanwhile in china...

    Doctors’ Suicides Focus Chinese Public on Organ Harvesting

    The most widely forwarded comment about the suicides of two doctors heavily involved in organ transplantation condemned the “unprecedented evil” of live organ harvesting—the removal of organs from unwilling, live donors, which in the process kills them. The doctors had taken their own lives because they couldn’t live with the guilt of involvement in this barbaric practice, the post argued.

    According to an article in the Science and Technology Daily, reproduced on Chinese government and military websites, Li’s Kidney Transplant Center conducted over 1,000 kidney transplants in 2004, an average of over 3 per day.

    The number is suggestive of a deep problem. “You need lots of donors for that,” said Matas in a telephone interview. “And you need them on a standby basis. … The very number itself suggests that there are other sources of organs apart from prisoners to be sentenced to death.”

    That source is practitioners of Falun Gong, according to Matas’s research. Netizens pointed out that the suicide took place about three months after revelations from a former policeman in Shenyang Province of involvement in live organ harvesting from a Falun Gong practitioner. The admission of guilt by the policeman may have rattled Li and driven him to kill himself several months later, netizens suggested.
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    • CommentAuthorKosmopolit
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012 edited
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeApr 20th 2012
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    Getting Measles Trendy Among Babies Whose Asshole Parents Didn’t Vaccinate Them

    Are you a baby? Did your parents make the jerky decision not to vaccinate you? Well, then are you in for some fevery, itchy, rashtastic fun! Measles is back!

    Thanks to modern medicine and mass immunization, by the year 2000, measles was considered all but eliminated from the US. But then along came Jenny McCarthy's tinfoil hat theories that vaccines caused autism, and dick parents who assumed that other kids' immunity would protect their kids and that vaccines were government mind control drugs made out of cancer proliferated.
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    I was just discussing this with my fiancee the other day. Any time I end up on the opposite side of whatever idea is supported by Jenny McCarthy, I know I'm making the right choice. Is bad decision making called Jenny-McCarthy-ism now?
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    government spy:

    I'd really like to see anti-vaxxers and homeopaths put in the same island, where the nature could take its course... :/