What else do you call it when someone knows nothing about science and thinks they can blather on and on about it anyway? What do you call it when someone refuses to change their beliefs when faced with evidence? What do you call it when they try to tell us there’s some nonexistent “controversy” to be debated? What do you call it when they think their own intuition and baseless conjecture are more reliable than any research? And what do you call it when they don’t even care that this lack of acceptance makes life so much worse for trans people? I sure wouldn’t call that a secular value.
How is believing I’m a woman any different from believing in God? Really? Here’s a question: How is believing that transitioning is “mutilation” any different from believing that vaccines cause brain damage? How is believing that trans people have an unfair advantage in sports any different from believing the earth is 6,000 years old? How is believing in an epidemic of transgender rapists any different from believing in “irreducible complexity”? And how is believing that trans people are “deluded” any different from believing that atheists are just angry at God?
Sorry, but you’re not Neil deGrasse Tyson giving a science lesson to middle America. You’re Ken Ham telling an audience of faithfully ignorant sycophants how Adam and Eve rode around on a T. rex. Science and observation and reality should matter to everyone, and I hope they matter to you. But if you’re leaving out the science, the observation, and the reality, you suck at being a skeptic.
Fact# 5857: Henrietta Lacks died in 1951. The tumor that killed her has been alive and growing to this day. The tumor is immortal and was used to progress the Polio vaccine and is the jumping point for most human cell research to this day. Scientists have grown some 20 tons of her cells.
They forgot the part where they took the cells and grew them without her consent.
They also forgot the part where to this day her family and still-living descendants have not received any compensation for the use of her stolen cells.
They also also forgot the part where she was Black.
They also forgot the part where her family has been hounded for their own genetic material.
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks is an awesome book that takes a hard look at informed consent.
They also forgot the part where her descendants didn’t have medical insurance (nay have changed with recent healthcare law)
Henrietta Lacks is perhaps one of the most important people and stories of the twentieth century.
They also forgot the part where she was buried in an unmarked grave until 2010 because her family couldn’t afford a headstone.
A POST ABOUT TURIAN/QUARIAN FOOD AND FLUIDS
Since I have many friends who are huge Mass Effect fans and also filthy, filthy perverts, I had an easy time learning about amino acids in my science classes. Humans (and most organisms) are levo. Garrus and Tali are dextro.*
The game and fandom seem to assume that ingesting the wrong amino acid would be toxic in some way. I also read an essay that said that the other amino acids would taste like sugar.
After years of studying, I have now gotten to the point where I know definitively what would really happen. Humans can and do ingest the other form. You’ve done it. I’ve done it. Absolutely nothing happens.
When we synthesize medicine and other chemicals in the lab, we can’t control which particular molecules in the test tube will go levo and which will go dextro. It’s possible to separate levo from dextro after synthesis, but it’s expensive and pointless. When you take a tylenol, about half of the acetaminophen is dextro, which your body can’t use and you excrete.
As for what Garrus would taste like? Well. Turians evolved from birds. Presumably he would taste like bird jizz.
I have no idea what bird jizz would taste like. You’ll have to find another scientist to answer that for you.
*boring science explanation:
Levo and dextro molecules are mirror images of each other. Like this:
Some bacteria even have some dextro in them, which makes it handy when we want to kill them. We make a dextro drug, so it only hurts a dextro organism, and leaves the human cells alone.
We literally have an entire trilogy of movies that explain why that is a bad idea.
yeah but we wouldn’t be stupid enough to breed raptors
As Malcolm noted in the first (and also only) Jurassic Park movie, there is a difference between resurrecting long dead species which died out (or evolved into possibly extant species) for evolutionary reasons and resurrecting a species killed by human intrusion.
And on that note, I would just like to say sorry for the accident with the time machine and, yes, I would approve bringing back the raptors since I accidentally killed them.
ATLANTA (Reuters) - A Georgia congressman who attacked the theory of evolution found himself with an unlikely opponent in Tuesday’s U.S. election, when 4,000 voters in one county cast write-in ballots for the 19th century father of evolution, British naturalist Charles Darwin.
In a September 27 speech, Paul Broun, a physician and member of the U.S. House of Representatives Science, Space and Technology Committee, called evolution and the Big Bang Theory, “lies straight from the pit of hell.”
Since Broun, a Republican, had no opposition in the general election, a University of Georgia plant biology professor, Jim Leebens-Mack, and others started a write-in campaign for Darwin, the father of the theory of evolution.
“We don’t feel our interests are being best served by an anti-science fundamentalist representing us on the Science, Space and Technology Committee,” Leebens-Mack told Reuters on Friday.
That’s nearly a quarter of the votes Broun got. Also, Broun ran unopposed which is fucking ridiculous. I’d be tempted to move there to run against him in 2014 myself but I have a permanent ban on spending money in Georgia after they murdered Troy Davis.
Wu Zei is a giant sea creature 25 meters across, meant to be a hybrid between an octopus and a cuttlefish. It hangs suspended from the museum’s famous Medusa chandelier–hence the glowing head–with tentacles reaching out into the exhibition space. The creature both evokes the life of the sea and refers to the looming, human-caused disasters that threaten marine life.
12th Doctor’s TARDIS console. >_>
Adam Savage dipping his fingers into a pot of molten lead. Immediately prior to submerging his fingers in the lead, he wet them with water, which will form a thin protective layer of water vapor on contact with the lead, which was heated to 850 degrees Fahrenheit. This is known as the Leidenfrost effect.
THAT IS TERRIFYING
even though i know youd be fine i COULD NOT do this
I’d be like “NOPE.”
Sooo fucking cool. aats
What sorcery is this?!!
One part the description misses is that he did it veeery quickly. But apparently this really did happen. Episode 137, 2009 season according to Google.
Believe it or not, I was thinking about creating an action poster with these two. They would be back to back, arms crossed.
Now, how about Carl Sagan and Isaac Asimov, perhaps?
As an aside, I’m pretty sure both Bill and Neil support the reclassification of Pluto.
A NASA probe orbiting Mars has captured new photos of two dead spacecraft frozen in place at their Red Planet graves.
The photos were taken by NASA’s powerful Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO), which has been circling the planet since 2006.
The spacecraft first spied NASA’s dead Phoenix Mars Lander in the Martian arctic on Jan. 26 in a color photo that reveals the lander and its frigid surroundings as they appeared following Phoenix’s second winter on the planet. The Phoenix spacecraft landed successfully on Mars in 2008.
In a separate photo, MRO also spotted the three-petal landing platform that delivered NASA’s Mars rover Spirit to the surface of the Red Planet in January 2004. The platform used parachutes and airbags to bounce to a stop on Gusev crater so the Spirit rover could begin its mission.
For the first time ever, stem cells from umbilical cords have been converted into other types of cells, which may eventually lead to new treatment options for spinal cord injuries and multiple sclerosis, among other nervous system diseases.
“This is the first time this has been done with non-embryonic stem cells,” says James Hickman, a University of Central Florida bioengineer and leader of the research group. ”We’re very excited about where this could lead because it overcomes many of the obstacles present with embryonic stem cells.”
Stem cells from umbilical cords do not pose an ethical dilemma because the cells come from a source that would otherwise be discarded. Another major benefit is that umbilical cells generally have not been found to cause immune reactions, which would simplify their potential use in medical treatments.
Not to be a jackass, but stem cells from fertility treatments don’t pose an ethical dilemma either. The “dilemma” with regards to some stem cell sources is not an ethical one but one of certain branches of fundamentalism attempting to remain logically consistent while promoting an anti-choice stance.
The real ethical dilemma is whether our society will allow fundamentalist prejudice to harm scientific and medical advances which may benefit all of humanity and drastically reduce suffering. So far, the answer seems to be yes.
The atoms, the molecules in your body, are traceable to the crucibles in the centers of stars that manufactured these elements over its lifespan. When unstable, on death, exploding its enriched guts across the galaxy. Scattering it into gas clouds that would ultimately collapse and make a star and have the right ingredients to make planets and people. Which means we are part of this Universe. Not only are we a part of the Universe, but the Universe is in us. That’s beautiful.