growing a new head presents new dilemmas, get in lane wallpaper, obsessing over oceans

In one of my unanswered queries to the Flying Spaghetti Monster I asked why we can’t do this – Body builders – the worms that point the way to understanding tissue regeneration

Scientists at The University of Nottingham have discovered the gene that enables an extraordinary worm to regenerate its own body parts after amputation — including a whole head and brain.

Their research into the Planarian worm is another piece in the scientific jigsaw that could one day make the regeneration of old or damaged human organs and tissues a real possibility.

Would the new head have the same memories as the old one or would we become like hard drives requiring daily back-ups just in case.

get in lane wallpaper

Busy repeating GOP talking points on Fannie/Freddie, Fox News forgets to add the facts. Do you ever imagine what it was like when most of humanity insisted the earth was flat. At some point new facts replaced old. Most of civilization moved on. The Right and the Fannie/Freddie myth is much like that. The primitive have chained themselves to the myths of the past and the rest of us have moved on. Jon Stewart’s Punching Bag, Fox News

His staff members regularly dismiss claims that “The Daily Show” is a form of journalism. “I have not moved out of the comedian’s box into the news box,” Mr. Stewart said on the show on Tuesday, adding, “The news box is moving toward me.”

One way that CNN might be able to boost its ratings and help salvage what’s left of good journalism, is put aside the brotherhood of journalist’s unspoken oath not to criticize other news outlets and start covering Fox for what it is, a propaganda machine. Alfred Whitney Griswold said “In the long run of history, the censor and the inquisitor have always lost. The only sure weapon against bad ideas is better ideas.” CNN could be the network of better ideas.

alice’s adventures underground. i was reading this post on “Alice’s Adventures Underground”, the original manuscript for Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland,

What could be more beautiful than the original manuscript? This is the original version of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Lewis Carroll, the pen-name of Charles Dodgson, an Oxford mathematician. It is called “Alice’s Adventures Underground” and it is a treasure of the British Library. The book is in their online gallery and you can look at each hand-written, hand-drawn page (all 91 pages).

and one of the commenters – sofauxboho  – posted a link to the PDF, CBR, and CBZ files from the British Library’s scans. i don’t know how long the link will last. Carroll’s illustrations are great, but a little disturbing in some instances so i tend to think he made the right choice in going with a professional illustrator.

An arresting historical revelation – for me anyway – from a book review of James Hamilton-Paterson’s Seven Tenths

The author’s obsessing over oceans and seas is fueled by the fact that we know so little about them, especially beneath the surface. Of course, throughout time the curious have ventured. Alexander the Great had a special glass cage made so he could be lowered into the Mediterranean; salvage missions attempted to resurrect sunken valuables; and Scandinavians tried to correlate fish supplies with tidal currents. But, according to Hamilton-Paterson, “until the late eighteenth century the average European’s mental image of the sea was literally superficial, of a navigable surface above an abyss.”

Alexander the Great’s proto-submarine would have been about 2300 years ago.