Rice Engineered to Carry Cholera Vaccine

A team of Japanese researchers has developed a type of rice that can carry a vaccine for cholera, this could one day ease delivery of vaccines in developing countries.

While it’s only the latest of several plants being tested as potential means of producing vaccines, the development is potentially important in medically underserved countries that lack refrigeration to store regular vaccines.

But the work is preliminary, having been tested only in mice.

Read more on this at physorg.com


How J. Striegel Failed The Turing Test

J. Striegel recounts his escapades as a celebrity and as a bot:

Some time around March, I started receiving a number of random instant messages from people I’ve never met before. Apparently, my AIM alias had been added to at least two online lists and people all over the world were busy importing me as a buddy.

First Striegel wound up on the supposed ‘Secret buddy list of celebrities”.

sexybumkin123: hey.. so you’re famous right?
jmstriegel: Who me? I’m a movie star.
jmstriegel: Shit, I gotta go.
jmstriegel: My limo just arrived and Paris wants her damned sidekick back.
sexybumkin123: Oh my god. Come back!
sexybumkin123: I love you!!!!

Then he wound up on a list where people thought he was a chat bot. He failed to convince them he was a human, how sad, right?…

jmstriegel: no, really. I’m quite human.
jmstriegel: test me if you want
shymuffin32: ok
shymuffin32: why do you like music?
jmstriegel: hmm. i’ve never really considered that.
jmstriegel: hell, i’m not going to be able to contrive a good answer for that one. ask me something else.
shymuffin32: jeesus, you’re worse than eliza

Not sad, it’s hilarious! :grin:


Apple Brings Safari To Windows

safari windows

Download the Beta.

Let the holy wars begin anew.

Exhibit A:

The apple font rendering ‘no worky’; Coding Horror shows the comparison of Safari’s font rendering to IE7 w/ Cleartype.

Exhibit B:

Or on digg where it’s ‘A fat browser ain’t a fast browser‘; referring to it’s memory use in a side by side comparison with FF2.

Let’s be honest kids, Safari is in Beta, give it some time and we’ll see.


What Is That??

I have to admit, Andy’s WIT posted a few days ago gave me a run for my money!  I had to follow the link to see what that thing was ;)  I find the transport of that very interesting.  I mean, Why not just build the darn thing where the rest of it is?  You’d think some pre-planning would be involved there!

So, this week we find ourselves with another picture to cogitate, and fire some synapses considering its relevance to life, the universe and everything.  Scope this out:


Try not to be shocked!  Comments….

What Is That?

Vancouver Doctors perform Surgery on .. a Vulcan?


It was the middle of the night when surgeons were preparing to perform emergency surgery in Vancouver, Canada. The man they were going to operate on had developed compartment syndrome in his legs after he fell asleep while kneeling. Compartment syndrome is a dangerous medical condition where pressure builds up in the deep muscle tissues and can cause permanent nerve damage.

However, when the surgical team established an arterial line in the man’s wrist, they were surprised to discover that his blood was dark green instead of bright red. Even though the man is not a Vulcan, it was like something out of Star Trek.

Read the rest of the article from GrrlScientist