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My entire list of posts appears to have moved over from Live Journal, and I've also transferred my OpenURL so unless anything else crops up that needs to be attended to I shall probably be closing and emptying the whole thing on LJ in a month or so.  My account is paid up until next year due to their adding of extra time to it, but basically I'm outta there!  Not all the icons are still there, though I've still got all of them on my computer (and will be returning the Cheshire Cat to the rotation in a bit).  Alas, several of my old favorites are really not current at all and there's no point in putting up Snape taking points from Warners for delay, or Harry Potter of the 5th movie being bummed out at having several more to go, but I dare say some of the others will be back up eventually.  If there's one someone wants to see, let me know and I can always include it in a post or something.  For now, the Calico Cat is still my default.
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The Kickstarter funded and then some - if you want to continue to follow this project, there's a website at http://www.pleistocenepark.ru/en/ .
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The time seems appropriate to recall The Sons of Maxwell...











kayshapero: deep sea squid resembling Mentor of Arisia. (Fascinating)
From LiveScience

Fossilized Tick Reveals Perfectly Preserved Red Blood Cells
By Tia Ghose, Senior Writer | April 4, 2017 10:18am ET

The only known example of ancient mammalian red blood cells preserved in amber may exist, thanks to a bit of monkey business.

The cells were found in a fossilized tick that had been gorging on a blood meal when it was unceremoniously removed midfeed and plunked in sticky amber. A subtle feature on the tick's back suggests that an ancient monkey that was grooming one of its friends removed the tick.

"Two tiny holes indicate that something picked a tick off the mammal it was feeding on, puncturing it in the process and dropping it immediately into tree sap," study co-author George Poinar Jr., an amber expert and professor emeritus at Oregon State University, said in a statement.
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Not only RBC but a batch of parasites and things - see the rest of the article.

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LJ has just managed to blow it's foot off, alas. Apparently you can't log on without signing the new customer agreement... the new loooong customer agreement.. and at the very bottom of the page is the notation that THIS one (as translated into English) is not the legal agreement, which is only in Russian in Cyrillic. Ok, I'll grant you I can actually READ that if I take long enough and fish out my old English <-> Russian dictionary from school, but so not worth the bother.

Now to see if there's a Filk group in here to pass along Pasadena Folk Music Society updates to.

Ok, just to see I'm trying to crosspost this announcement to my old LJ account which I am just abandoning because I can't get AT it without signing that pig in a poke agreement, so if it works, sorry folks and come see me at Dreamwidth.
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Article in International Business Times about the project I mentioned in my last post. Got this for supporting it (ok, ten bucks worth, but what the heck - I like the idea whether it happens or not, goodness knows...) If you do want to support it, there's only 10 days to go...



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Awhile back I recall musing on how the biggest problem of recreating the Mammoth could be where to put it.  This would probably be it, a project which has been going on in Siberia for many years has recently released a kickstarter (Pleistocene Park) to help fund the recreation of an environment more conducive to keeping the permafrost permafrozen than things are at the moment.  And mammoths would be a key part of the faunal composition if they can get them - maintaining and increasing grasslands takes a lot of fiddling, and knocking over trees to keep the taiga at bay is a pretty elephantine behavior.


Of course there's still that little engineering problem: First clone your mammoth. :)   And also of course,  one mammoth won't help much - you need a species who will breed true, and the ability to create social groups - like us elephants learn a LOT of what they need to know from the other elephants.
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Today's Hubble Release, a 30th Anniversary image of Supernova 1987A. Which you may recall took place in the Magellanic Cloud which is really about as close as i care to be to a supernova... :)

Here is what years of expanding supernova cloud looks like...

Meanwhile, what the &*)( happened to the embed video system here?  Not EVERYTHING is on You Tube, guys...
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It started when I looked up DNA base pairs since for some reason one of the names had slipped my memory (for the record, Adenine - Thymine, Cytosine - Guanine [or Uracil with some RNA]) and found this Wikipedia article.  Now look down the page to "Unnatural Base Pair" to see what got my attention...  Yeppers, if you work at it you can find other bases that you can fit into the double helix.  In fact if you'll look near the end of that section, someone actually inserted some into a strain of E Coli and lo and behold, they have remained in the organism's genome for a number of generations.  Don't CODE for anything, but still impressive.  An article in Popular Mechanics of all things: New Organisms With Synthetic DNA Could Lead to Entirely New Life Forms

Down in the further reading section, you find among other references, these two which cost $$$ to read, but all you really need to see are the abstracts which are free.  Yeppers, if this works out you get nano power cables for nano constructions....


Clever, Guido H.; Shionoya, Mitsuhiko (2012). "Chapter 10. Alternative DNA Base-Pairing through Metal Coordination". Interplay between Metal Ions and Nucleic Acids. pp. 269–294.

Megger, Dominik A.; Megger, Nicole; Mueller, Jens (2012). "Chapter 11. Metal-Mediated Base Pairs in Nucleic Acids with Purine and Pyrimidine-Derived Neucleosides". Interplay between Metal Ions and Nucleic Acids. pp. 295–317.

Heads Up!

Feb. 8th, 2017 07:15 pm
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Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton have an Indiegogo campaign up for producing the last two books in the Chevalier the Queen's Mousketeer series (yeppers, two more!)   Especially if you aren't familiar with this series of children's stories, go look at the site which has a lot of examples, reviews and whatnot.  This is the same series the on-line version of which appeared in the Recommended List for years.
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Darryl Hughes and Monique MacNaughton have an Indiegogo campaign up for producing the last two books in the Chevalier the Queen's Mousketeer series (yeppers, two more!)   Especially if you aren't familiar with this series of children's stories, go look at the site which has a lot of examples, reviews and whatnot.  This is the same series the on-line version of which appeared in the Recommended List for years.
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Apparently Marcus has asked this to be shared around, so I suspect that includes posting it in here:

The Battle Hymn of the Bowling Green Massacre
Marcus Bales•Sunday, 5 February 2017

No eyes have seen a massacre occur at Bowling Green
As non-existent soldiers met with students never seen
Where Kellyanne's imagination lit her silver screen
Her lies go marching on.

Dilatory allegory
Predatory oratory
Don't believe her lying story
Her lies go marching on.

Her fictional protesters faced her fancied fascist troops
Her tragic death-toll changed into a legendary 'Oops'
As all they did was wave their well-spelled signs in peaceful groups
Her lies go marching on.

Dilatory allegory
Predatory oratory
Don't believe her lying story
Her lies go marching on.

She said it went uncovered by reporters of the news
That stations pulled their on-air talent with their camera-crews
But worse, she's acting pouty that there's no deaths she can use.
Her lies go marching on.

Dilatory allegory
Predatory oratory
Don't believe her lying story
Her lies go marching on.

She has offered up her bullshit as if lying were a sport;
Each time she moves her lips she tells a tale that lacks support.
Is there no fact she won't traduce, no truth she won't distort?
Her lies go marching on.

Dilatory allegory
Predatory oratory
Don't believe her lying story
Her lies go marching on.

In the mists of ghostly silence such a massacre occurred
That its trumped-up date is celebrated by no deed nor word --
And to find that she’s not fired for this kind of shit's absurd.
Her lies go marching on.

Dilatory allegory
Predatory oratory
Don't believe her lying story
Her lies go marching on.
©2017 Marcus Bales
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Now that looks interesting....

Ancient, scary and alien-looking specimen forms a rarity in the insect world—a new order
January 25, 2017 by David Stauth


Ancient insect in amber.

This strange insect found preserved in amber represents a new species, genus, family and order of insects. Credit: George Poinar, courtesy of Oregon State University

Researchers at Oregon State University have discovered a 100-million-year-old insect preserved in amber with a triangular head, almost-alien and "E.T.-like" appearance and features so unusual that it has been placed in its own scientific "order" - an incredibly rare event.

There are about 1 million described species of insects, and millions more still to be discovered, but every species of insect on Earth has been placed in only 31 existing orders. Now there's one more.

The findings have been published in the journal Cretaceous Research and describe this small, wingless female insect that probably lived in fissures in the bark of trees, looking for mites, worms or fungi to feed on while dinosaurs lumbered nearby. It was tiny, but scary looking.

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Spotted this on NPR. Apparently there is a yearly student painting competition, the winners of which get hung in the Capitol in DC for about a year until the next set of winners. One such, "Untitled#1" by David Pulphus went up last June, and apparently a group of Republicans have decided it was "offensive" and have been alternating taking it down with members of the Congressional Black Congress putting it back up. I can see what "offended" them, I also rather like the painting myself; nice use of symbolism. Follow the link for the story and a look at the painting. Great way to make sure everybody sees it, guys!

Sing

Jan. 6th, 2017 09:38 pm
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Went and saw "Sing" today - sorta Zootopia goes to the Theatre. Plot's familiar enough (Theater manager and general impressario fallen on hard times gambles on a singing contest to save the theater.) but as always the proof is in the details and particularly in the characters. Not to mention some really great music throughout from a variety of sources, as you'd probably expect. Oh - and squid. I LOVE the squid. All in all a great deal of fun and I recommend it.
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a) anybody know a way to crosspost from LJ to here?
b) is it possible to crosspost comments from LJ to here?

(this post not crossposted, obviously. :) )
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This is a test post from Dreamwidth, to see if it turns up on LJ.
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Just tossing in a comment - haven't really had much to say here OR on Live Journal, though I've been forwarding info on upcoming presentations of the Pasadena Folk Music Society (at the Little Beckman auditorium on the Cal Tech campus, mostly.) and stuff like that there. But if people are going to start following me over here, I'll have to say stuff on occasion. :) Hi All!!
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Just to prove life is full of surprises, even life you thought you knew about pretty well...

Lichens aren't quite what we thought, shocked scientists discover

New yeasts found to be secret partners with known fungi and algae

By Emily Chung, CBC News Posted: Jul 21, 2016 2:35 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 22, 2016 8:42 AM ET

Most people know lichens, such as this wolf lichen, as those flaky, light green things that grow on tree bark. You probably learned in school that they're a mutually beneficial partnership or "symbiosis" between fungi and algae, but many lichens have now been found to include a third partner, a yeast.

Most people know lichens as those flaky, light green things that grow on tree bark, and learned in school that they're a mutually beneficial partnership or "symbiosis" between fungi and algae.

But lichen scientists have made the shocking new discovery that many lichens are also made up of a previously undiscovered third partner — a new kind of yeast.

Not only does that potentially alter the fundamental definition of what a lichen is, but it "should change expectations about the diversity and ubiquity" of the organisms that form them, says a new study published Thursday in Science.  (more)



See also the Christian Science Monitor article here.
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Thank you, Krypton Radio!


Sony Files Patent for Contact Lenses That Shoot Video, Take Pictures
Krypton Radio May 2, 2016Sci / Tech, Science Fiction / Fantasy / Steampunk

You may soon be able to cross one more prediction of science fiction off the list. Sony has just filed a patent application for a smart contact lens that can not only record video and images but play them back for you as well. The patent even suggests that the video and images would be stored directly in the contact lens itself, with the option to download the images and movies to a smart phone. That’s what separates the Sony patent from one recently obtained by Samsung in South Korea for a similar device. The Samsung lens doesn’t feature on-board storage.

The patent hasn’t been approved yet, but it describes describes the lens as being capable of taking photos using eyeblinks as a trigger. It’s supposed to be able to tell the difference between an autonomic eye blink and one you meant to do consciously. The playback display is to be controlled by what they describe as a “tilt sensor”. The lens may even feature aperture control, autofocus and image stabilization to address the blur caused by the eyeball’s motion.

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