Synthetic Life Forms In The Lab

Researchers at Scripps Research Institute are dabbling with creating synthetic life. Scientists are betting on the creation of extended genome that can be inherited by successive generations. One of the goals stated by the article is insert the extended genome into bacteria so they can create proteins and possible drugs that would be impossible to create with current biochemistry.

One of Scripps Research Institute achievements in 2009 include regenerative medicine, also known as stem cells. Cells can be removed from a patient and used to create new organs for transplant that will not be rejected by the patient’s body.

Other achievements include work on blindness. In 2007 researchers were able to inhibit the growth of new blood vessels in test animals with neovascular eye disease. Similar tests were carried out on a vascular brain tumor with little or no effect on the normal tissue.

The genome or DNA contains two additional base pairs making it the first synthetic life form of its kind. This new synthetic life form created with the modified genome is unique and cannot be compared to other natural life forms. Floyd Romesburg, team leader of Scripp’s Research Institute scientists, concluded: “It’s a discovery that shakes our understanding of life by the scruff of the neck, challenging the preconception that DNA is somehow inalterable.”

“Scientists at the Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California have created the first synthetic life forms, constructed with the goal of passing on an extended genetic code to succeeding generations.”

via Synthetic Life Forms Created In The Lab | American News.

Armed Drones every country 10 years – Defense One

 

Armed drones are the future for America including many other countries in the world. Civil disobedience will be challenged by not only an armed police force but armed drones circling high overhead that will be resistant to angry citizens defying a suppressive government. China will play an important part in their distribution. The United Kingdom, China, and perhaps Iran have them. China is exporting them to Saudi Arabia since it is not illegal to export them unless they are used to attack another country. Other countries known to be developing them are South Africa and India.

According to Peter Singer, Brookings fellow and author of Wired For War: The Robotics Revolution and Conflict in the 21st Century. “You could soon have U.S. and Chinese made drones striking in the same region,” he noted.

Once the technology of armed drones is more widespread there will be a wide price range to choose from, starting with the most basic models up to the more advanced. Many other countries are interested in the more autonomous armed drones that can take off and land on their own accord. Some experts are skeptical of autonomous drones but Peter Singer disagrees, “As you talk about this moving forward, the drones that are sold and used are remotely piloted to be more and more autonomous. As the technology becomes more advanced it becomes easier for people to use.”

There is an important piece of international policy in place known as the Missile Technology Control Regime that most countries have signed with the exception of China. Without China’s signatory on this important international policy we could be facing a world awash in armed drone technology.

 

 

 

 

“Armed aerial drones will be used for targeted killings, terrorism and the government suppression of civil unrest.”

via Every Country Will Have Armed Drones Within Ten Years – Defense One.

Traffic Signs Improved by Citizen – NY Times

The traffic sign is part of private citizens commute experience. Most of our national roadways are controlled by a glut of bureaucracies. Often times these bureaucracies are over-staffed with people carrying out administrative task such as collect fees and generating internal paperwork. The task of creating a good traffic signs is often stifled. Keegan Stephan had grown tired of paying dozens of traffic tickets due to confusing traffic signs and struck out on her own creating her own traffic sign on her home computer. She went out and pasted over the traffic signs provided by the city with her own design. Many other citizens posted comments and notes praising her new design and many commented the city ought to hire her. The Department of Transportation promptly  removed most of  her traffic signs and publicly stated that only the ones provided by the city would be installed. Keegan Stephan stated, “With my signs what I tried to do is cover 24 hours of the day to clearly state when you can and can’t park,” she says. “Green would be for you can park, red would be for when you can’t park.” Meanwhile these New Yorkers will continue their short-term tactics to bring about the needed change.   Read more: http://www.myfoxny.com/story/25417945/citizens-post-their-own-traffic-signs#ixzz30meNbvV6 Follow us: @myfoxny on Twitter | Fox5NY on Facebook “Projects like Nkki’s are part of a growing trend called “tactical urbanism” in which regular citizens using tactics to try to improve the urban environment without the government’s help.” via Citizens post their own traffic signs – New York News.

Homeless Parking Meter – YouTube

The mainstream media tells us that the economy is recovering and  there’s a myriad of non-profits vying for your spare change in name of making change for the homeless. Some are better than others and some are a scam. The idea of modifying a parking meter is an interesting concept, but I’m banking on there being a lot more parking meters collecting parking fees for the local municipalities than there are for collecting money for the homeless. My friend James Worley in Florida has been homeless for more than a year. When I first met James Worley he was one of the few people that was lucky enough to film an off-the-cuff video and have it go viral. He had his brief 15 minutes of fame when he was interviewed on a mainstream news broadcast. He’s a guy with a big heart who is interested in producing documentaries about things he is passionate about such as our veterans and homelessness.

James is a man with no bad habits such drugs, alcohol, or tobacco and knows how to ‘keep his powder dry’ so he can continue his quest as a passionate videographer. Please support James in his quest by sharing and subscribing to his YouTube channel.

“Homeless Parking Meter”

via Homeless Parking Meter – YouTube.

Bicyclist Shot by Police in El Cajon | NBC 7 San Diego

The summer heat is coming early this year in El Cajon, CA and the guns are blazing for transient bicyclists riding unlawfully on the  sidewalks. In the last couple of days police have shot two people here in El Cajon, CA in the last couple of days.

The previous incident involved two suspected parolees. When police approached the resident of the suspects one fled and the other was shot. In this most recent incident a male transient bicyclist refused to pull over when he was approached by police for unlawfully riding on the sidewalk. Police eventually cornered the transient male bicyclist in a car dealership lot. The man put his hands in the waistbands of his pants. Police suspected him of reaching for a weap0n and he was shot six times, once in the face. The man has been hospitalized in stable condition and is yet to be charged. As of this post he is in stable condition. One woman who knew the man commented that he had been disrespectful to neighborhood residents in the past, especially women, but had always been nice to her.

“Police in El Cajon shot a man they said was unlawfully riding his bicycle on a sidewalk Friday morning.”

via Bicyclist Shot by Police in El Cajon | NBC 7 San Diego.

Driver caught using cell phone jamming device – New York News

 

 

A home hobbyist from Florida decided he didn’t want other drivers talking on their cell phones while he made his daily commutes so he installed a cell phone jamming device in his Toyota SUV. He got the results he wanted along with a $48,000 fine. Fortunately he didn’t have to make a trip to the slammer.

 

 

“A Florida man is facing a $48,000 fine for using a “jammer” in his SUV to keep people around him off of the phone while he was driving.”

via Driver caught using cell phone jamming device – New York News.

Bi-directional OLED camera foreshadow 1984 telescreens

George Orwell’s book 1984 chronicled the experiences of Winston, an employee working for Big Brother’s government branch called the Ministry of Truth. Since Winston worked for the government he was a member of the bourgeois class and was privileged to live in a section of the city that was heavily subsidized by Big Brother and provided the basic life comforts along with safety and security. But there was a dark side to this lifestyle; every home, shop, corner cafe, barroom, street corner, and one’s living quarters were constantly overlooked by the insidious telescreens cameras. The telescreen cameras were both a blessing and a curse providing you with up to minute news and information that was heavily sanitized by Winston’s Ministry of Truth. The telescreens watched your every move instructing when to wake up and when to go to bed. The telescreen monitored your health and well being and made sure you had a regular exercise routine once a week upon rising from bed. If you fast forward 30 years we have a culture that is gradually and incrementally approaching this norm, especially the United States where almost every home has at least 2 computers with high speed cable access and not to mention almost all U.S. citizens carry one or more cell phones. The displays in consumer electronics aren’t quite literally watching us back, but that soon may change. “We first covered the Fraunhofer Institute’s bi-directional OLED display technology – which basically combines a display with a camera – all the way back in 2009”. “” via Fraunhofer bi-directional OLED prototype incoming: Display & Camera in one [Video] – SlashGear.

3D printing – Cast uses ultrasound to speed healing

For anyone who has ever broken a bone and had to have a cast, the benefits are obvious.  It was snowing at the time I broken a bone  in my foot.  I had to have my walking 3D printing - New method of casting broken bones cast replaced a couple times as I was unable to keep it dry.   The delight of being able to scratch that itch.  How much healthier for the skin this will be.

We have so many nefarious uses of technology these days through weapons, 3D printing makes technology SERVE humans.  Another article I saw this year was creating a moving “hand” for a small boy.  He was able to grasp things with that hand since birth.

It is refreshing and encouraging to come across articles like these.

 

3D-printed cast uses ultrasound to speed healing – Crave.

Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover | The Salt Lake Tribune

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal: wresting control of oil-, timber -and mineral-rich lands away from the feds.

via Western lawmakers gather in Utah to talk federal land takeover | The Salt Lake Tribune.

“We have to start managing these lands. It’s the right thing to do for our people, for our environment, for our economy and for our freedoms,” Fielder said.Politics and YOU

It seems the Bundy Ranch issue has lit a fire under state lawmakers and legislators.  With all I have personally seen in the past three years, I think this is the most encouraging leap forward I have observed.  We will have to see how “strong” their convictions are.

We are a United States and strong states make for a strong union.  The federal government has botched everything they have touched since 1913.  It is time to take make the union of our states strong again.

 

​Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs — RT USA

​Monsanto and co. pouring money into defeating county measure to ban GMOs — RT USA.

 

Big Agribusiness teams up and doles out almost a half of a million dollars to combat a proposed local ordinance in Oregon which would prohibit the use of GMOs from being propagated, cultivated, raised or grown in Jackson County.

With a small local population of 208.545, this may be enough to wine and dine each resident of Jackson County for their vote against Measure 15-119! Compare nearly $500,000 with the meager $102.368 raised by local proponents of the measure, and you can see the influence big agri business has on the local ballot.

 

Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban – Sustainable Pulse

Will Monsanto win and have influence over governmental agencies in Mexico like they do here in the states ?  I hope they don’t pick up any bad habits from US.  I am glad to see other countries looking after our environment.  Perhaps the US will learn.

 

Monsanto Request Removal of Mexican Judge over GM Maize Ban – Sustainable Pulse.

The Mexican federal government had allowed trial crops of GM maize to be planted in Mexico since 2009 before the shock decision in September made by the Twelfth Federal District Court for Civil Matters of Mexico City. Judge Jaime Eduardo Verdugo J. cited “the risk of imminent harm to the environment” as the basis for the decision.

Just4Fun – Write Backwards

Bored.com – Write Backwards.  When you need a break, Just4Fun, type a message to a friend and convert it to read backwards.  ?  tnemom a rof nuf ti t’nsaw tub ; ysatnaf “maerd elttil a nimaerd” saw ti What does it say ? Just4Funllew ,kO  ? drawkcab txet emos dna drawrof txet emos htiw snoisiced esoht ekam nac taht smhtirogla pu tes neve yeht dluoC  ? sdrawkcab sgniht depyt lla ew fi gniyas saw enoyreve tahw fo kcart peek ot gniyrt ASN eht enigami uoy nac Can you just imagine ? Have fun, stop and PLAY here and there.