Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13279 on: Aug 18th, 2015, 10:16pm »
hehe the memes have taken hold...imo..she is finished...washed up..right now the owl club members are being polite..they do on occasion change their minds..she should go home and write memoirs and make those 1/2 mil dollar appearances...maybe make a library..not a shabby ending..she still owes Val for those muslim ceremony pix of the O back from the first go around.
anyway..some grew a brain the size of an eraser..lol eraserhead..is a reality now..
First almost fully-formed human brain grown in lab, researchers claim
Research team say tiny brain could be used to test drugs and study diseases, but scientific peers urge caution as data on breakthrough kept under wraps
An almost fully-formed human brain has been grown in a lab for the first time, claim scientists from Ohio State University. The team behind the feat hope the brain could transform our understanding of neurological disease.
Though not conscious ( edit: as we know it)the miniature brain, which resembles that of a five-week-old foetus, could potentially be useful for scientists who want to study the progression of developmental diseases. It could also be used to test drugs for conditions such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, since the regions they affect are in place during an early stage of brain development.
The brain, which is about the size of a pencil eraser, is engineered from adult human skin cells and is the most complete human brain model yet developed, claimed Rene Anand of Ohio State University, Columbus, who presented the work today at the Military Health System Research Symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Scientists create lab-grown spinal cords
Previous attempts at growing whole brains have at best achieved mini-organs that resemble those of nine-week-old foetuses, although these “cerebral organoids” were not complete and only contained certain aspects of the brain. “We have grown the entire brain from the get-go,” said Anand.
Anand and his colleagues claim to have reproduced 99% of the brain’s diverse cell types and genes. They say their brain also contains a spinal cord, signalling circuitry and even a retina.
The ethical concerns were non-existent, said Anand. “We don’t have any sensory stimuli entering the brain. This brain is not thinking in any way.”
Anand claims to have created the brain by converting adult skin cells into pluripotent cells: stem cells that can be programmed to become any tissue in the body. These were then grown in a specialised environment that persuaded the stem cells to grow into all the different components of the brain and central nervous system.
According to Anand, it takes about 12 weeks to create a brain that resembles the maturity of a five-week-old foetus. To go further would require a network of blood vessels that the team cannot yet produce. “We’d need an artificial heart to help the brain grow further in development,” said Anand.
Several researchers contacted by the Guardian said it was hard to judge the quality of the work without access to more data, which Anand is keeping under wraps due to a pending patent on the technique. Many were uncomfortable that the team had released information to the press without the science having gone through peer review.
Zameel Cader, a consultant neurologist at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, said that while the work sounds very exciting, it’s not yet possible to judge its impact. “When someone makes such an extraordinary claim as this, you have to be cautious until they are willing to reveal their data.” 3D-printed brain tissue Read more
If the team’s claims prove true, the technique could revolutionise personalised medicine. “If you have an inherited disease, for example, you could give us a sample of skin cells, we could make a brain and then ask what’s going on,” said Anand.
You could also test the effect of different environmental toxins on the growing brain, he added. “We can look at the expression of every gene in the human genome at every step of the development process and see how they change with different toxins. Maybe then we’ll be able to say ‘holy cow, this one isn’t good for you.’”
For now, the team say they are focusing on using the brain for military research, to understand the effect of post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries. More news
stress disorder..err ok
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On the matter of sprites, the UK MoD’s Project Condign released in 2006 under the title “Unidentified Aerial Phenomena in the UK Air Defence Region” concluded “that UAP exist is indisputable,” but were natural phenomena that did not pose a threat to the defence of the UK. The author’s overriding working hypothesis was that UAPs are plasmas – buoyant, charged, gaseous masses that, far from being intelligently controlled, move about solely in response to their electromagnetic environment. The Condign analysis found a significant positive (0.62) correlation between thunder (lightning present) and the reported presence of UAPs, suggesting that some UFO reports may be spawned by the appearance of ball or bead lightning, or other exotic but little understood meteorological phenomenon, like highly-transitory sprites, elves and blue jets seen at high altitudes above thunderstorms.
For my part, I suppose that may be, but I find it interesting that Shuttle footage has shown UAPs or UFOs actually entering extremely active storm clouds in large numbers.
The Condign report used to be online, but I’m not sure about its present status. In any case, sprites were discussed in Volume 2, Working Paper No. 24, ‘Sprites’, ‘Elves’ and ‘Blue Jets’ (Atmospheric and Ionospheric Phenomena). – Donald Soryu
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13283 on: Aug 19th, 2015, 08:46am »
GOOD MORNING ALL
Nearly fully formed human brain grown in laboratory
'Brain' comparable with that of a five-week-old foetus grown in a laboratory dish expected to advance Alzheimer's research
10:28PM BST 18 Aug 2015
A near-complete human brain comparable with that of a five-week-old foetus has been grown in a laboratory dish.
The brain "organoid" was created from reprogrammed skin cells and is about the size of a pencil eraser.
Scientists hope the lumpy mass of functioning nerve cells and fibres will prove to be a valuable research tool for non-animal testing of new drugs and investigating brain disorders such as Alzheimer's.
As well as neurons and their signal-carrying projections – axons and dendrites – the "brain" also contains support and immune cells. It has 99 per cent of the genes present in the fetal brain, a rudimentary spinal cord, and even the beginnings of an "eye".
Lead researcher Professor Rene Anand, from Ohio State University, said: "It not only looks like the developing brain, its diverse cell types express nearly all genes like a brain.
"We've struggled for a long time trying to solve complex brain disease problems that cause tremendous pain and suffering. The power of this brain model bodes very well for human health because it gives us better and more relevant options to test and develop therapeutics other than rodents."
• Mind of its own: building a human brain
To build the replica brain, the team transformed adult skin cells into induced pluripotent stem (IPS) cells by altering their genes. The artificially created stem cells were then coaxed into developing the different cell types and signalling circuitry of the brain.
Full details of the brain growing process are being kept confidential by the scientists but involved causing the stem cells to differentiate into the full range of brain tissues.
The organoid was allowed to grow to the equivalent of 12 weeks in the womb, almost matching the maturity of a five-week-old fetal brain.
"If we let it go to 16 or 20 weeks that might complete it, filling in that 1 per cent of missing genes," said Prof Anand. "We don't know yet."
He spoke about the work at the 2015 military health system research symposium, run by the US department of defence, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Already the scientists have gone on to create brain organoid models of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, and autism, in a dish.
With the addition of a blood circulation, which is currently lacking, they also hope to use the model to study stroke therapies.
Military applications include research on Gulf War syndrome, traumatic brain injury, and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13287 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 08:20am »
Trek to discover truth about Yeti foiled by Taliban
Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer, aimed to test Oxford University scientist theory that yeti is ancient hybrid of a brown bear and a polar bear
By Nick Squires, Rome 7:49PM BST 19 Aug 2015
An expedition led by one of the world’s most acclaimed mountaineers to find out once and for all whether the yeti really exists has been thwarted by the Taliban.
The trip to the remote mountains of northern Pakistan was to have been led by Reinhold Messner, an Italian mountaineer who was the first person to climb Everest without additional oxygen and also to scale each of the world's tallest 14 peaks.
He was hoping to gather evidence in support of a theory put forward by Oxford University scientists that the yeti, long thought to be a hairy hominid that walks on two legs, could in fact be an ancient hybrid of a brown bear and a polar bear.
The 70-year-old adventurer has long been fascinated by the yeti, but believes that the creature is some sort of Himalayan bear, just as he believes that sightings of Big Foot, or Sasquatch, in the Rocky Mountains are nothing more mysterious than grizzly bears.
He and his team were hoping to capture a wild bear in the mountains of northern Pakistan in order to take blood and other samples that they could then compare with the remains of purported yetis collected over the years.
The expedition was supposed to have been conducted in secrecy because of security fears.
But the project was revealed by the Austrian press and has had to be aborted out of fear that news could have reached Taliban fighters in the wilds of Pakistan.
“Right now everything has been cancelled because people who should not have known about the expedition obviously managed to find out about it,” Mr Messner said, in what was interpreted as a veiled reference to the Taliban.
“But I remain available for this interesting project.”
On the expedition to Pakistan he was planning to garner information that might back up a theory posited by a British scientist, Bryan Sykes, a professor of genetics at Oxford University, that the yeti may be an as-yet undiscovered hybrid, the product of breeding between brown bears and polar bears tens of thousands of years ago.
In 2013 he conducted tests on a sample of hair taken from an animal shot by a hunter in Ladakh in north-eastern India 40 years ago, and on another sample recovered from a high-altitude bamboo forest in Bhutan said to be the nest of a “migyhur”, or Bhutanese yeti.
The results suggested that the two samples were a match for polar bear DNA from 40,000 years ago, suggesting that, as unlikely as it may sound, an ancient hybrid species of bear may exist in remote pockets of the Himalayas.
Prof Sykes, who conducted the analysis by comparing DNA from the hair samples to an ancient polar bear jawbone found in Norway, described the finding as “exciting and completely unexpected”.
Mr Messner, who has previously suggested that the yeti may be a rare sub-species of bear known as the Tibetan blue bear, told Ansa, Italy’s national news agency: “We wanted to find out when this cross-breeding might have happened.
According to some theories it was relatively recently, perhaps 11,000-12,000 years ago. If that turns out to be true, one could draw interesting conclusions about the animal’s movements during the last ice age.”
The Oxford University tests have been disputed by American researchers, who say the fur samples probably come from a Himalayan brown bear, a sub-species of brown bear which lives in Nepal, Tibet, northern Pakistan and northern India.
Mr Messner’s interest in the existence of the yeti goes back 30 years.
In 1988 he took part in an expedition to Tibet to find out more about the fabled Abominable Snowman.
Two years later he wrote “My Quest for the Yeti: Confronting the Himalayas' Deepest Mystery”.
An honorary member of the Royal Geographical Society in London, he now lives in a castle in South Tyrol, where he runs museums dedicated to mountaineering and Tibetan art.
He writes books and lectures around the world about his expeditions, which include crossing on foot Greenland, the Antarctic, Tibet and the Gobi Desert.
“I’m not a scientist but during my expeditions I’ve gathered a lot of information about the yeti that I’m happy to make available to researchers,” he said.
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13288 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 09:21am »
Delta flight landing in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon, 8-19... The lightning passed through the metal exterior and exited from the right landing gear (clearly visible). No one injured...new pants likely required for most of the passengers.....
Re: Stuff & Nonsense
« Reply #13289 on: Aug 20th, 2015, 8:32pm »
That was Stunning Swamp I bet some were chunking in their shorts for sure!
And now for a another example of what an Act of God means..
Hillary Clinton Admits Classified Information Was Stored On Home Server Tyler Durden's picture Submitted by Tyler Durden on 08/20/2015 17:55 -0400
"What, with a cloth or something?," Democratic frontrunner (for now anyway) Hillary Clinton said earlier this week, in a sarcastic and fairly condescending reply to a reporter who pressed her on whether she had attempted to wipe her private e-mail server clean before turning it over to the FBI.
That was the second time in a week that Clinton has attempted to deflect questions about the server with a dark mix of humor and disdain, and it’s backfired both times.
When Clinton first handed over the server along with a thumb drive, an attorney for the Colorado-based company that managed Clinton's private e-mail said the server the FBI got "is blank and does not contain any useful data." That only exacerbated GOP lawmakers’ aggravation and may well have cost Clinton in the polls, as the socialist Bernie Sanders surged ahead in New Hampshire.
Subsequently, reports surfaced that an audit of the e-mails the former First Lady turned over to the State Department revealed that at least two e-mails may have contained top secret information about the CIA’s drone program.
With the controversy unlikely to dissipate any time soon, and with many analysts claiming that the issue could well imperil her run for The White House, Clinton has now admitted that in fact, her private server did contain classified e-mails. Here’s the story from WSJ:
Hillary Clinton’s campaign said Wednesday that emails on the private server she used when she was secretary of state contained material that is now classified, the clearest explanation thus far of an issue that has roiled her bid for the presidency.
At the same time, the campaign sought to play down the disclosure by saying the material had been retroactively classified out of an abundance of caution by U.S. intelligence agencies.
“She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,” said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton’s campaign.
Mrs. Clinton has been criticized for using a private email server when she was in office. Since 2013, the server was maintained by a small Denver company and stored at a secure data center in New Jersey until it was turned over to the FBI last week. Her use of the server has prompted an FBI counterintelligence investigation.
Republicans portrayed the Clinton campaign’s disclosure as a tacit admission that her previous statements about the partisan direction of the investigation were in error. Earlier this year, Mrs. Clinton said “there is no classified material,” before shifting her emphasis to say she didn’t receive any materials marked as classified.
“Secretary Clinton has repeatedly made false claims about her email records, and her charge that these investigations are partisan have been widely ridiculed. If she and her campaign are having a change of heart, she should personally admit the truth and retract her false statements,” said Kevin Smith, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner.
While it's certainly disconcerting that the nation's one-time top diplomat was sending and receiving sensitive information over an unsecure private e-mail server, the issue for Clinton - because it would probably be naive to think that anyone besides voters will actually hold her accountable - is that her handling of the ordeal has served to reinforce the perception that she's too arrogant and untrustworthy to be given the reins to the country.
That is, the public was already wary of electing yet another member of America's political aristocracy (or oligarchy, if you will) and the fact that Clinton apparently expects Americans to believe that she had no idea the information she was receiving on her home server might one day be deemed classified (even though she's been privy to such information in various capacities for decades) seems to underscore her arrogance and highlight her propsensity to, as Jean Claude-Juncker famously put it, lie when "things become serious."
But wait! lets put some music to go along with this..Gods favorite musicians..sort of for this auspicious occasion The Back Street Boys! Ouch!!
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3198509/Top-executive-Hillary-s-server-company-sued-fraud-receiving-proceeds-500m-Ponzi-scheme-run-Backstreet-Boys-impresario.html EXCLUSIVE: Top executive at Hillary's server company was sued for 'fraud' after 'receiving proceeds' from $500m Ponzi scheme run by Backstreet Boys impresario
Platte River Networks maintained 'home brew' server Clinton used while Secretary of State This week the embattled Democratic White House frontrunner handed it over to FBI after ultra-secret material found in tiny sample of emails Daily Mail Online can reveal David DeCamillis of Platte River Networks was director of firm run by Lou Pearlman, who ran $500m Ponzi scheme Pearlman was jailed in 2008 and documents show that DeCamillis was sued for 'fraud' by bankruptcy trustee Federal court documents show he was accused of several counts of fraud and receiving $1.5m in payments from cash traceable to duped investors Disclosure raises questions what background checks - if any - were made on firm which handled server containing ultra-sensitive secrets
Someone is about to get the 3am in the morning call and its not the President
Imagine how different history would be if Hillary had not squeezed the Charmin
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