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Jay Lake
Date: 2010-11-29 04:27
Subject: [links] Link salad flies away
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Tags:art, cool, funny, links, personal, politics, science, travel, weird
Popular Science, August, 1923 — Would you fly in this thing?

Natural Selection in Homo sapiens alchemis — Steven Popkes takes on Harry Potter. Snerk.

Harvard scientists reverse the ageing process in mice – now for humansHarvard scientists were surprised that they saw a dramatic reversal, not just a slowing down, of the ageing in mice. Now they believe they might be able to regenerate human organs. (Via the_flea_king.)

US embassy cables leak sparks global diplomatic crisis — Hmmm.

?otD: How friendly are your skies?




11/29/2010
Writing time yesterday: 4.25 hours (10,200 new words on Kalimpura.)
Body movement: airport walking to come
Hours slept: 5.5 hours (interrupted)
This morning's weigh-in: 248.4
Yesterday's chemo/post-op stress index: 5/10 (peripheral neuropathy, emotional distress)
Currently reading: Between books

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Elf M. Sternberg
User: elfs
Date: 2010-11-29 17:30 (UTC)
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The stars on the front of that steam-powered aeroplane are a lovely touch.

The problem with the mice thing is that yeah, scientists have been experimenting with that approach for a decade or so now. The problem is that telemorase shortening in humans is a cancer control mechanism; our copying mechanism in cell reproduction is not nearly as robust as, say, the lobster's.

It's gonna take some serious engineering of the human genome to make sure that we can reverse the aging process and prevent the outbreak of broad cancers.

And as you can predict, there is already a chorus at First Things and The New Atlantis about how "the amelioration of disease and suffering are the proper purview of science, but aging and death are what make us human, and scientist go too far when they talk about such things."

For your entertainment: What would caveman science fiction look like? The last one involves bodily functions and a Ted Chiang-esque twist at the end.

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