LOOK AT THIS PHOTO AND ASK YOURSELF, IS ANIMAL TESTING ETHICAL…REALLY?

Sure...that seems ethical.

Researchers at the University of Tokyo created an interface that allows a rat to move a small car around with just his thoughts:

The rats were trained on the car by towing it around an enclosed area with the motors disengaged. A vision system positioned above tracked the rats by following colored markers on their backs and the vehicle. It fed the positions into a “locomotion estimation model” program that correlated the motion of the animals with readings from the electrodes.

Next the rats were suspended more tightly to the car so their limbs touched the floor only slightly. The researchers then switched the system into “neuro-robotic mode,” with the neural signals used to help drive the car. Six out of eight rats used in the study adapted well to the car.”

 

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MCSWEENEY’S LIST DAY – UNDERHEARD IN NEW YORK.

UNDERHEARD IN NEW YORK.

 

“For a cup of coffee?! What a steal!”

“You’re right, we SHOULD open a quaint little B&B here.”

“I always hear my neighbors doing the most normal stuff really late at night!”

“Man, riding the subways here sure isn’t like being in one giant maze of sadness.”

“Times Square… what a ghost town!”

“I came here because I was such a fan of Sex and the City, and sure enough, my experience has been JUST like that.”

“Hmm… it’s been a while since someone exposed himself to me in public.”

“I thought I heard a gunshot, but it was just someone setting off fireworks to celebrate the city’s diversity.”

“I just love how close everything is… to New Jersey.”

 

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HEY LOOK – THE WHACKJOBS HAVE ‘EMSELVES A CONFERENCE!!!

Galileo Was Wrong is a detailed and comprehensive treatment of the scientific evidence supporting Geocentrism, the academic belief that the Earth is immobile in the center of the universe. Garnering scientific information from physics, astrophysics, astronomy and other sciences, Galileo Was Wrong shows that the debate between Galileo and the Catholic Church was much more than a difference of opinion about the interpretation of Scripture.

Scientific evidence available to us within the last 100 years that was not available during Galileo’s confrontation shows that the Church’s position on the immobility of the Earth is not only scientifically supportable, but it is the most stable model of the universe and the one which best answers all the evidence we see in the cosmos.”

Here’s why to avoid Notre Dame around November 6th.

FASCINATING HISTORY OF THE VIETNAM WAR MEMORIAL.

“One evening in March 1979, Jan Scruggs went to see The Deer Hunter, a movie about a group of friends who go off to fight in the Vietnam War. Scruggs had served in Vietnam, and the movie upset him so much that he sat up all night drinking whiskey to dull the pain. But something good came from the experience, too: Scruggs decided he wanted to try and get a memorial built for Vietnam veterans, to honor their sacrifices and aid in the healing process. In April he and an attorney friend, also a Vietnam vet, founded the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund to raise money to build the monument.”

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AGAIN, IT’S GETTING TOUGH OUT THERE.

“Women — many brand-new to the sex trade and acting as the sole support for their families — have chosen it because of economic hardship brought on by the worst recession since the Great Depression. While there’s always been a solid group of sex workers who support their families in this way, many on the management side of the industry say they’ve never seen anything like the large numbers the business is currently attracting.”

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GETTING READY TO TRY IT MYSELF.

“At the end of a 10 min session of mirror gazing, the participant was asked to write what he or she saw in the mirror. The descriptions differed greatly across individuals and included: (a) huge deformations of one’s own face (reported by 66% of the fifty participants); (b) a parent’s face with traits changed (18%), of whom 8% were still alive and 10% were deceased; (c) an unknown person (28%); (d) an archetypal face, such as that of an old woman, a child, or a portrait of an ancestor (28%); (e) an animal face such as that of a cat, pig, or lion (18%); (f ) fantastical and monstrous beings (48%).”

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AMERICAN AND DUTCH ATTITUDES TOWARDS TEACHING CHILDREN ABOUT SEXUALITY. HERE’S A SHOCKER – THE DUTCH WAY? BETTER.

“American parents approach their children’s sexual initiation with fear and loathing; while Dutch parents treat sexuality like any other realm of life that a child must learn to manage.  Accordingly, most American teenagers hide their virginity loss from their parents, furtively popping the cherry in risky situations, often without protection against pregnancy or sexually transmitted infections (STIs).  In contrast, most Dutch teenagers lose their virginity in their own bedrooms with their parents approval… and condoms.”

Study details here.

I KNOW A FEW PEOPLE AT MY GYM WHO COULD BENEFIT FROM THIS.

Phew.

“The Ultraviolet Sports Pack by industrial designer Rahim Bhimani aims to solve a big problem faced by pro athletes-the odor of their shoes after a strenuous game. Bhimani’s creation uses the power of UV light to kill bacteria and eliminate odor from athletes’ shoes by inserting two UV hubs in each shoe and packing them in an athletic bag. The zipping of the bag, when the metal zipper reaches a contact point, triggers the ultraviolet light which is indicated by a small LED.”

Found here.