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by Calilasseia
Fri Nov 10, 2017 8:18 pm
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: Old School Laboratory Fun ...
Replies: 1
Views: 282

Old School Laboratory Fun ...

Just seen this blog post by Derek Lowe (he of "Things I Won't Work With" fame, including the classic "Sand Won't Save You This Time" that I've covered in the past). Just read the comments following the blog post, and find out what crazy things people did in labs in the past. I think this one takes t...
by Calilasseia
Thu Oct 26, 2017 12:08 am
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: Just when you thought it was safe ...
Replies: 1
Views: 323

Just when you thought it was safe ...

... to discuss Lepdoptera reproduction, along comes this paper ... Digestive Organ In The Female Reproductive Tract Borrows Genes From Multiple Organ Systems To Adopt Critical Functions by Camille Meslin, Melissa S. Plakke, Aaron B. Deutsch, Brandon S. Small, Nathan I. Morehouse & Nathan L. Clark, M...
by Calilasseia
Sat Sep 16, 2017 9:09 pm
Forum: Evilution
Topic: Females With A Penis - Yes, They Exist!
Replies: 3
Views: 849

Females With A Penis - Yes, They Exist!

A team of entomologists, including three Japanese scientists, have discovered four new species of Psocoptera, that exhibit a remarkable feature - genital reversal. In the four newly described species belonging to the Genus Neotrogla , living in caves in Brazil, the females have a penis. In addition,...
by Calilasseia
Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:28 am
Forum: Video Gaming
Topic: A Free Game With A Difference ...
Replies: 2
Views: 761

A Free Game With A Difference ...

It's time for another game! And while this one is a driving game, it's one with several big differences from the norm, as becomes very apparent when you learn the title - Bus Driver . Yes, that's right, someone went to the trouble of providing the PC gamer with a bus driving simulator. If you're tem...
by Calilasseia
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:16 am
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: The one piece of scientific research that was made for here!
Replies: 6
Views: 762

Re: The one piece of scientific research that was made for h

That blog also has, much to the amusement of many here, an entire sub-section devoted to the matter of, ahem, foreign bodies in rectal passages.

Enjoy ...
by Calilasseia
Fri Jul 21, 2017 12:04 am
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: The one piece of scientific research that was made for here!
Replies: 6
Views: 762

The one piece of scientific research that was made for here!

The paper covered here deserves a special award ... The best use of CAT scans to date: bacon quality prediction. Measurement of belly composition variability in pigs by in vivo computed tomographic scanning. “The belly region composition of a representative commercial pig sample of 130 castrates was...
by Calilasseia
Sun Jun 11, 2017 2:27 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Britain is going to be Tory for at least 10 years.
Replies: 482
Views: 39444

Re: Britain is going to be Tory for at least 10 years.

What I came here to see, is if Devogue delivered a spleenfest over succubus May's schmoozing with the DUP. Which would be gold medal winning reading if he'd unleashed it. She really has dragged everyone around her into a galactic clusterfuck. Her kapok-brained "strong and stable" Dalek act, has deli...
by Calilasseia
Sat Dec 10, 2016 2:55 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: Will you accept the election results?
Replies: 414
Views: 24096

Re: Will you accept the election results?

Guess it's time for this ... possibly the best commentary on Trump's election you'll ever see :biggrin:

by Calilasseia
Thu Jun 23, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: 'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops
Replies: 27
Views: 3207

Re: 'Biblical' moth influx threatens to devastate crops

Ah, Plutella xylostella . Which selects various Crucifers as larval foodplants, but only those that produce glucosinolates (mustard oil precursors). One effective method of control is to plant Wintercress, which not only contains glucosinolates, but also produces saponins, which kill the larvae. The...
by Calilasseia
Tue Feb 23, 2016 11:35 am
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: Earth is Probably Unique
Replies: 140
Views: 10497

Re: Earth is Probably Unique

Whilst large stars do indeed live fast and die young, the question is, do they do it at a fast enough rate? Large stars have to form before they can run through the cycle and deliver heavy elements. At the moment, stars large enough to end their days as supernovae comprise around 0.1% of all observa...
by Calilasseia
Mon Feb 22, 2016 7:01 pm
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: Earth is Probably Unique
Replies: 140
Views: 10497

Re: Earth is Probably Unique

As I've said elsewhere on several occasions, there's also another possibility. Namely that we're the first. As in the first life forms to start systematically exploring space and working to move beyond our home planet. The observable universe is 13.6 billion years old. According to the data availabl...
by Calilasseia
Thu Dec 10, 2015 10:16 am
Forum: News, Current Events & Politics
Topic: funny news flash
Replies: 7
Views: 560

Re: funny news flash

Well, whilst Chirac's health reasons in question probably aren't funny, the manner of reportage definitely is. Leaving aside the obvious exceptions, viz: [1] Healthcare professionals and support staff who work there; [2] Friends and relatives of existing patients visiting; [3] Suppliers of essential...
by Calilasseia
Tue Dec 08, 2015 10:20 am
Forum: Science, Technology & Environment
Topic: Time flows in One Direction
Replies: 70
Views: 7787

Re: Time flows in One Direction

For those who are interested, the full scientific paper can be read here.
by Calilasseia
Fri Dec 04, 2015 6:18 pm
Forum: The Gun Club
Topic: Idiots
Replies: 335
Views: 31357

Re: Idiots

by Calilasseia
Wed Dec 02, 2015 5:36 am
Forum: The Gun Club
Topic: Idiots
Replies: 335
Views: 31357

Re: Idiots

Ah, the American gun fetish once again. Quite simply, in the dysfunctional and pathological social environment present in many parts of the USA, guns are used as a substitute for maturity and character. The sort of people who gravitate toward the hoarding of large arsenals of lethal weapons, tend t...