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New research from Japan has suggested that it may be possible in the future for scientists to grow male and female reproductive cells from the opposite gender. In other words, to create sperm from women and eggs from men.
Katsuhiko Hayashi of Kyoto University in Japan has published research in which skin cells from mice were used to create primordial germ cells or PGCs. These cells, the common precursor of both male and female sex cells, were then developed into both sperm and eggs. Using these live-births were created via in vitro fertilisation.
HOLY SHIT THIS IS AWESOME
If your fire department is almost 90 percent white in a city that isn’t 90 percent white then perhaps 200 of your white firefighters shouldn’t show up to a court hearing to complain about your department being ordered to hire more people who aren’t white.
“I feel I’m being discriminated against because I’m Caucasian,” says one of those white firefighters. Dude, get your head out of your turnout gear and look around you. Look at your brothers and sisters on the truck and in the firehouse. Do you really feel discriminated against, with all those white folks around you? No, you’re just being an idiot.
Just because your job entails saving lives doesn’t mean you get to ignore the institutional racism going on around you.
Get a clue.
(Photo of white — yes, all of them were white — FDNY firefighters rallying outside a Brooklyn courthouse where a judge held hearings on the department’s hiring practices by Todd Maisel / New York Daily News)
Apparently, upright citizens are outraged that the Obama 2012 website is selling prints of a stylized American flag with the Obama campaign symbol in the spot where the stars would traditionally be found on an actual flag.
A Facebook friend notified me of this inane non-story when he expressed his completely non-partisan outrage at this criminal desecration of the flag (see above). Apparently my Facebook friend doesn’t understand the difference between a representation of a thing and the thing itself; he pointed me to the U.S. Flag Code in case I wasn’t clear about how to properly care for and display a flag (and, of course, that one should never cover up or place anything on it).
The fact that a drawing is not a flag seems entirely lost on him (and, now, a gaggle of his other conservative Facebook friends, who have weighed in). They also believe, it seems, that if I drew a sketch of the Mona Lisa, that sketch would be the Mona Lisa; if I tore up my sketch, I would be destroying the Mona Lisa.
Of course, even if this was an actual flag — which it most obviously is not — there’s nothing inherently wrong with representing the American flag in a way that these people find objectionable … and there are Supreme Court cases to that effect.
The best part about the story on the Fox News website is that the commenters — who are all outraged beyond belief about this print, because it desecrates the flag — know that it’s perfectly legal to burn an actual American flag; the very first comments say: “Now this is a flag I’m happy to burn” (This comment has 769 Likes); “I’ll start the fire!” (294 Likes); “Let me know when you start the fire and I will be there. This is an outrage and disgusting” (264 Likes).
“Partisan squabbles aside,” indeed.
Colorado Shooting Good News of the Day: Three out of the five hospitals currently treating victims of the Colorado theater shooting have decided to limit or completely waive the medical bills of the uninsured, and waive the co-pays for those with medical insurance.
There are several efforts, including a donation from Warner Bros., to help the victims financially, but the sheer volume of injured persons still means a lot of bills and a lot of big bucks.
Such a generous move from the hospitals should considerably aid these people in getting back on their feet, and moving forward.
Wow. That is awesome! Now if only we could do that for everyone, we would be on the right track. But I guess baby steps are better than nothing.
A three-day-old wildfire erupted with catastrophic fury Tuesday, ripping across the foothills neighborhoods of Colorado Springs, devouring an untold number of homes and sending tens of thousands fleeing to safety in what was shaping up as one of the biggest disasters in state history. “This is a firestorm of epic proportions,” said Colorado Springs Fire Chief Richard Brown. Read the full story…
With so many exciting celestial bodies in our solar system and beyond, it’s easy to take the moon for granted. Sure, NASA crashed a probe into the lunar surface for science recently, but no human being has set foot on the moon since Apollo 17 in December 1972.
Now Ian Crawford of Birkbeck College in London and his colleagues have co-authored a paper making the case for a return manned mission to the moon, to augment the many remote-sensing spacecraft sent into lunar orbit over the last ten years.
In Mexicali, a haven for broken lives: The once-grand El Hotel Centenario is now the decrepit El Hotel del Migrante Deportado — the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. It hosts a procession of lost souls.
They blame America for exploiting their labor, then discarding them. But they also are haunted by their mistakes, accomplices to their own downfall.
The U.S. offered me opportunities, and I blew it.
We’re here for being reckless.
I lost everything because of my stupid mistake.
My wife warned me: You shouldn’t be drinking and driving.
Honestly, the American dream is over.
A 39-year-old former day laborer dedicates a prayer to his teenage son in the San Fernando Valley: “For our families who lack food because of our absence, we pray that we are reunited one day.”
Photo: Christian Rivera, 25, sobs during a breakfast blessing at the Hotel of the Deported Migrant. He said he was crying because his wife called this morning to say she had lost her job at a Wal-Mart in Seattle. Now there’s no income for her and their 7-year-old son. Rivera was deported for failure to pay court fees for a traffic ticket and deported again when he tried to sneak back into the U.S. Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times