Scientists have used embryonic stem cells to generate blood -- a feat that could eventually lead to endless supplies of type O-negative blood, a rare blood type prized by doctors for its versatility.
"We literally generated whole tubes in the lab, from scratch," said Robert Lanza, chief science officer at Advanced Cell Technologies.
Read More at :… Continue
Added by LogicalMind on August 22, 2008 at 8:44am —
(Two serious posts already this week! Who's up for some Friday blog candy?)
The first time my kids saw our family photo on the back of Parenting Beyond Belief
in a bookstore, they were elated. “We’re famous!” Erin squealed.
"Yes," Laney replied, “but the quiet
kind of famous.”
She had once said she wanted to be “one of those famous people on the magazine covers.” Becca replied that… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 22, 2008 at 6:00am —
Fundamentalists news websites, how I love thee, especially WorldNutDaily. WND never ceases to provide amusement in the form of fundie logic and wacky advertisements. Claiming itself as a ‘news source’ this beyond right-wing rag makes Fox news look like the Disney Channel. I used to get pissed at the B.S. they sling but I’ve come to embrace it for what it really is; satirical humor. Some people can take this stuff with a grain of salt and some can’t, so steer clear if you’re easily aggravated by… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 22, 2008 at 1:00am —
Thursday, 21 August, 2008 22322
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
death: fucking unfair,
life: fucking temporary.
In the middle: cool!
What a day... I got some sleep... from 02:00 until 11:45, and it was good.
Lanas' mother is in the hospital... I am so helpless to help her, but I really want to.
She has a lot of family... and that is great.
And I am still here, wanting to help. not knowing any of them, but feeling for all of… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 21, 2008 at 10:47pm —
The Vision Beyond Borders is a group based in Sheridan, Wyoming that distributes bibles and Christian teaching materials around the world. The VBB web site states:
Many of the six billion people on the earth have never heard of the name of Jesus Christ. The disciples were sent out to preach the Good News of Jesus to the far reaches of the world. We believe that Vision Beyond Borders is helping to fulfill that commission with the same urgency found in first-century… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 21, 2008 at 9:48pm —
So, I just watched a couple of episodes of Happy Tree Friends on YouTube. I had seen an episode of that little show before, the one where the critters are swimming and dying bloodily in a pool, but that episode struck me as nothing but pointless gore, so I wrote the series off as nothing but an unimaginative excuse to show blood and guts.
Now, probably around six months to a year later, I watch it again and actually see some intelligence in this show. There's cleverness to the… Continue
Added by Steve on August 21, 2008 at 6:12pm —
I got an interesting question from School Girl this morning. While we were in the middle of the “hurry-up-brush-your-teeth-and-get-dressed” tango, she asked, “Mommy, how was the earth created?”
Now, that rang a couple of alarm bells in my head. First, the Big Questions normally come at the end of the day, as we’re getting ready for bed. I’ll admit, in the past few months we’ve been talking about some Big Questions indeed. But nothing like this.
I do know that School Girl’s… Continue
Added by Karen Mohler on August 21, 2008 at 3:57pm —
I'm not less of anything, much like people who chose to not have children refer to themselves as child-free as opposed to childless.
Fuck Ann C@#$&*r and her ilk. Don't let "less"er people define who we are.
Added by Your girl Friday on August 21, 2008 at 2:32pm —
Today I blogged about de-christianizing actions and thinking. Full post here
. I am curious as to how you feel about the need to remove religious expressions and actions from our lives as much as possible.
Do you think it's necessary? Do you have any suggestions for… Continue
Added by Neece on August 21, 2008 at 1:30pm —
I'm going to preface this with an quick update/newsflash...whatever you want to call it. I'm preparing the head off to Cambridge for a week, starting this Saturday, and when I get back from there next Saturday, I start class two days later. So...I'm busy getting all my ducks in a row, and hence...less blogging. I might have one more post in me before I head out, but then it'll be dry here for a week. I would like to post the Rick Warren questions here so we can all answer them, and I realize… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 21, 2008 at 8:57am —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
The Vatican owes me another irony meter.
Here are a couple of occurances that will be familiar to those who have encountered Catholics in online discussions:
1) They often (always?) claim that any criticism of their superstitious crap by 'intolerant secular bigots' represents a concerted attempt to deny Catholics their freedom of religion.
2) Any comments to the… Continue
Added by Andrew on August 21, 2008 at 6:00am —
Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 22:29
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
trust, often assumed,
for granted? No, better is....
doing it yourself.
Long night, short sleep.
Finally got to bed at 23:00 the first time, but I was up and down until 022:00.
And then up again until 04:00.
So, start the day, what the hell.
But about 08:30, I thought that maybe I could go to sleep... and I did, and slept until noon.
Lana had similar… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 20, 2008 at 11:43pm —
The world in general is pretty amazing and I think as adults we sometimes loose sight of this. Life just kicks us in the ass at some point and, for some of us, that curiosity and amazement flickers out. In a past show I alluded to this in a rant about how people might be a little happier in day to day life if they would stop worrying about the sudden stop at the end and just appreciate how amazing our little blue/green ball is.
In the spirit of that rant I’ve decided to start a new… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 20, 2008 at 10:23pm —
First off, let me say that I've never been a church-goer. I'm not an ex-Christian at all. I was raised irreligious so the following only illustrates my ignorance on this matter.
Recently I had a client who was talking about having bible study tonight. I nod my head and go "Mmm...hmm" (I drive senior citizens around; doctors appointments, grocery shopping, etc). This post is not about my client. It's about bible study.
What popped into my head is the blatant contradictions… Continue
Added by Larro on August 20, 2008 at 7:09pm —
So now we know (and are shocked, I'm sure, to learn) that the "bigfoot" "carcass" was actually a monkey suit on ice.
It's not the hoax that's really the story here, though; it's that the hoaxters seemed to believe they'd be able to get away with it.
One of the two men in the fraud is a sheriff, and damned well should have known what kind of forensic analysis his "corpse" would be put to. But both of these backwoods yokels seemed to be caught unawares by how quickly their… Continue
Added by warreno on August 20, 2008 at 3:05pm —
Honestly, I can't believe that being a credible Atheist means that I have to know more about religion than the entire damn congregations and clergies of the local Baptist, Lutheran, and Catholic churches combined. Not that this is a difficult challenge. Of course I'm grateful for the people who put up the Dark Bible, among many websites, to give me the down-and-dirty about the Scriptures, so that when I'm getting proselytized or just having a "rational" discussion about my beliefs, I can cut… Continue
Added by HotMess on August 20, 2008 at 1:06pm —
by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief
[Back to Part 1
We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.
“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.
She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 20, 2008 at 10:30am —
I've added the Atheist Nexus full blog RSS to AideRSS
. This will allow you to see the best posts that are blogged within the A|N blog system. You can also see at one go the most popular ones.
(Sorry, the blog eats the script so I can't put them here. Visit the link above)
I've already done this a few weeks ago but didn't mention it because the system was failing. It has since been solved (… Continue
Added by Db0 on August 20, 2008 at 5:30am —
Isn't it obvious?
It's because no one in white America wants to vote for a nigger.
Added by warreno on August 20, 2008 at 2:49am —
Well, this is the third day of my bicycle-camping trip. I'm using a F5 Enduro Hi-Racer recumbent with Jandd Mountaineering panniers. The bike is performing really well. I don't have the speedometer on the bike, but a speedtrap I passed by had me clocked at 22mph.
I've been using my old Thermarest camping mattress, but I'm also using a LuxuryLite Backpacker Cot. Wow. The cot is uber-comfy. Combined with the Thermarest, It is actually more comfortable than a lot of beds I have slept… Continue
Added by Brian on August 19, 2008 at 7:53pm —