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by groomporter
Wed Apr 21, 2010 1:16 am
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Goodness, evilness makes you powerful
Replies: 2
Views: 568

Re: Goodness, evilness makes you powerful

I nominate them for an Ig-Nobel Prize
by groomporter
Fri Apr 16, 2010 3:57 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: They are literally living doors
Replies: 3
Views: 607

They are literally living doors

Turtle ants aren't fighters. Rather, they're all about defense. Workers come in two size classes: small and relatively lithe, and tank-like with a dinner plate for a head. If a colony gets hold of an old beetle burrow, the heavily armored majors will plug the entrance with their head shield and sit ...
by groomporter
Tue Apr 06, 2010 7:30 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Curator Forced to Kill Out-of-Control Bio-Art Exhibit
Replies: 4
Views: 749

Curator Forced to Kill Out-of-Control Bio-Art Exhibit

a tiny living jacket made out of stem cells had to be put to death for growing too fast and trying to burst out of its container.
http://io9.com/387274/curator-forced-to ... rt-exhibit" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;
by groomporter
Tue Mar 30, 2010 2:14 am
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Bacterial Fingerprinting
Replies: 1
Views: 971

Bacterial Fingerprinting

Heard about this on a recent Skeptics Guide to the Universe podcast. They recovered bacteria from the computer keyboards of three individuals and were able to identify who used them based on the combinations of bacteria left behind compared to the bacteria on their hands. Of course it looked at obje...
by groomporter
Sun Mar 28, 2010 3:41 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: US man 'tried to revive dead opossum' in Pennsylvania
Replies: 5
Views: 653

Re: US man 'tried to revive dead opossum' in Pennsylvania

Well it is the season for resurrections...
by groomporter
Thu Mar 25, 2010 3:12 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Mega spider
Replies: 2
Views: 505

Mega spider

Okay, it's been disproved,it's not a spider fossil, but a spider with a body over a foot in length and a leg span of over 19 inches would be pretty scary. The modern Goliath Bird-Eater spider only has a 12" leg span. Talk about eight-legged freaks! Megarachne, the Giant Spider That Wasn't http://sci...
by groomporter
Wed Mar 17, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: The Cult of Cthulhu is now a 501(c)( 3)
Replies: 6
Views: 958

The Cult of Cthulhu is now a 501(c)( 3)

An interview with Venger Satanis, the High Priest of the new 501(c)(3) non-profit group, The Cult of Cthulhu. The Cult of Cthulhu, as we understand it, has recently received official non-profit religious status from the Internal Revenue Service and functions as a vehicle for spiritual, physical, an...
by groomporter
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:15 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Mucus monster inspiration
Replies: 2
Views: 697

Mucus monster inspiration

Limacina helicina, aka the sea butterfly, spins a mucus web from the propellerlike feet that protrude from its shell. Once it traps enough algae it digests the mucus, along with its catch. http://www.scientificamerican.com/slideshow.cfm?id=same-species-polar-opposites&photo_id=E8FE4560-F7A2-2FCB-EA...
by groomporter
Tue Feb 23, 2010 9:11 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Daughter and Cryonics Co Fight Over Mom's Frozen Head
Replies: 6
Views: 880

Re: Daughter and Cryonics Co Fight Over Mom's Frozen Head

BY the time anything's decided the body's gonna be too far gone for the special freezing procedures even if it is on dry ice.
by groomporter
Sat Feb 20, 2010 3:32 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Sharktopus
Replies: 8
Views: 1480

Re: Sharktopus

If I remember Harlan Ellison used ridicule the Sci-fi abbreviation pronouncing is "skiffy"
by groomporter
Fri Feb 19, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Mom harvested slain son's sperm seeks surrogate
Replies: 3
Views: 1259

Mom harvested slain son's sperm seeks surrogate

In April, she successfully got a doctor to collect Nickolas' sperm, postmortem. "We're using an anonymous egg donor and his sperm, and we'll try until we get it," she said. Evans said hundreds of women volunteered to help her dream come true, and a surrogate will carry the fertilized egg. http://www...
by groomporter
Wed Feb 17, 2010 4:14 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Weird Book Room
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Re: Weird Book Room

Didn't realize it but Amazon has an "Oddities Community" also
http://www.amazon.com/tag/amazon%20oddi ... p_bkt_istp" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false
by groomporter
Wed Feb 17, 2010 2:57 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Weird Book Room
Replies: 3
Views: 750

Weird Book Room

I thought Abe Books' Weird Book Room might be of interest http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/weird/index.shtml" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false http://www.abebooks.co.uk/images/books/weird-book-room/Feb8/brains-get-them.jpg http://www.abebooks.co.uk/images/books/weird-book-room/Jan11/physi...
by groomporter
Sun Feb 14, 2010 5:15 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Re: Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead

Wonder if they are thinking solar powered battery packs for them? I wonder if they would work on flies
by groomporter
Fri Feb 12, 2010 4:21 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead
Replies: 6
Views: 764

Laser Gun Zaps Mosquitoes Dead

"Myhrvold demonstrated a “Death Star” laser gun designed to track and kill mosquitoes in flight. The device was crafted from parts purchased on eBay by scientists at Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures Laboratory."

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/02/ ... toes-dead/
by groomporter
Tue Feb 09, 2010 3:09 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: South Carolina to Subversives: Register. Please???
Replies: 5
Views: 904

Re: South Carolina to Subversives: Register. Please???

Kinda makes me want to swamp them with registrations.
by groomporter
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:34 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Ig Noble Prizes
Replies: 2
Views: 675

Ig Noble Prizes

I figured many of the Ig Noble Prizes could fit the here. For anyone unfamiliar with them, the first Ig Nobels were awarded in 1991, at that time they were given for research "that cannot, or should not, be reproduced". Now they are awarded for achievements that "first make people laugh, and then ma...
by groomporter
Sat Jan 30, 2010 4:20 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: 7500 artificial stomachs
Replies: 3
Views: 660

7500 artificial stomachs

“The world’s leading supplier of artificial laboratory stomachs just sold their 7500th unit http://improbable.com/2010/01/26/7500-artificial-stomachs/" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false Maybe these are what the robots from this thread http://drabblecast.freeforums.org/corpse-fueled-robot-...
by groomporter
Tue Jan 19, 2010 4:38 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: deep-sea snail could inspire next-gen body armour
Replies: 2
Views: 530

deep-sea snail could inspire next-gen body armour

http://scienceblogs.com/notrocketscience/2010/01/three-layered_shell_of_deep-sea_snail_could_inspire_next-gen.php?utm_source=networkbanner&utm_medium=link" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false Made me think of growing giant snails for bio-tanks and armored personnel carriers, kind of like th...
by groomporter
Thu Jan 14, 2010 4:39 pm
Forum: Drabblenews
Topic: Raising the dead
Replies: 14
Views: 1323

Raising the dead

It's a reality that's happening all over the world today"
at least according to this evangelist...

http://www.xpmedia.com/XSc2ha4vcMQc" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false