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News 'n' Links [Mar. 1st, 2006|12:32 pm]
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Rodents in the news:
Breast Grown on Mouse -- A big advance in stem cell research, as scientists succeed in growing a complete and functional breast from a single cell. This will hopefully help to end the tragic worldwide shortage of mouse breasts (plus we might also learn something about cancer, organ replacement, and stem cell cultures).

Non-rodent news:
Soybean-Powered Sports Car -- Which car company achieved this bio-fuel breakthrough? None. It was a group of students at a west Philly high school! The school evidently specializes in problem students and runs an intense shop program. This just proves that (1) car companies aren't trying hard enough and (2) different students excel in different environments, much as our public school system normally tries to ignore this.

Non-news:
What if Microsoft Marketed the iPod? -- Funny video about computer product marketing. Thanks to porsupah for the link.
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[User Picture]From: normanrafferty
2006-03-01 08:59 pm (UTC)
No pictures of rodent boobies, alas. -.-

I'm wryly amused by the "Microsoft markets the iPod" video, but I can't share the snarky amusement the Apple folks do. You know, I like turning over a box and seeing the hardware specs written right on it. Also, pop quiz -- which iPod is in that box?
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[User Picture]From: normanrafferty
2006-03-02 02:29 am (UTC)
The video guys thought it would be funnier to have an opening flap, something I've never seen on a product before. Eh.

I just don't think the video is that funny.
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[User Picture]From: rubbertexcooper
2006-03-02 05:29 am (UTC)
I think back at the end of the 90s Microsoft did put out a couple product boxes with weird flaps similar to that. Cant remember what they were of though, cause Im a Mac user. X3
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[User Picture]From: kinkyturtle
2006-03-02 10:04 am (UTC)

Did somebody say rodent boobies?

http://us-p.vclart.net/vcl/Artists/Doug-Winger/Zort.jpg
(NSFW, but then if you see the name Doug Winger and don't immediately bla bla bla internet long enough bla bla.)
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-03-02 05:12 pm (UTC)

Re: Did somebody say rodent boobies?

Yeah yeah. Doug Winger ALWAYS can provide bla bla bla practically a gray-muzzle bla bla bla even with a turnip bla bla bla the Magna Carta.
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[User Picture]From: wordweaverlynn
2006-03-01 10:00 pm (UTC)
That story brought tears of pride to my eyes. I know West Philly. I know what those kids face on the streets and sometimes at home. And damn, here they are, beating the auto companies.

Let's hear it for them.
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[User Picture]From: nicodemusrat
2006-03-01 11:26 pm (UTC)
I gotta say, I was darn impressed. And I think it's interesting that these are (based on the article) the kids that were considered "failures" of the standard school system; given the right opportunities and instruction environment, though, we see that they can succeed magnificently.
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[User Picture]From: ankhorite
2006-03-03 05:35 pm (UTC)
Cool...wrote to the United Soybean Board and the American Soybean Association for comment. :) I know corn / ethanol is pretty worthless as a serious gasoline alternative...would like to know more about soy.
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