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  • First Genetically Modified Children Graduate from High School

    09/28/2014 6:56:11 PM PDT · by Jan_Sobieski · 39 replies
    Tech Crunch ^ | 9/28/2014 | Sarah Buhr
    Remember the sci-fi thriller GATTACA? For those who never saw the film and/or eschewed all pop culture in the late 90ís for some reason, it was a popular movie that came out in 1997 about genetically modified human beings. Now some literally genetically modified human babies born that same year are entering their senior year of high school. The first successful transfer of genetic material for this purpose was published in a U.S. medical journal in 1997 and then later cited in a Human Reproduction publication in 2001. Scientists injected 30 embryos in all with a third personís genetic material....
  • ďSand StateĒ Re-default Rates Over 50% - Administration Advertises Mortgage Modifications!

    07/01/2012 12:46:51 PM PDT · by whitedog57 · 2 replies
    Confounded Interest ^ | 07/01/2012 | Anthony B. Sanders
    As I discussed at the American Action Forum with Douglas Holtz-Eakin, Jared Bernstein and Jason Gold, there are 14 Administration mortgage modification programs (including the Attorneys General Settlement). And the Administration keeps insisting on MORE programs such as principal reductions and HARP 2.0 Supersized! The Administration is even ADVERTISING their refinancing programs. Of course, the last line is absolutely false. SOMEONE pays for loan modifications and principal reductions and those people are investors such as banks, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, pension funds (yes, even Clark Griswold will have to pay for Cousin Eddieís loan modification and principal reduction). In order...
  • Scrapheap Transhumanism (Skin crawl alert!)

    02/18/2010 11:04:07 AM PST · by ShadowAce · 29 replies · 1,129+ views
    h+ Magazine ^ | 11 February 2010 | Lepht Anonym
    Iím sort of inured to pain by this point. Anesthetic is illegal for people like me, so we learn to live without it; Iíve made scalpel incisions in my hands, pushed five-millimeter diameter needles through my skin, and once used a vegetable knife to carve a cavity into the tip of my index finger. Iím an idiot, but Iím an idiot working in the name of progress: Iím Lepht Anonym, scrapheap transhumanist. I work with what I can get. Sadly, they donít do it like that on TV. The art of improving the human is shiny and bright in the...
  • Federal mortgage modification plan disappointing so far - Home Affordable Modification Program(HAMP)

    01/18/2010 8:37:15 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 271+ views
    CSM on Yahoo ^ | 1/18/10 | Patrik Jonsson
    Atlanta Ė The Obama administration announced Friday that its much-lauded mortgage modification plan has had a disappointing start, helping far fewer Americans stay in their homes than originally hoped. Intended to bolster struggling homeowners, the Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) has permanently helped only 66,000 homeowners out of 4 million that may be eligible. As foreclosures are expected to rise from 2.8 million in 2009 to 3 million in 2010, analysts expect the Obama administration to modify the modification program to keep it from becoming another major political issue in a year when Democrats are facing a growing anti-spending sentiment...
  • You Wonder Why Fannie and Freddie Got A Blank Check?

    01/07/2010 1:08:47 PM PST · by C19fan · 2 replies · 374+ views
    January 7, 2009 | Me
    I found this article on Bloomberg: Part of it mentiones Mark Zandi, owner of, who is the Pelosi's and Zero's informal economic advisor proposes a program whereby if a bank cuts the principal balance of an underwater loan the government will cover half the costs of that cramdown. The perfect vehicle to shovel taxpayer money for this bailout would be through Fannie and Freddie. Zandi's proposal would be in the hundreds of billions of dollars perhaps trillions.
  • Modification Kits to Improve B-1 Combat Capability

    05/17/2006 4:09:41 PM PDT · by SandRat · 10 replies · 606+ views
    TransFormation DoD ^ | May 16, 2006 | B-1 Systems Group, Aeronautical Systems Center
    WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio, May 16, 2006 ‚Äď The U.S. Air Force recently awarded a $180-million contract to the Boeing Company to upgrade the fire-control radar on the service's fleet of 67 B-1B long-range bomber aircraft. The nine-year Reliability and Maintainability Improvement Program, or RMIP, will replace two, high-failure rate line-replaceable units that make up the current AN/APQ-164 radar system in an effort to improve its R&M performance.According to U.S. Air Force Col. Paul Clark, commander of the B-1 Systems Group at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, the RMIP System Development and Demonstration is the first significant radar...
  • Scientists create GM mosquitoes to fight malaria and save thousands of lives

    10/10/2005 7:49:03 AM PDT · by cloud8 · 67 replies · 1,228+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | October 10, 2005 | David Adam
    - Plan to breed and sterilise millions of male insects - Leader says project almost ready for testing in wild Genetically modified mosquitoes could soon be released into the wild in an attempt to combat malaria. Scientists at Imperial College London, who created the GM insects, say they could wipe out natural mosquito populations and save thousands of lives in malaria-stricken regions. Led by Andrea Crisanti, the team added a gene that makes the testicles of the male mosquitoes fluorescent, allowing the scientists to distinguish and easily separate them from females. The plan is to breed, sterilise and release millions...
  • The Problem With Evolution

    09/26/2005 5:44:09 AM PDT · by DARCPRYNCE · 340 replies · 6,041+ views
    ChronWatch ^ | 09/25/05 | Edward L. Daley
    Charles Darwin, the 19th century geologist who wrote the treatise 'The Origin of Species, by means of Natural Selection' defined evolution as "descent with modification". Darwin hypothesized that all forms of life descended from a common ancestor, branching out over time into various unique life forms, due primarily to a process called natural selection. However, the fossil record shows that all of the major animal groups (phyla) appeared fully formed about 540 million years ago, and virtually no transitional life forms have been discovered which suggest that they evolved from earlier forms. This sudden eruption of multiple, complex organisms is...
  • Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 - S. 517

    09/02/2005 2:26:44 AM PDT · by Siobhan · 67 replies · 1,358+ views
    THOMAS: Legislative Information for the Public ^ | March 3, 2005 | Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX)
    S 517 IS 109th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 517To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 3, 2005 Mrs. HUTCHISON introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation A BILLTo establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, SECTION 1. SHORT TITLE. This Act may be cited as the `Weather Modification Research and Technology...
  • Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board - Bill S517 (Too late for Katrina)

    09/02/2005 1:50:20 AM PDT · by beyond the sea · 15 replies · 970+ views ^ | 9/2/05 | William Thomas
    Weather Modification Advisory and Research Board - Bill S517 Weather Modification Research and Technology Transfer Authorization Act of 2005 - (Introduced in Senate) S 517 IS 109th CONGRESS 1st Session S. 517 To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES March 3, 2005 Mrs. HUTCHISON introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation (snip)A BILL To establish the Weather Modification Operations and Research Board, and for other purposes. Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives...
  • 20 Asia women sign up for man-made beauty pageant

    07/25/2004 4:27:09 PM PDT · by Stoat · 8 replies · 1,006+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | July 23, 2004
    --More than 20 women have signed up for what is likely to be the world's first pageant for surgically enhanced beauties, which is to be held in China in November. Participants come not just from China, but also from South Korea, Japan and Malaysia. reported Friday. To ensure that no one is cheating, all contestants will have to present certification from their doctors proving that they have indeed gone under the knife. But at the same time, perhaps in an effort to prevent bungled rush jobs, the organizer also requires that all participating "man-made beauties" had their last surgery...
  • The Science of Rain-making is Still Patchy

    10/19/2003 10:30:04 AM PDT · by inPhase · 9 replies · 205+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 19, 2003 | Henry Fountain
    In 1950, .. Dr. Howell, who participated in early scientific research into cloud seeding set up shop at Floyd Bennett Field in Brooklyn using a police airplane to sprinkle silver iodide crystals into clouds over the Catskill watershed. Rains came and the reservoirs began to rise. ... Just last week, the National research Council issued a report on a two-year $1.1 million cloud seeding effort in Colorado.
  • Wildlife killed by conventional farming 'flourishes in GM fields'

    01/17/2003 7:26:37 AM PST · by ZGuy · 9 replies · 416+ views
    The Independent ^ | 15 January 2003 | Steve Connor
    One of the first experiments to test the impact of genetically modified crops on the environment has found that insects and farmland birds can flourish in GM fields that under conventional farming would be wildlife deserts. Scientists monitoring plots of GM sugar beet have recorded a significant increase in spiders, beetles and other insects that provide important food for the nestlings of skylarks, lapwings and partridges. They claim in a study published today in the Royal Society journal Proceedings B that GM crops engineered to be resistant to broad-spectrum herbicides could be better for wildlife than conventional crops doused with...