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    1973
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    Art Monk
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    Falls Church, VA
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    Tai Chi, Horology, Skiing
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    Director, Regulatory Affairs

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  1. Pig Embryos Injected With Monkey Cells Successfully Brought To Full-Term For The First Time Scientists in China have successfully brought to term piglets injected with monkey stem cells for the first time, bringing researchers one step closer to one day growing human organs inside of animals. The pig-monkey chimeras – an organism derived from two or more zygotes, or the eukaryotic cell formed during fertilization that contains essential DNA – were born in the Chinese lab Key Laboratory of Stem Cell and Reproductive Biology and looked otherwise normal. Scientists derived embryonic stem cells from crab-eating macaques, or cynomolgus monkeys, a species commonly used in and bred for biomedical research. These cells were genetically modified to produce a fluorescent protein called GFP so that the researchers could track the cells after injecting them into pig embryos. (Pigs are “excellent hosts” because of their similarities to humans.) Only two out of the 10 altered piglets were chimeras even though the team implanted more than 4,000 embryos. Of those, the monkey cells were spread in tissues across several vital organs such as the heart, liver, spleen, lung, and skin, and only represented a low proportion of overall cells – somewhere between 0.1 and 0.01 percent, according to New Scientist. “We believe this work will facilitate future developments in xenogeneic organogenesis, bringing us one step closer to producing tissue-specific functional cells and organs in a large animal model through interspecies blastocyst complementation,” write the study authors in the journal Protein and Cell. All 10 piglets died within a week of birth from an unknown cause. The researchers believe that their death may be due to an issue with the in vitro fertilization (IVF) process rather than chimerism given both chimeric and non-chimeric animals died. Click on the link for the full article
  2. Well, he did him a favor. Better than having a rotting piece of fruit taped to the wall.
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    Random Thought Thread

    Eat a ****load of poppy seed bagels?
  4. California man arrested after posting videos online of mass shooting practice A San Diego County man is in police custody after posting graphic videos on YouTube where he appeared to be practicing a mass shooting, police said. Steven Homoki, 30, was arrested on Thursday on suspicion of possession of an assault weapon, possession of a high capacity magazine and child endangerment, San Diego police said in a statement Friday. Authorities received a tip about Homoki, of Spring Valley, California, on Monday, concerning videos he posted online. The tipster reportedly said Homoki had "gone off the deep end" and said he had a "plan" in place, according to NBC San Diego. In the videos, Homoki is seen in a San Diego hotel room with several guns, magazines and bullets. The video, obtained by NBC San Diego, appears to shows Homoki loading the guns, crawling on a bullet-strewn floor, loading guns and pointing the weapons at pedestrians out the window. In one moment, Homoki pulls the trigger on an unloaded rifle pointed at pedestrians and says, "One down, more to go." "You drop one mag, you pick up another, right? Then you pick up another. ... Then you drop it, you drop the gun, pick up another gun," Homoki said under his breath on the video, which seems to be recorded from a body camera. Click on the link for the full article and video
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    Tesla Model 3 Release

    Tesla on Autopilot slams into police cruiser, driver claims he was checking on his dog A Tesla on Autopilot slammed into two vehicles on Saturday, one of which was a Connecticut State Police cruiser, officials said. The driver of the Tesla told police that he put the car on Autopilot because he was checking on his dog in the backseat, according to a statement from Connecticut State Police. The incident happened in the early morning hours Saturday on Interstate 95 in Norwalk. Click on the link for the full article
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    1991 top hit songs

    I would say there were various other songs from 1991 I was listening too that aren't on that list, such as: Smells Like Teen Spirit - Nirvana (and frankly that whole album) You Could Be Mine - Guns 'n' Roses Enter Sandman - Metallica Heavy Fuel - Dire Straits Alive - Pearl Jam (whole Ten album) Under the Bridge - Red Hot Chili Peppers (whole Blood, Sugar, Sex Magik album) Hunger Strike - Temple of the Dog 3 Strange Days - School of Fish Even Better Than the Real Thing - U2 Learning to Fly - Tom Petty
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    1991 top hit songs

    From that list the ones that stuck with me are: Right here, right now - Jesus Jones Losing My Religion - REM I Touch Myself - Divinyls Wicked Game - Chris isaak Silent Lucidity - Queensryche Groove is in the Heart - Dee Lite Tom's Diner - DNA feat. Suzanne Vega
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    The airline experience has become miserable

    Woman stung by scorpion on United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta A female passenger on a United Airlines flight from San Francisco to Atlanta says she was stung by a scorpion in the middle of the flight. The woman shared a picture of the scorpion with TMZ, and said she was stung "multiple" times during the Thursday flight. After feeling a "stinging sensation" on her leg, she went to the bathroom to check it out. The woman said the scorpion then fell out of her pant leg and "scurried across the floor" of the plane but flight attendants were eventually able to catch it. In a statement to USA Today, United Airlines confirmed the stinging, and said the crew "responded immediately." "After learning that one of our customers on flight 1554 from San Francisco to Atlanta was stung during flight, our crew responded immediately and consulted with a MedLink physician on the ground who provided medical guidance," the statement said. "The customer was transported to a local hospital," Noonan said. "We have been in contact with our customer to ensure her well-being." Click on the link for the full article
  9. STICK SHIFT SIMPLETONS: Manual transmission foils York U. theft A man was robbed at gunpoint at York University last week by crooks who then attempted to steal his car. But Toronto Police — who revealed Thursday that two teen boys have been arrested for the robbery — say the vehicle theft was foiled by a manual transmission. Apparently, neither of the would-be car thieves knew how to drive a stick shift. The armed robbery unfolded around 3 a.m. on Nov. 28 after a man, 22, parked his vehicle at a secure lot on the campus near The Chimneystack Rd. — southwest of Keele St. and Steeles Ave. W. Police say the victim exited his car and was followed by two culprits. “As the victim neared one of the university buildings, he was ambushed from behind and put into a headlock,” Det. Dion Monahar said in a statement released Thursday. “A handgun was pressed into his stomach and a demand was made for property.” The detective added the victim handed over his phone, keys, cash and other belongings before the bandits tried to steal his car. “The (robbers) could not operate a manual vehicle so they stole items from inside the car before fleeing on foot,” Monahar said. Click on the link for the full article
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    All Things North Korea Thread

    N. Korea conducts 'important test' at once-dismantled site SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — North Korea said Sunday that it carried out a “very important test” at its long-range rocket launch site that it reportedly rebuilt after having partially dismantled it at the start of denuclearization talks with the United States last year. The announcement comes amid dimming prospects for a resumption of negotiations, with the North threatening to seek “a new way” if it fails to get major U.S. concessions by year’s end. North Korea has said its resumption of nuclear and long-range missile tests depends on the United States. Saturday’s test at the Sohae Satellite Launching Ground will have “an important effect on changing the strategic position of (North Korea) once again in the near future,” an unidentified spokesman from the North’s Academy of National Defense Science said in a statement, carried by the country’s official Korean Central News Agency. North Korea didn’t say what the test included. Kim Dong-yub, an analyst at Seoul’s Institute for Far Eastern Studies, said that North Korea likely tested for the first time a solid-fuel engine for an intercontinental ballistic missile. The use of solid fuel increases a weapon’s mobility and reduces the amount of launch preparation time. The long-range rockets that North Korea used in either ICBM launches or satellite liftoffs in recent years all used liquid propellants. CNN reported Friday that a new satellite image indicated North Korea may be preparing to resume testing engines used to power satellite launchers and intercontinental ballistic missiles at the site. Click on the link for the full article
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    The airline experience has become miserable

    Florida woman forced to change ‘Hail Satan’ shirt on American Airlines flight: report A Florida woman was forced to change her shirt praising Beelzebub on a recent flight. Swati Runi Goyal, 49, was flying from Key West to Las Vegas the day before Halloween wearing a black shirt with the text “HAIL SATAN” in all-caps, Buzzfeed News first reported. The shirt also included the text “Est. 666” and an upside-down cross, a picture shows. Goyal was seated with her husband on the flight when an American Airlines crew member told her to remove the offensive shirt or get off the plane — delaying the flight until she swapped into an extra shirt her husband was wearing. “The gentleman asked me if I understood what ‘offensive’ meant,” Goyal told The Post. “I said, ‘I’m a foreign-born minority woman. I know what my T-shirt means and my T-shirt is not offensive.’” Goyal said she is both an atheist and a member of the Satanic Temple — and bought the shirt to support the non-theistic church.“It’s usually met with giggles and thumbs up from people who get the irony of the T-shirt,” she said. Goyal, who is vegan, said she became a supporter of the Satanic Temple because of its tenets — which includes showing “kindness to all creatures.” “I’m not goth. I don’t have piercings. I wasn’t wearing a shirt that had a goat being beheaded on it,” Goyal told Buzzfeed. “[I was] wearing L.L.Bean hiking pants and vegan sneakers.” Goyal decided to post her story after American Airlines “failed to investigate” the incident — in a hope to bring change in favor of religious freedom, she told The Post. “I’m really trying to make some good deeds come out of this. This is really about religious discrimination,” she said. “Because they treated me this way, I can only imagine how they’re treating other religious groups like Muslims.” American Airlines reached out to Goyal since the BuzzFeed story and has agreed to refund her plane tickets. Goyal said she has also asked the company to ensure they provide training on discrimination and apologies from the three crew members involved. “We apologize to Ms. Goyal for her experience, and we are reaching out to her to understand what occurred,” an American Airlines spokesperson told BuzzFeed News. The company also said “Discrimination has no place at American Airlines” in a tweeted response to Goyal’s own Twitter post about the ordeal. Click on the link for the full article
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    Random Thought Thread

    Be glad you don't live in Burlington: Church Street Accidentally Plays Holiday Music All Night Leah Gimbutas is already sick of Christmas music. That's because Gimbutas, who lives on Burlington's Church Street Marketplace, got an all-night holiday serenade back on November 15. She called the marketplace office "literally the second they opened the next day," the Champlain College student said. "I was like, 'This is torture. I'm not dealing with this again!'" The music usually turns off at 9 p.m. Ron Redmond, who stepped down earlier this week from his post as executive director of the marketplace, said a software update was to blame for Gimbutas' tossing and turning all holy night. Each holiday season for the last 25 years, the marketplace has hung speakers on lampposts and played seasonal music during the day and into the evening, according to Redmond. To a pedestrian strolling down the avenue, the tunes aren't especially loud. But Gimbutas said she awoke at 3 a.m. to music and couldn't get back to sleep. Each time the music swelled, she'd bolt upright. "It was all I could hear," Gimbutas said. "I yelled at the windows. I was going so insane." Click on the link for the full article
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    Random Thought Thread

    My sister has a picture she kept on the sideboard of my grandfather from about 1915 or so when he was a toddler with his dog. Almost invariably people would ask her about the dog thinking it was her son. At that age my grandfather and my nephew looked nearly identical. Crazy.