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Discussion in 'GMD Social Forum' started by Einherjar86, May 16, 2018.

  1. CiG

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    I was watching an over 2 hour presentation on sustainable vegetation and one of the presentations was by this molecular biologist from South Africa Jill Farrant, and she seemed interesting so I looked around for more by her, found two TED talks and this interview on television on the same subject. Resurrection plants; plants that can survive extreme dehydration for months or years. She performs 'targeted genetic modification of crop plants to make them tolerate desiccation by activating genes that are already there but not natively expressed in response to drought.'





    As the world's population grows and the effects of climate change come into sharper relief, we'll have to feed more people using less arable land. Molecular biologist Jill Farrant studies a rare phenomenon that may help: "resurrection plants" — super-resilient plants that seemingly come back from the dead. Could they hold promise for growing food in our coming hotter, drier world?
     
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    Stunning riposte.
     
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    I mean, why bother?
     
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    These studies/experiments are fascinating. And she's working on a crucial issue. A lot of people associate climate change with rising sea levels, but don't often consider the impact it will very likely have on inland agriculture.

    On a related note, I co-taught a course on climate change in the fall, and two of the instructors involved were marine biologists. One of them worked as part of group to stimulate coral growth by manipulating underwater acoustics. According to their research, sound has a lot to do with how an ecosystem functions; and when organisms leave (due to coral acidification, for instance), the place goes acoustically dead. So they're trying to imitate the sounds of thriving ecosystems in order to attract the organisms who help coral resist acidification. The last time I asked, results were inconclusive. Still, it's a wild idea.
     
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    https://www.technologyreview.com/s/...ts-theres-no-such-thing-as-objective-reality/

     
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    Quanta published a very similar piece in December, although it was about an extension of Wigner's thought experiment, rather than a physical experiment using entangled particles.

    https://www.quantamagazine.org/frau...where-our-views-of-reality-go-wrong-20181203/

    Quantum physicists just be constructing reality and shit.
     
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    This is frankly pretty amazing.

    The new lightweight design by Open Bionics uses a 3D printer to create the hand in four separate parts, custom-built to fit the patient using scans of their body. Sensors attached to the skin detect the user’s muscle movements, which can be used to control the hand and open and close the fingers.
     
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    Soooooooo much wtf, I love it.

    https://palladiummag.com/2019/04/01...K0R2MvuF8ae3jPoqkQDLnKMHMOslH3G0x77D9p5Q-PsSU

    :rofl: omg this is amazing.
     
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    Next level April Fools article with large parts of it being true including what you quoted. :lol:
     
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    https://www.nytimes.com/2019/04/08/opinion/black-hole.html

     
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    @Einherjar86 did you see that the black hole images have been revealed? Articles are popping up everywhere, and I just saw this video:



    Pretty exciting.
     
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    "If you could go there [...] you could actually look forward and see the back of your head."

    :confused:
     
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    Exciting!
     
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    Very exciting. Makes me think of Europa Report, except... on Titan. :cool:
     
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    Still need to see that. My modern sci-fi game is slacking.
     
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    Have you heard about this new "endlessly recyclable" plastic researchers at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have designed? They're calling it PDK (polydiketoenamine) and it's still in the testing stage in terms of what it can be used for, how it can be manipulated etc but it sounds pretty interesting. Apparently it takes a mere 12 hours to dissolve it in acid.
     
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