Scottish researchers recently published in Nature Cell Biology a paper detailing the first published success of growing an entire organ from cells. In this case they grew a working thymus from mouse embryonic fibroblasts.
While watching a television show about mining for gold, I learned that one of their many techniques for collecting gold is to wash the mats they work with using clean water, for it sometimes reveals fleck of gold among the sifted dirt. That’s a pretty good analogy for our cutting room floor each week. Here are some of the gold flecks we would have enjoyed covering in episode 475:
Quite a smattering of ridiculousness this week. People open their mouths, and all sorts of nonsense spews forth. But in the end, it only matters if people choose to believe this garbage, and there is no better garbage-filter than a rationally skeptical worldview. Here are this week’s top 5 ridiculous comments of the week:
A good barometer of how ridiculous some people were this past week is to look at the people who did not make the list. There is no room for the likes of “The Food Babe”, Deepak Chopra, or Rupert Sheldrake; three veritable founts of ridiculousness and they could not crack the top 5 this week. So in that context, here are this weeks “real winners.”
There is good news for you terrified ice-cream-sandwhich-eaters out there. The same binding ingredients that prevent the ice cream sandwich from becoming a dripping mess all over your fingers, are the same ingredients that prevent the ice cream from becoming a puddle in the sun.
Whether we realize it or not, we ALL have made ridiculous statements at some point in our lives. We are, after all, homo-sapiens. As a species, we are all related to each other. So I wanted to make you aware of what 5 of your relatives had to say in recent days.
The myth that humans only use about 10% of their brain capacity is a persistent myth of obscure origins, but likely about a century old. The 10% myth is not based on anything scientific, and there are many good reasons to conclude that it is not just wrong, but absurd.