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The lab in particular is Arhat Abzhanov’s. The scientist is on quite a
mission. Without having to plod through excess jargon, he wants to find
out which genes among bird embryos
are dormant. When he does, he intends to apply the method to curing a
birth defect known as HFM or Hemifacial microsomia. As the name
suggests, it’s a facial anomaly that affect one out of every 4,500
If you’re wondering how this is connected to the title of the post,
keep in mind Dr. Abzhanov is experimenting with birds whose evolutionary
ancestors are reptiles. So if he can alter the bird embryos at the
specific point where they grow beaks, then he can make the birds revert
to their origins. This means the embryos in the egg grow into reptiles.
Of course, as noted in his website, ethical standards demand that the
eggs are never hatched.
Once this complicated process is accomplished,
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Ladies and gentlemen, an American biology student now holds the
record for the world’s longest human powered flight by a female. She’s
Judy Wexler and in the picture below she’s on Gamera, a carbon fiber
four rotor aircraft that’s on track to bag the Sikorsky
prize. It’s a holy grail of sorts among helicopter enthusiasts, its
criteria being an unattainable goal of 60 seconds of human powered
flight. Ms. Wexler has so far only managed less than a fifth of that
span with her machine, but she’s determined.
Funny name though. Apparently Gamera a Japanese monster from a kaiju film–a
monster movie. Operating the Gamera is no joke either. Its five pilots
need to exert a lot of foot and hand pedaling to power the rotor and
getting the frame off the gorund. Ms. Wexler and her team already
succeeded with a brief four second hover, they’ve just bested themselves
recently with an e
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In the vast universe of Star Wars merchandise, there exists a sizable
subgenre called Han Solo Carbonite. Another variation is Han Solo
Encased in Carbonite. The point is there’s an endless line of both
official and fan-made merch depicting dear old Han in his carbonite
prison. In our opinion, it’s one of the worst pieces of movie
memorabilia, an awful sculpture whose details have gone awry. But it’s
hyper-popular in many places.
The product itself isn’t very exciting. Basically a metallic case
with a Han Solo Carbonite print on its surface together with the Star
Wars logo. Functionality is straightforward, features are zip.
Comes as no surprise then that in Japan, an online retailer is
selling a Han Solo Carbonite business card case. Pricing is so far
unavailable and there are no other sellers other than Japan. This might
hit U.S. or U.K stores soon though. But w
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Last December Thrustmaster launched one of the coolest racing wheels in its line up for the PS3 called the T500 RS racing wheel.
The one major thing that wheel lacked when it launched was a gear
shifter, which the high-end Logitech wheels offer. Thrustmaster has now
launched a shifter just for that racing wheel.
The shifter is called the TH8 RS
and it has two modes it will operate in. It can be put into a
sequential mode where the user can push up and down to shift. It also
has a gated shift mode with seven gears and reverse that the driver can
The shifter has a clamp
on the bottom that will hold it to a desk or table from 1 to 55mm
thick. It also has screw-in threads for mounting to racing cockpits. The
shifter will be available in October and only works with the PS3 and