The New York Times has an interesting article on Williams Syndrome, which concludes by contrasting sociability without intelligence to intelligence without sociability.
Archive for the 'Anomaly' Category
The BBC is back with more downer news. (See You may already be a downer for the previous mad cow disease news.) Though the headline is about blood transfusions, there’s no evidence in the article that the newfound risk of subclinical mad cow disease is restricted to human-to-human transmission. Up to 90% of people who have chowed on mad cows in the past could be sleeper cases right now.
It puts my crazy British coworker in a whole new light, it does…
See GNXP for the exciting tale of the return of the American chestnut tree, Castanea dentata, wiped out by chestnut blight over 50 years ago. They say they’re “breeding” a new blight-resistant strain, but I wonder if genetic engineering is also involved.
If you’d like to help restore the King of the Forest, consider a donation to The American Chestnut Foundation.
There’s nothing like GeekPress for news of the weird, such as: Scientists Discover the Secret of Popcorn’s Popability.
I saw this on Slashdot yesterday, but Wired has a nicer article. Basically, watercress has been found to have an error-correcting genetic code - some plants managed to undo the “hothead” mutation, reverting to the normal genes of their cressy grandparents.
The scientists suspect an RNA mechanism; I would have guessed it had something to do with polyploidy. The most common form of watercress is diploid, but there is a tetraploid variety.
Pretty link of the day: Susan Kare, a Classic Mac icon maker.
I read about the hockey-stick climate graph on Slashdot, so I’m not entirely sure what it’s about. The Slashdotters are concerned about the closed-source nature of the original results and are pretty hush-hush about the global warming issue.