Science!: Jurassic (Goat) Park, Mind Reading and Pimp-Slapping Fish

Science!: Jurassic (Goat) Park, Mind Reading and Pimp-Slapping Fish

Inside: Goat Park probably wouldn't have been as exciting.

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Lauren, I do believe scientists do these brain studies just to torture the rest of us normal, not-as-intelligent folks. It must be the reason they do these weird studies.

Thinking about the brain-image thing, it would be pretty handy to create your own art without having to worry about your dumb hands screwing it up.

I think I am gonna start making preparations to my theme park.

Goat cloning: Scientists just need to let by-gones be by-gones and not bother cloning a dead animal. Mother Nature obviously wanted it dead! Why else would she drop a tree on the last known goat breed of that kind?

Mental looking: Shweet! Scientists will soon know how screwed up one can be in the head! :D Who's up for some scarring of scientists?

Pimp-slap fish: Got nothing to say about that one.

Desire length: Got nothing for that much either. Though... >_> I do wonder how it would work in a relationship.

If I'm not mistaken some scientists wanted to recreate a dinosaur by changing some genes of a chicken. If it works hell, awesome.

Hmmm...Well certainly means that genetics is moving leaps and bounds. Certainly dont want to see Bareny the dinosaur walking down the street though. Enough pot holes as it is

(On side note, trust the Telegraph to publish that! lol)

I'm really liking the mental imagery test. Even if it doesn't advance much from where it is right now, the ability to take down images like that straight from someone's mind would seem invaluable in many cases.

I'm mainly thinking in terms of the justice system, and witnesses of a crime. If someone saw a criminal's face, no matter how well they describe it there are probably going to be errors held within the description. But if they scan the picture straight from the witnesses minds, then it will be potentially a vast improvement.

That's not to say I cant see the problems with this. Witnesses are notoriously unreliable after all. However, this could at least rectify a few of the problems.

picture the scene in jurassic park where the t-wrex is chasing the jeep, except it's a goat.

I wonder if dreams will be recorded by this. Could be used to mental analysis or to make a movie while you sleep.

Oh no! The though police are coming! Everybody guard your mind!
I'll just have to think about plotting world domination in French, and eat a potato chip with the rest of my mind!

Also, surely if scientists had a better understanding of genes, and a greater ability to manipulate them, then they could just repair old DNA... Actually, I guess at that point scientists could probably make whatever monstrosities they wanted to... Provided they could be birthed by an existing species.

The goat story sounded lazy to me. If they already had said genetic sample from the extinct goat, then wouldn't it be easier to alter DNA of existing goats to replicate the extinct one than to try and clone it? I admit I am a little in the dark about the mechanics of genetic reconstruction versus cloning.

All I will say is this:

If a 20 ton mutant goat eats my front lawn, I am going to be pissed.

mmmmmmm pretzle icecream!

and i think dane cook is funny.. at least when he actually comes out with new jokes

The rule from what I got from watching the movies were:
DON'T clone meat eaters. Sure its not as fun or entertaining but your guests should have no reason to complain when they walk out alive.

That bit about distance and desire: I wonder if this might have something to do with mirages while stranded in the desert...

Yay, someone else who thinks Dane Cook isn't funny!

Cloned goats, thought readers, pimp slapping fish, and desire. Excellent article once again.

Scientists try to make a program for mind-reading, eh? Well, then they should stay away from my mental world. Looking at Cthulhu is safer.

Fascinating stuff.

Reading images directly from your brain is a terrifying idea, I'm shocked that they've already got it working so well, I'll be sure only to in colour from now on.

GodKlown:
The goat story sounded lazy to me. If they already had said genetic sample from the extinct goat, then wouldn't it be easier to alter DNA of existing goats to replicate the extinct one than to try and clone it? I admit I am a little in the dark about the mechanics of genetic reconstruction versus cloning.

No, that would be much much harder, and probably have less chance of success. Altering DNA of an already living creature is messy at best, so altering embryos is the only option. And why go through that fiddly altering when you can just clone with a genetic blueprint you already have anyway?

LordOfInsanity:
Goat cloning: Scientists just need to let by-gones be by-gones and not bother cloning a dead animal. Mother Nature obviously wanted it dead! Why else would she drop a tree on the last known goat breed of that kind?

To be completely fair, most species are only dying out at the moment due to human activity and they'd be perfectly fine otherwise. I'm not sure it's the case with this ibex, but it's a bit unfair of you to blame the poor animal when it could easily be our fault.

About the brain thing, that scares the bejesus out of me. I don't want anyone to be able to see what's in my head. It's mine and it's all I've got that's really private and my own. It should stay that way.

I like fish. Fish are fun. :)

Mind reading:
The test they've done pairs one brain with a number of images. They read the response of the brain and then double checked if that reading comes out the same every time, and apparently it does. Useful to know but not as useful as one might think.

Different people's brains differ in amount of tissue, number of pathways, general activity of certain parts etc etc. So the activity pattern the same image would make on your brain will quite probably be very different from the activity pattern it would cause in someone else.

And then I assume we're talking pretty simple images here as different people focus on different parts or in different ways on the same images. People always seem to notice different things in photographs right?

To me this seems like the beginning of a field of research that might well be 20 years underway before delivering anything that could be useful in a practical sense. But it's nice to imagine anyway.

Loved the last article, shows how messed up our minds really are.

Now cleaning fish have well established laws of behaviour, join me in a rousing rendition of;
"We, as a human species, are DOOOOMED!"

Every day, that which we define ourselves as a species gets a little smaller as we realise most animals out there are every bit as smart as us.

008Zulu:
Now cleaning fish have well established laws of behaviour, join me in a rousing rendition of;
"We, as a human species, are DOOOOMED!"

Every day, that which we define ourselves as a species gets a little smaller as we realise most animals out there are every bit as smart as us.

Yeah, has anyone else noticed that every other SCIENCE! includes an animal doing something that we thought was only the realms of humans, chimps and dolphins? Not long now before a hedgehog writes a novel.

I'd read about the brain picture thing before, and I still can't believe how good the pictures look. Illustrators will be out of a job by the time this becomes widespread.

The last thing is just... wow. Just how subjective are our perceptions.

Everyday, just when I think that something can't be done just yet, some scientist goes and proves me wrong. Reading minds, cloning goats... just a few years ago the best we could do was hook someone up to an EEG machine. Astounding.

I CAll SAVAGE RESERVATE!

but you're all welcome

 

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