Science!: Whales Fight Global Warming

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Science!: Whales Fight Global Warming

Inside: How losing your sense of smell may just help you live longer.

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...I feel that this is called for now.
It's impossible! It has to be!
There must be another way of getting iron into the water.
What is it with all the damn whales today?!

Booyaa. See you all in 2150.

I still like my sense of smell...helps me know when I step in Dog do do lol

Jaredin:
I still like my sense of smell...helps me know when I step in Dog do do lol

No to mention whale do do.

I think Woman X is Ayla (reference cookie is you get it). Oh and why would we want sperm to...you know...do what its supposed to do? I thought we had evolved to the point where its more fun and casual to kill them with a vengeance. I personally advocate depleted uranium chastity belts, every guy in 300 yards will thank you.....naw I jest but really? What other magical things will we discover with SCIENCE? (I personally hope for dinosaur cloning....or Immortality)

Landslide:
Booyaa. See you all in 2150.

Unfortunatly I won't live that long :P Unless they put me into cryostasis or something.

Neonbob:
...I feel that this is called for now.
It's impossible! It has to be!
There must be another way of getting iron into the water.
What is it with all the damn whales today?!

Alright, that is it. Bob, if we have to destroy Mars and mine it of all its iron, I will be there.

The idea of smart sperm terrifies me, I dont like the idea that my boys could rally together and take over my body. Perhaps soaking them in a nuclear reactor will show them whos the boss.

Oh wow this should be linked too that 'why dont we kill all the whales' thread thats going on.

Lexodus:

Neonbob:
...I feel that this is called for now.
It's impossible! It has to be!
There must be another way of getting iron into the water.
What is it with all the damn whales today?!

Alright, that is it. Bob, if we have to destroy Mars and mine it of all its iron, I will be there.

Man, I love you.
You're always backing me up!
*hugs*

A new study of the genes of nearly 2000 people shows that our ancestors may have interbred with other species of humans, possibly with the likes of our favorite GEICO Neanderthal cavemen.

You know how it is. You're out eating fermented berries and you meet a girl... she invites you to have some of her lightly-burned rat dinner... you eat some more berries... she smiles and only three of her teeth have rotted out... you eat some more berries... in the firelight her brow-ridge casts interesting shadows on her forehead... you eat some more berries... and next morning you wake up beside some sort of Neanderthal!

"There is a little bit of Neanderthal leftover in almost all humans."

"Almost" indeed. I, for instance, have no DNA from the lesser races and am deserving of worship. WORSHIP ME, PRIMITIVES!

But seriously, don't news items tend to flip-flop on whether our ancestors were busy finding out how the other half humanoid lives? Every few years it seems to go from "Yes!" to "No!" and back.

And really, once you've been told that some human genetic code comes from viruses, the Neanderthal angle seems almost... pedestrian. Though I suppose generating a homo sapiens/homo neanderthalensis hybrid would be a lot more fun than a homo sapiens/varicella zoster hybrid....

So.. so Star Trek IV was right? Save the whales, save the planet? I.. I can't handle this. I can't deal with that. I need a drink and a half, at least.

Neonbob:

Lexodus:

Neonbob:
...I feel that this is called for now.
It's impossible! It has to be!
There must be another way of getting iron into the water.
What is it with all the damn whales today?!

Alright, that is it. Bob, if we have to destroy Mars and mine it of all its iron, I will be there.

Man, I love you.
You're always backing me up!
*hugs*

I used to be whale-neutral, but then, that summer...
Besides, you need some backing up :) Can't just let you crusade against the whale-world without some support, right?

Lexodus:

Neonbob:
Man, I love you.
You're always backing me up!
*hugs*

I used to be whale-neutral, but then, that summer...
Besides, you need some backing up :) Can't just let you crusade against the whale-world without some support, right?

Ah yes...You told me about their treachery. We cannot let it stand.
And damn am I happy that you're with me.
Having someone I can do this with makes life easier.

Weird things on SCIENCE! this week.

The life of a sperm: next fall on TLA.

Whale Poop saves the Earth! That will be the most Money headline ever written.

Landslide:
Booyaa. See you all in 2150.

I'll be right there with you. I don't know how rare anosmia is, but you're the first other of our hallowed kind I've run into. I've never had a sense of smell, but this makes it all worthwhile. I'll see all of you other suckers, and your children's children, in the next life!

I do find one particular idea to be troubling, however, the idea that not smelling food increases the body's drive to store fat in 'survival mode'. Perhaps I work differently to a fly, but to me this sounds like the perfect excuse to whip out when Christmas indulgences take longer to burn off than usual. Like, until next Christmas.

Does this mean I have a Superpower?

Ultrajoe:

Landslide:
Booyaa. See you all in 2150.

I'll be right there with you. I don't know how rare anosmia is, but you're the first other of our hallowed kind I've run into. I've never had a sense of smell, but this makes it all worthwhile. I'll see all of you other suckers, and your children's children, in the next life!

I do find one particular idea to be troubling, however, the idea that not smelling food increases the body's drive to store fat in 'survival mode'. Perhaps I work differently to a fly, but to me this sounds like the perfect excuse to whip out when Christmas indulgences take longer to burn off than usual. Like, until next Christmas.

Does this mean I have a Superpower?

Do you want it to mean you have a super power?

wasalp:
Do you want it to mean you have a super power?

I want it to mean I have another superpower.

Ultrajoe:

Landslide:
Booyaa. See you all in 2150.

I'll be right there with you. I don't know how rare anosmia is, but you're the first other of our hallowed kind I've run into. I've never had a sense of smell, but this makes it all worthwhile. I'll see all of you other suckers, and your children's children, in the next life!

Ok, serious question. Can you taste? I had read that smell and taste were linked somehow.

Ultrajoe:

wasalp:
Do you want it to mean you have a super power?

I want it to mean I have another superpower.

His superpower now being his awesomeness

Evilbunny:

Ok, serious question. Can you taste? I had read that smell and taste were linked somehow.

Everyone has read that, and everybody... everybody asks. Sorry, it just happens every damn time I tell people about this.

I can taste. I think I can taste perfectly well. My sense of taste, compared to yours, is probably quite dull. However, to me, it is perfectly normal. Everything tastes just fine to me, even if you would get bored to tears if you were to lose your sense of smell. I was born without it, so to me everything is normal. I do not, however, enjoy foods characterized by their aroma... because to me, sitting around 'Savoring' the food is a waste of time. Unless it's in my mouth, savoring it I am not. It also means I can eat rather stinky foods purely because they taste nice.

I am, however, very vulnerable to stink-based insults. Never jokingly tell me I stink, because I'll rush off to slather on more deodorant just in case. I, personally, don't care... but being judged because I lack some freakish and useless sense is not on my agenda for daily life.

My dog never gets bathed, what do I care? He loves it.

edit: wait.. how the hell did I get into this thread?

Gah. Ohwell.

Meh. Whales. Whoopeee. I can speak whale..

Interesting.

I have a friend who lost his sense of smell when he was a kid. Add to that the fact that he is the most in shape person I know, and now it all makes sense.

I am going to link him to that article and gripe at him about his chances of living longer than me.

I'd always thought that neanderthals had most likely ended up mating with early humans. The idea that they were completely extinct just seemed... unlikely. That, and scientists believe they have linked red hair to neanderthals (I don't recall where the article is), meaning that it was probably passed on to us from them (meaning interbreeding).

I read my dad this story and he immediately responded with "Who jacked off the mouse?"

Hypothetically, if a guy with an identical twin was trying to impregnate his wife, he could increase his chances by having a three way with his brother. And they would never know if the kid was the husband's or the brother's because they're genetic clones.

And the correct answer was Minnie.

The loss of the sense of smell is not, in and of itself, what causes longer lifespans. It's the activation of certain genes which activate when a cell is under severe stress (either from near-starvation, as in the case of the fruit-flies and some practitioners of "food deprecation," or from physical injuries [These are the same genes that activate when you get a cut, and cause your cells to regenerate, healing the wound]). What we're currently looking for is a chemical trigger to these genes. The "French Paradox" has seemed to be the most promising one so far.

Citation: http://alcalc.oxfordjournals.org/cgi/reprint/41/3/236
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Sorry, but from personal experience, uncapable of using my nose for two days due internal vein rapture, I will not and never will suggest this to anyone. It's torture to see all that delicious food and such tasting like plastic becuase you lost your ability to smell things.

PASS!

And whales get another win in the ocean ecossystem. Their corpses form temporary ecossystems that bred some unique species.

Y'know, I like the idea that sperm prefer a fair fight. It helps my faith in humanity.

And if we can help fight global warming by letting whales do their No.2, I say let 'em. Can't be any more ludicrous than the Pastafarians' idea.

Of course, I subscribe to Pastafarianism myself. I also vote Monster Raving Loony.

Ultrajoe:

Evilbunny:

Ok, serious question. Can you taste? I had read that smell and taste were linked somehow.

Everyone has read that, and everybody... everybody asks. Sorry, it just happens every damn time I tell people about this.

I can taste. I think I can taste perfectly well. My sense of taste, compared to yours, is probably quite dull. However, to me, it is perfectly normal. Everything tastes just fine to me, even if you would get bored to tears if you were to lose your sense of smell. I was born without it, so to me everything is normal. I do not, however, enjoy foods characterized by their aroma... because to me, sitting around 'Savoring' the food is a waste of time. Unless it's in my mouth, savoring it I am not. It also means I can eat rather stinky foods purely because they taste nice.

I am, however, very vulnerable to stink-based insults. Never jokingly tell me I stink, because I'll rush off to slather on more deodorant just in case. I, personally, don't care... but being judged because I lack some freakish and useless sense is not on my agenda for daily life.

My dog never gets bathed, what do I care? He loves it.

Likewise Ultrajoe. I've seen a couple ENT specialists about it (Ear, Nose, Throat). Normal people have the two senses develop in tandem to represent the entire Food Experience. I mean, we use most of our senses when eating/determining if something is palatable. Ever eat something that looks good, tastes good, but the texture is so off-putting, you can't stomach it? Apparently if you are deprived of a sense, or it becomes altered - it can bork up the flavor profile you have for food. Know when you burn your tongue, everything for the next week feels like sandpaper? Like that. But if you were BORN without one, your brain develops normally, and categorizes everything like that from birth.

To UltraJoe and I, a glass of Syrah tastes different than a white Zinfandel. Just not the same kind of different most people experience. And, especially in things like wine, we lose some aspects of the experience. Letting my wine breathe just means I have to wait to drink it. It does very, very little to the experience for me. Also, I'm very conscious of my hygiene. If I've worn an article of clothing, it is "Dirty" and gets washed. I never re-wear clothes before I've laundered them (not outside the house anyway). Shower daily at the least - sometimes twice if I've gotten really sweaty. *shrug* I doubt being overly hygienic can be a Bad Thing, but people find it weird.

Also like Joe, I love strong flavors. Gimme a beef and blue cheese sammich, and I'm a happy man. I'll scarf strong flavors down at restaurants, and have people look at me askance, wondering how I can handle. Those are the tastiest! I also always have breath mints, and I pop them after most meals. Or try to.

Also, I have to be reminded by my wife to clean the cat's litterbox, because I can't smell when it's been 'used'. Hey, can't win em all. It's funny. I still TRY to smell. I'll aggressively sniff flowers, wine, fruit, lotions and aftershaves (or cologne that my wife picks out), and even bad milk, crap and other undesirable things, just to see if I can identify a variation. The only things that hit me are physiological reactions. My nose clears if I sniff Vicks, I tear up cutting onions (though that could just be an eye thing), but not many. I HATE cinnamon candy. It's sugary and hot, with no redeeming qualities - but I found out not long ago, that a huge portion of that experience is the smell. Oh well.

Anyway - my 2 cents.

-LS

Neonbob:

Lexodus:

Neonbob:
Man, I love you.
You're always backing me up!
*hugs*

I used to be whale-neutral, but then, that summer...
Besides, you need some backing up :) Can't just let you crusade against the whale-world without some support, right?

Ah yes...You told me about their treachery. We cannot let it stand.
And damn am I happy that you're with me.
Having someone I can do this with makes life easier.

Gentleman, I seek enlightenment. What is the reason for you crusade?

OT: So after all these years of hunting them, we realize we need them? This feels suspiciously like a Star Trek movie I watched a while back. Are they coming for revenge?

Redlin5:

Gentleman, I seek enlightenment. What is the reason for you crusade?

OT: So after all these years of hunting them, we realize we need them? This feels suspiciously like a Star Trek movie I watched a while back. Are they coming for revenge?

I cannot speak for Lexodus, but a pod of humpbacks killed my family while we were on a pleasure cruise one day. I had to swim to a nearby island, and I lived there for a year before someone came by to check on the giant fire I had set.
Once I got back to land, I swore that all whales would pay for that one day.

Neonbob:

Lexodus:

Neonbob:
Man, I love you.
You're always backing me up!
*hugs*

I used to be whale-neutral, but then, that summer...
Besides, you need some backing up :) Can't just let you crusade against the whale-world without some support, right?

Ah yes...You told me about their treachery. We cannot let it stand.
And damn am I happy that you're with me.
Having someone I can do this with makes life easier.

Good sirs. I have access to a large quantity of H2SO4 and may other useful materials for your campaign

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