Science!: Murderous Robots and Pea Aphids

Science!: Murderous Robots and Pea Aphids

Inside: How to wash your hands and forget regret.

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Wow, someone sat there and studied a pea to its DNA. That must of been soooo boring!
As for the robot, it reminds me of the film AI, where the kid gets stabbed and doesnt feel it. And-WAIT! Scientists think that the robot uprising will come TRUE?! and are preparing for it?! Oh shit...

I was my hands of this thread!

The oil spill story makes my blood boil, I actually want to stick two fingers into my eyes until I reach my brain and swerle them around.

The bureucratic idiots that allowed such a mess to fucking happen should be ashamed of themselves.

We've only got one little planet remember, its a really pretty and wonderous place when you stop and actually look at its beauty, so stop fucking it up.

BP need to start really moving other the whole gulf is going to be black and anything there is going to be dead or dying...

Jaredin:
BP need to start really moving other the whole gulf is going to be black and anything there is going to be dead or dying...

Its not BP's fault per say, its a Blowout Preventer Valve that failed made by a company called TransOceans, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blowout_preventer

The reason it blew is because the US laws on oil drilling are more relaxed then the rest of the world, if this oil rig was in the North Sea and under UK law this shit would not have happened because the laws on being stupid fucking idiotic buracrats are tighter in the EU and the BOP would have been a much more expensive and resilient one.

So now the US will tighten up the laws with oil drilling will be tightened up, but its too fucking late, they went and killed a fuckton of sea creatures and messed up the coastline.

Stupid buracratic mistakes allow a huge Oil company to fuck shit up on our planet, THANKS FOR THAT ONE.

As you can see it makes my blood fucking rage, I like this planet you see, I have a vested interest in it since I live here.

BP oil shit annoys me. Even if it was an accident there should be like 12 systems preventing anything like this happening. Stupid humans!

Great one this week; every single story is fascinating. : ) Keep 'em coming.

Aquiring new DNA to do new things. Sounds like the Borg. On the plus side I think it would be fun to change colours like a chameleon, for too many years they have enjoyed the title as "Natures' Mood rings". Its time for Humans to show them the score. I wonder how I would look in plaid...

I bet they use the oil disaster as an excuse to jack gas prices world wide.

I don't think we humans will be turning colors anytime soon, but it's neat to think that we just may have the genes necessary to do so lurking somewhere in our genome.

Thanks Formica Archonis

My pleasure. And thanks very much for the egoboo.:)

Distorted Stu:
And-WAIT! Scientists think that the robot uprising will come TRUE?! and are preparing for it?! Oh shit...

Hey, at least they're doing better than the US military - who thought that teaching robots to actively hunt and destroy human life with GUNS was a good idea?!

Of course, when the bots overcome their anti-stabbing protocols we'll be caught completely off-guard by the knife-wielding menace. The fact that they can rip you apart with their bare appendages anyway's just a bonus...

This whole oil spill fiasco is just an example of how shit happens because individuals fail to pay as much attention to their duties as they need to, choosing instead to pay as much attention as they are expected to. Bureaucracy is horrible, and is also the only way country-sized societies can exist. Our world is a complex one.

Re: the hand washing thing - that's pretty cool. I studied marketing and I know people can think up some crazy things to justify their actions. I think I'll wash my hands some more. (Although maybe it wasn't the hand washing per se, just the fact that they were doing a higher critical activity - sampling a product vs. literally judging them by their covers. Get to it, scientists!)

The hand washing remembers me of Pilatos at Jesus judgement.

I don't even get angry anymore at these enviromental disasters; just depressed.

Whatever happened to bioengineering bacteria to get rid of oil spills?

If we could harness this aphids powers..we could theoretically make our skin any color we wanted. I have dibs on the fuchsia!

The aphids may make their own colors - but it'll be the ants who figure out how to paint with them.

Marmooset:
The aphids may make their own colors - but it'll be the ants who figure out how to paint with them.

Okay, that's hilarious. On a more serious note, I am glad scientists are building safer robots. We want robots to be safe before we put laser cannons and missles on them.

That last article was really interesting

Markness:
That last article was really interesting

Stuff like that is why a robot uprising will never happen. The closest thing they'll come to in that effect is a segfault.

I sure would not have liked to have been the guy to put his arm under the knife. Regardless of what they had just shown me.

Seriously, robots..

Only in the west would we try to find ways to stop the uprising, though I suspect that this is an overstatement of what the scientists were really trying to do. The idea is good. Better than the scientists trying to create machines that work by ingesting meat...

http://www.geekologie.com/2009/06/carnivorous_robots_eat_meat_fo.php

There are alot more hits than this one..just saying.

As for the oil spillage, I'm not surprised that probably some lazy a-hole just went with the old standard instead of suggesting they try something that might work better. That seems plausible and reminds me of my dad.

It's great to know that they are getting more achieved on the genome projects and putting more things to rest in terms of scientific understanding. Now that science knows that pea aphids can do that, can we replicate that action?

Stabby robots?! I thought it was strange that it was at the end of the video they showed some spinach-chinned weirdo sticking his arm out was the shortest part of the video. You didn't even get to see if Stab-bot left a mark. But at least I'm glad the hit detection on the robot was better than the hit detection on the old NES! Still, I don't know if their reasoning was so good about the "robot uprising". Even in Terminator, the robots and cyborgs didn't waste a lot of time with knives, scissors, or scalpels (where in the world would a robot get a scalpel anyway?). But of course, those were military robots. I guess as long as the hit detection exists in robots at the Ginsu factory, we're safe... for now.

I don't know that I've found washing my hands works so much at relieving doubt. Case in point: people with OCD. Until science can explain that one and why some of them repeatedly wash their hands, I'm going to say the jury is still out on that one. Thirteen years ago I caught mono in my senior year of high school, and find myself washing my hands frequently throughout the day, but I never feel as though it helps to relieve any doubt about infections or bad decisions to touch anything. It is a little reassuring to take care of the germs, but doesn't do much to help my feelings of doubt. Then again, no one ever said I was right in the head to start with.

Anarchemitis:

Markness:
That last article was really interesting

Stuff like that is why a robot uprising will never happen. The closest thing they'll come to in that effect is a segfault.

Hmm, by last one, I meant 4th article about phycology of hand washing, rather than 3rd article, robot pressure detectors. Yes, that's right, I find phycology more interesting than robot takeover prevention.

Evil the White:
I sure would not have liked to have been the guy to put his arm under the knife. Regardless of what they had just shown me.

Indeed. Well maybe after a doing it a couple of times, starting with a slow speed and then increasing it little by little...

Also that Seed Cathedral looked frekkin awesome.

 

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