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Posts Tagged ‘ Talk ’

10 Things You May Not Know About The Orgasm.


Check the method as author of the book “Bonk”, Mary Roach delves into obscure scientific research, some of it centuries old, to make 10 surprising claims about sexual climax, ranging from the bizarre to the hilarious. (This talk is aimed at adults. Viewer discretion advised.)

 

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Have Scientists Learned How To Re-Create Extinct Species?


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Since the release of Jurassic Park we’ve been asking if de-extinction was possible.  Today however, we’ve come a huge step closer to bringing recently extinct species back to life. Researchers have announced that they’ve grown early-stage embryos of the gastric-brooding frog, a species that has been extinct since 1983.  At a TEDxDeExtinction event, University of New South Wales paleontologist Michael Archer announced the advance by the so-called Lazarus project. The bizarre gastric-brooding frog, the female of which incubated the prejuvenile stages of its offspring in its stomach, disappeared from the wild in 1979 and went extinct a few years later. However, Adelaide frog researcher Mike Tyler froze specimens of the frog prior to its extinction, leaving the door open for the species’ possible resurrection.

Scientists extracted DNA from a frozen frog specimen, and employed somatic-cell nuclear transfer, the same process used to clone still-living animals. The team took eggs from the distantly related great barred frog, deactivated that frog’s DNA with UV light, and inserted the gastric-brooding frog’s DNA into the eggs. The cells inside the eggs began dividing, becoming blastulas. The embryos died after a few days, long before developing into tadpoles, but DNA tests confirmed that they were gastric-brooding frog embryos, and Archer says they have high hopes for seeing this frog up and hopping soon.

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Breeding programs are in place to attempt to bring certain extinct species back through selective breeding, and some selective breeding has been successful, but this is the first time that the embryo of an extinct species has been grown using this technique.  However, lets not forget the Pyrenean ibex was technically the first cloned extinct animal because the clone was born (and unfortunately died) shortly after the species went extinct. The reason that the Lazarus project team is calling their frog the “first,” I believe, is that the DNA from the Pyrenean ibex was extracted from a live specimen, so the process began before the species went extinct.

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Hal 9000 Life-Size Replica


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A very famous character from Space Odyssey series, Hal 9000 was a state of the art artificial intelligent system that was designed to control the Discovery One spacecraft. Since, Life-Size Replica of Hal 9000 has been re-created in a wall mounted remote controlled machine based on actual studio blueprints, it’s now inevitable for guys who loved Hal to revitalize their memories they had with it. It triggers Hal’s famous speeches upon pressing a button on IR remote or by talking to him.

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Diggy Talks About His J.Cole Diss Track.


As a young emcee in the Hip Hop game, it’s important not to get wrapped up in the wrong things. Drugs, ridiculous behavior and rap beef tend to be detrimental to a new career. Doggy Simmons was recently heard making some rather unscrupulous remarks towards J. Cole, and I was a bit confused as to why he would lash out like that. Diggs however did a radio interview recently and explained why he said what he said, and at the end of it, I can’t help but admit, I’d have done the same thing. Check the method below.

Dr. Dre’s Interview With Fader TV.


Dr. Dre met up with Fader TV for the the grand opening of the Beats by Dre store in SoHo on Nov. 2nd, 2011.  Check the interview below.

What Did One Robot Say To The Other?


What did one chatbot say to the other chatbot? Quite a lot, actually (but good luck making any sense out of it.)  That’s what researchers from Cornell’s Creative Machines Lab recently discovered, after pitting two bots against one another for a good ol’ fashioned talk-off.  It’s all part of the lab’s submission to this year’s Loebner Prize Competition in Artificial Intelligence (an event that awards $100,000 to the team whose computer programs can conduct the most human-like conversations). Unfortunately for Cornell’s squad, their chatbots still have a long way to go before achieving conversational coherence, though they could easily get hired as anchors on most cable news networks. Throughout the course of their frenetic (and often snippy) discussion, one bot raised a heavy question about God and existence, while the other boldly claimed to be a unicorn. Basically, they had the exact same conversation we used to have in our dorm rooms every night, at around 4 am. Watch it for yourself, it’s intriguing and quite funny all at the same time.
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