If you didn’t already know this was going to be about China, a lot of people would probably guess Cai to be an ethnic minority in some European country. His pale skin, deep-set green eyes, and wavy blonde hair make him stand out among most of his Chinese compatriots whose phenotypical variation from dark, straight hair and dark, almond-shaped eyes is very rare. Cai is indeed Chinese, from two Chinese parents that have never left China. What’s more, Cai isn’t as much of a rarity in his part of china—there are others who display ‘western’ features around Liqian. So where do they come from?
Not BP. Not Transocean. Naw, that would be too much like right, and our government does a lot of things, but doing the right thing is not one of them.
A federal court just ruled that the government, meaning US taxpayers, are responsible for footing the bill. I mean, you can try to tell me that the government isn’t run by big business. You can try to tell me that all sorts of corporations don’t walk around with politicians squarely in their pockets. But I promise you, I will laugh in your face and walk away, looking at you like Boo Boo the Fool.
I could have sworn the Japanese had enough to do right now, between figuring out what to do with all their old people and dealing with that big ass earthquake and all. But I guess not. Because now they’re making steaks out of people shit.
Scientists bring back extinct species of plains zebra-like animal.
ABC News reports on a group of scientists who say they’ve brought back the African quagga, an animal whose last specimen died in captivity in the 1880s. In 1984, the quagga became the first extinct animal to have its DNA extracted from a long-dead specimen, which later became the inspiration for Jurassic Park. After a suggestion made by a South African taxidermist, scientists have now used that DNA to create a living replica of the extinct quagga.
The quagga looks very much like a zebra whose stripes are only on the front half of its body. The taxidermist thought maybe the DNA from the quagga could be combined with the DNA from lesser-striped zebras today to eventually create a quagga.
Fascinating. There’s some debate about whether its really a quagga or just a zebra who looks like a quagga, but it’s an interesting breakthrough.
This precious little bundle of joy made the list of the Top 10 New Species of 2010. At a length of 6 feet 6 inches, it’s the longest species on the list and lives in the forests of northern Luzon in the Philippines.
Also on the list:
a leech with huge teeth found in a little girl’s nose in Peru
bacteria feeding off of the metal parts of the Titanic
fungi that glow in the dark
cockroaches that jump (::shudder::)
a big ass spider who creates webs that span whole rivers and lakes in Madagascar…up to 82 feet!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Jesus take the wheel…..
All that is creepy and I cannot just randomly have skin-crawly pictures all willy nilly on my blog, but you can look at the slideshow on LiveScience.
If you live in a Southern state, you might have heard stories about the 13-year-cycle cicadas emerging this year for the first time since, well, 1998. They’ll pop out of the ground, fully grown, sing super loud, find mates, breed, and lay eggs. Then the babies will burrow into the ground and there’ll be no more of those cicadas for the next 13 years. There are also some 17-year-cycle cicadas.
But why do they cycle in such big prime numbers? It’s the best defense against predators.
Let’s say most of the predators who feed on cicadas have 2-5 year cycles. If the cicadas also had such cycles, everytime the little bugs came out to mate, they’d be wiped out by the masses of predators on the same timeclock. And if the cicadas were on a larger cycle that was divisible by a smaller number (say a 10 year cycle), everytime they came out to breed, there’d be a mass of predators on a 5 year or 2 year cycle to wipe them out again. But to get a 13 year cycle to sync up with a 5 year cycle means the cicadas would only be feasted upon every 65 years, giving them over six decades in between to rebuild their numbers.
There would be riots in the streets all summer. Forreal. It would be the Rodney King verdict all over again. A repeat of the March on Washington, AsianStyle. And why all this potential colored folks unrest?
See, this just goes back to what I keep saying about China: They need to slow it down and stop trying to do too much. A bunch of farmers in China have been overdoing it with the growth hormones, and now their watermelons have just randomly started exploding in the fields. Doing.Too.Much. Japan is the same way…you know they’re the ones who came up with square watermelons.