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Mass Production for Genomics — Sequencing a complete human genome may soon cost less than an iPhone. Will China’s BGI-Shenzhen decode yours? Mine cost $13,000. The perils of being an early adopter…
Rock Type — Petroglyphs as literature?
PAL — Interesting research neepery from Language Log.
On Pins and Needles: Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head — Ms. Stephens Says Ornate Coiffures Weren’t Wigs After All; The Vestal Virgin Challenge. (Via Marta Murvosh.)
Researchers Control Animals’ Movements with Light — he response is not dependent on the fish perceiving the light—embryonic fish treated with the chemical react to light even before their eyes develop, and decapitated adults respond as well. Wow, working in that lab must be a barrel of laughs.
Bionic Muscles Toughen Up — Hybrid materials made of cardiac cells and carbon nanotubes might patch damaged hearts and provide muscle for robots made of living tissues.
Bend man shot by wife’s gun improving — Carney said a preliminary investigation revealed that Richard Lee Cooper, 47, and wife Barbara Annette Masters, 48, were sitting in the restaurant’s dining area when Masters leaned forward and the gun fell out of her pocket and hit the floor. The impact with the floor caused the gun to go off, with the bullet striking Cooper in the abdomen, he said. Think how much less safe he would have been if his wife hadn’t been carrying a handgun. A bullet in the gut is a small price to pay for self-defense. Moar gunz!
Proper response to the State of the Union address — GOP needs fresh method to deliver message. And maybe a fresh message, too.
The Excellent Age of No-Fuss Drones and Remarkable War — Ta-Nehisi Coates on American exceptionalism. But our real problem is that we somehow think we’re above our own interests, that our virtue is divine. Our problem is we think we’re better than we actually are. We’ve gotten so good at telling ourselves this. This.
QotD?: Are you stepping out into the night?
Writing time yesterday: 0.5 hours (1,000 words on novella in progress, to 5,000 words)
Hours slept: 7.25 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block helping illegal immigrants infiltrate America: 0
Currently reading: Mort by Terry Pratchett