First Enzyme-Based Memory Created in the Lab — Some clever biochemistry has led to the world’s first enzyme-based memory capable of learning, say biochemists.
Questions over Gene Patents Shake Diagnostics Industry — The impending Supreme Court ruling on gene patents is creating uncertainty in the fledging genetic diagnostics sector. I have never understood the logic of allowing patents on genes. That’s like allowing patents on minerals or seawater.
Understanding the brain of a man with no conscious memory — Of course, my immediate question on reading this article was to wonder how the heck they ever got informed consent to perform all these tests. I think I’ve been a patient too long.
About the Obamacare ‘train wreck’ — Insofar as the Republican Party has a strategy on Obamacare, it’s goes like this: The law needs to be implemented. The GOP can try and keep the implementation from being done effectively, in part by refusing to authorize the needed funds. Then they can capitalize on the problems they create to weaken the law, or at least weaken Democrats up for reelection in 2014. In other words, step one: Create problems for Obamacare. Step two: Blame Obamacare for the problems. Step 3: Political profit! That’s the GOP’s strategy on everything. Remember, these are the same civic-minded solons whose number one legislative priority in the face of the worst economic collapse since the Great Depression was to ensure that Obama was a one-term president. Are you proud of your Republican party?
Delaware House passes marriage equality — And another step taken in rolling back the arrant, unthinking bigotry of homophobia. Not mention Nevada, France and other places.
Today’s Political Thought — Andrew Wheeler on the Second Amendment. Yup.
Why Should I Care That No One’s Reading Dzhokhar Tsarnaev His Miranda Rights? — When the law gets bent out of shape for him, it’s easier to bend out of shape for the rest of us. We used to have this thing called “the rule of law”, before the fear-based conservative narrative about terrorism took over our national consciousness.
QotD?: What’s the title of the most recent short story you read (or wrote)?
Writing time yesterday: 1.0 hours (2,300 words on Original Destiny, Manifest Sin)
Hours slept: 5.0 hours (solid)
Body movement: 0.5 hours (very carefully on the stationary bike)
Number of FEMA troops on my block faking evidence for climate change: 0
Currently reading: Carpe Jugulum by Terry Pratchett