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Comment: Re:I'd think it takes two (Score 3, Insightful) 374

by dylsexia (#43066699) Attached to: New Research Sheds Light On the Evolution of Dogs

Village B over time domesticates few wolves and village A does not. Village B now has evolutionary advantage.

Yes, Village B has an evolutionary advantage, even though the people may not have evolved through the process. If someone from Village A were to visit Village B and see, first hand, the benefits of friendly wolves, then they'd take that idea back to their village, and you'd see a change in village A's attitude towards wolves that appear friendly. I.e., no human evolution need have taken place.

However, this a textbook example of evolutionary selection of ideas, i.e., Dawkin's memes.

Comment: Re:How to Find a Roaming Black Hole (Score 1) 135

by dylsexia (#40232167) Attached to: Do Solo Black Holes Roam the Universe?

From Red Dwarf "Marooned"

Hilly: Well, the thing about a black hole - its main distinguishing feature - is it's black. And the thing about space, the colour of space, your basic space colour, is black. So how are you supposed to see them?
Rimmer: But five of them? . How can you manage to miss five black holes?
Hilly: It's always the way, innit? You hang around for three million years in deep space and there hasn't been one, then all of a sudden five turn up at once.

Comment: Done already? (Score 1) 59

by dylsexia (#39820513) Attached to: Bionic Eye Patient Tests Planned For 2013

I seem to recall reading an article about this 10-15 years ago, in which they had an 8x8 array of sensors that were directly stimulating areas in the visual cortext. Fully blind patients were able to correctly identify a number of shapes.

However, if I recall correctly, the nerves' responsiveness to the unnatural direct electrical stimulation wore off quite quickly, and the assessment at the end was that the electrical/neuronal coupling was going to be the main problem to overcome.

Comment: Re:I wonder how the pet resurrection is going (Score 2) 233

by dylsexia (#34416804) Attached to: Dolly the Sheep Alive Again

I'm reminded of an old vet friend telling us about the "$4.95 budgie cure". When some tearful kid would come in holding a stone cold bird, the vet would quietly nip out the back door to the k-mart next door and buy another bargin budgie, and give it to the overjoyed child saying "Polly's cured!" and present the knowing parents with a bill for $4.95. If the child ever noticed the feather coloration or size was a bit off, then the vet would simply say "Oh, that's just a side effect of the medication".

So now you're telling me that the cloned cat CC did not really look like its genetic donor because of "protein activation times"? The cloning process that was used didn't cost $4.95, by any chance, did it?

A penny saved is a penny to squander. -- Ambrose Bierce

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