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Comment Re:Nostalgia is over-rated (Score 1) 168

I had to laugh when I saw one of the people who bullied me, in the newspaper as a success story. The Flying Spaghetti Monster does indeed have a sick sense of humor.

I liked the 10 and 20 year reunions, even though I hated high school. wft, did I miss 30? Anyways, 37 years on, the facebook groups of my high school and neighborhood are actually quite interesting, for a few minutes. Facebook interface sucks though, try following a thread with 150 entries and you just want to toss the monitor (I was going to make a Second City reference, but all these young'uns...). Rather than robbing nostaligia, it seems to to have inflamed it.

The alternative is seeing your friends at funerals. I skipped the one last weekend, haven't even wanted to see what was posted on fb about it. It's hard to be the same age as a parent when they died. But now I know all my online meanderings will spin anti-chaotically forever.

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Submission + - Scientists Create Artificial Meat

Hugh Pickens writes: "The Telegraph reports that scientists have created for first artificial meat by extracting cells from the muscle of a live pig and putting them in a broth of other animal products where the cells then multiplied to create muscle tissue. Described as soggy pork, researchers believe that it can be turned into something like steak if they can find a way to "exercise" the muscle and while no one has yet tasted the artificial meat, researchers believe the breakthrough could lead to sausages and other processed products being made from laboratory meat in as little as five years’ time. "What we have at the moment is rather like wasted muscle tissue. We need to find ways of improving it by training it and stretching it, but we will get there," says Mark Post, professor of physiology at Eindhoven University. "“You could take the meat from one animal and create the volume of meat previously provided by a million animals." Animal rights group Peta has welcomed the laboratory grown meat announcing that "as far as we’re concerned, if meat is no longer a piece of a dead animal there’s no ethical objection” while the Vegetarian Society remained skeptical. “The big question is how could you guarantee you were eating artificial flesh rather than flesh from an animal that had been slaughtered. It would be very difficult to label and identify in a way that people would trust.”"

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