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Sentence Structure (Unfinished Business from Recent Cold Filter Discussions)

Posted: August 4, 2010 at 8:15 am

If A, publicly, says to B: "Didn't you do X, when you told us Y happened?" A is implying B previously stated Y actually did happen.
If Platt calls Alcor and asks people to look in Johnson's file, for an NDA, (as he is said to have done), he's implying there actually was one, (when it's extremely doubtful one ever existed).
When Platt called Suspended Animation and asked someone to look in my file for an NDA, (as he is said to have done), he was implying one actually existed, (when no such document ever existed).
When Harris, (who was working with Platt at the time), writes the false statement that my SA file was kept in my office (it wasn't), and my (non-existent) NDA disappeared along with me, when I resigned, it's clear where he's getting his false information from, since Platt worked with me, at SA.
When Platt publicly responds to something I wrote with, "Didn't you express contrition, when you told us that your therapist suggested it would be a good idea to let go of your anger?" he is implying I stated a therapist told me to let go of my anger (when nothing remotely close to that has ever happened, so I certainly made no such statement).
The moral of the story is: "Sometimes people who have a habit of lying spew forth their garbage in the form of questions."
Or, maybe: "Beware of questions from a cryonicist, well-known for producing fiction."

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Epic Carnivorous Plant Container Bog For Sale, This Thursday, August 5th, at Lord Whimsy’s "Nature as Miniaturist" Lecture at Observatory

Posted: August 4, 2010 at 1:09 am

This Thursday August 5th at Observatory, Lord Whimsy, as part of his lecture "Nature as Miniaturist: An Illustrated Survey of the Bogs of Southern New Jersey" will be displaying the epic carnivorous plant-filled container bog seen above. Said bog is also, as it turns out, for sale; you can even take it home with you after Thursday's event if so inclined!

Full info follows, as found on Lord Whimsy's website; if you are interested, you can email Whimsy at email [at]

Mr. Bill Smith was kind enough to lend one of his container bogs (pictured above) for my Observatory talk this Thursday night in Brooklyn. He would like to inform you folks out in the netiverse that he is offering this three year-old bog garden for sale at the very reasonable price of $200--an excellent bargain, since purchasing these mature plants separately would cost considerably more.

The container is hollow resin, and can be left outside year-round without worry of cracking. The plants in the bog include: Purple Pitcher Plant (Sarracenia purpurea 'Jersey Girl'), Yellow Trumpet Pitcher (S. flava), Catesby's S. purpurea x S. flava hybrid pitcher plant (S. x Catesbei), Grass Pink Orchid (Calopogon tuberosus), 'Hamilton' dwarf cranberry, Spade leafed sundew (Drosera intermedia), and Thread leafed sundew (D. filiformis). A marvelous, mature grouping of classic North American bog plants, suitable for rooftop gardens and decks. No fertilizer necessary. Very low maintenance: just keep in full sun with regular waterings. Can be left outside year-round. All plants are cold hardy in zone 6b.

Interested parties may contact me (email [at] and claim their purchase after my lecture on Thursday evening.

Similar container bogs of all sizes can be had at Rarefind Nursery.

You can find out more about Lord Whimsy's presentation here. You can get directions to Observatory--which is next door to the Morbid Anatomy Library (more on that here)--by clicking here. You can find out more about Observatory here, join our mailing list by clicking here, and join us on Facebook by clicking here.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

People who "drink heavily every so often" are 45% more likely to develop coronary heart disease

Posted: August 4, 2010 at 12:05 am

Occasional heavy drinking was defined as having 5 or more standard drinks in a day at least 12 times per year. "Regular" heavy drinkers - those who averaged at least 5 drinks per day, were excluded from the analysis.

In general, moderate drinking - a drink or two per day - is considered a potentially heart-healthy habit. A number of studies have found that moderate drinkers have lower risks of heart disease than teetotalers do.

Research suggests that alcohol can increase "good" HDL cholesterol, has anti-inflammatory effects in the blood vessels and may make the blood less prone to clotting.

On the other hand, regular heavy drinking may increase blood pressure, promote blood clotting and contribute to development of arrhythmias.

Occasional binges may undo alcohol's heart benefits. Reuters, 2010.

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Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Molecule Discovery Might Help ALS Patients

Posted: August 3, 2010 at 8:20 am

(HealthDay News) -- Researchers have identified a molecule that can reduce symptoms and prolong the life of mice with a type of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The molecule, called microRNA-206 (miR-206), is produced naturally by skeletal muscles in response to nerve damage caused by ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig's disease. The molecule acts as a chemical signal to guide new nerve endings and maintain their interactions with muscles.

However, this research in mice suggests that miR-206 only works for a limited period of time. As nerves continue to die because of ALS, eventually surviving nerves can no longer compensate and symptoms such as muscle weakness begin to develop.

"While miR-206 initially prompts nearby surviving nerves to send new branches to the muscles, it only delays the inevitable," study senior author Eric Olson, chairman of molecular biology at the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, said in a university news release. Read more...

Immunice Support

Recommendation and review posted by Fredricko

Mr. Potato Head Anatomy

Posted: August 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

Mr. Potato head anatomy by Jason Freeny

This is the latest anatomical breakdown of a beloved childhood toy by Jason Freeny. He provides a detailed breakdown of all of Mr. Potato Head’s parts, and we mean all parts…

This print is available on Jason’s site for $59!

[spotted by Ryan]

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

Improving simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation of pretreated wheat straw using both enzyme and substrate feeding

Posted: August 3, 2010 at 8:18 am

Simultaneous saccharification and co-fermentation (SSCF) has been recognized as a feasible option for ethanol production from xylose-rich lignocellulosic materials. To reach high ethanol concentration in the broth, a high content of water-insoluble solids (WIS) is needed, which creates mixing problems and, furthermore, may decrease xylose uptake. Feeding of substrate has already been proven to give a higher xylose conversion than a batch SSCF. In the current work, enzyme feeding, in addition to substrate feeding, was investigated as a means of enabling a higher WIS content with a high xylose conversion in SSCF of a xylose-rich material. A recombinant xylose-fermenting strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae (TMB3400) was used for this purpose in fed-batch SSCF experiments of steam-pretreated wheat straw.
By using both enzyme and substrate feeding, the xylose conversion in SSCF could be increased from 40% to 50% in comparison to substrate feeding only. In addition, by this design of the feeding strategy, it was possible to process a WIS content corresponding to 11% in SSCF and obtain an ethanol yield on fermentable sugars of 0.35 g g-1.
A combination of enzyme and substrate feeding was shown to enhance xylose uptake by yeast and increase overall ethanol yield in SSCF. This is conceptually important for the design of novel SSCF processes aiming at high-ethanol titers. Substrate feeding prevents viscosity from becoming too high and thereby allows a higher total amount of WIS to be added in the process. The enzyme feeding, furthermore, enables keeping the glucose concentration low, which kinetically favors xylose uptake and results in a higher xylose conversion.

Recommendation and review posted by G. Smith

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