Thursday, January 17, 2008

Vote for PlayPumps International!

For the next three days, you can vote online and support PlayPumps International:

PlayPumps International’s mission is help improve the lives of children and their families by providing easy access to clean drinking water, enhancing public health, and offering play equipment to millions across Africa. We provide schools and communities throughout Africa with an innovative, uniquely sustainable, free supply of clean drinking water. We strive to bring joy and play into the lives of African children, better health for millions, and to achieve the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals. We will carry out our mission by installing 4,000 PlayPump water systems in 10 countries in sub-Saharan Africa by 2010, bringing the benefits of clean water to up to 10 million people. More than 950 PlayPump systems have already been installed in South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, and Zambia.

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Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Stem Cells....

This is a long, but interesting presentation that explains stem cells.

Sunday, January 06, 2008

Clone, Clone on the Range

How do you feel about eating hamburgers from cloned cows?

Meat from cloned animals has been deemed no different than meat from non-cloned animals. Therefore, the FDA requires no special label for cloned meat.

So why clone animals?

The idea is to replicate the best livestock over and over again, to improve the quality of meat and milk products.

There are some who feel squeamish about cloning animals, worry about safety issues, and wonder whether cloned animals face increased danger from being wiped out by epidemics. Some want mandated labeling so that they will know whether or not their meat comes from cloned animals.

With the caveat of ensuring genetic diversity in animals to protect against epidemics, I am comfortable with cloned animals. On the grill, a steak from a cloned animal is indistinguishable from a steak from an uncloned animal. Twin cows are clones of one another. There is no inherent danger to humans in eating meat from twin cows, whether naturally-occurring or intentionally created.

Here is an interesting video from Wired Science that explains things in a bit more detail--