SO APPARENTLY it turns out that grading friends’ bodies/muscles based upon the USDA Beef Grading scale is “weird” and “disconcerting” and “not right”
on a more interesting note it’s the friend who scored highest that took the most umbrage. look, eating you first is a COMPLIMENT. you have ideal mass and body fat ratio and probably have some Select Grade marbling given your active-but-well-fed lifestyle!
jeeze. you’d think these people had never been complimented on their meats before.
Genes that leap from one species to another are more common than we thought. Does this shake up the tree of life?
by Ferris Jabr
Long ago, hornworts did something plants are not supposed to do: they
breached the species barrier, trading DNA with an entirely different
kind of plant – a fern.
Between 300 and 130 million years ago, as trees and flowering plants
grew to dominate the globe, the sun-loving ferns of yore found
themselves trapped beneath forest canopies. Most fern species perished
under this umbrage, but the ones that survived learned to live on lean
light. These persistent plants evolved a molecule called neochrome that
could detect both red and blue light, helping them stretch towards any
beams that managed to filter through the dense awning of leaves.
Neochrome’s origins have long eluded scientists. As far as anyone knew,
the gene that codes for neochrome existed in only two types of plants
separated by hundreds of millions of years of evolution: ferns and
algae. It was extremely unlikely that the gene had been passed down from
a common ancestor, yet somehow skipped over every plant lineage between
algae and ferns.
About two years ago, while searching through a new
massive database of sequenced plant genomes, Fay Wei-Li, a biologist at Duke University, found a near-exact match
for the neochrome gene in a group of plants not previously known to
possess the light-sensitive protein: hornworts. Through subsequent DNA
analysis of living specimens – like those he collected in Florida – Li
confirmed his suspicion: ferns did not evolve neochrome on their own;
rather, they took the gene from hornworts…
Hillary spoke in support of DOMA at the time it was signed in 1996. Later, In 2004, on the floor of the Senate, Clinton said, “I believe marriage is not just a bond but a sacred bond between a man and a woman…. I take umbrage at anyone who might suggest that those of us who worry about amending the Constitution are less committed to the sanctity of marriage, or to the fundamental bedrock principle that it exists between a man and a woman, and that it’s primary role….has been the raising and socializing of children into the society into which they are to become adults.”
She ran for president in 2008 while openly opposing gay marriage (it had been legal since 2004 in Massachusetts) and did not come out in favor of same-sex marriage until May, 2013, when it was already legal in nine states.
“Ginsburg’s comments inspired comical levels of umbrage-taking on The Five on Fox News, where Andrea Tantaros worked herself into full-blown "misandry!” mode. ‘Isn’t she sort of saying, 'Keep men away from this court?“ she complained. 'I get it. she’s a fan of birth control, but she is an enemy to the Bill of Rights.’”