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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2017
     
    Thanks flattery is the sincerest form of imitation or something like that.

    Evolution first.
    • CommentAuthorLakes
    • CommentTimeOct 27th 2017
     
    Posted By: Duracell'Incredible' editing of life's building blocks
    Picture on site- Editing DNA made from Rice Krispies and Twiglets. :)
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    https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-018-00492-w

    A newly discovered form of intercellular communication.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2018
     
    Thanks, I wonder plants and fungi have anything similar?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2018 edited
     
    1. Genetic success is measured by reproductive success.
    2. Agriculture, the domestication of plants for food by people, has increased the productivity of the land and led to a massive increase in the quantity of human genome on the planet.
    3. Agriculture, the domestication of people as gardeners by plants, has increased the productivity of the land and led to an even more massive increase in the quantity of wheat genome on the planet.

    So who domesticated whom?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2018
     
    Doesn't really matter, does it? We'll all be fodder for our AI overlords, who will doubtless view us as raw material.
    • CommentAuthorthehard
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2018 edited
     
    We can survive without wheat. Parts of our civilization flourished without it. That's a big difference.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 13th 2018
     
    Yes, potatoes will serve quite well for making alcoholic spirits.

    We also probably don't eat as many insects and their larvae as we used to.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Posted By: thehardWe can survive without wheat. Parts of our civilization flourished without it. That's a big difference.


    Wheat can survive without us, too. What's your point?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixYes, potatoes will serve quite well for making alcoholic spirits.

    We also probably don't eat as many insects and their larvae as we used to.


    I wonder what locust beer is like?
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    I for one welcome our potato overlords.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Posted By: Angus
    Posted By: AsterixYes, potatoes will serve quite well for making alcoholic spirits.

    We also probably don't eat as many insects and their larvae as we used to.


    I wonder what locust beer is like?


    Dunno, but for time, this was popular among the tipplers:



    IMOHO, a few of those will make you very sick.
    • CommentAuthorNick Hawk
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    crème de menthe, crème de cacao, and cream?
    Very rich, but can't see why it would make you sicker than a lot of other cocktails - or is there another version actually using grasshoppers?
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Nope, it suffers the curse of the very sweet cocktails. I'd say that the grasshopper was among the sweetest out there.


    Makes for a whopper of a hangover.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Posted By: AsterixIMOHO, a few of those will make you very sick.


    I think one would finish me. But I never drink anything except wine, beer and scotch.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    No gin?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Not unless desperation strikes.

    Which brings up an observation. I was clearing out my liquor cabinet here this evening. We have had numerous guests over the years who have tended to leave unfinished bottles of all kinds of stuff I never drink, so they stay unfinished. I noted that the bottles all contained about two fingers of booze, with one exception. The Genever had about two fingers missing.

    And that sums up Genever.
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Reminds me of the time a guest left a six-pack of Zima. I could get about one swallow of the stuff down before I dumped the entire lot down the drain. Egad, it was vile...
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    I remember ZIma. I always thought it was some kind of scam to get rid of industrial waste.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2018
     
    Had to look it up. I don't think anybody dared inflict it on us.