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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeDec 12th 2019 edited
     
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    Yes, and I had no idea that most ciliates use a non-standard genetic code.

    Those little rebels.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2019
     
    The Brain Senses Touch beyond the Body
    You detect a tool’s contact with an object as if you placed your own finger on it


    https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/the-brain-senses-touch-beyond-the-body/
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    Real Mooney Mechanics have to have eyeballs in their fingertips, so that doesn't seem strange to me.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeDec 31st 2019
     
    A former college roommate owns a Mooney. I once asked him how far he could fly in it. He said it depended on whether his wife was with him. Knowing his wife (not in the biblical sense) to be petite, I responded that I couldn't believe her mass made a great deal of difference. He said that wasn't the issue. She refused to use the airborne urinary cup so they were limited by bathroom stops. :)
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    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanYour neurons are smarter than they first appear
    https://www.quantamagazine.org/neural-dendrites-reveal-their-computational-power-20200114/


    Even so. I have long since pointed out that the naive model of the neuron as a simple summing switch is woefully inadequate. Modelers think they can simulate the neuron with a few lines of code, but really, it is more like an entire analog computer resides within a single neuron, and once you have a few bazillion of them all interconnected in various ways both synaptically and chemical-gradient-mediated, along with those astrocytes doing whatever mysterious thing they do (storing the soul, no doubt)... you have a system of nested and paralleled systems that is both irreducibly complex and crazy powerful.
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    Even prawns
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
     
    I like them.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeJan 14th 2020
     
    I bet they have little reason to like you.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd 2020 edited
     
    But according too you you can't train insects.
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeJan 23rd 2020
     
    I'm not allowed 2.
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    Arthur tackles Why Life Exists, dismissing teleology
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6z9U-tQ5RIw
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    Because the Universe is inherently wasteful? Or, looking at it another way, inherently conservative?
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    Why would the creation of life be a conservative event?
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    Posted By: Andrew PalfreymanWhy would the creation of life be a conservative event?

    Life inserts itself into non-equilibrium energy fluxes and extracts the most work possible as energy falls down the entropy pit. Thus it is conservative.
    On the other hand, look at the messes life makes. Eats all kinds of good highly organized stuff, extracts a little bit of energy and dumps the rest in a form that is, again, further down the entropy pit and useless except to "lower" lifeforms. Thus it is wasteful.
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    Here's a kit of instructions for bacteriophage T4 assembly
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ofd_lgEymto