Poop Bus Fueled by Human Waste Hits the Road
‘The UK’s first bus powered entirely by human and food waste has gone into service between Bristol and Bath. The 40-seat “Bio-Bus” runs on biomethane gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste.
‘The eco-friendly vehicle can travel up to 300km (186 miles) on one tank of gas, which takes the annual waste of about five people to produce. It is run by tour operator Bath Bus Company and will shuttle people between Bristol Airport and Bath city centre…’
The Purpose of the ‘Spider-Goat’
Synthetic biology and the rise of the ‘spider-goats’
‘…To the casual observer, and to goatherds, she shows no signs that she is not a perfectly normal farmyard goat.
‘But Freckles is a long way from normal. She is an extraordinary creation, an animal that could not have existed at any point in history before the 21st century. She is all goat, but she has something extra in every one of her cells: Freckles is also part spider.
‘That is what we can now do with genetics: extreme crossbreeding. If 20th-century biology was about taking living things apart to find out how they work, the current era is defined by putting them back together, but not necessarily as evolution decreed, and certainly without the clumsy constraints of mating. Freckles is the result of genetic engineering. But our mastery of manipulating DNA has evolved into an even more extreme form of tinkering, broadly called “synthetic biology”. I’ve been tracking this emerging field since finishing my PhD in genetics 10 years ago, but intensely in the last year as a presenter for the BBC’s flagship science strand, Horizon…’
This ‘God Boy’ has Four Arms and Four Legs
‘A baby boy born with four arms and four legs is causing panic in the streets of Baruipur, east India, as locals believe he is the reincarnation of a god. The child has been named God Boy, as multiple limbs are common among Hindu deities, and people are travelling from across the region to the city in West Bengal State to get a glimpse of the child.
‘Local police complain they are struggling to control the crowds, as hundreds cry in the streets and clamor to get access to the hospital. The boy’s birth defect, two extra arms and two extra legs, are the remains of an underdeveloped co-joined twin…’
CT Report Lays Groundwork for Nationwide Psychiatric Surveillance
Funny that this is for children. Why not adults who are in police blotters or records?
‘Among 37 “key findings,” the statement expresses concern over “siloed systems of education, physical health, and mental health care for children” that “strongly implicate the need to assist parents with understanding and addressing the needs of children with complex developmental and mental health disorders” (p. 9).
‘Mandatory mental health “screenings” and “evaluations” are recommended to remedy the potential threat of further “Adam Lanzas.”
‘The following is a summary overview of the OCA report’s key recommendations, many of which will likely be recommended or mandated by federal education and public health authorities for adoption throughout the US…’