Odd: Live to 100, Just Take a Pill
The pill is based on immitating [sic] the effects of three super-genes that make people 20 times more likely to live to be 100 and 80 percent less likely to develop Alzheimer’s or other similar diseases. The new pill is expected to be ready for testing within three years.
This would be awesome! Not only give a nice extension on ones lifespan but to reduce the chances of Alzheimer’s or other similar diseases.
Sounds too good to be true?
Possibly, The quest for the philosopher's stone goes back for millennium and shows up in speculative fiction in many forms. My first reaction to this is to sigh and think ‘ah, another snake oil salesman.’ What is fun with this pill concept is that they gave it some credibility by tying it to the longevity effects of genes.
There is ongoing research into human longevity. Most of the successful results are tied to tweaking the subjects (mostly worms) genes. A while back I watched a fascinating news piece on the longevity research and it’s results. They were successful in extending even doubling the life span but there was a catch. It doubled all of the lifespan which means twice as long as an infant, puberty twice as long, and the declining years taking twice as long. Would this extension and payoff for the extension of life really be any increase in the quality of life?
The ethical questions raised were fascinating. If one could live longer what quality of life would they get for it?
Would you be willing to take a pill to extend your life to 100 years? Would you still be willing to take a pill if it had to be taken on a regular basis?
(via Unexplained Mysteries)
Odd: Alien verses the Giant Spider
To put it into context and to share in my own skin crawling realization on just how big that is I want you to remember the Alien movies. Remember those nasty face-huggers that would crawl around and leap out at it’s unsuspecting victim, wrapping it’s self around their face.
The size of this spider is around the size of the face-huggers from the Alien movies. That is huge
It’s a nocturnal hunter using trap doors to get it’s prey.
Kudos Maine Office of Tourism Featuring Cryptozoology
The Main Office of Tourism website gets a tip of the hat today for featuring the International Cryptozology Museum on their site (Maine Office of Tourism website).
They did this without any approach from the museum, and we find this encouraging in terms of our efforts to elevate the public educational mission of the museum, as a gateway to adventure and scientific exploration for tourists, travelers, and Maine residents.
It’s always nice to see the main stream engage in adventures of imagination and mystery recognizing that need in all of us.
It’s important for those state and public resource site to not only feature the touristy places, theme parks, commercial centers but also the more abstract cultural spots as well.
Armored Catfish Fish Found in UK
Check out this crazy armored fish! It was identified as an armored suckermouth catfish. Cryptomundo has a great write up on this prehistoric creature. Thank goodness that it's an herbivore.
Seeing this really makes me wonder what else is out there in the rivers and lakes. I wonder if destination truth could find a live one of these.
Streaking Harry Potter
On my second or one-hundredth go at a movie I love watching for "Easter egg (media)." One example is These hidden treasures are some times planned like finding the elusive Millennium Falcon hidden in the traffic of Coruscant on Star Wars Episode Two and some times they are not. In this case we will have to see if the editor can make sure that the woodland scene will not have an "Easter egg (media)" in it.
The shooting of new Harry Potter movie 'The Deathly Hallows' was stalled after two naked men were spotted running through a woodland scene.
Kids don't do this at home it is expensive for studios to have to re-shoot a scene. Besides the editor has a magic wand and with a wave of it and the magic phrase "Censio Stupido" he can fix any scene removing whatever he wants.