Category Archives: Science Friction

The science of fake sweet

Rosie Mestel of the L.A. Times takes six pages to tell you everything you ever wanted to know about sugar replacements, but never knew you wanted to know it. For example, artificial sweetners are a $1 billion market in the … Continue reading

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Treating alcoholism with drugs

Next month, the FDA is expected to approve Vivitrex for use by alcoholics. Vivitrex is a once-a-month injection containing the drug naltrexone which blocks pleasure pathways in the brain associated with alcohol addiction. Those that have been on the medication … Continue reading

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Give a dog a clone

After 1,000 embryo transplants into 123 recipients, South Korean scientists have finally managed to make the world’s first dog close, named Snuppy, which stands for Seoul National University puppy. Snuppy was made from the genetic material taken from an ear … Continue reading

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Anti-cancer recipe

First, take some carbon nanotubes. Then coat them in folate molecules (a type of B vitamin, available at most Chinese delicatessens). Inject these into cancerous cells. Don’t worry if you get some on your normal cells. Finally, point a near-infrared … Continue reading

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Fat finances

It has already been established that America’s obese population is adding a significant toll to the nation’s medical bill, up to an estimated $75 billion a year. But how does one’s weight effect one’s personal finances? Badly. Although there are … Continue reading

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It is better to look good than to feel good

How are today’s teens coping with the need to have six-pack abs, bulging biceps, trim little tummies and pert little buttocks? According to a survey in the August edition of Pediatrics, about how you’d expect them to. 12% of boys … Continue reading

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Nudge now or nudge later?

Why worry about Iraq and terrorism and gay marriage? By 2036, we’ll all be dead anyway — or at least as-good-as if a certain asteroid manages to dance a little to the left so that it can slam into the … Continue reading

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Make room in your closet

Scientists in Vancouver are DNA-testing tufts of Sasquatch fur in order to find out what a Bigfoot is made of. The hair was turned in by residents of a Yukon town who think VancouverEdmonton scientists are really, really gullible. One … Continue reading

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Make mine meat!

Okay, so… here’s a little something to think about when you’ve nothing better to do than ponder the future of meat production. A team of scientists is divising a way to grow meat in a laboratory that would be edible … Continue reading

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Hard core

Scientists have discovered a planet that they can’t quite explain, because although it’s 75% as big as Jupiter, its core is as big as 70 Earths. The planet was detected because it was tugging on its own star, rather than … Continue reading

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