Just the Facts?: Surrogate For Neanderthal Baby Needed -- Strange Lights Over Utah -- New Lloyd Pye Interview
Wanted: Surrogate for Neanderthal Baby
GenomeWeb caught what must be an interesting Q&A with George Church in Germany’s Spiegel Online (I can’t personally attest to the original story as it is behind a paywall). The Harvard Medical School geneticist is quoted as saying that eventually, an “adventurous female human” will be needed to be the surrogate mother for the first Neanderthal baby in some 30,000 years.
This isn’t the first time Church has talked publically about cloning a Neanderthal, or at least a near-Neanderthal. In 2009, when the Neanderthal genome was first reported, the New York Times described a scenario in which a current day human genome could be tweaked into the “Neanderthal equivalent” with tools of molecular biology. Eventually, this could lead to a Neanderthal-like embryo in need of a surrogate mother.
While the idea of reviving Neanderthals may sound farfetched, take for example the work of biologists to clone endangered or extinct non-human animals (see “Stem-Cell Engineering Offers a Lifeline to Endangered Species”). In 2009, the extinct bucardo, a subspecies Spanish ibex, was cloned from a frozen skin sample. The newborn died immediately due to respiratory failure, but its birth suggests that resurrecting extinct species may be possible. - Technology Review
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Mysterious Dog Slashings
A number of mysterious dog attacks have some Neosho residents concerned for their safety.
One neighborhood west of Neosho has been experiencing brutal animal attacks, seriously injuring and even killing some pets.
According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, rangers have not yet determined what is behind these viscous attacks.
Residents living in the neighborhood say whatever it is has to be big and mean to cause serious injuries to pit bulls, Siberian Huskies and Rottweilers.
"Punk'n" is the smallest of several dogs attacked.
"Two slashes across her back and in some places it's two inches deep," says owner Reta Liles. "It was bad. She was laid open from side to side."
Liles' second dog to be attacked, "Buddy," a golden lab, was not so fortunate.
"He hadn't been dead very long when I found him. I think he just laid there and bled to death. It broke my heart. I cried all night."
So far, neighbors living on Mint Lane have been able to confirm eight brutal dog attacks caused by something living in the wilderness behind their homes.
"There has been two that I know of that have been killed and the rest have just been attacked and I know it has cost a lot of money."
Some residents were so concerned they hired professional trackers to find out what was doing the killing.
"Thought it was a mountain lion because of the depth of the tracks and so forth."
The mysterious animal has not yet been seen and Liles says she is concerned it may turn from attacking dogs to humans.
"This thing needs to be relocated or irradiated or something. I don't want to see any of my kids or my neighbors get tore up."
As for Punk'n, she now has to be kept indoors, while Liles says she is still missing Buddy.
"I just had a feeling that he needed me, but I couldn't get to him. It hurts a lot. He was a good dog."
Residents on Mint Lane are working to install a critter cam in their neighborhood because authorities tell them action can't be taken until there is visual proof of the animal. - Ozark First
Someone has a friend...
Dark Web Warning
A 12-YEAR-old boy from Cleethorpes stumbled across an internet underworld selling guns and sex with underage girls while looking for games online.
His appalled father now wants to spread the word to other parents and has even written to the Home Secretary about it.
Robert Palmer, 53, of Arundel Place, Cleethorpes, was horrified when his son Morgan, who suffers from Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), told him what he had unearthed.
The computer whiz had found an ominous tutorial, explaining how to download a different web server, which he did, that unveiled the whole section of the internet not available to normal users.
Services advertised on the dark web include guns, contract killers, drugs, credit card skimmers, sex, child and animal pornography and identities for sale, which can be bought using an online currency called Bitcoins.
Mr Palmer said: "There is nothing you can't get on there and some of it is pretty grim, so I think that other parents should know about it.
"Young people could get hold of drugs without even meeting a drug dealer, which is worrying. Morgan is sensible and luckily he told me.
"These people could sell some awful stuff to anyone without even meeting them – it could be a 12-year-old child and they wouldn't even know."
Mr Palmer, who writes computer programmes himself, contacted Humberside Police but was told nothing could be done – although they have offered advice to parents and assured them that calls will be taken seriously.
Frustrated, he has written to Home Secretary Theresa May about the dark web, urging her to take action to protect the public from such blatant illegality.
However, a spokesman for the Home Office confirmed that they had received the letter but they advised Mr Palmer to report it to the Serious Organised Crime Agency.
Mr Palmer added: "I was really disappointed with the response – this is serious criminal activity but the authorities clearly don't know how to deal with it and seem to be just passing the buck."
Morgan, a gifted pupil at Humberston Academy, said: "This is the mother-load of criminal websites – some of the things on there are appalling.
"I knew what it was straight away so I went to get my dad."
Humberside Police have since offered advice and DCI Andy Oliver, of the Force Intelligence Bureau, promised that reports will be followed up.
He added: "Parents of children should always utilise parental controls on their internet browsers, and be aware of what their children are looking at on the internet.
"The majority of illegal sites and pages are well hidden and cannot be found using standard search engines, but should anyone encounter a website or page they believe to be illegal whilst browsing the net, they should note the URL, webpage name, search engine used and other relevant details and contact the police.
"Your call will be taken seriously and the information followed up and relevant action taken." - This Is Grimsby
Internet and Technology Dangers: The Wake Up Call Every Parent Needs
Cyber Criminology: Exploring Internet Crimes and Criminal Behavior
Strange Lights Over Utah
1/17/2013 - My boyfriend and i were on our way back from Las Vegas, our connecting flight was in of Salt Lake City International Airport. We left at 5:10 pm January 17, 2013. I had a window seat so i was snapping photos of the sunset, was very beautiful scenery. I snapped quite a few random pics, not really paying attention to what was in the photos. I was just trying to capture different angles of the horizon. Few hours in the flight i looked through the photos on my digital cam and originally thought this was part of the little or big dipper, not thinking into it too much. When i arrived home and looked at the photo my laptop, i realized there are not any other stars in the pic and those lights are not in any other photos. I am not sure if these are satellites orbiting the earth or if there is another explanation for these lights. - MUFON CMS
New Lloyd Pye Interview - George Noory
Beyond Belief with George Noory - History and the Alien Skull (Part 1/4)
Lloyd writes: Unfortunately, the version below comes in four parts and is a poor copy of the original at Gaiam TV. It has a much grainier "look" to it, and the audio is annoyingly out of sync. I'm hopeful a topnotch version will soon be made available on Youtube, but for now this is better than nothing.
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