Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Aquarium fish causes fire.

The killahenas family barely survived a fire caused by the aquarium fish "Kipper" in their home in Poole, England.As mentioned, it was the aquarium fish "Kipper" who caused the chain of events that lead to the almost fatal fire.
It all began when the fish "Kipper" apparently got into a fight with another resident in the fish tank, and in the heat of battle accidently splashed som water from the tank and onto an electric outlet.
This caused the aquarium light to shortcircuit and overheat, which caused the plastic lit on the fishtank to melt. The warm plastic dripped onto the sofa and it caught fire which quickly spread to the rest of the livingroom.
Meanwhile 25 year old Sharron and her two children Nicole and Kerry on 6 and 2 years where soundly sleeping on the 1st floor of the house.
Lucky for the family, the owner of the house Simon Justice was woken by the smokealarm, and managed to wake and save the family in due time.
The only loss of life in the fire were the fish "kipper" and the rest of the aqaurium residents.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

The perfect child? - Genetic engineering.

New statistics show that there has been a significant drop in the birth of children with downes syndrome in western world countries. The drop has been almost 50 percent in just a year.

This is because more and more people choose to undergo tests for downes syndrome, in the early stages of the pregnancy.
Doctors say that most people have doubts about abortion even if their child should turn out to be a downes child, but that almost everyone choose an abortion once they know that their unborn child have got downes syndrome.

As the popularity of these tests rise, the number of downes children fall, and if the trend continues, downes syndrome will soon be a thing of the past.

This does of course raise the question: How much should be left up to chance? and Have much should we interfere with pregnancy?

Is this the first solid steps toward genetic engineered super babies?

Is it far fetched to think that the next evolutionary step for mankind is to take evolution into our own hand? To perfect the human species and adapt it into the time of which we live in?

It is known that we have not developed much since the time of the cave-man, our body’s struggles in the new environment which we have today. We are still rather low intelligent, vulnerable to various diseases and the diet which are common today.

Although we already prevent children with downes syndrome from being born, we still leave hair color, height, mental and physical health up to nature. But for how long? Do we need to set boundaries? Or will boundaries simply be delaying what we can’t prevent. The perfect person created from genetic engineering.

Monday, May 08, 2006

Gasoline Jesus – Turning water into fuel.

A team of international scientists gather at the Harvard University have recently received more than a billion dollars in project funding from the US energy department. This is a result of the US government realizing that the oil resources is coming to its end and that being dependant on middle eastern oil is making the US vulnerable to outside factors.

The team of scientists are working on a gene manipulated bacteria that will be able to create regular water from lakes, into gasoline. All you need is CO2, sunlight and some mineral salts.
Although the bacteria is not yet a reality, the scientists are confident that it will only be a couple of years before the actual bacteria is developed, within the next 20 years it should be ready to produce gasoline.

Aside from solving the lurking energy crisis and securing the USA's position as a superpower, the bacteria gasoline will help reducing the outlet of greenhouse gas and hopefully help to further reduce global warming.