Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Stuff below the fold

Reuters article on Korea's changing times: Grandmothers no longer cared for in the extended family.

sigh. Most of the elderly here are cared for by relatives, but when we have a funeral, usually  they have to postpone it until people come in from Manila or fly in from the US, Saudi etc.

But we are starting to see some of them who live alone, and a few elderly end up destitute without help from their kids. Sigh.

Turning trash into musical instruments.

headsup uncleOrson.

Call the midwife? UK faces lots of immigrants having babies and a lack of midwives to deliver them

Immigration is one factor, with foreign-born mothers now having nearly a quarter of all babies in Britain, but the RCM report says midwives are also struggling to look after record numbers of older mothers, who are more prone to complications.
Fides has a couple articles on the war in Mali, including on the ground reports, because the church is working with refugees.

Related headlines here say six Pinoys were killed in that Algerian standoff and the UKTelegraph reports that the terrorists might have been led by Canadians using weapons given to Libyan insurgents against Ghadaffy.

StrategyPage report HERE.

DNA from 40thousand year old remains in a Chinese cave shows that they are related to locals...and Native Americans...and hints at Denisovan mixtures.

As Drudge would say: Developing...

Denisovan genome in Asians suggest interbreeding.

and the UK Mail says scientists are seeking to clone a Neanderthal child and have someone give birth to him.

Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School believes he can reconstruct Neanderthal DNA and resurrect the species which became extinct 33,000 years ago... Professor Church’s ambitious plan requires a human volunteer. He said his analysis of Neanderthal genetic code using samples from bones is complete enough to reconstruct their DNA. He said: ‘Now I need an adventurous female human....
Hmmm...he sounds like the scientist  in the  Baskerville episode of Sherlock:  
If you can think of something, they are probably doing it: Such things are immoral and illegal but those things can be gotten around.

SmartPlanet has a review of genetic related news items.


Moral judgement can be measured by measuring the length of your fingers?

Cyberwarfare: Red October.

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