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#7 - hammarhead (05/20/2013) [-]
>clock genes
User avatar #129 to #7 - lunacy (05/20/2013) [-]
Clock genes are genes that govern your circadian rhythm or "body clock". People with depression often have screwy sleep cycles.
User avatar #108 to #7 - ltpraptor (05/20/2013) [-]
I have laughed harder at this comment than anything else on the site.

I was crying. And I don't know why. You have my gratitude sir.
#54 - knitey (05/20/2013) [-]
On anaother note, PornHub has changed their video player
User avatar #103 to #54 - rainbowrush ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
It's bugging me. I don't like change
#26 - ariusbrightwing (05/20/2013) [-]
FINALLY, we can trade in xp for level ups.
#32 to #26 - Animefreake (05/20/2013) [-]
It's very important that you collect these skill orbs, or you won't learn anything!
#40 to #32 - darthblam (05/20/2013) [-]
YOUR HEALTH IS LOW, DO YOU HAVE ANY POTIONS OR FOOD?
User avatar #1 - mayormilkman (05/20/2013) [-]
I wonder what kind of things plants talk about...
#29 to #1 - Monkeysuit **User deleted account** (05/20/2013) [-]
"Look at my fukkin balls. LOOOOOOK!"

flowers are, in a sense, plant genitalia
User avatar #9 to #1 - toughactintinactin (05/20/2013) [-]
Probably stalks and other plant bussiness
#21 to #1 - knowstoomuch (05/20/2013) [-]
"Someone is chopping me down! Prepare yourselves, my children. Don't forget I love you."
#30 to #1 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
"Oh no, not again."
#44 to #30 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
At least it's not a whale.
#5 to #1 - TheTurnbull (05/20/2013) [-]
"Did you see Claire pollinating with Vince last night?"
"SUCH a slut"
"OMG I KNOW RIGHT?"
#2 to #1 - pheonixinstinct ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
"dude...dude...the sun is so bright..."
"shut up weed"
#151 to #2 - runescapewasgood (05/21/2013) [-]
They have already built an empire.
#48 - lordbrutaleddie (05/20/2013) [-]
Is it just me.   
   
That see's these posts, And they usually show 			****		 that should be life changing, To pretty much all of us.   
   
But nothing is happening?   
   
I mean come on, Where the 			****		 are my superpowers?
Is it just me.

That see's these posts, And they usually show **** that should be life changing, To pretty much all of us.

But nothing is happening?

I mean come on, Where the **** are my superpowers?
User avatar #49 to #48 - amarazengiku (05/20/2013) [-]
These are incredibly inaccurate. For example, "plants can communicate" was in this example some plants raising their defenses against an infection that had befallen one plant. So yeah, communication is right, but they're not sentient.

Take all of this with a huge spoon of salt, most of it turns out to be much less awesome than the post suggests.
User avatar #107 to #49 - Fgner (05/20/2013) [-]
Yeah, they tend to exaggerate. They also "summarize" incredibly inaccurately sometimes. And often out of date.

But hey, at least they're trying to get people excited for science. Exaggerations are needed to keep funding going so we can make big advancements!
User avatar #102 to #48 - iwebby (05/20/2013) [-]
Where my goddamn ftl drives at *****
User avatar #105 to #102 - Fgner (05/20/2013) [-]
Nasa's making them.

Although they theoretically might rip you to shreds.
#153 to #48 - Rascal (05/27/2013) [-]
What movie is that from?
#62 to #48 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
science is a very slow process. all you see here is simply the start, of very long development and further research
#3 - conagozn (05/20/2013) [-]
I wish I had those skill cells.
User avatar #10 to #3 - xxbutthurtxx (05/20/2013) [-]
Imagine your skill cells where taken from you... you would suck at videogames.
YOU ARE NOT GOING TO TAKE MY SKILL CELLS YOU CRAZY SCIENTISTS!
#81 - EdwardNigma ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
"Clock genes were linked to depression."

What. The **** . Does that mean?
User avatar #87 to #81 - mondominiman (05/20/2013) [-]
Is that from shadbase?
User avatar #88 to #87 - EdwardNigma ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
No it's from the Loony Toons.
#68 to #67 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"You ever wonder why we're here?"
#71 to #68 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"That's one of life's great mysteries isn't it. Why are we here. I mean are we the product of some great cosmic coinsidence or is there really a god, watching everything, you know with a plan for us and stuff. I don't know man, but it keeps me up at night."
#72 to #71 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"What? I mean why are we out here, just standing in the same place like always, just phtosynthesising and stuff."
#73 to #72 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"Oh, ahhhhh, yea"
#74 to #73 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"What was all the stuff about god?"
#75 to #74 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"Uhhhh, hmmp, nothing."
#76 to #75 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"You wanna talk about it?"
#79 to #78 - falloutfanatic (05/20/2013) [-]
"You sure?"
#96 to #80 - mynameiskeanu ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
The tree conversation ended. I want more
The tree conversation ended. I want more
#109 to #80 - jsrf (05/20/2013) [-]
Do you even lift?
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#85 to #72 - fisheaglee (05/20/2013) [-]
BITCH
#84 to #71 - fisheaglee (05/20/2013) [-]
A
#83 to #68 - fisheaglee (05/20/2013) [-]
SON OF
#82 to #67 - fisheaglee (05/20/2013) [-]
YOU
#11 - sidathon (05/20/2013) [-]
Don't we already know plants communicate by releasing chemicals in the air to warn other plants when they're being eaten by insects?
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User avatar #13 - coolioplasm (05/20/2013) [-]
What the hell does any of tihs mean
User avatar #33 to #13 - stallwallwriter (05/20/2013) [-]
I almost never know what they mean, I just see "this week in science" things, then look up the subjects they mention to get a more detailed explanation.
User avatar #99 to #13 - Fgner (05/20/2013) [-]
I'll explain:
> Clock genes are linked to depression. Therefore, we now have one more piece of evidence to the cause and (someday) treatment of depression. This will help the lives of many - but not directly. It's a stepping stone achievement.
> We found another link in the evolutionary chain, further cementing the theory as fact.
> Metamorphasis is a rather complicated process, especially since it takes place within the chrysalis (in butterflies). This information allows us to learn more about the process, although this has no current benefit other than having knowledge that may be helpful in the future.
> We've known this for a while longer than this week. We also knew there was an entire network of bacteria underneath a lake (I forget which) that acted as one supermassive brain. They influenced the water's composition and movement, basically making that lake a living creature. But I digress, this is just another bit of knowledge with no current relevance to anything. Plants communicate through fungi, and this could lead to other discoveries such as sentient networks of plants, the ability for plants to form "socities" and adapt and change, and may lead to advances in human technology if the natural process inspires.
> This isn't science. The study is just silly - it's not credible. This isn't a "This Week In Science" worthy achievement in any way. In b4- "climate change is real!" I understand humans impact the environment, but for the love of God, lay off. It's a process that will take hundreds of years and we're working to handling the problem at an exponential rate. The biggest offenders aren't even the people trying to help though. We should focus on our politics - making China (and friends), 3rd world countries, etc capable, willing, and WANTING to use these new technologies. Because they're the biggest cause - and the most resilient to change. Writing more papers and convincing scientists who obviously already know isn't going to do **** .
User avatar #106 to #99 - rainbowrush ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
Climate change is real! We are in the 2nd longest cold period of the Earth and is slowly moving back to normal.

I don't know what clock genes are, tho.

Metamorphosis is useful for new technology.
User avatar #116 to #106 - Fgner (05/20/2013) [-]
> Don't understand the point here. Can't tell if sarcasm or what, so I'll just say: I'm not a major in ecology - I don't know enough to argue about global warming, I'm mainly addressing things like smog caused from dense cities, chemical dumping, wasteland filling, leaving coal fires burning for decades or centuries, acid rains, etc. Global warming isn't the only climate change, and it's not the most problematic.

So... Yeah. Climate change is real. But again, it's a very slow process and we have plenty of time to fix things before it really gets out of hand. And the rate we're making tech to solve the biggest problems is actually pretty nice. Liek I said, the real thing we need to focus on now is convincing those other countries that refuse to spend a little extra resources to go along too. Oh and help those don't have the extra resources to spare.

> I just looked it up (I didn't bother before). They are the genes associated with your sleep synchronization. Basically confirming - sleep is good; not sleep is bad.

> Not really. It's got potential use, but not much practical use at the moment. But when we start making true augmentations that will carry on to children and so forth. ACTUALLY combining man and machine - metamorphasis will likely solve a lot of problems regarding growth and development. We'll see.
User avatar #121 to #116 - rainbowrush ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
The Climate part is simply that the Earth have went through several cold and hot eras, where hot is the norm (for bout 90% of the Earth's life, there hasn't been ice on the surface if I remember correct). We affect the temperature very little, if at all.

I should have specified. Metamorphosis is very useful for new biotechnology, medicine and most technology is inspired or based on what you see in nature. I don't know how long it will take before we use the new knowledge, tho.
User avatar #104 to #99 - Fgner (05/20/2013) [-]
And if you really want to know about the importance of stem cells - look it up yourself. It's a huge, huge thing.

But since it's relevant, I smashed down this little paper here for one of my classes in about a day. I know, it's pretty damn bad - but I only had about 18 hours to do it and I didn't need a very good grade to pass. I explain the importance (much more than the ethicalities) of embryonic stem cells over adult stem cells. Just a brief overview.
anonfiles.com/file/6e2e5d4eb594360712e3be548fe1afa4

It's a pdf, don't worry.
#18 to #13 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
A lot. Dude... skin cells into stem cells. Holy **** , some stem cells man be made to form anything you want like a new part to a liver.
Imagine... no transplants. You could just grow one.
#90 - kibbleis (05/20/2013) [-]
Skill cells
User avatar #93 to #90 - mynameiskeanu ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
good im not the only one
User avatar #4 - blucheese (05/20/2013) [-]
Thanks for doing this nowadays you can't find much like this in the news just pop culture
#117 - skiskate (05/20/2013) [-]
Clock genes were linked to depression
User avatar #113 - angelodlt (05/20/2013) [-]
What the **** is clock genes?
User avatar #115 to #113 - seniorawesomesauce ONLINE (05/20/2013) [-]
They turn you into a clock once you turn around 80. But only 1 in 2,700,00 people have these genes. Why do you think they're called GRANDFATHER clocks?
#119 to #115 - angelodlt (05/20/2013) [-]
So many Puns... to many puns....
So many Puns... to many puns....
#6 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
quick someone make a pair of pants from clocks
#122 - apronboobsface (05/20/2013) [-]
everyone on fj right now
#70 - istartedthewar (05/20/2013) [-]
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>Clock genes
#42 - Rascal (05/20/2013) [-]
What the **** are clock genes?
#8 - heafi (05/20/2013) [-]
anyone else freaked out by his expression?
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