Monday, September 12, 2011

Link roundup

1. "US researcher Eric Poeschla has produced three glowing GM cats by using a virus to carry a gene, called green fluorescent protein (GFP), into the eggs from which the animals eventually grew." (If scientists admit to creating stuff like this, what have they done and kept secret?)

2. And speaking of genetic modification, I choose to believe that this is true:

Allegedly [carrots] are orange for entirely political reasons: in the 17th century, Dutch growers are thought to have cultivated orange carrots as a tribute to William of Orange – who led the the struggle for Dutch independence – and the color stuck. A thousand years of yellow, white and purple carrot history, was wiped out in a generation.
(If you're not familiar with William of Orange, then I highly recommend Neal Stephenson's Quicksilver.)

3. 15% off t-shirts at Zazzle with the code TEEMUGSPROST (through 9/25). I recommend Miskatonic University, Vonster, Adam Koford, and my own store.