New treatments for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease — you may have a pig to thank

Genetically engineered pigs, minipigs, and microminipigs are valuable tools for biomedical research, as their lifespan, anatomy, physiology, genetic make-up, and disease mechanisms are more similar to humans than the rodent models typically used in drug discovery research. A Comprehensive Review article entitled ‘Current Progress of Genetically Engineered Pig Models for Biomedical Research,’ describing advances in techniques to create and use pig models and their impact on the development of novel drugs and cell and gene therapies, is published in BioResearch Open Access. —> Read More Here

This Controller Draws Real Blood Every Time You’re Shot In A Video Game

You’d better hope your kid is actually good at Call of Duty — or he’ll be losing a lot of blood.

Blood Sport is a device that draws real blood every time you’re shot in your video game. If its Kickstarter is successful, it’ll raise the stakes in shooters forever, and save a whole lot of lives in the process.

Creators Jonathon Root and James Jarvis plan to bring the machine to gaming events in Canada, where they will collect precious gamer blood to be donated to blood banks across the country.

Here’s how it works, according to the Kickstarter:

“It’s stupidly simple. Remember the rumble pack? Well, nowadays most video game controllers rumble when you get shot in the game. That rumbling means that an electrical signal is being sent to the controller to let you know you’ve been hit. All we’re doing is re-routing that same electrical signal and using it to turn on the blood collection system.”

Whenever the controller shakes, you lose blood. The machine, which is still just a prototype, measures how much blood is actually drawn, “So that Blood Sport powers down before you do.”

Root’s ambitious project would also pit gaming celebrities against one another —> Read More Here

55-Million-Year-Old Fossils Suggest Ancestor of Rhinos, Horses Originated in India

An international group of paleontologists has discovered a horse-like animal that lived in what is now India during Eocene epoch, about 55 million years ago. The discovery fills in a major gap in understanding of the evolution of Perissodactyla, a group of animals that includes horses and rhinos. Perissodactyla (perissodactyls) is a small order of [...] —> Read More Here

Giving Thanks for a Life-Changing Adventure—And More

The author standing in the parking lot at the Coast Guard Station in Neah Bay, Washington
Damage Controlman 3rd Class Lee Crockett at the Coast Guard Station in Neah Bay, Washington, in 1977. His mission was primarily search-and-rescue operations, mainly of stranded fishermen.

This Thanksgiving I’m grateful for one simple act that set my life’s course.

Shortly after high school graduation, I picked up an issue of National Geographic magazine with a story about the Coast Guard. I read about dramatic rescues at sea, about making the Mississippi River safe for ships and barges, and about ships that broke ice to clear a channel into a U.S. base in Antarctica.

It all seemed so glamorous and exciting that the very next day I headed to the local recruiting office. My parents were away on vacation; by the time they returned from their trip, I was signed up for the Coast Guard. Imagine my mother’s shock when she learned that I had made a major life decision based on reading a magazine article.

She calmed down—eventually—and I took to the sea, sometimes sailing for weeks at a time. On these journeys I fell in love with the ocean. I discovered its raw power, the depth of its beauty, and the mysteries of its creatures. And I learned that the sea —> Read More Here

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