Monday, December 29, 2008

Of Work and Love


~Leo Tolstoy

Of Note: Ah, Leo Tolstoy was a wise man. At one layer, he was talking about the familiar day-to-day life we all experience in the home and work place. At another level, he was referring to the concerted movement of light energy by a focused Humanity which will some day change the world. Not often do we think of work and love as energy, but so it is.

Today's Weather Report: Two days ago, it was 37.5 degrees Fahrenheit for several hours, during which time the roads turned to mush, and everything was dripping. The next day it was back to 20 and all re-froze, but what a sight for those hours it was above freezing. The sun shines gloriously this afternoon like yesterday, and water is dripping from the roof in the intense heat created by the dark shingles. More snow is predicted today though when is a mystery since there is not a cloud in the sky.

Watch For Change Snippet: Some folks asked for science sets for Christmas this year who have something special in mind for 2009. These hobbyist are attempting genetic engineering at home and hope to find the next big cure--or methods to make glowing tattoos. For example, one young lady, a computer programmer by trade who learned what she needed to know on-line, is attempting to genetically alter yogurt bacteria to glow green in the presence of melamine, that infamous chemical so prevalent in some Chinese food products. Melamine is hard to detect by conventional methods; thus, someone could stand to make a fortune with a simple test. Another inventor, a 24-year-old biology major, thinks that "unfettered creativity could produce important discoveries." She is the one working on the tattoo project. Critics worry that a garage bioengineering project might unleash an environmental or medical disaster. A biotechnical watchdog organization warned that "synthetic organisms in the hands of amateurs could escape and cause outbreaks of incurable diseases or unpredictable environmental damage." Other fear that terrorists might try similar experiments with malevolent results in mind. Whatever fear some people may have about garage bioengineers, the genie is out of the bottle, and the unfettered experiments will most likely continue.

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